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The City of Tulsa's James Wagner Explains the Newly Posted 2018 Gallup-Tulsa Citivoice Index

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Aired on Friday, January 11th.

Our guest is James Wagner, the Chief of Performance Strategy and Innovation for the City of Tulsa. He leads a team in Mayor Bynum's office that aims to use data both effectively and intelligently in order to reach goals, remove barriers, find solutions, and foster community throughout Tulsa. Wagner joins us to discuss the results of a newly announced data-driven study that Tulsa has completed with the aid of the Gallup polling organization. As is noted of the so-called 2018 Gallup-Tulsa Citivoice Index at the City of Tulsa's website: "Good governance requires good data. Without understanding residents' basic needs, opinions, and ideas, city leaders cannot make quality policy decisions or address important issues within their city.... Recognizing the need to develop a new way to regularly assess how residents fare on key dimensions, the City of Tulsa partnered with Gallup in 2018 to develop and conduct a first-of-its-kind citywide survey of its residents. This representative study, which uses address-based sampling, will be conducted on a yearly basis to track the city's progress in improving quality of life and civic engagement among its residents." And so, as Wagner tells us, the survey contacted nearly 4,500 Tulsans from all walks of life to collect their views on three key questions: 1) Do residents view Tulsa as a destination to live and work? 2) Do Tulsans have access to basic needs and services required to lead healthy, productive and fulfilling lives? And 3) How do local institutions, organizations, and Tulsans themselves contribute to improving their local community?

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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