How the Washington, DC violence brought about Tulsa to undergo an financial stoop – KRMG 102.3
TULSA – With events in the country’s capital on January 6, few could predict that the violence would give a much-needed boost to the economy of northeast Oklahoma.
According to Bryan Karns, the PGA is embedding employees in a host city two years before a tournament.
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He is the Championship Director of PGA America and is responsible for the 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship taking place May 25-30 at Tulsa’s Southern Hills Country Club.
“We are on site for two years because so much operational planning … such a runway requires,” Karns told KRMG, adding that a lot of time is spent working with city officials, whether you know the fire brigade, police, ambulance service – make sure we have everything we need to run these major events. “
So, literally and figuratively, he was well placed to make the case for Tulsa as the potential venue for the 2022 PGA Championship.
“We can do that on this short window,” he believed. “There are very few places – Southern Hills, Tulsa City is perhaps the best place. And I think even the response we’ve received since that announcement confirmed the belief we all had here locally: “Hey, this is … we can do it here.” ”
The PGA board agreed, and the economic slump for service, tourism and other industries hit by the pandemic is significant.
“It’s about $ 24 million for the senior event, but for the PGA championship we’re talking about, it’s $ 143 million for the community,” estimates Ray Hoyt.
Hoyt is the senior vice president of VisitTulsa, a tourism arm of the Tulsa Metro Chamber that also oversees the Tulsa Sports Commission.
“If you think about it, it’s $ 82 million in direct economic impact and $ 61 million in indirect impact,” he told KRMG.