Omni present

The city’s future convention center hotel will open in 2021, but officials have already hit the ground running.
Oklahoma City and Omni Hotels & Resorts negotiated the convention hotel deal in 2017, though plans for the hotel stem back to 2008.

Fresh start

Oklahoma City-based nonprofit organization Pivot — A Turning Point for Youth encourages mentorship with its new name and a new event called Girl Talk.
When Shantel Farrow was 6 years old, she learned that nothing could be done about the sexual molestation she had endured that year.

Criminal X

Oklahoma law enforcement officers shed light on a crime they say too often remains in the dark.
Six years ago, retired Oklahoma City Police officer Edward Stupka took his car to his local tag agency for renewal and got the shock of a lifetime.

Community investments

Jim Holman has announced his candidacy for Ward 6’s Oklahoma City Council seat.
After living in Oklahoma City’s sixth ward for about 20 years, Jim Holman said his name is a familiar one among neighbors.

Center staged

Construction will resume on The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum this spring.
A long-delayed museum will resume construction this year.

Outdated hate

A group of Del City students joins two lawmakers in their efforts to remove LGBTQ+ discrimination from classrooms.
Students from Del Crest Middle School in Del City told Oklahoma Legislature members on Dec. 7 that the state’s laws concerning AIDS prevention need a makeover.

Free speech?

Contrary to public perception, a mayor’s annual State of the City address is neither free nor hosted by the city.
Oklahoma City mayor David Holt is preparing for his State of the City address early.

Drawing MAPS

Behind the grand projects of Oklahoma City’s MAPS initiatives lies a simple process of submitting ideas.
For the hefty price that it takes to fund a Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) plan and for the awe effect that such projects can have on Oklahoma City’s residents, mayor David Holt admits that the process behind choosing a project is fairly simple by comparison. 

City man

Oklahoma City Council unanimously votes to appoint finance director Craig Freeman as city manager.
Oklahoma City’s new city manager is receiving a welcome that is remarkably similar to the farewell given to his predecessor.

Hero’s honor

The improved Manuel Perez Park could be open by late 2019.
Nearly 30 acres of riverfront parkland will get more than a million dollars in upgrades and be named after a local war hero.

Jail time

With a new county commissioner and the creation of a new criminal justice task force, a new county jail might be on the horizon.
In 1991, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the corner of Robert S. Kerr and Shartel avenues in downtown Oklahoma City.

Moving along

Seven streetcars will operate within Oklahoma City beginning Dec. 14.
A heavy nail will be driven into the tracks that lead to modernity and a new chapter of Oklahoma history will be written with the launch of Oklahoma City’s streetcars Dec. 14.

Help wanted

Oklahoma City begins its search to replace retiring city manager Jim Couch.
Since city manager Jim Couch announced his retirement on Sept. 17, Oklahoma City Council has addressed the issue of finding a replacement in each of its public meetings. 

Midtown move

Business leader Nathaniel Harding and mental health advocate JoBeth Hamon will face off in a February election for a seat on city council.
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House rules

Historic neighborhoods’ requests for home-sharing regulations shed light on past inequities.
Oklahoma City council members addressed issues of home-sharing Sept. 25 amid a crowd of advocates and adversaries.

Blindsided

Capital Gazette reporter and Oklahoma native Chase Cook reflects upon the day five of his colleagues were killed by a mass shooter in Annapolis, Maryland.
Chase Cook admits to being your average 31-year-old American man. He went to college, fell in love, followed his career and still manages to play video games on his time off.

Money talks

Oklahoma City Council will vote on two resolutions to increase the transparency of city business deals.
Ward 2 Oklahoma City Council member Ed Shadid is optimistic about two resolutions he said the council will vote on during its next meeting on Tuesday.

Bricktown tech

Georgia-based tech company to bring 150 jobs to Bricktown's Plow Building.
An Atlanta-based technology service company is seeking financial incentives to aid in bringing up to 150 jobs to Oklahoma City.

Auto Alley warehouses to be transformed
to restaurant and rooftop bar

Work has started on yet another ambitious renovation project in Automobile Alley.
Twin warehouse buildings at 19 NE Sixth St. and 23 NE Sixth St. will be converted to restaurant and other lease space by an LLC headed by local developer Basil Rayan.

Money talks

Oklahoma City Council will vote on two resolutions to increase the transparency of city business deals.
Ward 2 Oklahoma City Council member Ed Shadid is optimistic about two resolutions he said the council will vote on during its next meeting on Sept. 25.

Tensions overflow

Del City community members organized a press conference to address concerns of racial profiling, excessive force and misrepresentation.
Oklahoma City Black Lives Matter president Sheri Dickerson said it was ironic but not coincidental that she was pulled over by Del City Police while en route to protest the swearing in of the department’s chief, Steve Robinson, on Sept. 4.

BancFirst buys city’s second-tallest building

Quietly last week, BancFirst closed on the purchase of the 36-story Cotter Ranch Tower in the heart of Oklahoma City's central business district.

Risk management

The arrest of a former Paycom employee for threatening coworkers and police officers leaves employers and community leaders looking for answers.
Leadership at Paycom, a national human resource technology provider based in Oklahoma City and ranked a top employer by Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, has suspicions over how Oklahoma City Police Department (OKCPD) handled the arrest of one of its officers’ family members earlier this year.

Recycling woes

Nichols Hills residents cite cost as the main reason a recycling program has never been successfully established within the city.
The empty recycling bins that are on display in the fitness center at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club in Nichols Hills are indicative, residents said, of the city’s past reluctance to establish a recycling program due to cost concerns and the national pause placed on recycling due to China’s recent ban on recyclable imports.

Drury Hotels buys lot in heart of Bricktown

Drury Hotels has acquired a large surface parking lot at the southwest corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma Avenues in the center of Bricktown. The privately-owned company based near St. Louis bought the .8 acre lot from local developer Don Karchmer for $4.5 million.

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