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A sign along Oklahoma Highway 43 near Sardis Lake.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Moving water from where it’s plentiful to where it’s needed seems like a logical way to meet all Oklahomans’ future water needs. But water transfers are complicated, and not just because they’re expensive  but because communities with lots of water want to keep it. Nothing illustrates this tension better than Sardis Lake.

Jenks Mayor Lonnie Sims speaks during a press conference on the upcoming vote to renew the Vision 2025 sales tax.
Rip Stell / The Journal Record

A Tulsa tax package will be up for renewal by voters this fall, but with a new twist.

Vision2025, a Tulsa County tax plan similar to Oklahoma City’s MAPS project, is a 0.6 percent sales tax passed in 2003. Since then, it has raised over $600 million for various community projects.

But this year, cities affected by the tax plan have the chance to opt out, says Journal Record managing editor Adam Brooks.

Sue Wyglendowski grooms one of the 16 collies she brought from Mantua, Ohio, for the 2015 Collie Club of America National Specialty Show at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City Tuesday.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Last week, Oklahoma City said it would reopen the search process for the site of the MAPS 3 convention center, and on Tuesday the city council voted to abandon the originally planned location near the Myriad Gardens.

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The previous site plan for the downtown Oklahoma City convention center.
Courtesy rendering / The Journal Record

Tuesday afternoon Oklahoma City leaders announced they would start looking for a new site for the convention center that's part of the Metropolitan Area Projects, or MAPS 3, proposal voters approved in 2009.

Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, at Interstates 35 and 240 in Oklahoma City, has merchant tenancy above 50 percent.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

On Tuesday the city council of Oklahoma City voted to create two new business improvement districts, or BIDs, in south Oklahoma City.

One will be along SW 29th Street between May Ave. and Shields Blvd., and the other calls for spending $22,000 with the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce to improve the area around Interstate 240 that runs from I-35 to I-44.

The proposed Core to Shore tax increment financing district boundary.
The Journal Record

This week the Oklahoma City Council voted 8-1 to authorize Mayor Mick Cornett explore the idea of creating two new tax increment financing, or TIF, districts in downtown Oklahoma City.

These subsidies for redevelopment and community improvement projects embody the idea of “public-private partnerships” between cities and businesses.

Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid cast the lone “no” vote.

Traffic passes in front of the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Tuesday the Oklahoma City Council approved a request for proposals for a hotel catering to the convention center that will be built as part of the series of projects funded by the MAPS 3 temporary sales tax extension.

During the meeting, the council heavily stressed the importance of building enough parking for the hotel, convention center, and other uses around town, as well as alternate funding to make sure developers can complete the project.

Oklahoma City skyline
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Oklahoma City residents can review the product of years of their work and offer input on the city's draft comprehensive plan - planokc - during a 60-day public review and comment period that began last week.

The comprehensive plan is a policy document that guides future development and decisions about how the city grows over the next several decades.

To begin the public review process, a presentation and open house will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett delivered his annual State of the City address during the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's luncheon Wednesday.

In the half-hour address outlining the city's accomplishments, Cornett said Oklahoma City is one of only three in the United States with gross domestic product growth of more than 3.5 percent in three consecutive years.

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