Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority June Meeting 
The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority will hold its next meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19th. The meeting will be located at 105 N. Hudson Avenue, Suite 101. 

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ALOFTA new hotel addition to Deep Deuce is on track to open late 2013. Aloft, a W Hotels brand, has amenities that will include boutique retail space, signature bar and VIP lounge, open-air rooftop terrace and the entire top floor for meetings and events. The 135-room boutique hotel is located at the corner of Walnut and NE 2nd Street.  

John W. Rex Elementary SchoolThe John W. Rex Elementary School broke ground at Sheridan and Walker Avenues on May 24, 2013. The downtown elementary school is a project in the MAPS for Kids program and will be constructed on land purchased from the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority.  The school also received tax increment financing in the amount of $1.5 million. John W. Rex Elementary School is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014 and will serve 500 students, pre-K through 6th grade.


Arts District Parking GarageThe Arts District Parking Garage, located south of City Hall, is well underway with construction and is expected  to open in mid-2014. This $20 million parking garage will include 20,000 square feet of retail space and provide 830 parking spaces to accommodate needs as downtown Oklahoma City continues to grow and expand. The project was made possible through a redevelopment agreement between the Urban Renewal Authority and Central Oklahoma Parking and Transportation Authority.

Images courtesy of @dtOKCbuilds 

Railroad Quiet Zone Funding Plan Approved

On May 28th, City Council approved a funding plan to establish a quiet zone along the BNSF rail line that passes through downtown Oklahoma City. A quiet zone is a designated area in which the engineer operating a train is not required to sound the whistle prior to passing at an at-grade crossing. 


Without a quiet zone, the area between NE 7th and NE 16th experiences numerous daily soundings of the whistle due to the high number of trains that travel along the line. More than $600,000 of pledges representing 28 organizations, companies and individuals will assist in funding the improvements needed to satisfy Federal Railroad Administration requirements.

Update: Convention Center Hotel 

The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City has contracted Stone Consulting to do a market analysis for the potential convention center hotel. The headquarters convention center hotel would support the future MAPs 3 Convention Center scheduled to start construction in 2016 at a cost of $250 million.

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About The Alliance
The Alliance was created in 2011 to better serve the economic development needs of Oklahoma City.

With its collaboration with city and private entities, the Alliance acts as a "one-stop-shop" for businesses in need of assistance from the public sector.

The Alliance Names New Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Geri Kenfield was recently appointed the Chief Financial Officer of the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City. Prior to becoming CFO, Ms. Kenfield served as vice-president of a non-profit community development investment company where her primary responsibilities related to management and compliance for federal and state tax credit programs. She began her career with a local tax accounting firm and has provided financial counseling and accounting assistance to individuals and small businesses throughout the Oklahoma City metro area.


Ms. Kenfied is a Certified Public Accountant and has twenty years of business management experience. Geri serves on the Business Administration Advisory Board at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and is a member of the Oklahoma CPA's association.


Geri resides in Yukon with her daughter and two dogs.


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