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January 21, 2014

Flanagan to discuss growth at Chamber luncheon

CLAREMORE —

The City of Claremore will showcase 2013 development Thursday during the annual State of the City address.
The event, hosted by the Claremore Chamber of Commerce,  will begin at 11:45 a.m. at the Rogers State University Centennial Center.
Mayor Bill Flanagan and City Manager Jim Thomas will address the audience, detailing the city’s accomplishments in 2013.
A year ago,  the city’s presentation detailed growth, including new businesses and the creation of tax incentive districts to improve development.
The $40 million Baker Hughes expansion was another hot topic of discussion. Almost 27 new businesses opened in 2012.
Although, it is almost impossible to predict the content of this year’s speech, Flanagan will likely recap continued business growth in 2013.
Claremore welcomed several businesses to the area, including the announcement of two hotels, a Buffalo Wild Wings, El Banquette and the construction of a CVS Pharmacy.
Bennett’s Pharmacy opened in the old Braum’s building on Lynn Riggs Road
In April, Rogers State University broke ground on a $4.9 million dining hall and Rogers County officials moved into its new courthouse.
In August, Holiday Inn Express & Suites announced it will build in Claremore at 1400 W. Country Club Lane. 
The hotel and conference center will include 80 rooms and a 5,000 to 6,000 conference center.
The City of Claremore, Visit Claremore and the Chamber of Commerce, along with the KT Patel family, held a groundbreaking for La Quinta Inns & Suites in November. 
The three-story, 70-room hotel will be located at 774 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd.
In October Buffalo Wild Wings opened in The Market shopping center. 
The city assisted the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in the widening of J. M. Davis Boulevard.
The city of Claremore also began investing in the realignment of Hwy. 20 in Claremore. In August, city councilors approved $273,900 for an engineering services agreement for the initial stage of the $30 million plan.  
In October, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation place the Hwy 20/66 connection in its 8-year plan.

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