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12-16-2005, 01:15 PM
Making these lists is always good news.

City joins roster of 100 best places for young people

By Michael Bratcher
The Oklahoman

Standing inside a multimillion-dollar high school that opens in January, city leaders and educators Thursday said Oklahoma City has been named one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People.

Mayor Mick Cornett said the new Douglass High School -- being built through MAPS for Kids -- is one reason the city earned the honor from America's Promise Alliance, a Virginia-based nonprofit group founded by Colin L. Powell.

"While most of our citizens already know the outstanding benefits of raising a family in Oklahoma City, this honor provides validation of our commitment to excellence," he said.

Cornett said 600 communities nationwide applied for the award.

Bob Spinks, president of the United Way of Central Oklahoma, said his organization will lead the charge to ensure Oklahoma City remains among the top 100 communities for families.

"We want to make sure this is the best place for everybody in town to live," Spinks said.

According to the America's Promise Web site, the city received the award in part because of the MAPS for Kids plan, which includes about $470 million to renovate or replace schools throughout the district. Money also was budgeted for 160 new school buses and classroom technology.

Cliff Hudson, chairman of the Oklahoma City School Board, was unable to attend, but said in a statement the district is proud to be part of the celebration. "All of those in the community who have supported this (MAPS for Kids) plan should be very proud of the national attention it has brought," he said. "America now knows Oklahoma City is a caring community working for its young people."