'Investing in Ourselves'When I moved here 14 years ago, I was truly alarmed at the prospects for a good quality of life. That is not the case any longer. MAPS is truly a full participation community project because the entire community had to vote to tax themselves to make it happen. MAPS consisted of nine capital projects that we undertook beginning in 1993 as a way of kickstarting the revitalization of Oklahoma City. As a result of the first MAPS, which we are so honored to be recognized for through the inaugural Renewal Award for Economic Development, the community has voted to tax itself three other times, and will have (hopefully) done so a fourth time by the time this article is published. Oklahoma City residents do this because they understand and appreciate the enormous benefits that MAPS has wrought. These benefits are many-fold and include environmental cleanup, a revitalized downtown (almost…Log In to Read Full Article
RACER Trust’s Proving Ground Stimulates Efficiency
Judge Robert Gerber, sitting in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, signed an order in effect creating RACER Trust in March 2011. RACER — for Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response — was handed a portfolio of more than 300 properties scattered over 89 locations in… Read more
Water, Water Everywhere?
While in the following pages I will recount a number of serious localized water shortages, I can tell you at the outset, this will not be another gloom-and-doom scenario to which you are treated daily in your local and national news sources. Now, in my 54th year of professional effort… Read more