Tulsa Mayor Bynum highlights areas of focus in State of the City address

Tulsa Mayor Bynum highlights areas of focus in State of the City address (KTUL)

There’s been some new changes statewide following the midterm elections, and today in Tulsa, Mayor G.T. Bynum told a large crowd about the changes the city can expect.

There was a packed crowd of more than 1,300 people listening today as Mayor Bynum shared how he says Tulsa is doing.

“The state of our city is strong," said Bynum.

It was a State of the City address two years after taking office.

He shared his vision of where Tulsa is headed.

“We have to focus on three main areas and that’s what we’re doing," said Bynum.

The first, he said, is creating a safer city by boosting the police force.

“Two years ago, when I was sworn is as mayor, we didn’t have enough police officers to follow every beat," said Bynum.

Since then, he says 90 officers have been funded and community policing projects are at work.

Not to mention the opening of the sobering center to cut down on people being thrown in jail.

"We have to make it an opportunity for everyone," said Bynum.

The second area, building small businesses and welcoming people from every walk of life.

“We’re building the city that this generation of Tulsans wants to leave to the next," said Bynum.

Mayor Bynum highlighted the Gathering Place as a key success story for the city, along with BMX’s new headquarters and construction downtown.

“We have over $300 million in projects slated to break ground in the next 12 months," said Bynum.

The mayor also says the city intends to focus on education and infrastructure.

“The reality is our streets are a long way away from being something we can be proud of," said Bynum.

Mayor Bynum says the city is working to get those streets repaired quickly.

Secondly, he says he will continue to stand with teachers seeking better pay.

All of this he says is only possible if those across the city can work together.

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