“For an investor to succeed in a community-building investment, he or she has to have partners, has to have talent who can drive the investment forward. They have to have a cheering section in a community.”

“One of the biggest community challenges facing leadership in Oklahoma is to turn our two cities into one market… Oklahoma City and Tulsa are missing opportunities because they’re viewed as two small cities… Combined we are 2.5 million people connected by an 80-mile turnpike.”

Investors like Vincent LoVoi are motivated by their vision to improve a community’s sense of place and social capital. LoVoi discusses the importance of place-based investment in Oklahoma.

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The 2015 Placemaking Conference was held on March 23, 2015 at the University of Oklahoma.