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OKG Newsletter

Topic: subsidies

Conventional wisdom

Questions and concerns surround OKC’s would-be convention center hote


Tim Farley
Uncertainty hovers over Oklahoma City’s proposed convention center hotel, as industry experts suggest financing the project with tax money could be dangerous.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Unfortunately, it’s all too conventional


Dr. Ed Shadid
Among the highest priority for a city government should be preparing that city for the 21st century. There is little room for error; certainly not on the order of hundreds of millions of dollars. While Oklahoma City is poised to grow in many ways, a preoccupation with 20th-century economic development strategies — particularly massive public investment in convention center expansion with large-scale subsidies for an accompanying hotel — are akin to the gambler risking more than one’s family can afford when the odds are heavily stacked against success.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013