The talk is over.
Now it's time for action.
Twelve initiatives presented publicly Thursday by Central
Oklahoma 2020 now must be taken to the next step _ that is,
implementation by the people who came up with them _ Chairman
William O. Johnstone said.
These private citizens, representing about 15 communities and
governmental entities, also must figure out how to get through
the maze of bureaucratic red tape, bring together collaborating
associations _ governmental agencies and like-minded citizens _
and where to get the money.
In other words, Central Oklahoma 2020 is not only a grassroots
planning project designed to create a regional vision, but also
is a grassroots project designed to bring about changes to
achieve that vision, Johnstone said.
The 12 initiatives announced Thursday, developed by the
100-member private-citizen group over the past 10 months, outline
specific actions needed to accomplish the goals.
They were presented during a regional celebration in downtown
Oklahoma City. Next step, Johnstone said, is implementation which
will require the people involved in the planning effort to
continue working to develop partnerships to ensure
"People responsible for making the recommendations are the
ones who will make sure they will be implemented," he said. "What
we did was that we didn't want central funding or central
control, so we decided to perpetuate Central Oklahoma 2020 so
that the people who signed up will become responsible for the
"They will do this through partnerships because some of the
organizations which have become partners have as their mission
the same goals what we have set out as our initiatives. People
involved will coordinate with the partners and help develop
When public funding or action is required, the citizens group
then will work to rally local citizens and support organizations
to convince elected leaders to provide the action or funds, he
All the initiatives are not only desirable and feasible, but
they are doable.
"We used as our litmus test all the way through our work the
idea that we were going to come up with a plan where all the
final actions were doable," he said. "Naturally some things will
take longer than others, but all are doable."
The initiatives are:
Family Resource Centers _ Strengthen central Oklahoma families
through neighborhood-based support systems.
Community problems such as crime and poverty generally are
traced to the family, which led to the conclusion that healthy
families build healthy people, neighborhoods and communities.
People who want to take charge of their lives, but don't have
the resources for the right choices, can find help through
neighborhood-based support systems.
Quality Education _ Break barriers to using new educational
approaches and identify effective education qualities that can be
nurtured in central Oklahoma elementary schools. …