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MAPS celebrating 20th anniversary Saturday: Looking at MAPS 20 years later

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OKLAHOMA CITY – In the 1990s, city leaders were desperate for something to help create interest, growth and a vision for Oklahoma City.

Ron Norrick, former Oklahoma City mayor, said, “Any time you traveled, people would ask, ‘Where are you from?’ I’d say, ‘Oklahoma City,’ and people would give you a blank stare. They had no concept of what Oklahoma was.”

The voters were asked to take a leap of faith in the form of a penny-sales tax investment and to “Believe in Our Future.”

Norrick coined the title for the project as ‘MAPS.’

Over the last 20 years, Oklahoma City has been transformed.

It started with the Bricktown Ballpark and led to a revitalized riverfront, school renovations and a home for an NBA team.

Rick Moore, the former assistant to the mayor, stopped by our studios, along with Norrick to talk about the 20th anniversary of the MAPS initiative.