Dr. Ed Shadid has multiply broadcast invitations to tonight's Convention Center Townhall meeting in Downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown. Shadid is the Ward 2 Oklahoma City Councilor, and is a candidate for the 2014 Oklahoma City Mayoral Race.
Here is the letter Dr. Ed Shadid sent out yesterday:
Dear Oklahoma City :
Tomorrow night, January 23rd at 6:30 PM, I am hosting one of the only public discussions regarding the proposed downtown convention center. This town hall will be at the Bricktown Hotel and Convention Center located at 2001 E. Reno.
We have come together as a community in the past to discuss urban sprawl, public health, streetscapes, and public transit.
I hope you will come join this town hall meeting with Dr. Heywood Sanders, an expert on city planning and convention centers. Public participation and transparency are vital, especially when we are being steered toward spending hundreds of millions of dollars extra on a project that is shrouded in secrecy.
Please watch and share our video invitation with your friends and family:
The venue has free parking and refreshments will be served. We will also be collecting petition signatures to send the convention center to a vote of the citizens of Oklahoma City.
RSVP by calling 405-212-3068, replying to this email, or by leaving us a message on the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/192257570975347/
See you tomorrow night,
Dr Ed Shadid
Dr. Ed Shadid has hosted a number of like events, the hallmark of which is progressive education over various media providing the public with a ramp up to ideas that need greater discussion, decisions and cooperative planning in Oklahoma City.
Dr.Ed Shadid often presents information on edshadid.com, on FB and on Twitter @EdShadid or in local print media http://city-sentinel.com/, http://journalrecord.com/, http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/ . Dr. Ed Shadid's perspective is tractable, palatable and designed to build one set of information upon another for clarity. All this draws the public to a point where their increased decision making and participation is valued. Dr. Ed Shadid's intentionality in this method is a reliable, functional trait.
The chosen consultant for this Convention Center Townhall Meeting event is Dr. Heywood Sanders, a public administration professor at the University of Texas, Austin. Convention centers and expansions of downtown areas appears to be a specialty for him.
Kara O'Sullivan of Governing.com Magazine said in 2011, regarding the issue of convention centers and such expansions , "The convention industry provides perhaps the best example of the need for objective benchmarks to determine whether past projects have succeeded and to inform future public investment decisions." http://www.governing.com/blogs/bfc/better-benchmarks-for-convention-inve...
Mayor Mick Cornett is away at the 82nd annual US Mayoral Convention http://usmayors.org/82ndWinterMeeting/.