Mayor's Development Roundtable

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Mayor's Development Roundtable

Join us Wednesday, May 10 at the Cox Convention Center for the 16th annual Mayor's Development Roundtable. 

Each spring, Mayor Mick Cornett hosts the Mayor's Development Roundtable. This event highlights the public and private sector's 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.

Online registration is open. Space is limited.

Sponsorship opportunities and table reservations are available.

Featured Participants

Mayor Mick Cornett

WEB-Mayor-CornettThe son of postal worker and school teacher, Mayor 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 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."

He is the current President of the US Conference of Mayors. 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.

Patrick Kennedy | Founding Partner, Space Between Design Studio

WEB-Patrick-KennedyPatrick Kennedy is a founding partner in the Dallas-based urban design firm, Space Between Design Studio. He is presently on the board of directors for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system and former president of the North Texas Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-NTX).

With more than 15 years of experience tackling complex urban challenges at local, national, and international scale, his focus is on the interrelationship between movement infrastructure network design and real estate market dynamics in order to deliver successful, lovable, sustainable places.

He is also co-founder of A New Dallas, a non-profit promoting transportation alternatives and neighborhood revitalization, as well as the Coalition for A New Dallas, a Political Action Committee dedicated to electing, educating, and empowering local leaders in support of revitalizing Dallas neighborhoods. He has awards from NCTCOG, Greater Dallas Planning Council, APA, AIA, AIGA, and ASLA.

Jim Parrack | Vice President, Price Edwards & Company

WEB-Jim-ParrackJim Parrack joined Price Edwards & Company in 2007 and heads the firm’s Retail Division. The division encompasses management and brokerage activities for over 50 shopping centers in Oklahoma and North Texas. Parrack is actively involved in overseeing all management and leasing efforts of the firm’s retail building portfolio to ensure asset protection and enhancement of client owned properties.

Parrack is an active member and participant in ChainLinks Retail Advisors, a national retail leasing and networking organization. In addition,Parrack has extensive experience acting as receiver for distressed properties of all product types. 


Michael J. Carrier | President, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau

WEB-Mike-CarrierMike Carrier joined the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau in July 2007 as its president. Carrier holds both a bachelors degree in accounting and a masters in education from East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, Tenn.).

He has been active in the travel and tourism industry for over 30 years, working in meeting planning, hotel sales, and has served as president of convention and visitors bureaus in Greenville, S.C.; Columbia, S.C.;and Knoxville, Tenn. Before his move to Oklahoma City, he served as the general manager of the Shreveport Convention Center. 

Carrier has been actively involved in numerous civic and industry associations including serving as president of the Carolinas Chapter of Meeting Professionals International and three years on the Board of Directors of the Destination Marketing Association International. He has served in several capacities with the United Way as well as the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife Carolyn have two sons: Chad, who works in hotel management in Oklahoma City, and Matt, an attorney in North Carolina. 

Sly James | Mayor of Kansas City, Mo.

WEB-Mayor-JamesSly James was elected mayor of Kansas City, Mo., on March 22, 2011, and sworn in on May 1, 2011. He was born and raised in Kansas City and learned valuable lessons about resiliency and dedication watching his parents work hard to take care of their family. Despite the challenges they faced, James' father, a chef, janitor, and small business owner; and his stepmother, who helped manage their business, still made sure that James and his brothers had the opportunity to go to a good school and follow their dreams. This laid the foundation for James’ commitment to education and ensuring every child receives a high-quality education regardless of where they live or their socioeconomic background. 

James focuses his efforts to make Kansas City best in four areas: education, employment, efficiency and enforcement. In addition, James has worked to raise Kansas City’s statewide and national profile by highlighting the myriad cultural and human capital resources in that great city. At the state level, he has been a voice for common-sense gun control laws, economic development tools, and education reform. Nationally, he is a member of Black Mayors for Education Reform and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and was elected in June 2013 to the Advisory Board of the United States Conference of Mayors.

James also led Kansas City’s efforts to host Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in the summer of 2012. The success of this event, and the spotlight it put on Kansas City, has led to numerous conventions, conferences, and events that continue to open the eyes of many crowds to all that the city has to offer.

Before his election, James enjoyed a successful legal career which spanned almost three decades. He developed a proven record of success as a leader, an effective coalition builder and a fierce advocate. He joined Blackwell, Sanders, Matheny, Weary & Lombardi in 1983, and became the first black partner in the firm’s history in 1990. In February 2002, he started his own successful small business, The Sly James Firm, where he worked with victims to seek justice and positive outcomes to disputes.

James attended Bishop Hogan High School in Kansas City, graduating in 1969. After serving his country as a military police officer for four years in California, the Philippines and Japan during the Vietnam War, James  graduated cum laude from Rockhurst College in Kansas City. He then went on to earn his law degree, also cum laude, from the University of Minnesota (St. Paul, Minn.) in 1983. 

James has been married to Licia Clifton-James since 1981 and is the proud father of four children. He has long had a passion for music and was the lead singer in the Amelia Earhart Memorial Flying Band. Little known fact: His band once opened for Jefferson Airplane in Kansas City!

