Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett was named the second best mayor in the world Tuesday by a group based in London.
The World Mayor Project recognizes top mayors each year. Cornett won second in this year's competition behind Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard. Cornett was the top placing U.S. mayor and one of only two in the group's top 10.
Cornett said the award is more about the city's progress than him.
â€œIt's more embarrassing than anything else to the extent that the award seems to be about one person,â€ Cornett said. â€œI think it's an acknowledgment of Oklahoma City's progression. The citizens should feel good about it.â€
In explaining why Cornett placed second and won a World Mayor Commendation for services to his city, the group credited Cornett for the city's recent economic success.
â€œDescribed by one of his peers as a giant among American mayors, Mayor Cornett has turned the city, psychologically devastated by the terrorist bombing of April 1995, into one of the most vibrant and economically booming cities in the U.S.,â€ the group said.
Cornett was praised for his efforts at improving public health by putting the city on a diet, along with the success of MAPS and the city's resiliency in the recent national recession.
Cornett said he is trying to reach Ebrard to congratulate him. He said it seems odd to see Oklahoma City recognized on a list of award winners from Italy, Venezuela, Canada, Australia and Germany, among other countries.
â€œThis organization does a lot of due diligence in trying to keep track of progressive cities all over the globe,â€ Cornett said. â€œOf cities under 20 million (residents), I guess we are at the top of the list.â€