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  • Economists outline benefits of MAPS to Greater Oklahoma City Chamber members

    Via The Oklahoman By Jack Money A panel of economists told members of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber this week the community continues to benefit from public and private investments brought in by a series of Metropolitan Area Projects initiatives.Those economists, participating in the organization’s ninth annual State of the Economy event, tempered that enthusiasm somewhat, though, through expressed concerns about the ongoing slowdown in the state’s oil and gas economy.Their analyse...  Read More...

  • Rotary hears MAPS 4 transit proposals

    Via The Oklahoman by WILLIAM CRUM More people will have more reasons to ride the bus if voters approve MAPS 4, Embark transit Director Jason Ferbrache said Tuesday as he reviewed the proposed $87 million in MAPS 4 transit spending for the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City.Public transit makes up 9% of the estimated $978 million that would be raised by extending the 1-cent MAPS sales tax for eight years.Voters will decide Dec. 10.Ferbrache said Embark buses serve 240 of the 621 square miles ...  Read More...

  • Point of View: MAPS 4 will make better neighbors

    Via The Oklahoman BY GEORGIE RASCO Oklahoma City’s growth is undeniable, and you can really sense the energy it is creating in so many parts of our city. But at the same time, we see others who need additional assistance.As our community began the discussion around what future investments we could make that would continue to improve quality of life, I was so excited to see such an intense focus on our city’s neighborhoods and on our neighbors — those very places and p...  Read More...

  • MAPS 4 projects – improving the quality of life

    Via The Journal Record By: John Allgood, Guest Columnist On Dec. 10, residents of Oklahoma City will have the opportunity to vote for or against MAPS 4. I hope you vote yes.I have personally seen as a citizen how MAPS increased the quality of life in Oklahoma City.   Read More...

  • Innovation District promotes connections

    Via The Oklahoman By Steve Lackmeyer The Oklahoma Health Center is an Oklahoma City economic engine employing 18,000 that has long been overshadowed by the nearby downtown skyline both literally and figuratively.But a drive through the area reveals a neighborhood institutional in design with little street life and scarce evidence of the array of activity going on inside the buildings — anchors that include a medical school, hospitals, research labs, bio-tech companies, the Oklaho...  Read More...

  • Point of View: MAPS 4, a chance for OKC to continue its transformation

    Via The Oklahoman BY RON NORICK MAPS 4 brings together 16 projects to address Oklahoma City's current needs and continue to build on the legacy of the work we have done before. We are continuing to look at what our city needs to move forward and continuing to seed the growth of our economy, while at the same time, we are building up our neighborhoods and helping those who need it the most.At the core of what we wanted to do in 1993 was to answer this question — how do we make...  Read More...

  • MAPS 4 supporters promote sales tax extension

    Via The OklahomanThe campaign to sell MAPS 4 in Oklahoma City has kicked off with a trusted brand and a coalition of public officials and organizations who have embraced some aspect of the $1 billion package.Organizers have reached into the various communities that stand to benefit from the 16 projects, building support ahead of the Dec. 10 vote to extend the penny sales tax that has been in place for over 25 years.“We’re trying to make it a community project and a community campaign...  Read More...

  • MAPS Q&A with Ron Norick

    Via VeloCityOKC Former Mayor Norick, known as the "father of MAPS," gives his views on MAPS 4, why MAPS works for OKC and more.VeloCityOKC: What do you think about this new MAPS proposal?Mayor Norick: I am really appreciative of the way these 16 projects address our community’s needs right now, and at the same time they build on the legacy of the work we have done before. We are continuing to look at what our city needs to move forward and continuing to seed the growth of ou...  Read More...

  • MAPS 4 brings new projects under old format

    Via The OklahomanSixteen projects. $978 million. One vote.The choice is yours, Oklahoma City.MAPS 4 is headed for a vote of the people Dec.   Read More...

  • MAPS 4 Campaign Under Way

    Via VeloCityOKC / The PointOklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Campaign CoChair Percy Kirk recently announced the formation of the “Love Your OKC Coalition.” The Coalition will campaign in support of the upcoming MAPS 4 initiative to be voted on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President and CEO Roy Williams said the package of projects is the right combination of what the city needs to keep moving forward and is the most diverse package in the long, successful his...  Read More...

  • Park is another MAPS success in OKC

    Via The OklahomanEvery MAPS project completed during the past 20 years has played a role in Oklahoma City’s eye-popping transformation during that time. Based on reviews of its opening weekend, Scissortail Park will be central to the growth that occurs in the next two decades and beyond.The roughly 40-acre park north of Interstate 40 opened Friday evening with a free concert featuring the band Kings of Leon, attended by 28,000. Cellphone videos showing the stage, with the downtown skyline ...  Read More...

