Okla. St. official says mayor met grant criteria
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma State University official says Stillwater Mayor Nathan Bates met the criteria to receive a $5,000 economic development grant.
The grant has been questioned by other members of the economic development program that included OSU, the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and Meridian Technology Center. The chamber pulled out of the program in February and the chamber president sent a letter to OSU questioning the grant.
OSU Center for Innovation and Economic Development President Joe Alexander says Bates qualified because he is an OSU student and has a business idea to improve the city.
Bates says he and a partner have plans to develop upscale loft apartments and dance hall. He says he used his status as a student - not mayor - to get the grant.