From an emergency shelter in place, a presidential visit, to budget challenges, what a year 2020 was for Tulsa.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said he did the best he could with the information that he had to lead the city. News On 6’s Chinh Doan sat down with the Mayor and learned about his focus for 2021.
"A cascade of challenges" is how Bynum describes 2020: The pandemic, recession, job furloughs, protests and riots, as well as a Tulsa police sergeant killed and an officer critically hurt in the line of duty.
"I try to do the best I could with the information available to me every step of the way," said Bynum.
Bynum told News On 6 the biggest obstacle for the city currently is containing the spread of COVID-19.
Bynum said some of the city's proudest accomplishments in 2020 include becoming one of the first in the country to open a free financial counseling center, as well as economic growth, including American Airlines investing more than half a billion dollars to more big news not yet announced.
"We're having a lot of exciting conversations with companies that want to bring great jobs and a lot of investment to Tulsa, and my hope is those will come to fruition in the year ahead," said Bynum.
Now in his second term, the mayor said 2021 will be incredibly important historically as our community commemorates 100 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre.
"As part of that, it's going to bring, at least I hope, a renewed level of focus on what we're doing to make Tulsa a city where every kid in our community has an equal shot at a great life no matter what part of town they happen to grow up in," said Bynum.
As for the upcoming budget, the mayor said there will be cuts in staffing. Bynum said he and the city council are working on a budget for councilors to vote on in June.