OKC VeloCity | MAPS 4 campaign underway

MAPS 4 campaign underway

By Chamber Staff / Inside OKC / October 11, 2019

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Campaign CoChair Percy Kirk recently announced the formation of the “Love Your OKC Coalition.” The Coalition will campaign in support of the upcoming MAPS 4 initiative to be voted on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President and CEO Roy Williams said the package of projects is the right combination of what the city needs to keep moving forward and is the most diverse package in the long, successful history of MAPS.

“When Mayor David Holt asked the residents to dream big, they certainly did. Now we have a package of incredible projects that will improve the lives of everyone in this city and ultimately the region,” he said.

MAPS is the primary driver of Oklahoma City’s recent cultural and economic renaissance. MAPS has made our community better in so many ways. It has created new public spaces and tranformative facilities, renovated and brought to life cultural and recreational venues, refurbished our public schools, created new transportation and recreation options, enhanced the physical and economic health of our city, attracted and created new jobs and investment. MAPS provided a basis for a newfound sense of pride of what we are and what we in OKC accomplish together.

“MAPS 4 unleashes the power of MAPS into our neighborhoods and into our daily lives, while increasing our quality of life and growing our economy,” said Mayor Holt. “This package meets a broad spectrum of needs and is an amazing opportunity to propel our city forward, continue our momentum, and extend our renaissance to all residents.”

After months of community meetings, idea presentations, website, email and social media suggestions and more, the conversation about what MAPS 4 might look like eventually coalesced around a variety of projects that meet four main identified needs important to continue OKC’s renaissance. The 16 MAPS 4 projects address a variety of neighborhood needs, human needs, quality of life projects and job creation, all over our city.

In just a short time a broad range of more than 30 local organizations and civic groups have voiced their support for MAPS 4 and the coalition.

“Previous MAPS programs have been called some of the most successful and innovative tools ever developed by a city,” said Kirk “We have seen MAPS strengthen Oklahoma City and create an environment of growth. MAPS 4 will keep the momentum going and extend the scope of community enhancements and capital projects.”

Also similar to previous MAPS programs, a Citizen Advisory Board will provide oversight for the implementation of MAPS 4, with the Board having a similar structure as the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board.

Time and time again, OKC has proven the power of the penny to address the needs of our community. This set of MAPS 4 projects now presents us with a transformational and potentially life-changing opportunity to extend the scope of capital projects and community enhancements and programs that will improve life for every neighborhood and resident in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City voters registered at their current address are already eligible to vote. The deadline is Nov. 15 for new voter registration or updating your registration to a new address.

Visit the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website at ok.gov/elections to download a voter registration form or update your registration. Use the online voter tool to check your registration.

Voter registration forms are also available at your local county election board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and other public locations. 

Want to get involved?

There is a lot to love about Oklahoma City and about MAPS 4. We would love for you to get involved in helping us pass this initiative.

How you can help:

• Register to Vote - if you aren’t registered, the deadline is Nov. 15. And make sure your friends and co-workers are registered as well.

• Join our coalition! Individuals, companies and organizations can all join just by signing up! Go to www.loveyourokc.com

• Follow us on scial media: Facebook - LoveYourOKC; Twitter - @yesformaps; and Instagram - LoveYourOKC. And share our posts on your page.

• Donate! We’ve got to get the word out and get people out to vote. Go to www.loveyourokc.com/donate.

Learn more about our campaign and how you can help at www.LoveYourOKC.com

This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of The POINT!

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