The United Way of Central Oklahoma is entering the final months of its annual fundraising campaign and could use all of our help in reaching its goal. This year’s goal of $17 million will be distributed among 119 health and human service programs at 58 partner agencies in the Oklahoma City metro area with a focus on strong families, successful kids, healthy citizens, independent living and community preparedness. These donations not only help people in need, but also produce
At The Alliance for Economic Development, we share information about how developers, business owners and employers in Oklahoma City are having a significant impact on the local economy. But what about the rest of us? Collectively, we make an important impact with our personal spending habits. One of the best ways to support our local economy is to shop at the merchants, restaurants and entertainment venues that are locally owned. According to the economic research firm Civic
Buying a home is more than purchasing square footage and a certain architectural style. When you buy a home, you are also investing in the neighborhood. And if that neighborhood is a vibrant place – with access to good schools, stores, health care and parks and filled with neighbors who care about their homes and their fellow neighbors – then you have achieved the best part of owning a home: becoming a part of a great community. Good neighborhoods don’t happen by coincidence.
Over the past couple of decades, enrollment in urban schools in many cities across the country has declined. The same has happened in the Oklahoma City Public Schools district, leading to a surplus in school facilities. With high-quality redevelopment, these vacant buildings can once again become assets to the community. The buildings are often prime candidates for eco-friendly redevelopment, with large windows providing an abundance of natural light and multi-story designs m