Four honored for contributions to revitalization of Downtown Oklahoma City

Dean A. McGee Awards ceremony will recognize Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett; The Oklahoman business writer Steve Lackmeyer; Oklahoma City Philharmonic Music Director Joel Levine; and Tapstone Energy CEO Tom Ward.
From Staff Reports Published: April 1, 2014
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Downtown Oklahoma City Inc., will honor Mayor Mick Cornett; The Oklahoman Business Writer Steve Lackmeyer; Oklahoma City Philharmonic Music Director Joel Levine; and Tapstone Energy CEO Tom Ward for their contributions to the downtown community at the 28th annual Dean A. McGee Awards.

“These four honorees have courageously invested in Oklahoma City’s development and have helped create a vibrant center for everyone to congregate,” said Kirk Humphreys, chairman of The Humphreys Co., who received the Dean A. McGee Award in 2006. “Because of their dedication, we have a downtown that all Oklahoma City residents are proud to call home.”

Cornett will receive the Dean A. McGee Award for his lifetime contributions to the city. Cornett has been recognized by state, national, and international organizations for his accomplishments in Oklahoma City and was elected as a Trustee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which hosted its 2012 annual meeting downtown.

Lackmeyer is the recipient of Downtown OKC’s innaugural President’s Award. A journalist for The Oklahoman since 1990, Lackmeyer has dedicated his career to reporting on the history, redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Oklahoma City at the newspaper as a reporter, through his OKC Central columns, blog and weekly live chats, and as an author of four books about Downtown: “OKC Second Time Around,” “Skirvin,” “Operation Scissortail” and “Bricktown.”

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