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Surrounded by rivers, lakes, gardens and woodlands, Muskogee offers a host of reasons to get outside and play. The northeastern Oklahoma city, about 50 miles southeast of Tulsa and 50 miles west of the Oklahoma-Arkansas border, is home to two city school districts, several colleges and two hospitals, including the first hospital in the nation designed to earn EPA’s Energy Star for superior energy performance. With numerous arts centers, historical sites and museums – including the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame – it's no wonder so many residents are proud to be an Okie from Muskogee.

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    2010 EDITION | VOLUME 5

    MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA

    MUSKOGEE BUSINESS 22 Green Country Gets Greener

    Eco-conscious initiatives grow to become a community hallmark.

    24 Biz Briefs

    25 Chamber Report

    26 Economic Pro le

    DEPARTMENTS

    6 Almanac: a colorful sampling of Muskogees culture

    18 Portfolio: people, places and events that de ne Muskogee

    29 Sports & Recreation

    30 Health & Wellness

    31 Community Pro le: facts, stats and important numbers to know

    CONTENTS

    FEATURES

    10 ROLLING IN THE DOUGHMuskogee eateries make a living with fresh-baked fare.

    14 THE SOUNDS OF MUSKOGEECity celebrates music history while cultivating the next generation of performers.

    16 WORKING WONDERSHigher education programs develop a world-class workforce.

    18 ONE FOR THE BOOKSMuskogee mayor challenges the city to read.

    27 GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKEConsortium brings together public schools, private schools and higher education.

    28 BEST BUDSThe month-long Azalea Festival springs Muskogee into action.

    ON THE COVER Azaleas at Honor Heights Park Photo by Antony Boshier

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