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Cornett Delivers 7th State of the City Address (Jan 13, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett delivered his annual State of the City address before a crowd of nearly 1,200 at a luncheon today hosted by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

Cornett discussed the major events that shaped Oklahoma City in 2010, including economic growth following the national recession. But he cautioned that many of the reasons for the recovery could be temporary, like the amount of construction, the May 2010 hailstorm and the comparative lousiness of the economic picture in 2009.

Speaking to KGOU just before the speech, Cornett reflected on how much Oklahoma City is changing.

"The city I grew up in. To a certain extent, the city that I was elected to the city council to 10-year ago doesn’t exist today," Cornett said. "This is a different place. It feels like a different place and that’s the result of the unity that is unmatched in any other community in the country. You don’t see a citizenry united behind its business leaders, its city council and its mayor like you do here. And that unity, so many people pulling on the same rope, is the secret to our success."

During the speech, Cornett updated the MAPS for Kids project, and called for longer school days and longer school years to help address continued problems with inner city districts. MAPS 3 was also discussed. Cornett said there are now eight MAPS 3 projects and 65 million dollars has been collected so far.

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