Mick Cornett
Mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mick Cornett
Mick Cornett is the current Mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. He also serves on notable positions including the national President of the Republican Mayors and Local Officials, and also serves on the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He was also Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Urban Economic Affairs Committee until 2007. Cornett, a Republican, was elected to the Oklahoma City Council in 2001.
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How The Decline Of Cars Is Changing Cities For The Better
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Cars have ruled American cities for decades, with planners working to simplify driving and parking by routing freeways through downtowns, widening streets and adding parking lots. But not all of them. Sam Schwartz, a traffic engineer for New York City in the 1970s and '80s, recalls his colleagues snubbing him for riding the subway and being baffled that he was trying to keep a street through Central Park closed to vehicles. Schwartz spent his time trying to limit traffic, working on failed plans to ban cars from Midtown and boost bridge tolls for drivers entering Manhattan. Schwartz, who later served as New York's traffic commissioner and the city Transportation Department's chief engineer, and now has his own engineering firm, wasn’t deterred by that early lack of success.  “I engaged in low-level sabotage of the Traffic Department’s plans,” Schwartz recalls in his book, Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars,  published last month with co-writer William Rose ...
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The Fat City That Declared War On Obesity
Huffington Post - over 1 year
When Velveth Monterroso arrived in the USA from her hometown in Guatemala, she weighed exactly 140 pounds. But after a decade of living in Oklahoma, she was more than 40 pounds heavier and fighting diabetes at the age of 34. This friendly woman, a mother of two children, is a living embodiment of the obesity culture cursing the world’s wealthiest country. “In Guatemala it is rare to see people who are very overweight, but it could not be more different here,” she said. “I saw this when I came here.” As soon as she arrived in the USA she started piling on pounds – an average of seven pounds each year. In Guatemala she ate lots of vegetables because meat was expensive. But working from eight in the morning until eleven at night as a cook in an Oklahoma City diner, she would skip breakfast and lunch while snacking all day on bits of burger and pizza. Driving home she would often resort to fast food because she was hungry and exhausted after a 15-hour day slaving over a hot grill. If ...
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How Did An Obese City Lose A Million Pounds?
NPR - about 2 years
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett explains how his city sidestepped gluttony and collectively dropped one million pounds. » E-Mail This
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Mayors: Mo., Okla. towns rebuild after tornadoes
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean said during the opening panel discussion at the National Tornado Summit that things are slowly returning to normal, but the recovery process will take years. Colbert-Kean and Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis — whose town was hit by an EF5 tornado on May 20, 2013, that killed 25 people and destroyed 1,100 homes — said that once recovery efforts start, financial devastation can soon take hold if a community is not well-prepared. In Hattiesburg, Miss., where nearly 200 homes were destroyed by an EF4 tornado one year ago, most of those displaced were in rented homes, and the owners of the homes took the insurance money and didn't rebuild, Mayor Johnny DuPree said. [...] waiting until a disaster strikes is not the time to develop relationships with people from other agencies, said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, who moderated the panel.
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Cities as Laboratories, Discovering America's Healthcare Solutions
Huffington Post - over 3 years
American history is full of famous tinkerers -- Henry Ford, The Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison -- people who started with an idea and processed through trial and error until they arrived at a solution. What would happen if we applied that same type of curiosity -- that innovative laboratory mindset -- to our current healthcare system. Could we make a dent in the $2.8 trillion dollar health care bill we're expected this year? If we were more willing to apply an approach that starts small -- in a local hospital or community -- where success becomes the impetus for scaling-up, and productive failure the incentive to try something new, could we create a health care system that delivered better value with improved outcomes at a competitive cost? Take the Cleveland Clinic. In 2010, they took head on the task of lowering equipment and supply costs by engaging doctors in an on-going dialogue about how to maintain the highest level of patient care while being budget conscious. These disc ...
