Municipal Officials From Every Corner of the State Gathered at the University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities in Norman

March 14, 2017

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Municipal Leaders attended the Placemaking Workshop hosted by the University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities and the Oklahoma Municipal League. A full day workshop was held on the Norman Campus on March 10th with 80 in attendance from across the state.

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OU IQC Executive Director Shane Hampton facilitates one team with a Placemaking activity on campus

The workshop focused on placemaking; evaluating and improving public spaces. Placemaking is a process of creating quality public spaces based on local assets, culture, and preferences. It is deeply rooted in participation from community members who are knowledgeable about a community's streets, parks, and plazas. This workshop demonstrated the connection between placemaking and community development goals, shared success stories from Oklahoma communities, and showed participants how to evaluate public spaces.

Experts from Enid, Midwest City, Oklahoma City and Norman that have been successful with placemaking in their own communities presented to the group. 

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Norman Mayor and OML Board Member Lynne Miller
kicks off the day with a warm welcome to Norman

The workshop also launched the new partnership that OML has established with OU IQC to provide financial assistance to member municipalities interested in working with IQC on a future project.  Applications are to be submitted to OU IQC and deadline to submit a request for assistance is May 15, 2017. Up to 50% of the cost of the chosen project (maximum cost of total project not to exceed $5,000) could be covered by this program for member cities/towns. For more information click here.

For further details, contact Nancee Morris at nancee@oml.org or call 405-528-7515 or 800-324-6651.

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