14th Annual Mayor's Development Roundtable

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Each spring, Mayor Mick Cornett hosts the Mayor’s Development Roundtable. This event highlights the public and private sectors’ commitment to developing a great community by bringing together experts, local panel members and attendees to discuss topics relevant to Oklahoma City’s growth and development.



Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Cox Convention Center

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks
Mayor Mick Cornett

Kick-off Keynote

Aaron M. Renn | Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Lightning Rounds

Networking Break

Lightning Rounds

Keynote Presentation

Carol R. Naughton | Senior Vice-President, Purpose Built Communities

Super Panel Roundtable

Networking Break & Lunch

Mayor’s Keynote
Mayor Mick Cornett

Award for Outstanding Development

Oklahoma City University School of Law  

Comments from Award Recipient

Closing Remarks and Special Thanks



Mayor Mick Cornett

The son of postal worker and school teacher, Mick Cornett was born and raised in Oklahoma City. From an early age, his parents taught him the value of public service and encouraged him to keep the faith, work hard and dream big.

Today, Mayor Mick Cornett, the first four-term mayor in Oklahoma City history, is leading a thriving community that reflects the same principles. He has been honored by various organizations and publications as the top Mayor in the state and nation – and an international panel selected Mayor Cornett as the second-best mayor in the world. Newsweek magazine called him one of the “five most innovative Mayors in the United States.”

Recently elected to a leadership position in the US Conference of Mayors, he is in line to be President of that organization in 2016. He famously put the entire city on a diet to raise awareness on the national issue of obesity. His leadership helped bring the NBA to OKC. During his time in office, Oklahoma City has invested nearly $2 billion in schools and quality-of-life infrastructure through the innovative MAPS program. That investment generated nearly $6 billion in private sector investment. Today, Oklahoma City’s economy is one of the nation’s most robust.

Mayor Cornett is a popular national speaker on the topics of health and wellness, urban design, placemaking and walkable cities. His TED TALK on those topics has been viewed by more than 1 million people worldwide. He earned a degree in journalism at the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from New York University. He is married to Terri (Walker) Cornett and has three sons.

For more information on Mayor Cornett's current policies, read or watch his 2014 State of the City Address here.


Leslie Batchelor │ President, Center for Economic Development Law

Leslie Batchelor is President and Co-founder of the Center for Economic Development Law, which represents cities and towns throughout Oklahoma in economic development and urban redevelopment activities.  Ms. Batchelor is nationally recognized for her expertise in public-private partnerships, tax increment financing techniques, and other redevelopment and financing strategies.

A native of Oklahoma City, Ms. Batchelor served as a senior official in the U.S. Justice Department from 1997-2000, including as Deputy Associate Attorney General and Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno.  Ms. Batchelor graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in International Relations and received her Master’s and Law Degrees from the University of Virginia.  Since returning to Oklahoma, Leslie has served in the leadership role of a number of civic and professional organizations, including Chair of the Urban Land Institute for Oklahoma, President of the Oklahoma County Bar Foundation, President of Oklahoma City Housing Services Redevelopment Corporation (Positively Paseo), and President of Historic Preservation, Inc. She is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Oklahoma Honors College and the Board of Directors of i2E.


Aaron M. Renn | Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Aaron M. Renn is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and a Contributing Editor at its quarterly magazine City Journal. He is on a mission to help America’s cities thrive in an ever more complex, competitive, globalized, and diverse 21st century. This requires building a future that is both demographically and economically sustainable and equitable. It means creating an engine of opportunity and upward mobility, and a platform on which a broad majority of citizens can build towards achieving their aspirations.

Renn is also an economic development columnist for Governing Magazine, and has contributed to the Guardian, Forbes.com and other publications. His perspectives on urban issues are regularly cited in global media outlets which have included the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, the Economist, and the London Daily Telegraph.

His insights are rooted in a 15 year career in management and technology consulting, where he was a partner at Accenture. He’s held multiple technology strategy roles, and directed multi-million dollar global technology implementations. He also founded the urban data analytics web startup Telestrian.

No stranger to the Internet or urban issues, Renn is a long time innovator in these fields. He was co-author of an early social-networking platform at Indiana University in 1991. He created multiple widely used open source software packages, including the only program ever developed for recovering data from corrupted gzip backups. In 1998 he launched one of the nation’s first blogs, the Weekly Breakdown, to cover the Chicago Transit Authority.

A native of Laconia, Indiana, a town of 50 people along the Ohio River, Renn grew up fascinated by those larger places known as cities, and made it his life’s preoccupation to learn what makes them tick. He currently lives in New York.


Carol R. Naughton | Senior Vice-President, Purpose Built Communities

Carol Naughton helped found Purpose Built Communities in 2008. She previously served for seven years as the Executive Director of the East Lake Foundation, the lead non-profit organization that developed and continues to implement a bold, innovative and successful model of community revitalization that helps families break the cycle of poverty.

An expert in public/private partnerships, Carol has crafted groundbreaking alliances in housing and education. Prior to joining the East Lake Foundation, she was General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director for Legal and Nonprofit Affairs for the Atlanta Housing Authority. Before working with the AHA, Carol was engaged in the private practice of law with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan’s real estate group, where she primarily represented developers, lenders and investors.

Carol serves on the Board of the Charles R. Drew Charter. She is a former president of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, a member of the State Bar of Georgia, and a former member of the Board of Governors for that organization. She serves, or has served, on the boards of several community and national organizations.

Carol is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and was Executive Editor of the Emory Law Journal. She graduated with honors from Colgate University.


Mr. John M. “Chip” Fudge | Chairman, Claims Management Resources

Chip is the Chairman of Claims Management Resources, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City with 200 employees.

He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he majored in Pre-Law and minored in Philosophy.  He attended the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University as well as continuing education at the London Business School and Harvard Business School.

He serves on the OSU Foundation Board of Governors, is active in Youth Leadership Exchange and Leadership OKC.  Previously he has served on the Board of the Arts Council, City Arts, and Leadership OKC.  He belongs to the Oklahoma City Chapter of the World President’s Organization.  He is an Advisory Board Member for the National Bank of Commerce and serves as a Board Member and Treasurer for Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. (DOKC).

He was the youngest member ever of the Committee of 100 of the American Collector’s Association and has been awarded the Beacon Award by the American Collectors Association and the Unit Leadership Award from the Oklahoma Collector’s Association.  He was a nominee for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996.


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