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Getting to Know the Recently Formed Smart Growth Tulsa Coalition

Aired on Monday, July 28th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Bill Leighty, a longtime realtor in our community who's also served on the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, the City's Transportation Advisory Board, and its Land Use Task Force. Moreover, Leighty is the executive director of the Smart Growth Tulsa Coalition, which he tells us all about on today's program. As is noted at this organization's website: "Founded in April of 2014, Smart Growth Tulsa is a coalition committed to creating healthy communities that work for everyone with strong schools, shops, and local businesses, improved mobility options, and jobs that pay well. We are a nonpartisan organization committed to policies, not politics.... Part of our mission is to provide our citizens with the ideas and news they need to build more prosperous, livable, and sustainable communities. We recognize the benefit of increased population density and tightly controlled sprawl to save money on infrastructure and maintenance costs. We advocate for smart growth solutions to create safe, healthy, and affordable...neighborhoods served by adequate public transportation. We are committed to creating local jobs and protecting the environment. We support smart public investments and common-sense solutions based upon proven ideas, not just good theory. We want major capital spending projects to be entirely consistent with our comprehensive plan and subjected to a sound return on investment analysis before they are considered." If you're interested in learning more about the Smart Growth Tulsa Coalition, you can visit its Facebook page and/or contact Bill Leighty directly at Bill@SmartGrowthTulsa.com. Also, you can check out an open-to-the-public event that Smart Growth Tulsa will host in connection with Tulsa Now at Foolish Things Coffee (located in downtown Tulsa) on Wednesday, August 6th, at 6pm.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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