June 2022, Vol. 10 Issue 16
Leaders recognized for Oklahoma City commitment 

The annual Dean A McGee awards are a time to recognize outstanding leaders in our community – people who have made a significant and lasting impact on Oklahoma City. Named after Oklahoma business leader Dean A. McGee, who championed the downtown development of Oklahoma City, this year’s honorees are Marva Ellard, a real estate developer, Debi Martin, City Council chief of staff, and Rand Elliott, principal of Rand Elliott Architects. We have worked with each of the honorees for decades on multiple projects and have seen firsthand how their efforts benefit Oklahoma City.
The Neal Horton Award recognizes a visionary who sparks a renaissance in the downtown area and Marva Ellard was recognized as a catalyst for the renaissance in Midtown. She has renovated and restored multiple historic structures in the area, including the original Sunbeam Family Services campus which she transformed into residential and office space, renovated the 1928 Siber apartment building into upscale apartments and is currently restoring the Villa Teresa. She serves on committees and organizations that preserve history, culture and architecture in our city.
The Stanley Draper Award recognizes a person who has made an enduring effect on downtown. Debi Martin has been with the City of Oklahoma City for decades, assigned to support the city council since 1987, developing and implementing plans for council priorities and special projects. She has helped with many significant projects, including assisting with relocating the Oklahoma City Museum of Arts to downtown and serving as a liaison following the Alfred P. Murrah Building bombing. Her passion for education has made her an invaluable volunteer for many youth programs.

Rand Elliott will receive the Dean A. McGee Award for helping transform downtown, both above and below ground. He redesigned downtown’s Concourse into The Underground with contemporary, bright lighting, restored the Vesper Building in Automobile Alley, renovated the 1911 Buick Building into Red Prime Steakhouse, created the Beacon of Hope in Stiles Park, transformed the Mid-Continent Life Insurance Building into the Gaylord Pickens Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and revived downtown’s most famous flatironstyle building, which won Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Award.
The Dean A. McGee awards has honored many visionaries—from mayors, corporate presidents, developers, investors to business and civic leaders and community volunteers. All of the honorees have shared a passion to transform Oklahoma City.

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Brent Leggs Visited OKC
The Alliance recently organized a visit by Brent Leggs, executive director of the National Trust for Historic Places. He stopped by Oklahoma City’s historic 1937 Slaughter Mansion to tour and see the restoration progress. Mr. Leggs shared that only 2% of the 100,000 historic sites in the U.S. represent the Black experience and that’s what makes the Slaughter Mansion so important.
Brownfields 2022 Conference
Comes to OKC This Summer
Brownfields 2022 is a premier conference that will focus this year on an unprecedented $1.5 billion investment to communities through the EPA’s Brownfields Program enacted by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Attendees will learn how you can access these grant funds and maximize your community’s economic, environmental, and social performance while directly interacting with the nation’s leading brownfield practitioners. This funding will transform communities into sustainable and environmentally just places, enhance climate resiliency, and more. Discounted pre-registration fees will be available until August 15, 2022 at 11:59 pm.
Register here!
From Kenton Tsoodle, President of the Alliance

The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City commissioned a downtown housing study by Economic & Planning Systems Inc. to identify trends and conditions in downtown housing and how Oklahoma City can continue to develop the types of downtown housing that will best support our residents’ needs and encourage further economic development. 

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