The Oklahoma Eagle Newswire



TULSA, Okla. – November 30, 2017:  The North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative (NTEDi) will be hosting its 10th Annual symposium entitled “The Power of Community” on Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public, and will take place at Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus, 3727 E. Apache Street.  Our leading partners for this event is American Heritage Bank and  Sodexo.

The NTEDi symposium celebrates ten years of the organization’s commitment to rebuilding North Tulsa “one project at a time.”  It is about sharing information, providing resources and building community to make a positive difference for North Tulsa.

A panel discussion entitled “Building Healthy Communities – The Power of Ownership” will feature Rose Washington Rentie of Tulsa Economic Development Corporation (TEDC); Mickey Wilburn, Senior Vice President, American Heritage Bank; City of Tulsa Representative;  and Jack Henderson, NTEDi representative and former city councilor;.

Keynote speaker for the symposium will be Keynote Speaker – Dr. Deborah Gist – Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools who joined Tulsa Public Schools July 2015. Dr. Gist has served as an educator, school system leader, public sector manager and a public policy analyst for more than 29 years. She started her career in education as an elementary school teacher for several years, eventually moving into administration.

Also in attendance will be Mike Neal, CEO/President of Tulsa Regional Chamber; Eunice Tarver, Tulsa Community College Provost for Northeast Campus; Jerry Goodwin, Tulsa Community College Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication; Rose Washington, Executive Director Tulsa Economic Development Corporation; Mickey Wilburn, American Heritage Bank Senior Vice President, Matthew Letzig, Tulsa Housing Authority Chief Operating Officer;  representatives of 100 Black Men of Tulsa and other resource agencies.  There will also be information provided from professionals in the field related to marketing; housing/home ownership; business; education, workforce and healthy communities.

“We are pleased with the terrific lineup of presenters and the dynamic program we have planned for the NTEDi symposium,” said Dr. Lana Turner-Addison, NTEDi president. “We know there is tremendous power in community, which is why it makes such a compelling theme.  I encourage all Tulsans who care and are invested in the health and vibrancy of the North Tulsa community to join us for this very special event.”

Registration for this free event opens at 9 a.m., with the program to start at 10 a.m.  and Lunch will be provided.

The North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative, Inc. (NTEDi) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides leadership and support for economic development, education, workforce, housing and marketing efforts that benefit the community.  NTEDi desires to make North Tulsa economically self-sufficient, recognizing the vitality of the community.  The organization is committed to improving the well-being and quality of life for residents of North Tulsa, and does so through community engagement and partnerships with other agencies. For more information visit


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