Mayor G.T. Bynum presents his 2017 State of the City speech on Thursday, November 2, 2017.
In 1900, Tulsa's population was approximately 1,400 people. In 2000, it was just shy of 400,000. What happened in one century that allowed such tremendous growth? Some will say it was the discovery of oil, and that no doubt played a part. But oil was discovered in many towns across Oklahoma that didn't grow the way Tulsa did. So what made us different?
We were fortunate to have pioneers with a spirit of high expectations for their new hometown. They didn't want to be the oil capital of Green Country - they made Tulsa "The Oil Capital of the World". They built a place known as "America's Most Beautiful City." When they saw an airplane for the first time, they decided to build one of the first airports in the world which led to the growth of the aviation industry right here in Tulsa.
Today, we are entering a renewal of that spirit of high expectations. In the next few years, we will open the greatest city park in America, become the home to an Olympic sport, and transform the museum that houses the world's greatest collection of Western art. We will build a lake in the center of the city, creating new recreational opportunities for the entire region. We will move from a laggard to a leader in the field of public transportation with the installation of bus rapid transit lines. The City government will partner with our schools and our entire county in ways never before seen in Tulsa, while also becoming a national leader in the use of data to deliver tremendous customer service to citizens.
Tulsa is a special place and it is on the move. I come from a family that believes service as Mayor of Tulsa is the greatest honor in elected public service, and I am so thankful my fellow Tulsans have given me this chance to give it my all in this job.
Please join us as we unite behind the spirit of high expectations that built our city.
Mayor of Tulsa