Maybe it was the arrival of the Hornets in 2005, or maybe it was the emergence of the Oklahoma River as a premier rowing venue that caught the interest of civic leaders across the country. But starting in 2006, multiple cities each year have sought to learn the inside story of Oklahoma City's renaissance.
The original Metropolitan Area Projects has become the talk of the country, and to date, more than 24 civic delegations have traveled to Oklahoma City to determine how this success story can be replicated in their hometowns.
The outside interest actually began much earlier. In 1997, then Mayor Ron Norick joined up with MAPS promoter Rick Horrow in traveling to Hampton Roads, Va., to explain the city's MAPS program — one that had yet to see anything built. But Hampton Roads civic leaders were so impressed with the effort that they launched their own ballot initiative, and they called it Metropolitan Area Project Strategies — MAPS.
The following list reflects visiting civic delegations hosted by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Other cities that have sent visiting delegations include Birmingham, Ala. and Raleigh, N.C.
Corpus Christi, Texas.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
El Paso, Texas.
Little Rock, Ark.
Contributing: Staff Writer Melissa Howell