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Groups that raise money for nonstop flight incentives are common across the country, and they typically use air service development consultants to assist in negotiations with airlines, said Stan Sallee, chair of the Tulsa County Board of Commissioners. Minimum revenue guarantees are designed to reduce an airline’s risk of financial loss over the ramp-up period of new nonstop service.

Groups that raise money for nonstop flight incentives are common across the country, and they typically use air service development consultants to assist in negotiations with airlines, said Stan Sallee, chair of the Tulsa County Board of Commissioners. Minimum revenue guarantees are designed to reduce an airline’s risk of financial loss over the ramp-up period of new nonstop service.

In 2017, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, on behalf of Gathering Place, won a city-sponsored design competition to build the bridge. The winning design, called the Gateway Bridge, will replace the century-old pedestrian bridge that sits abandoned over the Arkansas River at approximately 29th Street and Riverside Drive.

Despite the excitement and pageantry surrounding Saturday’s opening of the Gathering Place, this isn’t just to thank you for that amazing gift to the community. I want to thank you for being the kind of person who — if we all had the same resources that you have — I would hope most of us would be.

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