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'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

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