Neal Kennedy was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame the other day. He's a radio guy who started his career in central Oklahoma before switching — quite successfully — to the smaller Tulsa market.
Blueknight Energy Partners LP, a five-year-old energy transport and terminal firm, was founded in Tulsa but is switching its headquarters to Oklahoma City. As Kennedy experienced in the Tulsa radio market, Blueknight will find its new home a good fit.
In a similar vein, a pop culture museum envisioned by the Oklahoma Historical Society would be a good fit for Tulsa — just as the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is a good fit for Oklahoma City, already home to the society's Oklahoma History Center near the state Capitol.
Good fits are good reasons for the choice to locate one's career, one's company and one's museums.
Kennedy said he was uneasy about moving to a smaller market but the decision paid off with a career at KVOO in Tulsa that spanned 24 years. Blueknight's president, Michael Cockrell, says the state capital is the place to be for his firm: “Oklahoma City has positioned itself as a top-tier location for energy companies and corporate headquarters.”
He meant no disrespect to Tulsa and we mean none in saying that finishing the Indian cultural center here should be a legislative priority over any similar projects. Down the road, getting “OKPOP” built in Tulsa is a worthwhile goal. The society's vision and business plan for the museum is exciting. It will be a good fit for Tulsa and draw visitors from across the state and outside of Oklahoma.
Rather than throwing any fits over how much state money goes to either Tulsa or Oklahoma City, let's finish what we started and outfit the state with a new first-class tourist attraction.