Issue 24
March 27, 2017
Be Prepared for Oklahoma Weather! Disaster Workshop April 21st
Oklahoman's know severe weather can hit anytime, year round. Make sure your community is prepared to deal with the disastrous effects of severe weather. Join OML and hear experts in the fields of emergency planning, disaster recovery, how the Oklahoma National Guard can assist, and managing legal risks associated with disasters. Download Agenda for more information. Register Online
Call for Nominations for OML Annual Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the Mayor of the Year, Don Rider Award and Innovations Awards. The Innovations Award provides an opportunity for officials and staff of member cities and towns to receive recognition for their superior and innovative efforts.
The Don Rider Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to their community as well as their profession through personal growth and involvement. 

It's also time to nominate your mayor for the prestigious Mayor of the Year Award.  Two awards will be given; one for municipalities with a population of 5,000 or more and the second to a deserving mayor from a city or town of less than 5,000 in population. 

Please submit your entries by Friday, July 14, 2017.   For further information, please visit the OML Annual Conference website awards page.

Quality Communities Grant Program - Applications Are Now Being Taken
OML has partnered with OU's Institute for Quality Communities to offer the Quality Communities Grant Program which will assist its members with up to 50% of the funding to those communities whose projects have been selected by OU's IQC for a project in their community. Applications are to be submitted to OU IQC and deadline to submit a request for assistance is May 15, 2017. Visit our website to download the brochure and for more information and application. If you have any questions, please contact Nancee Morris at
Municipal Government Week at the Oklahoma Capitol, "If I Were Mayor..." Essay Winners Announced
OML held its annual Municipal Government Day Tuesday, March 21st at the State Capitol. This event, co-sponsored by the Mayors Council of Oklahoma (MCO), is to educate municipal officials, legislators, students and the general public as to how municipal government in Oklahoma works. The winners of the 2017 "If I Were Mayor..." Essay Contest were also announced.  More Information
New Officials Institute Continues Across the State
On March 23 rd in Lawton, OML hosted over 50 people at the Great Plains Technology Center. Throughout the year OML provides an intensive educational program specifically tailored for newly elected and appointed officials as well as experienced officials who want to keep up-to-date on municipal issues. An officer is defined in 11 O.S. Section 1-102. The June Institutes will be held June 15 in Tulsa at the Tulsa Technology Center and the date for the OKC class will be announced soon. These two classes will draw the close for NOI for the fiscal year. For dates or more information, see the NOI page on our website.

Remember, you don't have to be new to attend. Everyone is welcome!
Oklahoma Cities Receive Special Registration Rate: Transforming Local Government Conference, Tulsa April 18-21, 2017
Join other cities and towns from across the country as they share their innovative ideas.  The Alliance for Innovation has selected the City of Tulsa to host this year's conference and is offering Oklahoma municipalities a $100 discount on their registration.  More Details
Please Participate in This Important Survey for Parks and Recreation in Oklahoma
This is an invitation for OML members to participate in an important planning survey related to parks and recreation. Input from cities and towns across Oklahoma is essential for statewide planning, as well as making Oklahoma eligible for federal grants valuable to these cities and towns.   More information
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