West Tulsa community forums to be held

TULSA – Route 66 Main Street announces it will hold two public forums for the West Tulsa community. The upcoming events will connect district stakeholders to those who have the tools to expand upon the visions of area residents and business owners.

  • February 29, 2020 – 9 a.m. – Route 66 Historical Village, 3770 Southwest Blvd.
  • March 11, 2020 – 6 p.m. – Red Fork Distillery, 3310 Southwest Blvd.

The forum will be foundational to planning projects, programs and activities for Route 66 Main Street. Anyone with an interest or a stake in the district is encouraged to attend.

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Route 66 Main Street is a local 501 (c)(3) affiliate of the Main Street America and Oklahoma Main Street programs. Its district boundaries are from the Cyrus Avery Bridge (11th Street Bridge) down Route 66/Southwest Blvd. to 33rd West Ave.

Main Street employs a Four-Point Approach to revitalization:

  1. Organization: Developing a volunteer base; funding; communication; and developing a positive image for the district.
  2. Design: Improving the physical environment of the historic commercial district – buildings, public spaces; beatification; encouraging appropriate design; and historic preservation.
  3. Economic Vitality: Edifying the business environment and expanding the economic base.
  4. Promotions: Marketing the historic district as a destination; planning activities and events that draw people to the area.

From the community forums, Route 66 Main Street leaders hope to gain input from the public living, working and doing business in the district. The goal is to turn those concerns and ideas into viable ways to make West Tulsa thrive.

You can RSVP to the forums and share the information with your neighbors by clicking here to “like” our Facebook page.

East Meets West: Roaring into 2020

Route 66 Main Street is ushering in a new decade of West Tulsa revitalization with its annual East Meets West fundraiser.

The group will host the event Feb. 15 at the OSU Tandy Building on Southwest Boulevard.

The evening will include dinner, dancing, cocktails and fun with emcee Tess Maune from KOTV! Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:45 p.m. Tulsa’s only Big Band – the Sounds of Music – will play until 10:30 p.m. as guests celebrate the “Roaring ‘20s!”

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The 1920s represent the decade Route 66 was born, and we’ve seen nearly a century of it rooted in American lore as it has become the country’s most famous stretch of highway. As the centennial of the iconic Mother Road nears, Tulsa – including the west corridor – is hoping to show off for travelers from all over the world.

All proceeds from the evening’s event — the tickets, raffle sales and silent auction — go to further the work done by Tulsa’s Route 66 Main Street program.

Main Street is focused on boosting the Route 66 corridor’s economy, preserving its rich history, offering community outreach opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs and facilitating volunteer experiences for residents. Since the Main Street program began in West Tulsa, Oklahoma Department of Commerce data shows there has been more than $300 million in private sector reinvestment.

To purchase tickets, go to eastmeetswest2020.eventbrite.com. Individual tickets are $66 and tables for 10 are available for $600. Dinner is included in the ticket price and signature cocktails and beer will be available at the cash bar.

Dressing for the Roaring ‘20s theme is encouraged, but they say you won’t be alone if you choose to dress in regular cocktail attire.

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa on Southwest Boulevard has a section of theme attire and accessories especially for attendees of the event.

Join the event Facebook page by clicking here.

 

 

Oklahoma veterans groups chosen for PatriotFest grants

Route 66 Main Street in Tulsa is proud to announce the organization has chosen recipients to share in PatriotFest 2019 proceeds.

Northeastern Oklahoma organizations working with veterans or advancing veterans causes were considered to receive a portion of the proceeds generated from PatriotFest.

A news conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Route 66 Historical Village to present checks to the awardees. The Route 66 Village is located at 3700 Southwest Blvd.

The Main Street president and chair of PatriotFest will be available for media comments, along with other members of the committee and grant recipients.

This year’s presentations will be made to representatives from the following organizations:

American Legion Billie A Hall Post 17, Sand Springs
Northeastern Oklahoma Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Commerce
Oklahoma Blue Star Mothers, Tulsa Chapter
Daniel Webster High School JROTC

PatriotFest is held leading up to Memorial Day in West Tulsa and is organized by Route 66 Main Street. It brings together thousands to celebrate brave Americans who have answered the call of duty.

Attendees peruse dozens of vehicles in the car show and enjoy military displays, street food, live music, vendors and a classic Americana pin-up contest. Car show entrants also cruise in a parade down historic Route 66.

Organizations chosen to share in the funds raised are announced around Veterans Day. 

Route 66 Main Street is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the Main Street America umbrella. The group is focused on historical preservation, economic vitality, revitalization and community spirit along the Route 66 corridor from downtown Tulsa to the Red Fork District.

 

2019 PatriotFest Grant Applications Open

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TULSA – Organizers of PatriotFest have opened the application process for veterans’ groups to receive grants from the event’s 2019 proceeds.
PatriotFest is held leading up to Memorial Day in Southwest Tulsa and is organized by Route 66 Main Street. It brings together thousands to celebrate brave Americans who have answered the call of duty.
Northeastern Oklahoma organizations working with veterans or advancing veterans causes may qualify to receive a portion of the proceeds generated from PatriotFest.
The application period opened on August 27, 2019. The deadline to submit applications is September 23, 2019. Recipients will be notified in late October.
Grants are awarded around Veterans Day in November.
To apply, go to rt66patriotfest.com and click on “2019 grant application.”
Some of the past grant recipients chosen by the PatriotFest executive committee include Northeastern Oklahoma Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Commerce, the Tulsa Veterans Day Parade, OK Honor Flights, Webster High School JROTC, Sand Springs American Legion, Bristow VFW, Claremore Disabled Veterans Association and two military museums, among other groups.
The 2019 PatriotFest was held May 26 on the grounds of Route 66 Village on Southwest Boulevard. Attendees perused dozens of vehicles in the car show and enjoyed military displays, street food, vendors and a pin-up contest. Car show entrants also cruised in a parade down historic Route 66.
Organizers currently are planning the 2020 event.

 

Riding the Rails along Route 66

In the Tulsa area, there are great companies all down Route 66, especially in our corridor. @bnsfrailway is one of those wonderful partners helping us aid the community, preserve and reinvest in the west side and show that the Oklahoma economy is barrelling forward on the track.
Thanks to BNSF for taking folks in the community on a ride along the Mother Road this weekend! We are grateful for their contributions to the city in which we live, work and play. 🚂💨

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Thank you BNSF Railway!

Shouting out a big THANK YOU to BNSF for the grant Route 66 Main Street received recently. The Cherokee Yard operated by BNSF occupies a major presence along our approximately 4.2 mile long corridor.
A bit of trivia for the railway buffs out there: the Cherokee Switching Yard is known for its a “hump yard” operations:
“Hump yard and gravity yard tracks are usually highly automated and designed for the efficient break-down, sorting, and recombining of freight into consists, so they are equipped with mechanical retarders (external brakes) and scales that a computer or operator uses along with knowledge of the gradient of the hump to calculate and control the speed of the cars as they roll downhill to their destination tracks.”BNSF Thank you

Forward Program for Entrepreneurs

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Tulsa Route 66 Main Street and TEDC (with the support of Goodwill Industries of Tulsa and the City of Tulsa) will once again be providing the Forward Program for Entrepreneurs beginning April 30, 2019. This year, the Forward Program will feature two 4 week sessions designed for entrepreneurs who are interested in starting their own business or franchise here in Southwest Tulsa. The first of the sessions begins on April 30 through May 21st and focuses on starting new businesses. The second session starts on June 4th concluding on June 25th with a focus on existing businesses.

Questions or to register for classes, email: dsavage@rt66mainstreet.org.