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The Next American City: The Big Promise of our Midsize Metros

Mick Cornett is the longest-serving Mayor of Oklahoma City and is credited with its transformation from a forgettable city in "flyover country" to one of America's most dynamic midsized cities.  


During his time in office,  Newsweek  called him one of the five most innovative mayors in the country. London-based World Mayors listed him as the No. 2 mayor in the world and  Governing  magazine named him the Public Official of the Year in 2010. Best known for helping attract an NBA franchise and putting Oklahoma City “ on a diet,” Cornett also led the charge to pass MAPS 3, an innovative $800-million investment in parks, urban transit, wellness centers, and infrastructure that has the potential to dramatically reshape Oklahoma City and enhance the quality of life of its residents. How did he do it? And what can Cleveland learn from Oklahoma City? 


Michael Earl Cornett, Sr.
35th Mayor of Oklahoma City, and author,  The Next American City: The Big Promise of our Midsize Metros 

Karen Allport
President, Board of Directors, The City Club of Cleveland Forum Foundation   

Natalia Garcia is a digital producer for the education team at Ideastream Public Media.