Let's finish Indian Cultural Center, then build 'OKPOP'

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: May 4, 2012
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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.”

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