Office of the Mayor
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
Please join us as we unite behind the spirit of high
expectations that built our city.
Mayor of Tulsa