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.


Call for Presentations: 20/20 Lightning Rounds to Showcase Local Development at Annual Mayor’s Development Roundtable

This year, we will integrate six short local presentations into the program as an opportunity for the local development community to highlight work recently completed or planned in Oklahoma City. We are now accepting submittals for presentations to fill the six available slots. To participate, please complete the online form and follow the instructions posted to send your outline by email. You must send your presentation outline by March 25, 2015.

Submit a 20/20 Lightning Round Presentation



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

Lightning Rounds

Networking Break

Lightning Rounds


Super Panel Roundtable

Networking Break & Lunch

Mayor’s Keynote
Mayor Mick Cornett

Award for Outstanding Development

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.


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