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Tornado Victims Astounded At How They Survived
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
* Six previously missing now accounted for * Area known as Tornado Alley took warnings seriously * President Obama to visit disaster scene on Sunday (Updates with six missing now accounted for, new injured toll) By Carey Gillam and Ian Simpson MOORE, Okla., May 22 (Reuters) - Tornado survivors thanked God, sturdy closets and luck in explaining how they lived through the colossal twister that devastated an Oklahoma town and killed 24 people, an astonishingly low toll given the extent of destruction. At least one family took refuge in a bathtub and some people shut themselves in underground shelters built into their houses when the powerful storm tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday. While rescue workers and body-sniffing dogs sifted through the ruins on Wednesday, those who escaped told their stories of survival while trying to salvage what was left ...
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Mayor Mick Cornett on Cities Going Bankrupt
Fox Business News - over 4 years
Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City discusses the financial challenges facing cities across the U.S.
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Arianna Huffington: What Is Working: A Bipartisan Search for Solutions to the Jobs Crisis
Huffington Post - over 4 years
No matter where we are on the political spectrum, or what we think the role of government should be, most of us would agree that something is broken in America. One of the things that defines our country -- the American Dream -- is in real danger. As Jon Meacham wrote last month, "The perennial conviction that those who work hard and play by the rules will be rewarded with a more comfortable present and a stronger future for their children faces assault from just about every direction." The ongoing jobs crisis is the embodiment of the American Dream deferred. More than 20 million Americans are currently unemployed or underemployed, yet 3.4 million available jobs remain unfilled because job seekers lack the necessary skills. There's no dismissing the devastating human consequences of these numbers. But there is a real danger that by focusing exclusively on what is not working, we are missing out on spotlighting what is working -- the opportunities that are available, the ...
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Mick Cornett: The Wrath of Grapes: Oklahoma City MAPS Its Future
Huffington Post - over 4 years
While we see the national economic numbers like everyone else and understand the challenges facing many American cities, these are good days in Oklahoma City. We found a concept that works here: investing in ourselves. The Oklahoma City Thunder reached the NBA Finals. We hosted Olympic kayaking trials on the Oklahoma River this spring. On any given weekend, the Bricktown entertainment district is packed with people who are dining, enjoying canal boat rides, taking in movies or attending a baseball game in our downtown ballpark. People passing through Oklahoma City on I-40 drive under the iconic Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge sculpture and have a dynamic view of the state's largest building, the Devon Energy Center. None of that existed 20 years ago. No NBA franchise or arena. No state's tallest building or downtown ballpark or movies. I-40 was several blocks north and crumbling. There wasn't an Olympic rowing/kayaking training center. Heck, there wasn't even a river. W ...
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Making Lawmakers Answer For Pedestrian Deaths In Their Districts
DC Streets Blog - over 4 years
Rep. James Lankford, a Tea Party Republican representing Oklahoma City, probably wasn’t responsible for any of the 118 pedestrian deaths in his district between 2001 to 2010. And it’s unlikely Rep. Steve Southerland of Panama City, Florida was behind the wheel when any of the 164 people were killed while walking in his district during the decade. From 2001 to 2010, 118 people were killed while walking in Rep. James Lankford's district -- a death toll he can reduce with one vote. Photo: U.S. Congress But they are two of eight freshmen on the transportation conference committee, and their vote over the next few days could mean that those appalling numbers go up — or down. To remind members of what’s at stake with this transportation bill, Transportation for America has released an addendum to its groundbreaking “Dangerous by Design” report, this time quantifying the death toll by Congressional district. Everyone who cares about safe streets can now be very specific when asking t ...
