OKC Forms Love Your OKC Coalition

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Campaign Co-Chair Percy Kirk today 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.

“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,” Mayor Holt says. “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 centered around 16 projects that meet four main identified needs: neighborhood needs, human needs, quality of life and jobs.

The proposed temporary one-cent sales tax will generate $978 million and keep the city’s tax rate unchanged. MAPS 4 would begin in April 2020 when the Better Streets, Safer City temporary sales tax expires.

OKC CVB Sets Another Record Year

The Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, a division of the Chamber, concluded another successful fiscal year on June 30. According to the CVB’s recently released Annual Report, the Oklahoma City Convention and visitor industry continues to see growth and success in the wake of new additions to the Oklahoma City attraction market.

Oklahoma City passed $15 million in total hotel room tax for the second year in a row. Room nights also increased by 3.16% and hotel revenue grew 2.97%

The CVB team concluded FY19 with 372,116 definite room nights produced in the convention, sports, group tours and equine markets. The CVB also provided registration and servicing to 269 groups and 48 site visits to potential groups. Oklahoma City also hosted 702 motor coach group tours during the fiscal year. The year-end economic impact for conventions and sports sales was $179,151,884.

Belle Isle Library ‘Starship’ Launches into the Future

The library known to many as the “Millennium Falcon” will soon undergo an extensive remodel, launching the 1960s-style library into the future. A community meeting will be held to talk about how the iconic look of the Belle Isle Library will be preserved while giving the library some much-needed upgrades.

The renovation will include adding 14,000 square feet to the library to include a larger meeting area, study rooms, children’s room, large teen space and a maker space. In addition, the library will add new furniture, more computers and more parking.

“By meeting with the Belle Isle Library community, we are hoping to build excitement for the renovation and share the design,” says Julie Ballou, Metropolitan Library System’s executive director. “It is our goal to create a more business-, family- and tech-friendly library that can be enjoyed for years to come while complementing the existing structure.”

In fiscal year 2018, the Belle Isle Library had more than 224,000 visits. Overall, the library serves about 35,000 active customers.

Oklahoma City-County Health Department Offers Free Flu Shots

The Oklahoma City County Health Department offers flu vaccinations at its Northeast, Southern Oaks and West locations for no out-of-pocket costs. Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. 

Flu shots are offered at the Gary Cox Health Clinic at 2700 NE 63rd, the Southern Oaks Health Clinic at 6728 S. Hudson Ave. and at the West Health Clinic at 4330 NW 10th St.

For more information about receiving a free flu shot or about the services offered by the OCCHD, visit OCCHD.org.