Rep. Bridenstine to address April luncheon

Congressman Jim Bridenstine will be the featured speaker at the Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s Monthly Luncheon on April 19.

The luncheon begins at noon at the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell said the luncheon will be a good opportunity for Jenks residents and business owners to meet with their representative.

We’re looking forward to hosting Congressman Bridenstine and look forward to his insight on the goings on in Washington D.C. under the new presidential administration,” Driskell said.

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members and non-RSVP’d guests.

RSVP to nick.demoss@jenkschamber.com by 5 p.m. April 17 to attend.

Craig Bowman Farmers Insurance returns as food truck festival title sponsor

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Craig Bowman Farmers Insurance back as the title sponsor for the fifth annual Jenks America Food Truck Festival. The festival will take place May 6 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Main Street Jenks between First and Third Streets.

The Jenks America Food Truck Festival draws more than 10,000 visitors annually to downtown Jenks to enjoy the charming downtown and sample the region’s most popular food trucks, live local music and shopping.

Craig Bowman Farmers Insurance will also be bringing back the popular kids zone to provide family fun for all ages.

Sponsorships are still available.

Click here to find out how your business can get involved with one of Jenks’ most popular festivals.

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Jenks America Food Truck Festival Returns May 6

Jenks’ fastest-growing festival returns May 6 for a day of food, music and fun on Main Street.

The Jenks America Food Truck Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on  Saturday, May 6 in downtown Jenks, between First and Third Streets.

The festival brings together the region’s hottest food trucks, local musicians and artists in the unique setting of Main Street Jenks to showcase the one-of-a-kind atmosphere of the downtown area.

Want to get involved? Click here for sponsorship information.

Want to enter your food truck? Download the application here.

Are you an artist or artisan? Download the non-food vendor application here.

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Chamber board endorses school bond

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors voted at their last meeting to support the Feb. 14 Jenks Public Schools bond election.

The bonds are not projected to increase taxes. The Feb. 14 vote will include two bond issues totaling $10.4 million. Bond funds will be used to provide district-wide equipment, safety improvements, textbooks, technology, improvements to the middle school athletic fields and classrooms for secondary students.

Josh Driskell, president of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, urged voters to support the measure.

“Jenks Public Schools are recognized among the best in the state and nation thanks to the continued support of the community,” he said. “These projects will continue to provide the excellent return on investment we’ve all come to expect.”

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Click here to confirm your registration, find your polling place and view sample ballots. 

Leaders celebrate 2016, look ahead to 2017

We had a great evening celebrating the achievements of 2016 and looking forward to 2017! Congratulations to all those nominated for awards- our winners were:

Young Professional of the Year: Cody Brumley, FBC Jenks

New Business of the Year: FlyingTee

Retailer of the Year: Biergarten Wine & Spirits

Restaurant/Bar of the Year: The Cigar Box Whiskey Bar & Tap House

Community Impact Award: Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO)

Business of the Year: Tedford Insurance

Ed Gerchman Leadership Award: Pat Thomas

The George Tedford Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jenks High School’s Sarah Thiessen, and Jenks Public Schools Chief Information Officer Bonnie Richert Rogers was honored for her service as her service on the Chamber’s Board of Directors ended. Craig Bowman celebrated a successful year as Chair of the Board of Directors, and Greg Helms of Gshelms & Associates Architecture was inaugurated as 2017 chair.

See photos here.

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Coldwell Banker Select – Barbara Bilby

Special thanks to Josh Stout for donating this year’s silent auction piece. “Purgatory” is a 10″x20″ original oil on canvas knife painting.

About Josh: After his steady rise and scorching sales record, Oklahoma artist Josh Stout continues to catch the attention of collectors across the US. As one of the top selling regional artists, Josh has a packed calendar… from booking shows and fundraisers, to speaking and demonstrating live at events across the area, or maybe its just supporting 1 of his 5 children at the local basketball game.

“Purgatory” 10″x20″ Oil on Canvas, created with knife blades

To learn more about the artist, visit joshstoutart.com.

Driskell named chair-elect of statewide board

Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell has been chosen as Chair-elect of the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives group.

Known as OCCE, the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives is a professional development organization for chamber leaders across the state. Its members strive to encourage the highest professional standards for men and women in chamber of commerce management.

Driskell was elected at the annual conference in Shawnee Nov. 2. He will assume the chairmanship following the 2017 conference.

State of the City luncheon November 16

Jenks Mayor Kelly Dunkerley will deliver the State of the City address at the Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s November luncheon.

The luncheon will begin at noon Nov. 16 a the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

The address will provide an update on several major projects underway in Jenks. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions following the address.

Dunkerley was re-elected to the Jenks city council in 2013 and became mayor in 2015. Prior to his election to city council, Dunkerley served on the Jenks Planning Commission and the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, or $20 for non-members and non-RSVP’d guests.

RSVP to nick.demoss(at)jenkschamber.com by 4 p.m. Nov. 14 to attend.

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Bank of Oklahoma announces new Jenks banking center

Jenks, OK (Sept. 27, 2016) — Today, Bank of Oklahoma announced a new banking center will be constructed in Jenks’ Haddington Square shopping center at 111th and Elm. It is the first new construction for Bank of Oklahoma in Jenks. The company has had a banking center in the Jenks Reasor’s since September 2004. Bank of Oklahoma joins Haddington Square tenants Walmart Neighborhood Market and Kum & Go.

Bank officials and guests were joined by Jenks Mayor Kelly Dunkerley and members of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce to break ground on the new location.

“Bank of Oklahoma is a strong community partner. Investments like this show the strength of the Jenks market and Bank of Oklahoma’s commitment to Jenks,” said Josh Driskell, president of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce.