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How A Runaway NBA Team Changed 2 Cities
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
When the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder in 2008, two cities began drastically different transitions. In Oklahoma City, Thunder fans cheer the team's rise and finals appearance and businesses feel the positive effects of a state embracing a new franchise. In Seattle, Sonics fans nurse deep grudges as businesses near the team's old arena close their doors. “The Thunder have boosted not just our business, but the entire state’s economy,” said Jeff Stewart, who has managed O’Connell’s Pub in Norman, Okla., since 1979. “During last year's run, business was up, but that was nothing compared to what’s going on right now.” O'Connell's is 30 minutes from the Thunder's Chesapeake Energy Arena and across the street from the University of Oklahoma, serving as a battleground for the rivalry between OU and Oklahoma State. “It’s always slower at the beginning of the summer,” said Stewart. “With students gone, it's been a shot in the arm ...
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PTS: 2012-05-02, 5 pm
Fan 590 - almost 5 years
Wednesday, 5 pm: Glenn Healy, Mick Cornett.
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State to honor victims of OKC bombing
Ocolly- Oklahoma State Universit - almost 5 years
Today, Oklahomans remember a tragic day in state history. Seventeen years ago, Timothy McVeigh parked a rental truck loaded with explosives in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. At 9:02 a.m., an explosion erupted from the vehicle and destroyed the north side of the building killing 168 people and injuring 850. John Phillips, head the Edmon Low Library’s government documents division, said he was in a meeting when the bomb went off. He said the real impact came when he went to Oklahoma City that Memorial Day to visit his grandfather and uncle’s graves and saw all the number of burials taking place. “You’re used to seeing one or two, because people pass away,” he said. “But seeing (the victims) all at the same time being buried, it makes you think.” McVeigh was eventually arrested, and was executed June 11, 2001. His accomplice, Terry Nichols, is serving life in prison without parole. On May 23, 1995, the building was demolished ...
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ADDITIONAL COUNCIL WARDS? - KOKC
Google News - over 5 years
White asked Mayor Mick Cornett to get a panel together on the subject. White says the growth in the Hispanic population is a reason for having a discussion about increasing the number of wards
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Oklahoma: 1971 vs. 2011 - NewsOK.com
Google News - over 5 years
Forty years later, Mayor Mick Cornett said, Oklahoma City is still coping with the results of an urban renewal program that demolished irreplaceable architecture and drove residents and businesses from the downtown area. “When you lose all of that,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mick Cornett
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 55
    Cornett married his second wife, Terri (Walker) Cornett, on November 26, 2014.
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    In 2014, he became the first mayor to be elected to a fourth term, defeating Ed Shadid with 65.7% of the vote.
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  • 2013
    Age 54
    Cornett was the recipient of the 2013 Oklahoma Mayor of the Year Award, presented by the Mayors Council of Oklahoma of the Oklahoma Municipal League.
    More Details Hide Details On May 11, 2006, Cornett announced that he would be running to fill the seat in the United States House of Representatives vacated by Ernest Istook. On August 22, 2006, he faced Lt. Governor Mary Fallin in a GOP run-off election. Fallin won, and was elected to Congress in the general election.
  • 2011
    Age 52
    In 2011, Cornett filed for divorce from his wife of 32 years, Lisa, citing "total irreconcilable incompatibility."
    More Details Hide Details The couple has three grown sons: Mike, Casey and Tristan.
  • 2010
    Age 51
    In 2010, Cornett's Chief of Staff, David Holt, was elected to the Oklahoma Senate.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, Holt authored the book Big League City: Oklahoma City's Rise to the NBA, which chronicled Cornett's efforts to bring the NBA to Oklahoma City.
    Following Fallin's decision to run for governor in 2010, Cornett was widely considered a possible candidate for the seat, but he decided to run for re-election as mayor.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, Cornett was scheduled to address the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, but his speech was canceled when reaction to Hurricane Gustav suspended the convention. He returned and addressed the 2012 Republican National Convention.
    Also in 2010, he was named runner-up of the World Mayor prize, and also the recipient of the World Mayor Project's 2010 World Mayor Commendation, in recognition of the economic and civic progress of Oklahoma City. In 2012, Newsweek named Cornett one of the five most innovative mayors in the United States.
