January 11, 2017

by Cathy O'Connor, via The Journal RecordJan. 3, 2016

It has been a long, circuitous path to get the First National Center in the hands of owners who will properly restore the grand building, but it is finally going to happen.

The sale of the art deco building is expected to close this week. For $23 million, local developers Gary Brooks and his partner Charlie Nicholas will be the owners of a part of Oklahoma City history, and begin to realize and implement their vision to honor the past and put the spaces back to use.

January 3, 2017

by Cathy O'Connor, via The Journal RecordJan. 3, 2016

Schools and economic development are interdependent in every community. Great schools have a magnet effect – attracting highly educated workers who want quality education for their children, as well as the companies that employ them.

A thriving economy, where people earn top wages, creates more tax support for schools. You can’t have great schools without a growing economy and vice versa.

December 27, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor, via The Journal Record: December 27, 2016

Two weeks ago, I, along with a group of Oklahoma City representatives, made a whirlwind trip to Anchorage, Alaska.

The group included representatives from the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the Oklahoma City Housing Authority, Downtown OKC and two local private developers. While December is the not the prime month to visit the 49th state, Alaskan city officials had invited us to speak to their leadership about Oklahoma City’s economic development experiences and successes.

December 20, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor, via The Journal Record: December 20, 2016

Is there a street that you would like repaired? Would you vote for improved park amenities or more sidewalks? Now is your opportunity to provide input on the 2017 bond election. The Oklahoma City Council and staff are requesting feedback from residents and neighborhood groups to help the council decide what projects and priorities will be on the ballot on Sept. 12.

December 13, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor, via The Journal Record: December 13, 2016

An innovation hub has several key ingredients: stellar research institutions, an ecosystem of firms and entrepreneurs and collaborative networks. The Oklahoma Health Center excels on these points, but an early finding of the Innovation District study by the Brookings Institution and the Project for Public Spaces shows the area is lacking a vibrant community outside of work.