Staff Picks: our favorite pieces from VeloCity's first year
Cynthia Reid, Sr. VP Marketing and Communications
- “Councilwoman Meg Salyer reflects on a decade of representing OKC's Ward 6” – March 22, 2019
I am so appreciative of Meg’s leadership and her impact on our community – she really shines in this article.
- “Take a quick peek inside the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum” – January 18, 2019
This project will be so catalytic to our visitor development – this article made me even more excited about its potential.
- “The Wolf Man, Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and The Mummy are from Oklahoma City: The life and work of Lon Chaney, Jr.” – October 31, 2019
I love the unexpected history lesson in this one – and the reminder that our city produces some pretty creative and amazing talent.
Sommer Terry, Interactive Media Manager
- “OKC Streetcar how-to: Brewery taproom crawl” – February 22, 2019
I’m a huge fan of the streetcar, so it’s been fun to brainstorm ideas for and even write some of our streetcar content. But a few weeks ago while out and about riding the streetcar I overheard a couple reading word for word from this story. Turns out they were having an OKC staycation and doing the streetcar brewery crawl! They apparently aren’t the only ones because this story continues to get traffic despite being several months old.
- “Learn more about Oklahoma City Council candidates on the Feb. 12 ballot” – January 17, 2019
This is a weird favorite, but hear me out. Every election, big or small, the VeloCity team pulls together some content to help everyone have a better understanding of what’s included on the ballot. While it’s not the most glamorous or exciting story; based on the traffic we see to these types of stories it’s something that people in the community are finding helpful.
David McCollum, Media Relations Coordinator
- “Artster tells the story of the Oklahomans behind the art” – April 25, 2019
This well-written and illustrated story highlights a truly unique arts program. Enjoyed learning about the project this story featured.
- “A good day to pie hard: It's pot pie season in OKC” – Sept. 14, 2018
You can never have too much pot pie and this story shared where to find the best of the best.
- “The fruit of your labor is berry worth it” – June 3, 2019
Brought back fond memories of childhood berry-picking with my grandmother!
Molly Fleming, Public Relations Coordinator
- "Starspace 46: OKC's Hub for Innovation" – June 18, 2019
I drive by StarSpace every day and always wonder what's going on there. This piece explained a lot. I also loved reading about Tommy Yi's drive to make OKC a tech hub.
- "Celebrating the everyday heroes of Tinker Air Force Base" – May 27, 2019
I enjoy learning where the names behind the names of places, so this story did just that.
- "The fruit of your labor is berry worth it"– June 3, 2019
My hometown, Cabot, Arkansas, is known for its strawberries. I've missed getting them every year since living here. I'll definitely be revisiting this post next spring to go find some fresh berries.
Nate Fisher, Director of Communications
- “Q&A with Automobile Alley, Plaza developer Steve Mason: 'The place to be is in the urban core'” – May 17, 2019
Steve had some interesting things to say about his approach to development, employee recruitment and retention, responsible investing and more. I thought his personality and earnestness really came through in this piece.
- “Phase I of Factory Obscura set to stun” – March 28, 2019
This piece is the type of thoughtful, long-form content that paints a picture and gives background to a subject that has proven popular on our site.
- “Red Earth Festival - Flash back/Fast forward” – June 4, 2019
Through multiple interviews, this "documentary style" piece gives the scoop on how an OKC staple came to be, and is yet another OKC lemons-to-lemonade story.
Marcus Elwell, Sr. Manager of Economic Development Marketing
- “Interview with Ward 7's Nikki Nice” – February 6, 2019
I really liked the chance to get to know Councilwoman Nice's background and thoughts a lot better. These days it is rare to read something that allows the time and space for that much detail.
- “Q&A with Automobile Alley, Plaza developer Steve Mason” – May 17, 2019
Mr. Mason is one of those individuals that has played an underrated role in helping make OKC the city we all love today.
- “A good day to pie hard: it's pot pie season in OKC - Sept. 14, 2018
An example of something fun and a little out there. In all honesty, it is mostly about the headline.
Kennedy Parker, Digital Content Coordinator
- “OKC Streetcar park and ride guide” – Dec. 13, 2018
I’ve referred a lot of people to this article—it’s super helpful and can make downtown visits a lot more practical.
- “Mixing it up at Factory Obscura” – January 25, 2019
Factory Obscura is one of the most underrated experiences in OKC and I think this piece gives a really good insight into what’s going on over there. The pictures are great, too!
- “New restaurant roundup: Paseo Arts District” – June 12, 2019
I actually had no idea just how quick the food scene around Paseo was growing til I read this—beyond just being a helpful guide of all the new restaurants in Paseo, it provides good insight into just how far OKC’s culinary scene is getting so quickly.
Traci Hayes, Graphic Designer
- “Scissortail Park Opens in 100 Days” – June 19, 2019
The excitement surrounding the opening of the new park is tangible and this story gives the inside scoop on elements the park will have for so many different groups of people. Can’t wait until Kings of Leon perform at the opening!
- “Food City – OKC’s Foodie Transformation” – Dec. 10, 2018
There’s an excellent video that goes with this story that does a great job showcasing the big things happening with restaurants in OKC.
Kaylee Terracina, Senior Marketing Manager
- “It's quite a pickle: Sonic's new snow cone slush lineup, tested and paired” – June 18, 2018
One of my favorite aspects of VeloCity is the outlet it gives our staff for covering fun and unique stories. In this case, it was the launch of Sonic's new pickle slush (which I maintain could have been a little more savory) that inspired this fun riff on wine tasting and pairing. Since it is summer, now is the perfect time to revisit our notes so you can be inspired to go for your own afternoon treat.
- “Chamber holiday card Q&A: Dusty Gilpin” – Dec. 25, 2018
In 2018, the Chamber worked with OKC artist Dusty Gilpin to produce its annual holiday card. Chamber graphic designer Josh Vaughn, who is deeply involved in the Oklahoma City artistic community, sat down with Gilpin for this Q&A about the inspiration behind the design, Gilpin's own artistic journey and the art scene in Oklahoma City. I love Gilpin's thoughts about how the creative community can shape Oklahoma City's future.
- “Interview with Ward 5's David Greenwell: 'We can accomplish so much more when we work together'” – May 23, 2019
I loved learning more about Councilman Greenwell's own history (did you know he was part of the first graduating class of Oklahoma City Community College?) and how his eight years as a city council member and his past professional experience as CPA has shaped his approach to local government.
Josh Vaughn, Graphic Designer
- “OKC Streetcar how-to: Brewery taproom crawl” – Feb. 22, 2019
I think this was a unique look on how to use the streetcar creatively. Even if the OKC Streetcar isn’t our primary form of transportation, it can add value to our daily experience. Finding ways to integrate the streetcar usage into our routines can give you a better appreciation of our city and what it has to offer.
- “The Wolf Man, Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and The Mummy are from Oklahoma City: The life and work of Lon Chaney, Jr.” – Oct. 31, 2018
This was a fun article to remind us that OKC produces some pretty amazing people who excel in whatever field they find themselves. There is something in our collective DNA that pushes us to great things and flourish in the face of adversity. We do the unexpected, the undoable, and we do it well.