Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - ePOINT - April 2017

ePOINT - April 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In this issue:

Innovation district study released

TRDC launches, advertising and sponsorships now available

Stay informed during legislative session

Apply now for the 2017 Metro 50 Awards

Get ready to Rise & Shine with the Chamber

EMBARK needs your input

Welcome new businesses to OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

In case you missed it


 



Innovation district study released

 

After 18 months of study, the Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces released a new report outlining a growth strategy for Oklahoma City’s emerging innovation district, an area encompassing the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley.

The report, “Positioning for Growth: Advancing the Oklahoma City Innovation District” finds that, with the right investments, the Oklahoma City innovation district has the potential to become a major center of gravity for regional innovation and economic development. The report goes on to suggest four multifaceted strategies to help Oklahoma City further develop the area. Read more.

To implement these strategies, the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation Board of Directors voted to restructure and assume responsibility for the development and oversight of the innovation district. Read more.
 



TRDC launches, advertising and sponsorships now available

 

The Chamber’s Total Resource Development Campaign, an annual membership engagement effort, launched on April 6. TRDC volunteers are now available to help connect Chamber members with opportunities to deepen their involvement in the work of the Chamber. Brian Alford, OGE Energy Corp., and Teresa Rose Crook, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, will lead the effort as co-chairs of the campaign.

To learn more about the campaign, visit www.okcchamber.com/trdc. To learn more about advertising and sponsorship opportunities, view the April issue of The POINT!
 



Stay informed during legislative session

 
As Oklahoma nears the last month of its legislative session, the Chamber continues to represent the voice of business at the State Capitol. Progress is being made in areas of criminal justice reform and protection of key incentive programs. To learn more about the Chamber’s advocacy work, sign up for email updates at www.okcbusinessadvocate.com.
 



Apply now for the 2017 Metro 50 Awards

 

Is your company one of the fastest growing in the metro? The Metro 50 committee is now accepting applications for the 2017 Metro 50 awards, giving Oklahoma City businesses the chance to be recognized for their growth and success.

Qualified companies must have been in business for a minimum of six months prior to the base calendar year of 2014; be for-profit, privately held companies; be headquartered and operated in the Greater Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area; have total operating revenues or sales in 2016 of at least $1 million; and not be a holding company, regulated bank or utility. Companies will be ranked based on percentage of revenue growth during 2014-2016. The top 50 companies will be recognized at the Metro 50 Awards on Monday, Sept. 25.

Apply by Friday, June 9, to be considered for this award. Special thanks to the Metro 50 sponsors: Bank of Oklahoma, Cox Business, EY, Express Employment Professionals, The Journal Record Publishing Company, OGE Energy Corp. and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
 



Get ready to Rise & Shine with the Chamber

 
Join the Chamber for a complimentary continental breakfast as you learn how to maximize your Chamber membership while networking with other professionals at Rise & Shine. The breakfast will be held on Tuesday, May 2, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel, 1 N Broadway Ave. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. Register to attend.
 



EMBARK needs your input

 
EMBARK, Oklahoma City’s public transit service, is conducting focus groups in May to hear opinions about public transit from people who don’t currently use the bus. EMBARK is hosting several one-hour lunch sessions at the Conference Center at the Arts District Garage, 431 West Main, Suite B. This is strictly for research purposes to help EMBARK improve services and communications; there will be no sales or marketing presentation. Click here for date options if you are interested in participating.
 



Welcome new businesses to OKC

 
Join the Chamber as it welcomes many new businesses with grand openings. Below is a list of upcoming ribbon cuttings, and you can find a complete list at www.okcchamber.com/grandopenings.

  • DGB Construction, 1301 Cornell Parkway, Suite 1000 (April 24, 4:30 p.m.)
  • Mercedes-Benz of Oklahoma City, 14228 Broadway Extension Highway (April 28, 10:45 a.m.)
  • Oklahoma Fidelity Bank, 9400 N Broadway Extension (May 5, 9:30 a.m.)
  • Mass Mutual Oklahoma, Northwest 13th Street and North Walker Avenue in Oklahoma City (May 15, 4 p.m.)


 



Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

 
The Oklahoma City CVB will welcome the following groups to Oklahoma City in the next few weeks. View a full calendar of upcoming conventions at www.visitokc.com/about/convention-calendar.

  • 2017 National Earthquake Conference (April 24-28)
  • Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon (April 27-30)
  • Better Barrel Racing World Finals 2017 (April 27 – May 1)
  • 2017 National Land & Range Judging (May 2-4)
  • Central Youth Rowing Championship 2017 (May 6-7)


 

 

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