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Oklahoma cities seeking stimulus funds

BY PAUL MONIES Modified: January 20, 2009 at 9:40 am •  Published: January 20, 2009
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Mayors in 10 Oklahoma cities have submitted more than $1.7 billion in projects they hope to have funded from an economic stimulus plan working its way through Congress.

The state’s two largest cities have requested the bulk of the money: Oklahoma City with $501 million and Tulsa with $944 million. If funded, those projects are expected to create more than 10,000 jobs.

Congressional Democrats unveiled an $825 billion economic stimulus package last week. Its size drew quick criticism from Republican leaders.

The Washington-based U.S. Conference of Mayors compiled the wish list. It includes projects for roads, public transit, water, schools and libraries from across the nation. The list, part of a 344-page report, was released Saturday.

The city’s perspective
"I don’t think the list that you send in now has a whole lot to do with what ultimately they choose, other than it’s giving Congress an idea of the size of the need,” Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said.

The city manager and department heads helped compile Oklahoma City’s list of projects. Breakdown of amount mayors asking for in stimulus package Database of more than 220 projects submitted by mayors in...



Database of more than 220 submissions in Oklahoma

Tulsa $944 million 5,348 expected jobs
Oklahoma City $501 million 5,481 expected jobs
Norman $86 million 611 expected jobs
Ponca City $73 million 490 expected jobs
Muskogee $41 million 334 expected jobs
Moore $38 million 353 expected jobs
Sand Springs $25 million 504 expected jobs
Midwest City $21 million 71 expected jobs
Edmond $10 million 100 expected jobs
Sapulpa $6 million 35 expected jobs

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