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As Tulsans come together to celebrate Thanksgiving, my hope and prayer is for all of us to be thankful for our blessings. Please remember those who have less than we do, and reach out to those who have experienced the tragic loss of family or friends. Together, let's do all we can to lift up those who are hurting and make our community a better, safer and stronger place to live.

On this Thanksgiving day, I am especially grateful for the precious gift of family: my wife, Victoria and I give thanks every day for all the joy our children and grandchildren bring to our lives.

This is truly a great time for all of us to count our blessings. I'm thankful and very blessed to be your mayor.

May God bless each and every one of you and keep you safe during this Thanksgiving holiday.

Best regards,
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.
Mayor of Tulsa

2015 State of the City

Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., presented his 2015 State of the City to a packed house at the Cox Convention Center. You can read his full speech online, along with watching the videos:Be the ReasonThe Heart of Tulsa #BetheReason


Riverside Drive Closure

A Gathering Place for Tulsa will create a public gathering space for all Tulsans and become a cultural destination for the region. But with any transformational project comes growing and construction pains. Please read a letter from City Engineer, Paul Zachary as he addresses some of the questions we have received regarding the Riverside Drive closure for the construction of The Gathering Place and how safety was at the forefront of the decision for the road closure.

Putting the Brakes on Distracted Driving

Watch the Video

The City of Tulsa is leading the way in safety and is now one of the few municipalities in the nation to have a comprehensive distracted driving policy. Please watch "The City of Tulsa Puts the Brakes On Distracted Driving" video, produced by the Communications Department.

I also encourage you and your family to follow the City of Tulsa's lead and take steps to make your own vehicle a distracted-free zone, not only to save your own life, but the lives of others.

Best regards,
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.

Make a Difference in a Child's Life Through Mentoring

January is National Mentoring Month and cities all across the nation are focusing on the need for more mentors in schools to help children and youth succeed in life.

Here in Tulsa, my wife, Victoria Bartlett and I have supported and promoted the Mentoring to the Max initiative since I took office. The Mayor's Mentoring to the Max awareness program pairs caring adults with children who need a little extra attention to help them lead successful, productive lives.

Mentoring makes a difference in our community and can positively impact our city's economic health. As Mayor of Tulsa, I'm committed to making sure our students are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for future success.

Last summer, the City of Tulsa took the lead and adopted Emerson Elementary which is quite close to City Hall. Currently, 27 City employees are actively engaged in Emerson, serving as weekly lunch buddies, special guest readers and presenters (covering their field of expertise at the City). I'm excited about the opportunity we have as public servants to give back to our community and make a difference in these students' lives.

I also hope you'll join us in our mentoring efforts and do something great for Tulsa - share your gifts with a child to help him or her succeed in school and prepare for the future. It only takes an hour or so of your time each week, either individually or in a group setting. 

The time is now; make January the time to give back and nurture a child. Read more about Mentoring to the Max on our website.

Best regards,
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.


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