Oklahoma City named among most innovative U.S. cities

Newsweek has named Oklahoma City as one of the top innovative cities in the U.S.

by Tiffany Gibson Modified: December 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm •  Published: December 18, 2012
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photo - The Devon Tower disappears into the clouds of this view of the downtown Oklahoma City skyline looking south from Britton Road, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
The Devon Tower disappears into the clouds of this view of the downtown Oklahoma City skyline looking south from Britton Road, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Newsweek has named Oklahoma City as one of the top innovative cities in the U.S.

The magazine recognized the City of Oklahoma City and Mayor Mick Cornett for raising targeted taxes to improve the quality of life downtown.

“Two decades ago downtown Oklahoma City was suffering from sustained neglect as families moved to the suburbs. But now the city’s inner core has been transformed, with new sports and performance-art arenas as well as a canal that cuts through the entertainment district. All 75 inner-city schools have been renovated or rebuilt. What’s most impressive is that Cornett has been able to finance these quality-of-life improvements without incurring additional taxpayer debt by paying in cash, courtesy of a temporary penny-on-the-dollar sales-tax increase.”

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by Tiffany Gibson
News Online Editor
Tiffany Gibson has worked for the Oklahoman since August 2011 and is a member of the digital news team. In addition to writing and web editing, she also creates multimedia features for the website and maintains social media accounts. A Tennessee...
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