Mayor G.T. Bynum has named Jack Neely as his Chief of Capital Investment effective Feb 1. Neely will work on the advancement of the City’s capital improvements program and community development initiatives.
Most of the largest City of Tulsa projects are funded through the capital improvement program, with voter-approved sales taxes and general obligation bonds providing hundreds of millions of dollars for transportation improvements including streets, bridges and transit; maintenance and improvements to parks and other City facilities, and purchases of equipment for the police and fire departments and other needs.
“I first came to know Jack through his years of service on the Utility Authority and have long been grateful that a brilliant businessman with such keen financial acumen is willing to give of his time and talent to the City,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “We have so many opportunities to make smart investments today that will benefit Tulsans for generations to come, and I am excited to have Jack’s help in making sure we make the most of them.”
Neely will continue to advance the voter approved Vision Tulsa economic development capital improvements package from 2016. Projects currently in progress include the BMX National Headquarters in the Historic Greenwood District, Zink Dam modifications in the Arkansas River, the Route 66 Village Train Depot and Gilcrease Museum. A second Improve Our Tulsa package was approved by Tulsa voters in 2019, with work currently beginning through bond funding, with sales taxes to support more projects beginning in July 2021.
“I’m honored to join Mayor Bynum’s team as we work together to make Tulsa an even better community,” Neely said. “Tulsans have approved extensive capital improvements in recent years and I look forward to working with the talented City team to deliver these projects efficiently and responsibly.”
For the past 30 years, Neely has worked at Ballard Management managing investments, small businesses and the accounting, tax and legal relationships for business offices. For the past 18 years, Neely has also served on the City’s Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority (TMUA), which is the public trust organization that helps manage, construct, and maintain Tulsa's water works and sanitary sewer systems. Neely will continue his service with TMUA.
Neely has been heavily involved in the Tulsa community for years and has served on various boards such as Leadership Tulsa, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Parent-Child Center of Tulsa and most recently served as a Trustee for the University of Tulsa. Neely has also been engaged with his alma mater, Duke University and served on the Nasher Museum Board of Advisors and Trinity Board of Advisors.
Neely holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University and is currently on the board of directors for Arvest Bank.