OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A Web site managed by the Bartesville Area Chamber of Commerce has drawn the ire of Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.
The site is part of a campaign by the Bartlesville Development Corporation to promote the benefits of living in or visiting the community north of Tulsa in Washington County.
Two similar Web sites associate Oklahoma City and Tulsa with pollution, noise, pressures and traffic. Cornett disputes that, especially the part about pollution.
``Our air is clean, and we have a little traffic congestion like any other large city in the country,'' he said. ``It didn't even seem to be accurate. It was trying to associate us with something ... negative.''
Bartlesville is described on the Web site as a calm place where those bothersome issues don't exist.
Cornett said that Bartlesville is a good town and that the chamber should promote the town without mentioning other cities. He wants the Web site to be pulled.
That isn't going to happen, said Evan Zorn, the executive vice president of economic development and tourism for the Bartlesville Development Corporation. Zorn said the campaign, which might expand, isn't meant to insult Oklahoma City or Tulsa.
``We just want to make sure that people understand what we're trying to do is get busy Tulsans to spend a weekend in Bartlesville, and that's all,'' Zorn said.
A spokesman for Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune ackowledged the problems that cities like Tulsa and Oklahoma City have with traffic and pollution.
``Tulsa is a great community, and because of it, there are other communities like Bartlesville and Owasso and Broken Arrow that have grown into nice cities to live in,'' said spokesman Kim MacLeod.