September 23, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: September 21, 2016

The term economic development is often associated with facilitating new construction, but it can also serve as the catalyst for progress by restoring communities and preserving the rich history infused within existing buildings. A current example of this is the redevelopment of Page Woodson High School in northeast Oklahoma City.

September 14, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: September 14, 2016

This Friday, Downtown OKC Inc. will be hosting several parklets in and around downtown Oklahoma City as part of PARK(ing) Day.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event on the third Friday in September when parking spaces are transformed into temporary public parks and gathering spaces. The project began in 2005 in San Francisco, where parklets have become very popular and many now exist year-round. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

September 7, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: September 7, 2016

Across the country, cities are increasingly important drivers of economic performance. As Brookings Institution Vice President Bruce Katz describes, local governments are taking control of their own destinies and becoming deliberate about their economic growth.

These actions vary from state to state, against a backdrop of different laws and tax structures and with a mixture of tools. Under these diverse conditions, generalizing about the effectiveness of any given tool is difficult. One example is tax increment financing, or TIF, which is established by different state laws and used differently in each community.

August 31, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: August 31, 2016

Oklahoma City will soon join the ranks of several major cities with modern streetcar systems among their transportation options.

Construction is set to begin in November on the route connecting Midtown, Automobile Alley, Bricktown, the Central Business District and the Core to Shore area. With 22 stop locations, the system will connect major employers, businesses, attractions and residences along the route.

August 23, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: August 23, 2016

Last week, Russell Evans, executive director of the Economic Research and Policy Institute at the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University, presented an economic forecast update to the City Council. The update provided an overview of current national and state economic conditions and their implications for Oklahoma City’s economic outlook.

This type of information is helpful for the Alliance, City Council and others in making short- and long-term decisions for Oklahoma City. His comments reflected good and bad news and ultimately recommended an attitude of cautious optimism.