Great article on metrojacksonville.com (http://www.metrojacksonville.com/articl ... ahoma-city) about Oklahoma City's revitalization. Springfield is mentioned several times.
Having spent the first eighteen years of my life in OKC and seen the changes since then, it's been nothing short of phenomenal. Jax reminds me in so many ways of my hometown, the major difference being great governance (or lack thereof).
If Jax were to emulate OKC, it would have the potential to become a destination city as opposed to an also-ran.