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Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative honored for beautification, sustainability efforts

Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative honored for beautification, sustainability efforts

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Volunteers with the Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative stroll Main Street in search for trash and other debris in Nov. 2019.

Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative was recently recognized for its ongoing efforts in keeping the Owasso community clean.

The city-led organization — which coordinates events like block parties and service programs, and beautifies properties and streets through volunteer efforts — was named the Government Program-Municipality winner at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s 2021 Environmental Excellence Celebration earlier this month.

“They encourage sustainability and aim to prevent neighborhoods from deteriorating,” a KOB spokesperson said during the award ceremony. “OSNI’s work impacts everyone, allowing Owasso to be a community where residents are involved, engaged and care about its future.”

Over 50 registered neighborhoods and more than 8,700 households are registered with OSNI, which has served the local residents for the past 12 years.

Through its annual events like Owasso CARES and Keep Owasso Clean, OSNI coordinated 11 initiatives in 2021 with more than 300 volunteers working over 700 hours and hauling off more than 24 tons of debris.

This is the ninth year in the last 10 that OSNI, or one of its volunteers, has been recognized by KOB, which serves as a source of pride for Owasso Neighborhood Coordinator Jerry Fowler.

“To be chosen … was exciting for our leadership team members who attended the event,” Fowler said. “It is an honor each time Owasso is recognized, and we are humbled to be included with so many individuals and groups that are having a positive impact across our state.

“For Owasso to continue to be a shining star in Oklahoma for Environmental Excellence is a tribute to the commitment and support of the Owasso CARES leadership team, city staff and the hundreds of volunteers that join our efforts to keep owasso clean throughout the year.”

More information about OSNI can be found at


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