Jenks Ready for THRIVE: ERC Companies set to break ground December 8, 2015

THRIVE, a new urban lifestyle experience in Downtown Jenks, will break ground at 11:00 am on December 8th. Located between East Aquarium Place and Aquarium Drive in downtown Jenks.

Capitalizing on the vibrancy and connectivity of downtown Jenks, the THRIVE experience promises to immerse dwellers in an urban environment with access to specialized concierge services and special events, as well as being located within walking and bicycling distance to parks, dining, shops and entertainment.

“We have a unique opportunity to establish THRIVE as an urban lifestyle brand that is fanatical about the experience of our clients”, Rob Coleman, owner and CEO of ERC Companies.

With 168 living spaces from 616 to 1,100 square feet and ground floor parking garages, the three story red brick building is a natural fit with the existing architecture in downtown Jenks.

“THRIVE will undoubtedly serve as an attraction to residents looking for connectivity, energy and a great place to call home”, Josh Driskell, President Jenks Chamber of Commerce.

“THRIVE Jenks brings residential living to Village on Main- where a strollable lifestyle is within easy walkability to Riverwalk, the Oklahoma Aquarium Riverfront, and the Arts and Antiques District in Downtown Jenks. We look forward to growing our vision of waterfront living”, Mayor Kelly Dunkerley. Both Mayor Dunkerley of Jenks and Rob Coleman, owner and CEO of ERC Companies, plan on addressing the audience during the brief groundbreaking ceremony.

ABOUT ERC Companies: The downtown THRIVE: Jenks location is the second development in a series of new projects launched by ERC, which has been building single family and multi-family residential properties in the South and Midwest since 1957.  The company is undergoing a significant transformation in its overall building portfolio by focusing on developing unique living experiences that integrate both community and client needs, and highlighting local products and partners where available.

Contact: Eve Rosin, Experience Curator

THRIVE, ERC Companies

Email: erosin(at)

November luncheon to address management strategies

Leadership and management expert Clay Staires will speak at the November luncheon of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce.

The topic will be “The #1 Reason Why Managers Can’t Lead.”

The luncheon will begin at noon Nov. 18 at the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

Staires has worked with thousands of people over his 25 years as a motivational coach, developing uniquely effective leadership training programs. Those programs have been taught on university campuses, in high school classrooms, at small businesses and in nonprofit boardrooms.

He has been ranked as the No. 1 motivational speaker in Oklahoma, according to, and has shared the stage with top CEO’s and best-selling authors.

From Clay:

According to a Gallup Poll this year, 70% of our workforce is disengaged each day! This is a leadership problem of epic proportion and, unfortunately, we continue to make the same mistake over and over in our companies!  I can almost guarantee that your company has made the same mistake or is getting ready to make this mistake!  But you’re not doomed.  You can avoid disaster simply by adding just one step into your training programs. Come here what this big mistake is and how you can avoid it and prepare your workforce for engagement and enjoyment at work!

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.

RSVP to nick.demoss(at) by 4 p.m. Nov. 16 to attend.

Lights On! to kick off the holidays in Jenks

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Join us in Downtown Jenks on Thursday, Nov. 19 for this annual kickoff to the holiday shopping season!

Enjoy your favorite Downtown Jenks shops, music from the Jenks Trojanaires and Abbey Road Music Academy and more.

KOTV Chief Meteorologist Travis Meyer will broadcast live from downtown as the lights up and down Main Street flip on. The Jenks Trojanaires will join Travis on-air to add to the Christmas spirit.

Additional entertainment for attendees will be provided by the students of Abbey Road Music Academy.

In addition to your favorite Downtown Jenks shops and restaurants, you’ll be able to visit special pop-up shops and food trucks along Main Street. Confirmed pop-ups include: The Jenks Public Schools Foundation, Heidi Williams – McGraw Realtors, Reagan’s Relics, ShabbyMac Steel, and Lumber and Lace.

We’ll also have the Newspring Family Church Santa House at First and Main.

The Grinch will also pay a visit to Lights On! and will be available for pictures and mischief on First Street.

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Join us in China!


The Jenks Chamber of Commerce, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce are partnering with Citslinc International to offer their members a once-in-a-lifetime trip to China.

The trip, scheduled for fall 2016 will take attendees to the Great Wall, Tian An Men Square, Shanghai and more.

Details for the trip can be found here.

Chamber members will receive a special rate of $2,099. Non-members pay $2,299.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell at josh.driskell(at) or 918-299-5005.

New Walmart Neighborhood Market now accepting applications

The WalMart Neighborhood Market under construction at 111th and Elm Streets is now accepting applications for a variety of positions.

Applications can be filled out online at, under store 5336, or in person at the hiring center at 610 W. Main St.

As part of Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, honorably discharged veterans who apply receive priority status. Interested veterans can apply at

For questions, call 918-209-5485 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Hive celebrates grand opening


Dozens of community leaders joined Chamber staff to celebrate the grand opening of downtown Jenks’ newest attraction, The Hive.

Located at 115 S. First St., The Hive is a 6,000-square-foot creativity center featuring 3,000 square feet of gallery and event space and 1,000 square feet of artist studio space. The Hive is also the new home of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, whose staff oversee its programs.

Visit to learn more.

Click here to view photos from the grand opening.

Officials break ground on Elm Street/Creek Turnpike project

Leaders from the City of Jenks, Tulsa County, The Oklahoma Department of Transportation, The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the state legislature gathered Wednesday to break ground on an $18 million project to further develop the interchanges at the Creek Turnpike and Jenks intersections.DSC_0489

Jenks voters passed a $7.5 million bond issue for the project, and OTA has appropriated the remaining $10,588,000.

In partnership, the projects will build and improve frontage roads on either side of the Creek Turnpike to connect Elm Street and Lewis Ave south of the Creek Turnpike to the Oklahoma Aquarium at Aquarium Drive.

The plan includes a “Texas turnaround” on the east side of Elm to further eliminate an existing bank of signal lights.

School, city approve plans for downtown park

Both the Jenks School Board and Jenks City Council passed resolutions Monday night paving the way for construction of a park in downtown Jenks.The proposed park location, situated on A Street between Second and Third Streets, is owned by Jenks Public Schools. Under the agreement, the city will lease the property from the school and use excess Vision 2025 funds to construct a park.

“This is an exciting development for downtown Jenks,” Jenks Chamber president Josh Driskell said. “This green space will provide residents, businesses, students and teachers a place to gather, to play, to listen to music and more right off of Main Street.”

Last year, chamber staff orchestrated the Central Parklet, a temporary three-day park on Second Street north of Main to the alley. Positive community response to the parklet helped guide policy discussions.

The next step is for the proposal to be presented before Tulsa County’s Vision 2025 board for approval. According to city staff, that will take place in November.

To make up for lost parking, the city will pave new lots north of the Rock Gym and at First and A Street.