The world has taken notice of Oklahoma City’s remarkable renaissance and its popular Mayor, Mick Cornett, Governing magazine’s 2010 “Public Official of the Year.”
Cornett entered politics in 2001, winning a City Council seat by the largest margin over a sitting incumbent in city history. As Mayor, Cornett led the charge to pass the visionary infrastructure program known as MAPS 3 – a $777-million investment that will dramatically reshape Oklahoma City and enhance the quality of life of its residents. MAPS 3 projects include a 70-acre downtown park, improved sidewalks and hike and bike trails, a modern streetcar system, a new convention center, senior wellness/aquatic centers and other amenities. In addition, he is overseeing Project 180, an ambitious and forward-thinking $140-million, three-year redesign of Oklahoma City’s downtown streets and sidewalks, designed to make the city more pedestrian friendly.
He famously put Oklahoma City “on a diet” in 2007, challenging citizens to improve their health and lose a collective one-million pounds. The goal was reached in January 2012, as more than 47,000 residents logged their weight loss on the awareness campaign’s website, http://www.thiscityisgoingonadiet.com.
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