GRDA okays building purchase in Tulsa

The Grand River Dam Authority board of directors approved plans this morning for GRDA to purchase an 42,000-square-foot office building in east Tulsa.

Voting in favor of the Tulsa move were Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr., Greg Grodhaus of Grove, Brent LaGere of Chandler and Steve Spears of Cushing.

Betty Kerns of Stillwater and Chris Meyers of Oklahoma City were opposed to the property purchase in Tulsa, and David Chernicky of Tulsa was absent from the meeting.

Eight state legislators in northeast Oklahoma sent a letter to the GRDA board, calling the plan “an assault upon and insult to northeastern Oklahoma.”

State Sen. Sean Burrage said the group is against the GRDA’s planned purchase of a 42,000-square-foot office building in Tulsa -- a community not served by the electric company.

 “Since its very beginnings, GRDA has maintained its operations in northeastern Oklahoma,” said Burrage. “They’ve claimed they need an office in Tulsa in able to recruit engineers and other positions, but we’re just not buying it. We’ve seen recent growth at the MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor and industries like Google who have announced major investments here.  To expand their operations outside of the area GRDA serves is a slap in the face to all of us in northeastern Oklahoma.”

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