If that's the case, Oklahoma City's public relations ambassadors are doing a stellar job. Others are noticing. Friends in our previous hometowns of Tulsa and Bartlesville — communities we will always love — have, somewhat surprisingly, given our new hometown a swift and hearty approval.
“Oklahoma City?” they say. “Good for you. They've got a lot of great things going on.”
Lauren and I are happy to be in a city whose mantra seems to be “Why not us?” Although we're still finding our place, the confidence and spirit here are infectious. The red carpet is out. We see it and appreciate it. The late civic leader Ray Ackerman dreamed of this city being known as “The Big Friendly.” It's that, and so much more.
Congratulations, Oklahoma City. Your self-esteem is showing.
Florence is a partner, president and chief operating officer of Schnake Turnbo Frank consulting firm.