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Tulsa partners with Gallup to survey residents on quality of life

Posted at 5:50 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 18:01:53-05

TULSA, Okla. -- Tulsa is taking a new approach in evaluating the city's quality of life.

They're partnering with Gallup to measure factors like economic development and education.

"Provide more informed solutions to the problems that our city faces in a more data driven way to make Tulsa the best city it can be," Mayor G.T. Bynum said.

Mayor Bynum wants to run Tulsa like a business. He tells 2 Works for You that means being careful to not make assumptions like believing all Tulsans think alike.

"It's not what it means to me. It's what it means to Tulsans collectively. This is taking the evaluation process outside of city hall and putting it in the community," he said.

Mayor Bynum said one of the end goals is improving business across the city.

"Helping our businesses that are here grow and helping them understand what people who live here are looking for. I think that could be a tremendous economic development tool for us, but it's also going to be great from a recruitment and retention standpoint," he said.

The mayor reached out to Gallup after seeing them successfully prevent tuition after surveying at Purdue. He believes this could boost recognition for the city.

"Identifying areas where we can be national leaders in Tulsa. I have zero interest in us talking about "well here's what 400 other cities are doing and how we need to play catch up." I want 400 cities talking about what they can do to catch up with us," Mayor Bynum said.

Tulsa is partnering with local foundations to get donations to fund this project.

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