  • Continuing OKC's renaissance

    Via The Oklahoma 100Now that the mayor and council have called for the next MAPS election, groups are gathering for the details. On Sept. 24, I spoke to the Oklahoma Bankers Association about the history of MAPS and how MAPS 4 could continue Oklahoma City’s renaissance.More than any previous MAPS initiative, this program reaches into neighborhoods across the city to address local parks and infrastructure.   Read More...

  • City Of OKC Plans To Use Endowments To Cover Costs Of MAPS 4 Projects

    Via News 9The City of Oklahoma City had long, all day, public meetings debating what should go on to the MAPS 4 ballot. Just as important to some, is how to pay to operate those programs and projects after they're built.“I look back on MAPS 3 and think, ‘Would it have been the end of the world if we had an endowment for the Riversport or an endowment for Scissortail Park built into it?’” said OKC Mayor David Holt.Mayor Holt said unlike MAPS 3, endowments will be ...  Read More...

  • Video: OKC Mayor Answers Questions on MAPS 4

    Via Oklahoma WatchOklahoma City Mayor David Holt fielded many questions about the details and intentions of the ambitious MAPS 4 proposal in an Oklahoma Watch forum Tuesday night. The proposal, to be funded by a penny sales tax for eight years, would generate close to $1 billion in public funding – much of it aimed at addressing human-services and neighborhood issues.See the forum video at OklahomaWatch.org.   Read More...

  • 'Love Your OKC Coalition' formed to support MAPS 4

    Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Campaign Co-Chair Percy Kirk today announced the formation of the “Love Your OKC Coalition.” The Coalition will campaign in support of the upcoming MAPS 4 initiative to be voted on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.The Love Your OKC Coalition is chaired by Mayor Holt and co-chaired by Kirk. In just a short time a broad range of more than 30 local organizations and civic groups have voiced their support for MAPS 4 and the coalition.   Read More...

  • Love Your OKC: City leaders announce MAPS 4 campaign

    Mayor David Holt announced the formation of the “Love Your OKC Coalition” on Tuesday afternoon that will campaign in support of the MAPS 4 project- which will hit the ballot on December 10.“I don’t mind at all there being a tax on it. It makes more beauty in our city,” said Brandi Sanders, who lives in Oklahoma City.Love Your OKC is the motto behind the campaign.“Times change and it’s important that we change with it and we continue to evolve and that we...  Read More...

  • O’Connor: MAPS 4 will have positive social, economic impact

    The package of MAPS 4 projects approved by the Oklahoma City Council last week will go to a vote of the people on Dec. 10.This election is an important next step in the city’s continued development. The package of 16 projects is a synergistic solution to a wide range of some of the toughest social issues.   Read More...

  • Longtime challenges, dreams, adddressed with OKC’s MAPS 4

    Sixteen projects, 75% aimed at addressing stubborn social issues for our community, others consisting of arena and stadium investment and yet others representing some interesting opportunities to take on other long-nagging economic development challenges.The MAPS 4 resolution to be voted on Tuesday by the Oklahoma City Council is very, very different from the one drafted a decade ago for MAPS 3. As with the MAPS 3 resolution, the new plan is the city council’s commitment to specified proje...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma City Council approves MAPS 4 package, special election to be Dec. 10

    Mayor David Holt and the Oklahoma City Council approved an ambitious and unique MAPS 4 package for voters to consider in a special election on Dec. 10.Mayor David Holt and the Oklahoma City Council approved an ambitious and unique MAPS 4 package for voters to consider in a special election on Dec. 10.“MAPS 4 is a broad package that meets many needs in our city – most notably in our neighborhoods and in our daily lives.   Read More...

  • MAPS 4 would raise an estimated $978 million to extend Oklahoma City's renaissance 'to all residents'

    MAPS 4 would raise an estimated $978 million over eight years for 16 projects, with spending concentrated on improving the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout Oklahoma City and for individuals caught on the edges of society.A 10-page "resolution of intent" to be considered by the city council on Tuesday offers hope that public investments can help lift individuals out of the traps of poverty, mental illness, domestic violence and substance abuse, and can point at-risk youth awa...  Read More...

  • GREATER OKC CHAMBER PRESIDENT COMMENTS ON MAPS 4 PROJECTS PACKAGE

    The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is pleased to see the inclusive MAPS 4 projects list that will be considered by the city council for a public vote.Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President and CEO Roy Williams said the package of projects is the right combination of what the city needs to keep moving forward.“When Mayor David Holt asked the residents to dream big, they certainly did. Now we have a package of incredible projects that will improve the lives of everyone in this city and ultim...  Read More...

  • Point of View: 'Big House' means much to OKC, state

    For people like me from rural Oklahoma, “The Big House” at the State Fairgrounds is a special place.It's where we cheered on our hometown teams. Where we forged friendships in the show ring with peers from all four corners of the state. Where we met wives and husbands.For more than 50 years, the arena has been a dream destination for students across Oklahoma.   Read More...

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