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  • Cathy O’Connor

Mayor leaves city in better shape

Oklahoma City is healthier – physically and economically – due to the 14-year leadership of Mayor Mick Cornett, who gave his final State of the City address last week.

Mayor Cornett has been recognized for promoting healthy lifestyles by putting our city on a diet and promoting bicycle infrastructure and walkability. He was instrumental in bringing the Thunder to Oklahoma City, which not only increased our tax revenue and our city’s status as a big-league city, but also ignited a spirit and pride that transcends our city. He helped transform our urban core with arts, entertainment, dining and urban living options that have increasingly brought both tourists and residents downtown to live, work and play.

As the longest-serving mayor in our city’s history, Mayor Cornett has been involved with all of the MAPS initiatives. When he succeeded Kirk Humphreys as mayor, he led the celebration for completing the final MAPS project, the downtown library. He began his first term by leading the MAPS for Kids projects, and he will leave office having successfully passed the $777 million MAPS 3 initiative. In a few years his grandchildren, seventh-generation Oklahomans, will be able to enjoy this success by playing in Scissortail Park, exploring on new and improved walking trails throughout the city or riding on the modern streetcar to get around.

Read the full article at The Journal Record

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