Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Officials Report on Vision Projects

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Officials Report on Vision Projects

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Kirby Crowe recalls when Tulsa suffered through a tough economic downturn in the months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"There was panic based on where the economy was going," said Crowe, owner and managing director of Tulsa-based Program Management Group LLC.

Crowe oversees the hundreds of projects paid for by money raised by the sales tax collected in the Vision 2025 vote in September 2003.

Crowe and University of Oklahoma-Tulsa President Gerard Clancy gave a status report on Vision 2025 projects on Monday at the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus.

Like a decade ago, many are worried that Tulsa is falling behind other regional cities and must approve quality-of-life projects and infrastructure improvements to keep up.

Tulsa County commissioners last month put a $748.5 million sales tax plan on the Nov. 6 ballot. Backers of the plan, called Vision 2, said it would build on the momentum created by Vision 2025.

The tax plan is in two parts. One proposal is a $361.9 million quality-of-life plan that includes low-water dams in the Arkansas River, roads, bridges and drainage projects. The second proposal is a $386.8 million economic development package that focuses on improving hangars and industrial facilities on the east side of Tulsa International Airport.

The money would improve public property that is used for private industry at TIA. American Airlines, Spirit Aero Systems and IC Bus, a division of Navistar International Corp., are housed in buildings that date back to the World War II era.

If approved, the quality-of-life portion of the initiative would raise $152.5 million to fund projects in Tulsa. Broken Arrow and eight other communities within Tulsa County also have projects worth more than $200 million.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett's list was put together following a series of forums across Tulsa over the past two weeks. …

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