Mabrey Bank Expands to OKC

After serving Oklahomans for nearly 100 years, Mabrey Bank is expanding its presence to include a brand-new location in Oklahoma City. The family-owned and operated bank recently broke ground on a 10,250-square-foot facility located just west of the intersection of MacArthur and Memorial. It is projected to open in late 2019. Mabrey Bank has 15 locations throughout Oklahoma and provides financial services to more than 25,000 customers and maintains assets totaling more than $1.1 billion.

American Indian Cultural Center and Museum to Open Spring 2021

Recently, members of the OKC News Bureau were treated to a tour of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum complex, which will be resuming construction in April and aims for a grand opening in the spring of 2021. Shoshana Wasserman, associate director of the American Indian Cultural Center Foundation, briefed participants on the history of the museum, the changes that have occurred in multiple arenas since the museum’s initial conception, its goals for the future and more. When first conceived, the museum was largely thought of as an economic development project for Oklahoma, especially in light of economic diversification and tourism being the third-largest industry in the state at present. “You’ve got to be promoting what people know you for,” Shoshana said. Today, not only does that goal remain, but others have also come into focus, including telling the story of the 39 native tribes in Oklahoma.

Plaza District Association to Honor Batchelors with Urban Pioneer Award

The Plaza District Association will honor Leslie and Dan Batchelor as the recipients of the 2019 Urban Pioneer Award on Tuesday, June 4 at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, 800 N. Harvey Ave. Presented by Fowler Automotive and Oklahoma’s Credit Union, the Urban Pioneer Award is given annually to individuals in the Oklahoma City community who exemplify Oklahoma’s pioneering spirit with their leadership and commitment to urban revitalization. Dan and Leslie are the founders of the Center for Economic Development Law. They have played an important role behind the scenes in revitalizing much of the heart of Oklahoma City through their creative legal and financial strategies to make difficult projects possible, including the Skirvin Hotel, Bricktown, the Oklahoma Health Center and Myriad Gardens. Dan has dedicated his career to representing the public interest in the development of Oklahoma City. Leslie has built on that experience and focused on public-private partnerships to support parks, public spaces, urban revitalization and affordable housing. In addition, Dan and Leslie have served as leaders and volunteers in the community.

Fourth MAPS 3 Senior Health Wellness Center in the Works

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and Integris Medical Group will pair up to make the fourth MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center for Oklahoma City a reality.  Two MAPS 3 senior health and wellness centers are in operation at NW 115 and Rockwell and in Capitol Hill. The first center was recently approved for a $3.5 million expansion after outgrowing the demand in just two years. The senior wellness centers were approved by voters in the 2009 MAPS 3 Oklahoma City sales tax election. The senior centers are roughly 40,000 square feet and include fitness rooms, educational classroom space, social space and pools and are open to senior citizens in Oklahoma City.

Global Aerospace Company Cobham to Open New Office in OKC

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce announced that Cobham plc, a global aerospace company with headquarters in the UK and market leader in aerial refueling products and technologies, opened a new facility at Tinker Air Force Base in March 2019 to provide customer support for Cobham Hose and Drogue equipment fitted to U.S. Air Force Refueling Aircraft. Located in Oklahoma City, Tinker Air Force Base is home to an Air Logistics Center, which provides maintenance and overhaul of KC-135 Stratotanker and the KC-10, the primary aerial refueling aircraft in service with the USAF. Once deployed, the USAF Logistics Center will provide sustainment services for the new KC-46 tanker, also fitted with Cobham Hose and Drogue Refueling systems.