Brogdon Set to Announce Run for Governor

We overheard that State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, will announce his intention to run for governor at the April 18 GOP state convention.
Since being elected State Senator in 2002, Brogdon champions legislation such as “The Taxpayer Bill of Rights” and SB 1 “The Taxpayer Transparency Act.”
In addition, he was successful in leading the charge to opt out of the federal “Real ID Act” of 2005.
Brogdon has authored the 10th Amendment Resolution, or SJR 10. The resolution is designed to protect states rights and prevent the federal government from overexerting its legislative power. Brogdon’s efforts on the 10th Amendment Initiative have brought him national attention from several media outlets across the country.
In March, Sen. Brogdon was invited to speak to the Pennsylvania State Legislature about his work on the 10th Amendment Initiative.
Brogdon has received several accolades for his consistent, conservative voting record from state and national organizations. He was also the first State Senator in 20 years to receive a 100 percent mark on the Conservative Vote Index.
Brogdon has been a business owner for more than 30 years in the air conditioning industry. He previously owned a mechanical contracting firm with his father. He was also president of Environmental Products Supply, a company specializing in Geo-Exchange heating and cooling.
Randy was born in Ardmore and raised in Tulsa. He and his wife, Donna, reside in Owasso.
In Collaboration
The Collaboratorium, a “start-up to help start-ups,” will open in May, said Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Chair Sean Griffin.
The Collaboratorium, a non-traditional entrepreneurial resource center at 111 W. Fifth St., offers local entrepreneurs discounted shared space, hands-on business coaching, education, networking and access to specific resources to help grow their businesses business. Sustainable Tulsa recently signed a lease agreement with the Collaboratorium and Kanbar Properties, owner of the building, and will act as the umbrella organization under which the Collaboratorium operates.
At the time of publication, 49 local business owners had submitted applications to lease space within the Collaboratorium. Gerald Buckley, CEO of Grocio.com and winner of the 2008 Spirit Award, will be the center’s first tenant. He was awarded a one year lease in the space, in addition to his $30,000 cash prize from SpiritBank.
For more on the Collaboratorium, including application instructions, visit www.tulsacollab.com.
Actioncam Makes Network TV Debut
A Tulsa-based company provided aerial shots for CBS during the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four from Ford Field in Detroit this month, said P.J. Bennett, CEO.
The “flying” high-definition camera system, called Actioncam, was founded by Bennett two year ago. Bennett is an electrical engineer and a veteran of the flying camera industry. The Actioncam is a camera system suspended by five computer controlled cables. It is filled with electronics that allow operators to plot its precise position over the playing surface as it “flies” above the action at speeds up to 50 miles per hour.
“If you had to choose an event to launch at, you would choose the Indy 500, the Super Bowl or the Final Four,” Bennett said. “And we’re doing the Final Four,” he said.
Bennett and a crew of four Actioncam employees installed the camera system over three days this week at Ford Field. They demonstrated it for CBS broadcast executives on the Wednesday before the event and won the go-ahead to provide live shots at the Final Four.
“The director form CBS came over and his exact words were ‘if you can do what I see here I’m going to use you all the time,’” Bennett said. “For a coming out event, the first time we will be on broadcast TV, this is pretty exciting for us. We will be getting great shots, changing the way basketball is broadcast and showing off our capabilities.”
Actioncam distinguishes itself from other systems by its speed and the ability to shoot at varying angles as it flies above the playing surface. In addition, the fifth cable delivers the high definition signal from the camera to the network production units and ensures the camera won’t fall if one of the four maneuvering cables fails.
“This is the first time an aerial camera has been used in basketball like this,” Bennett said. “Everybody will see something they have never seen before. I think we will see a lot of it because the director seems to like it.”
Actioncam is a client of i2E, the OCAST-funded not-for-profit company that mentors many of Oklahoma’s technology-based start-up companies.
The Collective Closes
The Collective, a coffeehouse, cafe and bar in the restaurant strip just south of the University of Tulsa campus on 11th Street, shuttered its doors earlier this month.
The Collective team notified customers of the closure via e-mail, citing a breakdown in purchase negotiations with the owner of the building.
“With expenses escalating, and an extremely high rent payment, we were unable to continue serving you,” the e-mail said.
“We will try to serve Tulsa in the capacities that we can in the future.”
The coffeehouse, cafe and bar, at 3148 E. 11th St., was a haunt of TU students, as well as local musicians, concert- and cult moviegoers. The space served as an event venue as well as a gallery for local art.
Compulsive Gambling Honors Osage Tribe
The Osage Nation was recognized for its work to raise awareness related to gambling addiction and related issues.
The Oklahoma Association for Problem and Compulsive Gambling presented a plaque, and painting, to the Osage Nation and the Osage Million Dollar Elm Training Department for their outstanding contributions in this area. The presentation took place April 3, at Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa.
OAPCG’s executive director, Wiley D. Harwell, says the Osage Nation has done exemplary work in training all their casino employees on the signs and symptoms of the problem gambler. Approximately 65 percent of all calls to the Oklahoma Problem Gambling Helpline, 1-800-522-4700, say the casino was the referral source for the call.
Oktoberfest Preserves A Tulsa Landmark
The 200 year old burr oak that stands proud and tall at the south side of the Oktoberfest property at Third Street and Lawton Avenue needs some care.
Over time the tree withstood all of what Oklahoma weather has to offer, wind, rain, heat, and ,of course, ice. The historic tree has a crack that is threatening to split it down the middle of the trunk, and will surely kill the infamous “hangin’ tree.”
Local certified arborist, David Hathaway, of Out on a Limb Tree Service, has been tasked with helping to heal this Tulsa landmark. After two separate visits to the tree to assess the damage, Hathaway has developed a plan for saving the tree and giving it the opportunity to live.



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