Enid News & Eagle: OKC Mayor: State can overcome challenges
By Ryan Miller
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett spoke about the past, present and future of Oklahoma City during a visit to Enid on Monday.
“I think these are just such challenging times at city level, at the state level and at the federal level, and I spend a lot of my time looking back at Oklahoma history and it’s just remarkable tales,” said Cornet, who has announced he is a Republican candidate for governor in 2018.
He spoke to the history of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City’s early days, and his own family’s history in the state during a meeting of Enid Rotary Club.
“Early on, we (Oklahoma) tied our economies to commodities … but when you tie your fortunes to a commodity, your economy goes up and down with the price of that commodity. When you look at Oklahoma’s history, it’s almost as if we define our lives and our family histories by the ups and downs of the economy,” Cornett said.
Cornett then talked more about Oklahoma City, and some of its past influential leaders, including Stanley Draper who was integral to bringing airmail service to OKC, “tilting” many of the state’s roads toward Oklahoma City, such as three interstate highways today intersecting in the city, and also being influential for the creation of Tinker Air Force Base.
“It shows the results of one remarkable man who got a lot of things started in Oklahoma City that’s benefited generation after generation after generation,” he said. “This inspirational leadership, I think it really is part of the DNA of the state. We are so entrepreneurial.”