FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Return to article. Long DescriptionMick Cornett. Submitted photo.According to Mick Cornett, former four-term mayor of Oklahoma City and author of “The Next American City: The Big Promise of Our Midsize Metros,” they are prime examples of cities with outsized accomplishments, powered by can-do spirits that value compromise over confrontation and progress over political victory. Larger cities such as Houston, Cornett believes, can learn from their successes.“These are the cities leading America, and they’re not waiting for Washington’s help,” Cornett said.During an April 22 talk hosted by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Cornett will discuss lessons learned from Oklahoma City’s success, Houston’s opportunity zones and the way forward for America’s midsize metropolitan areas. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, located at 3400 Main St.Who: Former Oklahoma City mayor and author Mick Cornett.What: Urban Reads: Mick Cornett.When: 7 p.m. April 22 (registration and light bites at 6:15 p.m., book signing at 8 p.m.).Where: Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St.Cornett was Oklahoma City’s longest-serving mayor, serving in office from 2004 to 2018. During his tenure, Newsweek called him one of the five most innovative mayors in the country and he was named No. 25 on Fortune magazine’s “World’s Greatest Leaders” list. London-based World Mayor ranked him as the No. 2 mayor in the world in 2010, and Governing magazine named him the 2010 Public Official of the Year.Best known for helping Oklahoma City attract the NBA’s Thunder franchise and putting the city “on a diet” to lose a collective 1 million pounds, Cornett also led the charge to pass MAPS 3, an innovative $800 million civic infrastructure investment in parks, urban transit, wellness centers and downtown amenities that have dramatically reshaped the city.His book outlines his approach to orchestrating the renaissance of Oklahoma City and highlights changes in American urban life. Cornett translates the success of Oklahoma City and cities like it into a vision for the future of the country.For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or [email protected] news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Event website: https://kinder.rice.edu/events/urban-reads-mick-cornettPhoto link: https://news.rice.edu/files/2019/04/MickCornett-2g5d2fy.jpgPhoto credit: Submitted photo.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] Oklahoma City mayor to share how Houston can learn from midsize citiesHOUSTON – (April 3, 2019) – What do Charleston, Des Moines, Indianapolis and Oklahoma City have in common? Mick Cornett. Submitted photo.