Councilors Call for Visionary Ideas

ARCHIVED PRESS RELEASE: Published 6-25-2015


City Councilors announced an innovative public input process on Thursday where citizens can present economic development projects for possible inclusion in a proposed Vision 2025 extension package. This 0.6 percent county-wide sales tax is slated to expire in about 18 months.

The process lets citizens and groups pitch their ideas for projects in person or online. City Councilors will incorporate ideas presented into an economic development proposal to take to the voters within the next year.

Councilor Blake Ewing, chair of the Vision/Economic Development Task Force, said: "We are asking for your ideas. Ideas from well-established organizations, you and your friends, old and young, rich and poor, we want your thoughts on what we should do as a community to take Tulsa to the next level."

Four public hearings will be held throughout July to hear pitches. These meetings will be broadcast live and archived on TGOV, Tulsa Government Access Television, for viewing by the public. In addition, Council district meetings will be held around the city to get citizen feedback.

Projects should focus on:
  • Economic Development and Sales Tax Generation
  • Connectivity and Transportation Choices
  • Health, Education and Safety

Projects can also be submitted online via email, and video presentations can be posted on YouTube. All proposals will be posted online for the community to view.

"I hope we feel confident enough in who we are to dream big and to know we deserve great things in our city," Councilor Ewing said.


Vision Public Hearings

All meetings will take place in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 175 E. 2nd St.

  • Monday, July 6, at 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 14, at 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 21, at 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m.
Council District Meetings
  • Tuesday, July 7, District 6, 6:30 p.m. at Martin Regional Library
  • Monday, July 20, District 2, 6 p.m., TBD
  • Tuesday, July 21, District 5, 6 p.m. at Nathan Hale Library
  • Monday, July 27, District 4, 6 p.m., TBD
  • Monday, August 3, District 7, 6 p.m., Union High School
  • Tuesday, August 4, Districts 1 and 3, 6 p.m., Rudisill Regional Library

Others to be announced.