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OKG Newsletter

Topic: convention center

Road to a vote

A controversial proposal for a downtown boulevard heads toward a city council vote.


Clifton Adcock
A plan to build the downtown boulevard with an elevated section over Western Avenue will likely be presented to the Oklahoma City Council for approval Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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

Weighing what’s important downtown

OKC city council votes to see whether a convention center hotel is necessary before proceeding further.


Tim Farley
Financing a convention center hotel in downtown Oklahoma City isn’t as important as discovering if one is actually needed. That was the consensus of the city council June 11 when it rejected a proposal to pay a financial management company an extra $100,000 on delivering financing options for a would-be convention center hotel. That firm, Chicago-based Public Financial Management, is under contract for other city projects.
Wednesday, June 19, 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

The facts about a convention center hotel


Roy Williams
Ed Shadid’s commentary in the June 26 Oklahoma Gazette (“Unfortunately, it’s all too conventional) was incredibly disappointing. I expected more from an announced Oklahoma City mayoral candidate running on a platform of “honesty and transparency.”
Wednesday, July 10, 2013