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    In 2010, he became only the fourth mayor in Oklahoma City history to be elected to a third term, defeating Steve Hunt by gaining 58% of the vote.
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  • 2009
    Age 50
    In 2009, he was named one of the top 10 most powerful Oklahomans by the Oklahoma City Friday newspaper, ranking ahead of the state's two U.S. Senators.
    More Details Hide Details In November 2010, Governing Magazine named Cornett one of their "2010 Public Officials of the Year" and put him on the cover.
    Cornett served as an Executive Vice President of Ackerman McQueen from 2009 to 2011, during which the Oklahoma Ad Club named him 2010's "Ad Man of the Year."
    More Details Hide Details Cornett came in for some criticism for potential conflict of interest as a mayor serving as an employee of a private corporation. Cornett received an MBA, specializing in management, entrepreneurship and leadership, from NYU Stern School of Business in July 2011. Cornett's most notable achievements as Mayor include the successful lobbying that resulted in Oklahoma City's first major league sports team, the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association, and the passage of MAPS 3, a $777 million quality-of-life infrastructure program for Oklahoma City. In 2013, Cornett served as one of six selection committee members for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. Cornett is a proponent for progressive issues/initiatives such as rapid and mass transit, economic diversification, urban renaissance, and civic beautification. Neighborhoods such as Asia District, Uptown, MidTown, Capitol Hill, the Eastside, and others have experienced an economic revitalization during his tenure.
  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 49
    On July 2, 2008, it became official that the NBA's SuperSonics franchise, headed by local businessman Clay Bennett, were relocating to Oklahoma City for the 2008–2009 season.
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    The initiative went to the voters of Oklahoma City on March 4, 2008 and passed by a 62% margin.
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    He appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote the initiative on January 17, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He also teamed up with Taco Bell and local restaurants to promote healthy menu choices. This initiative garnered Cornett an invitation to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2010 State of the Union address.
  • 2007
    Age 48
    In June 2007, the U.S. Census announced its estimate that Oklahoma City had grown in city population to over 547,000 residents; over 1.26 percent between July 2005 and July 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Since the official Census in 2000, Oklahoma City had grown over eight percent according to the Census Bureau, making it the 12th fastest-growing large city (over 500,000 in population) in the United States. Other recent initiatives have also included his chairmanship of the "Core to Shore" committee of city leaders, and continued job growth in greater Oklahoma City. Led by almost 2,000 jobs that Dell brought to Oklahoma City, the greater Oklahoma City area gained over 72,000 new jobs in Cornett's first five years in office. During the Great Recession, compared to other metropolitan areas in the United States, Oklahoma City had one of the lowest unemployment rates, suffered one of the least severe economic downturns, and experienced one of the largest recoveries afterward. In December 2009, Cornett led the way to successful voter passage of the MAPS 3 initiative, which includes eight quality-of-life capital projects to be constructed in Oklahoma City over a decade.
    He also served as Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Urban Economic Affairs Committee until 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 47
    He was re-elected to a second term on 7 March 2006 by an 87.6% margin, the largest in city history.
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  • 2004
    Age 45
    Cornett became the Mayor of Oklahoma City on 2 March 2004.
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  • 2001
    Age 42
    Cornett was elected to the Oklahoma City Council in 2001.
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  • 1999
    Age 40
    In 1999 he started his own video production company, Mick Cornett Video Productions, specializing in jobs for the corporate and legal sectors.
    More Details Hide Details Cornett is the co-host of The Verdict, a local Oklahoma City television show discussing legal and social issues.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 38
    After graduating, Cornett worked for twenty years in news and sports as a reporter, anchor, and manager in Oklahoma City. As a reporter, he covered city politics from 1997 to 1999.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 17
    Cornett is a native of Oklahoma City. He attended Putnam City High School, graduating in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details He then attended the University of Oklahoma, earning a journalism degree in TV news.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on July 16, 1958.
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