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YP Tulsa cites 'new kind of energy'

A new logo for Tulsa is appearing on buildings downtown, and members of Young Professionals of Tulsa are encouraging government, businesses and volunteer organizations to adopt it for themselves.

The logo's slogan, "Tulsa -- A New Kind of Energy," is meant to reflect on Tulsa's past as an oil producer as well as the growing excitement for strengthening the downtown area, said Casey Stowe, a member of YP Tulsa's advisory council.

"It's in the spirit of the 'I Love New York' campaign," he said.

YP Tulsa, a grass-roots organization devoted to promoting Tulsa's assets, activities and heritage to attract young creative talent, aims to spread the logo to everyone involved in the revitalization effort.

Already, banners bearing the logo have appeared on many of the buildings whose owners have submitted applications to city leaders for part of the $9.3 million in Vision 2025 sales tax funds designated for downtown residential projects.

During a press conference Thursday at Bartlett Square at Fifth and Main streets, Stowe said the logo and slogan are a free "gift to the city" for any organization to use.

"This is us saying, 'Thank you for taking a chance and believing in Tulsa,' " he said.

Kim MacLeod, a spokeswoman for the city, said officials have requested a banner bearing the logo to hang on City Hall, and the logo will soon appear on the city's Web site, www.cityoftulsa.org.

The logo, which replaces the "s" in "Tulsa" with a curving blue and green flame, was designed by YP Tulsa members, Stowe said.

Downtown's new energy is coming from a variety of developments, such as the Vision 2025 initiative and recent investment in buildings, he said.

Organizations interested in incorporating the logo and slogan into their own efforts can contact YP Tulsa by e-mail at energy@yptulsa.com


Robert Evatt 581-8447

robert.evatt@tulsaworld.com

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