Okmulgee Rising is a grassroots revitalization effort led by concerned citizens seeking to bring life and vitality back to their community. Local residents and organizations are making a difference through investment in historic downtown Okmulgee and through restoration of the city’s most iconic and storied buildings.



Since 1986 Okmulgee has worked under Oklahoma Main Street’s Four Point Approach™ of organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring. Under these guidelines, Okmulgee has seen progress in many areas including the continued revitalization of their historic district.


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The historic district includes the McBrayer, a building purchased by Margaret Hess and her husband, Rob. They are focusing on Ron Drakes vision of modern loft apartments on the upper level and commercial spaces on the lower level. Hess is blogging about their journey of the McBrayer.



An important connection Ron Drake identified is Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT). Drake is collaborating with OSUIT President Bill R. Path to seek out buildings downtown for redevelopment rather than build from scratch, further investing in the heart of the community.


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Ron Drake is a consultant working on behalf of OSU Institute of Technology & the Main Street Board, analyzing potential downtown development and investment opportunities and serving as a facilitator to bring city, community, education and business leaders to the table.

Together, these stakeholders hope to create a shared vision that will translate into tangible goals for restoring Okmulgee’s historic district. Learn more about Ron Drake