Bartlesville City Council exploring ways to bring new retail to the area

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - The Bartlesville City Council is looking at ways to bring more retail stores to the area.

Their efforts stem from findings outlined in the Bartlesville Economic Strategic Study. The study focuses on various ways to improve the overall quality of life, within the city.

On Monday, the council approved various measures they hope will lead to new businesses coming to town.

Specifically, they tasked the Bartlesville Development Corporation with leading a branding effort, along with the Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. They also called on city staff to look at ways to change, potentially outdated sign and landscaping ordinances. The councilmen also hope to gather input on, on how to attract retailers, from current business owners.

"We've already had several new businesses locate in Bartlesville," said Councilman Dale Copeland. "We just want to keep that momentum going."

Mayor Tom Gorman said he is excited about the development opportunities within the city. "These are all big things for the future of Bartlesville," he said.

Next, the council will look at ways to improve city parks, trails, housing options and transportation.

Copeland hopes to take a closer look at that, within the next couple of months.

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