Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - ePOINT - February 2016

ePOINT - February 2016

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In this issue:

Learn about OKC’s TIF Districts

Chamber unveils legislative priorities at breakfast

Be the voice of OKC in Washington

Come to the Greater Grads Career Fair March 1

Read the 2016 economic forecast for Greater Oklahoma City

Reserve your booth among OKC’s best for SchmoozaPalooza

Oklahoma City earns highest bond ratings possible

Upcoming city conventions, events

Grand openings in Oklahoma City

Get involved with OKC schools’ career academies

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Learn about OKC’s TIF Districts

 

Hear from experts about Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts and what they mean for OKC.

Spurring development has been the goal of Oklahoma City’s TIF districts. At the next Chamber Forum on Thursday, March 24, guests will hear from a panel of experts who will outline the mechanics of this financing mechanism, the success they have generated and plans for future districts. The Forum will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel, 1 N Broadway Ave.

Panelists include Cathy O’Connor, Alliance for Economic Development; Oklahoma City University economist Russell Evans; and Carl Edwards, partner with Price Edwards & Company.
Chamber Forum luncheons showcase current issues and initiatives with panel discussions and audience Q&A.

Tickets are $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Special thanks to Signature Sponsor Cox Business and Host Sponsor Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel.
Register.
 



Chamber unveils legislative priorities at breakfast

 

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber released its Public Policy Guide for the 2016 session during its annual Legislative Breakfast.

A vital component of the Chamber's mission is to advocate for issues important to Oklahoma City's business community, and the Legislative Breakfast gives members a chance to hear from elected leaders about what lawmakers expect this session, which began Feb. 1. Speakers included Brian Bingman, Senate President Pro Tempore and R-Sapulpa; Scott Inman, House Minority Leader and D-Del City; John Sparks, Senate Democratic Leader and R-Norman; and House Speaker Jeff Hickman and R-Fairview.

The Chamber's legislative priorities this year include retaining economic/community development programs that are critical in attracting new businesses, upholding Gov. Mary Fallin's veto of Senate Bill 41 and improving on the workers' compensation reform legislation passed in 2013, among other issues involving education, health care, transportation and more.

Read the legislative agenda broken down by subjects on the Chamber's website. See the entire agenda in full and get regular updates throughout the session at the Greater OKC Chamber Business Advocacy Center.
 



Be the voice of OKC in Washington

 
It’s not too late to sign up to join the Chamber and local leaders on a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., in April to advocate for pro-business legislation at the nation’s capital.

Our D.C. Visit ’16 will be Wednesday, April 27, and Thursday, April 28.

This year’s schedule includes an afternoon session with members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, including an opportunity for a question-and-answer session, a reception on Capitol Hill with federal and military leaders and meetings the next morning covering specific topics of interest on issues critical to our community.

Cost is $800 per person and includes one night’s lodging at The Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave., and all affiliated events. Air travel to and from Washington, D.C., is not included, giving attendees the option to extend their stay for additional business in the area. Additional hotel nights are available.

RSVP by emailing Meredith Manley or by calling 405.297.8964 as soon as possible to reserve your space.

For a schedule, go online.

Special thanks to Signature Sponsor American Fidelity Assurance Company.
 



Come to the Greater Grads Career Fair March 1

 

Whether you know a college student looking for an internship or a job or you are an employer looking to fill an open spot, make plans for the Greater Grads Career Fair on Tuesday, March 1.

Nearly 1,000 local college students are expected to meet with Oklahoma employers about internship and career opportunities during the Career Fair from noon to 4 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens. The Career Fair was established as part of the Chamber’s Greater Grads initiative to encourage students to live and work in Oklahoma after they complete their college education.

Only employers with Oklahoma positions are allowed to exhibit.
Students should visit www.greatergrads.com for more information.

Recruiter booths are $400, with special rates for government and nonprofit agencies.

Special thanks to Signature Sponsor The Boeing Company.
 



Read the 2016 economic forecast for Greater Oklahoma City

 
Take a look at the wealth of data in the 2016 Greater Oklahoma City Economic Forecast, which anticipates that low oil prices will continue to impact the local economy through the first half of the year. The forecast explored how the metro area benefited in 2015 from its economic diversity that offset employment losses in the oil and gas sector. Overall, 12,000 jobs were added to the economy in 2015, translating to 2 percent annual growth, as The POINT! newsletter noted.

Prepared by Russell Evans, an Oklahoma City University economist, and Eric Long, the Chamber’s research economist, the report analyzes historic economic trends and the present at the national, state and metro level, and provides a 2016 forecast for the region.

You can also download the report at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s Regional Data web page.
 



Reserve your booth among OKC’s best for SchmoozaPalooza

 

Sign up to showcase your business or your restaurant at Oklahoma City’s favorite trade show from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, in the State Fair Park’s Oklahoma Expo Center, 3213 Wichita Walk.

This networking event gives Chamber members the opportunity to show off their services and products while attendees schmooze, network and enjoy food and drink in a fun environment.
Exhibitor booths are $300.

For information, go online.

Special thanks to Host Sponsor Oklahoma State Fair Inc.
 



Oklahoma City earns highest bond ratings possible

 
Oklahoma City has earned the highest bond ratings possible for the sixth year in a row from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. Some factors that led to Oklahoma City’s strong rating are:

  • Strong financial policies and practices
  • High reserve levels
  • Stable and diverse economy
  • Oklahoma City’s role as a regional economic center
  • Low unemployment rate
  • History of voter support
  • Moderate debt levels

These reports put Oklahoma City among an elite group of major American cities with the highest ratings possible. On the city’s website, Oklahoma City Manager Jim Couch noted that “Oklahoma City’s high bond ratings are good news for taxpayers and are a testament to our conservative financial and debt management practices, Oklahoma City Manager Jim Couch said on the city’s website. “Mayor Cornett and City Council members work hard to protect our bond ratings by continuing to make sound budgetary decisions.”

Read the full city announcement.
 



Upcoming city conventions, events

 
Here are some of the conventions, trade shows and large events that Oklahoma City is hosting in the next few weeks, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Find more.



 



Grand openings in Oklahoma City

 
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber welcomes many new businesses with grand openings. Below is a list of upcoming ribbon cuttings, and you can find a complete list (including times) at www.okcchamber.com/grandopenings.

If you are interested in helping the Chamber welcoming these businesses, volunteer to become a Chamber ambassador.
 



Get involved with OKC schools’ career academies

 
The Chamber’s publications in recent months have featured the Oklahoma City Public Schools’ career academies (see here and here), which are designed to help motivated students focus on academic work in certain fields, such as engineering, law and public safety, finance and health sciences, to name a few. These career academies offer students support from the business community, including paid internships and help prepare them for life after college. Academy students show improved test scores and graduation rates.

Get involved with these students as a business or as an individual volunteer for one of the career academies’ advisory boards. You’ll be part of building these students’ future – and Oklahoma City’s future work force.

Learn more. Read more about career academies in a previous issue of The POINT!
 

 

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Oklahoma City, OK 73102
405-297-8900
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