After four days of public hearings and countless other discussions, City Council has approved the list of MAPS 4 projects. P revious MAPS projects have transformed downtown Oklahoma City, improved our national image and provided new and upgraded cultural, sports, recreation, entertainment and convention facilities. MAPS has been so successful that other metropolitan areas across the country have studied ways to implement similar strategies. The 16-project MAPS 4 package that will go to the voters for approval on Dec. 10 continues that transformation. The one cent sales tax would raise an estimated $978 million over eight years, with a sizable amount of the spending allocated to projects that will improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, as well as projects to address human needs including mental health, homelessness, and more. These projects stand alongside investments in our quality of life infrastructure and investment in our emerging Innovation District. It is the right time for these types of projects. In today’s highly competitive environment for talent, a compelling quality of place - a community’s attractiveness to existing and future residents and workers - is a competitive advantage. And many workers - especially recent graduates and young professionals - are selecting a place to live before securing employment. MAPS drove the Oklahoma City renaissance and revitalization of downtown, with public investments of around $2 billion since 1993 attracting billions more in private investment. If we want to continue the amazing renaissance that has transformed our city, now is the time to come together and help us show the real impact of these projects to the citizens of Oklahoma City, so that they can cast an informed vote in December.
Roy H. Williams, CCE President & CEO
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Roy H. Williams, CCE Chamber CEO & President
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