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First Thoughts on Oklahoma City Meet the Press Segment

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- It’s really quite something that Oklahoma City was not just featured, but showcased in this inaugural episode with new host Chuck Todd – an episode that included an interview with President Barack Obama.

- Oklahoma City was listed along with Houston, Tacoma and Pittsburgh. The segment began with a map showing a couple dozen cities across the country that are getting things done DESPITE the nonsense going on in Washington, D.C. (and as with Oklahoma, it’s state capitol). Yet the show featured just one city – Oklahoma City. An interview with Mick Cornett at the Bricktown Canal, great shots of the downtown skyline, the Myriad Gardens, retail shops on Automobile Alley, Remington Park and of people enjoying the city’s various venues.

- Mick Cornett also joined the mayors of Tacoma and Pittsburgh on the round table on Meet the Press. He had some great comments to make about the non-partisan nature of Oklahoma City government (something he didn’t always appreciate in his early years) and the importance of showing voters their money is going to actually improving their communities.

- The significance of this showcase can not be under-estimated. Meet the Press comes with a very, very different audience than even the New York Times or Wall Street Journal. The viewers include very wealthy investors and thought leaders across the country. It’s perhaps the hardest audience to reach. And it just happened. This is how Oklahoma City becomes a “buzz city.” I’m just one guy, one observer. But I think this is it. For years we’ve seen academics, politicians, planners and communities look to places like Austin, Seattle, Portland, Charlotte and Pittsburgh as “buzz” cities to look at, analyze and see as trend leaders in remaking cities. They are “buzz” cities. I think Oklahoma City is now firmly on that list.

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›

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