Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis Jr. held a town hall meeting at the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City on Sept. 29 to discuss economic development with residents. We were given the opportunity to update northeast Oklahoma City community members on the area’s ongoing projects. Our presentations discussed developments in detail to give residents as much information as possible on the district’s planned amenities and construction.
The northeast OKC community filled the church for the town hall, showing the importance of transparency in the increment finance process. Pettis introduced the town hall’s presenters and talked about the need for growth and economic development in Ward 7.
I discussed the Northeast Renaissance Redevelopment Project Plan and explained the uses of TIF as an economic development tool to revitalize the northeast community, especially within the commercial corridors.
Michael Owens, community development director for the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, and Greg Jones, CEO of the OK Minority Business Resource Network, spoke regarding the Northeast Renaissance Stakeholders Committee and the importance of providing small business resources to the community.
Read the full article here in the October 7th edition of The Journal Record.