B.A. Mayor Thurmond Attends City Design Meeting


Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond was one of seven mayors to present during the 73rd Mayors’ Institute on City Design, which was held Sept. 4-6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Thurmond presented the progress and challenges the City of Broken Arrow has faced in the creation of its proposed Innovation District, which will bring together technology and light industrial commercial enterprises with educational institutions, such as local schools and high education facilities, into one area.
The Innovation District is designed to bring in high-paying, technical jobs into the city while offering talented young people a chance to learn from and intern with these businesses.
The Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, the Mayors’ Institute has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.
Other mayors presenting included Beverly, Massachusetts Mayor Michael Cahill; Charleston, West Virginia Mayor Amy Goodwin; Green Bay, Wisconsin Mayor Eric Genrich; Parkland, Florida Mayor Christine Hunschofsky; Rochester, Minnesota Mayor Kim Norton; and San Bernardino, California Mayor John Valdivia.