Bank of Oklahoma worked with Architects Ink to create the modern look and functional design, which includes two video drive-through lanes, a drive-through, full-service digital ATM lane, a night drop for commercial clients, meeting rooms, and offices for mortgage and investment representatives. The estimated completion date is March 2017.

“For Bank for Oklahoma, Jenks is much more than just a place to do business,” said Greg Wagner, Bank of Oklahoma branch delivery manager. “Many Bank of Oklahoma employees call Jenks home and have children in Jenks schools. So it is with particular pride that we announce that this will be the site for Bank of Oklahoma’s first traditional, full-service banking center in Jenks.”

Wagner said the influx of commercial and residential growth on the south side of Jenks made Haddington Square a convenient location for the bank’s growing South Tulsa client base.

“Jenks is experiencing such an exciting and unique time of both residential and commercial growth. Now is the perfect time for Bank of Oklahoma to expand our space and offer all the amenities that come with a full-sized banking center to both residents and businesses in Jenks and the surrounding communities,” said Wagner.

In the past year, Bank of Oklahoma has added new banking centers in several communities across Oklahoma. In September 2015, Bank of Oklahoma broke ground on a new banking center in Broken Arrow’s Hillside Crossings shopping center. The bank also opened new banking centers in Norman, Edmond and Warr Acres in 2016.

About BOK Financial Corporation
BOK Financial Corporation is a $32 billion regional financial services company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company’s stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the Global Select market listings (symbol: BOKF). BOK Financial’s holdings include BOKF, NA, BOK Financial Securities, Inc. and The Milestone Group, Inc. BOKF, NA operates TransFund, Cavanal Hill Investment Management, BOK Financial Asset Management, Inc. and seven banking divisions: Bank of Albuquerque, Bank of Arizona, Bank of Arkansas, Bank of Kansas City, Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of Texas and Colorado State Bank and Trust. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides commercial and consumer banking, investment and trust services, mortgage origination and servicing, and an electronic funds transfer network. For more information, visit www.bokf.com.

Leadership Jenks Class 30 Announced

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce is please to announce the 30th class of Leadership Jenks.

Jeff Brown, AEP PSO

Steven Bullard, McGraw Realtors

Robert Carrasco, AEP PSO

Renee Daugherty, Oklahoma State University

Karen Earle, Cox Media

Linda Floyd, Specialty Pharmacy Management

Rudy Freese, First United Methodist Church

Shawna Hughes, Tulsa Federal Credit Union

Gene Jiles, AEP PSO

Gary Kirk, Innovative Air Pros

Ashtyn Lancaster, BancFirst

Ryan Law, Grace Living Centers

Terri Long

Andrea McNulty, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits and Keller Williams

Sherman Merchant, Jenks Public Schools

Jacob Miller, AEP PSO

Erin Oller, Hillcrest Medical Center

Natalie Payne, Winfield Property Management

Jeff Pense, 180 Kitchen and Bath Design

Mark Petrich, Hall, Estill

Sam Sebo, Allan Edwards, Inc.

Ray Stephens, Tivo

Christa Sutherland, Kimberly Clark

Amy Vargus,

Jonathan Walter, Jackie Cooper Imports

Joe Weaver, Williams Company

Kimberlee Whiteman, BOK Financial

Derek Williamson, Tulsa Tech

Shawna Young, Tulsa Federal Credit Union

The goal of Leadership Jenks is to identify and motivate emerging leaders in the community. The program is a joint program organized and co-sponsored by the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation and the City of Jenks. All expenses associated with the program are sponsored by the Chamber, Foundation, City and community businesses. Participants learn about the key components that make the community function including the City of Jenks, Jenks Public Schools, the business community and more.

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Jenks breaks ground on Downtown Commons

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City leaders and school board members broke ground on Tuesday, September 20, for the development of the Jenks Downtown Commons. The ceremony took place at the construction site for the park, which is currently a parking lot owned by Jenks Public Schools, at 220 E. A Street.

The primary goal of the project is to provide public green space and a gathering place for Jenks residents, students and visitors at a location near downtown Jenks and Jenks High School. Additionally, the park and two recently completed parking lots will increase public parking downtown Jenks.

“Jenks City Council and Jenks Public Schools share a vision to connect the high school campus and downtown Jenks so students, parents, employees, Jenks citizens and visitors have easy access to education, culture, arts, music and athletic activities,” said Jenks’ Mayor Kelly Dunkerley. “This public park, along with other improvements to the downtown Jenks area such as the Hive arts building and planned alleyway improvements, enhance the connection between Jenks Public Schools and downtown Jenks.”

The park will feature a stage, green space, public restrooms, bike racks and additional parking. The project also includes upgrades to the alleyways including lighting, paving and landscaping.

Demolition construction began on September 6, 2016, and will be completed in early 2017. Construction of the Jenks Downtown Commons is being funded via Vision 2025 funds.

“Parks support public health, the economy, the environment, education and community cohesion,” said school board president Melissa Abdo. “All of Jenks and Jenks Public Schools will benefit from the addition of this park. We are thrilled to be a partner on this project and to have this type of space in our community.”

Click here to see photos from the ceremony.

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Editor’s Note:

In November 2015, the Vision Authority approved the City of Jenks Downtown Park project, which consisted of the construction of:

  • An event park at 220 East A Street that includes a stage, green space, public restrooms, bike racks, and public parking spaces.
  • Public parking lot at 312 East B Street.
  • Public parking lot on A Street immediately east of the rail tracks (110 West A Street).
    It has been determined that school and community events at the park and general downtown vicinity would benefit from improvements to alleyways and streets. Such improvements include but are not limited to the installation of removable bollards on adjacent streets and alleyways, improved lighting, pavement improvements, sidewalk installation and upgrades and landscaping.