Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - ePOINT! - January 2015

ePOINT! - January 2015

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In this issue:

Be the voice of OKC in Washington

Association honors CVB’s Mike Carrier

Chamber unveils legislative priorities at breakfast

Recruit employees at Greater Grads Career Fair

Oklahoma City Memorial & Museum gets new look, exhibits

Creativity World Forum 2015 will showcase OKC to international audience

UCO to host talk on issues involving the OKC metro area

Oklahoma City’s upcoming conventions

In case you missed it

In the headlines

 

 

Be the voice of OKC in Washington

 

Join the Chamber 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 ’15 will be Wednesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 16, and hosted by U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma.
The annual event includes personal briefings with Oklahoma’s U.S. senators and congressmen and a reception on Capitol Hill with federal officials and defense leaders. On the second day, sessions will cover specific topics of interest on issues critical to our community, including a military defense briefing.
Cost is $750 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.
RSVP by emailing Meredith Manley or by calling 405.297.8964 as soon as possible to reserve your space.
See a tentative schedule and more information.
 

 

Association honors CVB’s Mike Carrier

 
   
The Greater Oklahoma City Metro Hotel Association has awarded its 2014 Man of the Year Award to Mike Carrier, president of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Carrier received the award, which has only been given out nine times in the association’s nearly 87-year history, for his contributions to Oklahoma City’s hotel industry.
 

 

Chamber unveils legislative priorities at breakfast

 
Nearly 550 people attended the Chamber’s recent 2015 Legislative Breakfast, during which state House and Senate leaders discussed legislative issues that will affect local businesses. Speakers included Brian Bingman, Senate President Pro Tempore and R-Sapulpa; Scott Inman, House Minority Leader and D-Del City; and House Speaker Jeff Hickman and R-Fairview.

In November, the Chamber board of directors adopted a comprehensive set of priorities that will help move the Greater Oklahoma City region forward. Read the Chamber’s 2015 Legislative Agenda, and stay up to date on pressing issues at the Business Advocacy Center, where you can find tools to contact your legislator and sign up for alerts and emails from the Chamber during the legislative session.

Read about the Legislative Breakfast from The Journal Record here and here.
 

 

Recruit employees at Greater Grads Career Fair

 
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 March 5.
Nearly 1,000 local college students are expected to meet with Oklahoma employers during the Career Fair from noon to 4 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens. If you are an employer, sign up today host a booth to meet with them. Exhibitor booths are $400, with special rates for government and nonprofit agencies.
Sign up for a booth. More information for students.
 



Oklahoma City Memorial & Museum gets new look, exhibits

 
   
If you haven’t had a chance to stop by the Oklahoma City Memorial & Museum, make sure you do so in 2015, as the memorial gears up to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.

The Memorial Museum recently reopened with $10 million in new enhancements and exhibits, including 35 new interactive exhibits.

As part of the anniversary celebration, city and Museum leaders are asking Oklahoma residents to help commemorate the anniversary by demonstrating the “Oklahoma Standard” of support and caring that the state showed to the world during the bombing. To participate, please commit to one act each of service, kindness and honor during the month of April.

Learn more.

 



Creativity World Forum 2015 will showcase OKC to international audience

 
Make plans now to attend the 2015 Creative World Forum in Oklahoma City from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker.

Hosted by Creative Oklahoma, the forum, with a theme of with a theme of “All Our Futures: Ideas That Matter,” will welcome delegates with interests in education, creativity, business and innovation from around the world. The lineup of speakers includes Michael Strautmanis, vice president of strategic programs for corporate citizenship for The Walt Disney Co.; and Stephan Turnipseed, president emeritus and executive director of strategic partnerships, LEGO Education; among many other renowned and innovative luminaries.

Events leading up to the March 31 forum include a “Shark Tank” entrepreneurial competition; a gala; and more. In addition, students from elementary through high school who have innovative ideas can compete for the chance to win funding for them and a cash prize through the Love’s Creative SPARKS awards. Submit an entry.

For World Creativity Forum sponsorship information, go online. To volunteer, email Taylor Lawrence, communications coordinator. Tickets for the forum start at $200 for students and educators and $285 for individuals before Feb. 20. Register.

 



UCO to host talk on issues involving the OKC metro area

 

An expert on metropolitan issues will speak about the future of the Oklahoma City metro area from 1 to 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the University of Central Oklahoma.
The presentation by Bruce Katz, vice president for the Brookings Institution and founding director of its Metropolitan Policy Program, will kick off the UCO@125 Distinguished Speaker Series in the Constitution Hall of the Nigh University Center, 100 N University Dr., Edmond.
Katz also is co-author of “The Metropolitan Revolution,” a 2013 book that argues that cities and metro areas are the drivers of national economies and the front lines for economic policy innovation.
The presentation is free and open to the public, however pre-registration is required by going online to www.centralconnection.org/brucekatz.
 



Oklahoma City’s upcoming conventions

 
Take a look at some of the conventions and trade shows that Oklahoma City is hosting in the next few weeks, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Find more.
Among them are:
 

 

In case you missed it

 
 

 

In the headlines:

 
OKC retail property sales hit post-recession high (The Oklahoman)
Arts council sculpts plans for ’15, ’16 festivals (The Journal Record)
Oklahoma City is getting ready for downtown growth (The Oklahoman)

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