Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Marks: Legislation for Tourism a 'Landmark'

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Marks: Legislation for Tourism a 'Landmark'

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"This year we've had landmark legislation for the tourism industry," Kathleen Marks, Oklahoma City Convention and Tourism Commission executive director, said.

The legislation includes funding for a new Oklahoma City Visitor and Information Center and the addition of four marketing and two planning positions in the tourism department.

There is now a provision for the leasing of signs for gas, food, lodging and camping on the highway right of way by private companies, Marks said. The highway signs would include the company's logo, so that travelers will know which businesses operate at each exit. . .

`Business' Up at City Library The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System reported an 11.3 percent increase in circulation for the fiscal year which ended June 30. Oklahoma County residents borrowed a record 3.7 million items, compared to 3.3 million last year.

The Edmond Library has the highest total circulation, with 518,781 items loaned, an increase of 15.4 percent over last year. The downtown library loaned 121,147 items, a 3.6 percent increase.

The Midwest City library, which is also the newest, had the largest percentage increase over the previous year. Circulation increased 50.6 percent to 289,792 items.

"A 50 percent increase," Donna Morris, associate director for Public Services, said, "in a branch library's circulation is really phenomenal."

Morris attributed the overall circulation increase to the centralized selection of books that has made new materials more readily available, the purchase of multiple copies of popular materials and the public's discovery of the library's videocassette collection. . .

Urban Renewal Commends Salyer The Urban Renewal Authority has commended Jerry L. Salyer for 21 years of service as authority counsel. The resolution states that "his dedication and expertise have contributed immeasurably to more than $800 million dollars in new development and rehabilitation in Oklahoma City. …

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