Richard McKown | Developer, City Center Development

WEB-Richard-McKownRichard McKown works as a developer, artist and community designer. He holds a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Boston University, a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, Mo.), and a fellowship in painting from Yale University (New Haven, Conn.). He lived in central France for four years, working as an artist. After returning to the states, his focus has been on developing meaningful community open spaces, combining low impact development techniques, sculpture and narrative. McKown’s interest in mixed-use, walkable communities has led him to the development of infill projects in downtown Oklahoma City. As development partner for City Center Development, LLC, McKown has recently completed LEVEL, MOSAIC, OKSEA and the restoration of the Rock Island PLOW building in Bricktown. 

Ian Colgan | Assistant Executive Director, Oklahoma City Housing Authority

WEB-Ian-ColganOver his career, Ian Colgan has sought to incorporate his commitment to neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing and transformative urban design into the professional opportunities he has had in city planning, real estate development, and consulting. His philosophy is driven by the importance of understanding the intersection of market economics and placemaking, and the power of public-private partnerships. 

Currently an assistant executive director of the Oklahoma City Housing Authority, Colgan is leading the implementation of the Authority’s transformative strategic investment plan, which calls for historic levels of investment in public housing and affordable housing targeting extremely low-income populations. He also leads policy and planning initiatives, examining the relationship between housing units and surrounding neighborhoods, the inter-connectivity of housing and services and partnering to leverage new affordable housing opportunities throughout the city.

Previously Assistant Planning Director with the City of Oklahoma City, Ian helped complete the recently adopted comprehensive plan (planokc), a Downtown Development Framework and the creation of new tax increment finance (TIF) districts. He is also the former managing principal of Development Concepts, Inc., an Indianapolis-based consulting firm focusing on neighborhood redevelopment and market economics.

Kris Kanaly | President, Oklahoma Mural Syndicate

WEB-Kris-KanalyKristopher Kanaly is the president of the Oklahoma Mural Syndicate, a nonprofit dedicated to the creation and advocacy of public art in Oklahoma. With an extensive family history in the arts, hailing back to his great grandfather’s gallery, The Colonial Art Gallery established in 1919, Kanaly was raised by a family of artists, art collectors, art dealers and graphic designers. This influence propelled him into a career in graphic design and fine art with a strong focus on street art and murals. Kanaly’s murals can be found across North America as well as here, in Oklahoma where he manages and curates his most notable project, the Plaza Walls. In November of 2015, Kanaly was inducted into the Google Cultural Institute for the Taste of Western Mural Project. He currently holds a creative director position at STAPLEGUN.

Gina Sofola | President and Principal Consultant, Sofola and Associates, Inc.

WEB-Gina-SolofaGina Sofola is the President and Principal Consultant for Sofola and Associates, Inc., a project management and planning consulting firm started in 1999. She has managed construction projects around the country and worked as a Project Engineer for Fortune 500 Companies Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Johnson & Johnson, Inc. Her training gives her an eye towards how humans interact with the built and work environments. She is interested in environmental, transportation, and international planning issues and has a great passion for urban design that seeks to optimize the human experience, especially for underserved communities. Sofola is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma. She is currently part of The University of Oklahoma RCPL’s participatory research project working with women from northeast OKC in understanding the intersection of race, gender and the built environment.



Kristin Vails | Fowler Holding Group & Steering Committee Member

Opening Remarks

Mayor Mick Cornett

Kick-off Keynote

Mayor Sly James | Kansas City, Mo.

20/20 Lightning Round 1

This year’s “20/20 Lightning Round,” where presenters have 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide, features three local leaders sharing projects, programs, and placemaking that influence a better Oklahoma City.

  • Tiny Houses | Richard McKown | City Center Development
  • Oklahoma City’s Amazing Murals | Chris Kanaly | Oklahoma Mural Syndicate
  • The Rise of Micro-Breweries | Joel Irby | Stone Cloud Brewery

Keynote Presentation

Ian Colgan | Oklahoma City Housing Authority

Making OKC Home for Everyone: Affordable Housing as a Pillar of Our Community

Increased investment in urban areas creates many benefits, but it has come at the price of increased income segregation and decreasing housing affordability for many in need.  As Oklahoma City continues its renaissance, it has a unique opportunity to address these issues proactively before they become as difficult to solve as in other cities across the nation. 

20/20 Lightning Round 2

This 20/20 Lightning Round features three local leaders providing updates on development projects taking place in Oklahoma City.

  • Farmer’s Market District Evolution | Bud Scott | Oklahoma Progress, PLLC
  • Retail & Office Update | Jim Parrack | Price Edwards & Company
  • Hotel Update | Michael Carrier | Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Northeast Oklahoma City Redevelopment | Gina Sofola | Sofola and Associates, Inc.

Keynote Presentation

Patrick Kennedy | Space Between Design Studio & A New Dallas       

City Building for the 21st Century

Designing an infrastructure of attraction rather than repulsion, a public realm that maximizes the private utilization of land, and private development that enriches its surroundings for resilient, sustainable, and productive places.

“Super Panel” Roundtable

Mayor Cornett moderates discussion among the conference’s main speakers and takes questions from the audience in this open Q&A format.

Lunch & Mayor’s Keynote

Mayor Mick Cornett

Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Development

Award Acceptance — Fred Hall | 21 c Museum Hotel

Closing Remarks and Special Thanks