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by Sue Thurston, Oklahoma Municipal League, Staff Liaison to Mayors' Council of Oklahoma
During the Mayors' Council of Oklahoma Retreat in Clinton last week,
Clinton Mayor Allen Bryson and Grayson Bottom, City Manager, shared
Clinton's incentive program to attract retail development to Clinton via
sales tax rebates.
Since several of you ask for the resolution passed by the city council I
am forwarding it in the attached 'pdf'. I hope it will be helpful to
I enjoyed meeting with all of you at the retreat, and will contact you
in furtherance of the work committees and subcommittees that were setup
at the meeting, and in the planning of the mayors' sessions at the OML
Download the resolution (.pdf)
Those of you who attended the Mayors Council of Oklahoma (MCO) Retreat in Clinton last week recall Mayor Cornett talking about the First Lady’s initiative, “Let’s Move Cities and Towns” and several of you signed up during that time. For those who were not able to attend, please take a look at the information below and consider signing up to be a part of this exciting initiative. Many thanks in advance! ~Sue
Dear Fellow Oklahoma Mayor,
I am writing you today seeking your support for an exciting new initiative to help our citizens live healthier lives.
On June 11th, during the Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Oklahoma City, the First Lady of the United States and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius launched a new venture: “Let’s Move Cities and Towns,” a municipal-focused element of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.
Childhood obesity and obesity in general are very serious issues facing our nation, and the threat is nonpartisan. You are no doubt aware of the cost that obesity is placing on our state’s resources. As you may know, I put Oklahoma City on a diet three years ago, and challenged our citizens to track their weight loss at www.ThisCityIsGoingOnADiet.com, where over 42,000 participants have lost over 577,000 pounds. This is an issue I am passionate about, and when the White House asked me to sign-up fellow mayors as participants in the “Let’s Move Cities and Towns” program, I was happy to do so. I feel this an opportunity for Oklahoma mayors to lead on a very important issue, and work with this White House in a nonpartisan way.
With that in mind, I am asking you to today to join us in this effort. Mayors of cities that wish to be named official “Let’s Move Cities and Towns” must commit to taking action in each of these four categories:
1. Help Parents Make Healthy Family Choices
2. Create Healthy Schools
3. Provide Access to Healthy and Affordable Food
4. Promote Physical Activity
This is a great opportunity to emphasize an important issue facing your community, with the resources and backing of the White House. More information can be found in the attached information sheets. Also attached is a sign-up sheet. Simply forward your completed sign-up sheet to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will provide them to the White House. If you experience any technical problems with the sign-up sheet, feel free to provide the basic information requested in the text of an e-mail. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to e-mail me or call me at (405) 297-2424.
Thank you for all that you do, and thank you for your interest in encouraging Oklahomans to lead healthier lives.
Mayor, Oklahoma City
Download information sheets (.pdf)
Download sign-up sheet (.pdf)