Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - ePOINT - July 2017

ePOINT - July 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In this issue:

OKC, Omni Hotels reach operating agreement for convention center hotel

Frontier Airlines to Launch Service to Three Cities from OKC

Construction begins at Scissortail Park

Make sure you are registered to vote for the Sept. 12 election

Last chance to access to market your business through TRDC

Celebrate a new era for OKC Phil

Arabian Horse Youth Nationals Returns to OKC

Welcome new businesses to OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

In case you missed it


 



OKC, Omni Hotels reach operating agreement for convention center hotel issue, sales tax election scheduled for Sept. 12

 
The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to approve a redevelopment agreement with Omni Hotels for a headquarters hotel to support the MAPS 3 Convention Center.

The agreement calls for a $150.1 million commitment from Omni and an $85.4 million commitment from the City. The agreement does not raise taxes, and the City’s 36 percent share of the development cost is one of the lowest in the country for recent convention center hotel deals.

Early plans for the 600-room Omni hotel call for a mid-rise tower to be designed by architect HKS, with about 570,000 square feet of total space. The full-service, four-star hotel will have six restaurants and bars with about 16,500 square feet of space, plus more than 50,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space.

The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City retained HVS, a global hospitality industry consultant group, to study the hotel’s potential economic impact. HVS estimates the hotel will help the new convention center draw more events and out-of-town attendees than it would without the hotel, boosting spending from $62 million per year to $137 million per year.

Learn more about the agreement.
 



Frontier Airlines to Launch Service to Three Cities from OKC

 
Frontier Airlines will launch new low-fare service between Oklahoma City and three new cities starting this fall. The new destinations from Oklahoma City include the following: Denver, Orlando and San Diego. Frontier will operate these new routes with Airbus A320 family aircraft. The announcement is part of a national campaign where Frontier is bringing low fares to 21 new cities and 85 new routes, which will include 90 percent of the U.S. population.

“We are very pleased to welcome Frontier Airlines back to Oklahoma City,” says Mark Kranenburg, director of airports. “Known for their low fares to more than 60 destinations, Frontier will be a great addition to our market. The nonstop cities announced today are some of the area’s favorites. I know our customers will appreciate the service and the prices.”

Read more.
 



Construction begins at Scissortail Park

 

On June 29, Oklahoma City officials gathered to break ground on and reveal the name of the MAPS 3 Park, marking a significant milestone for what promises to be a transformative project. The upper portion of Scissortail Park, which is the name chosen by residents in an online poll, is scheduled to be complete in spring 2019.

The upper portion of the park, which stretches from Oklahoma City Boulevard to Interstate 40 and from South Hudson Avenue east to South Robinson Avenue, will include a great lawn, a lake, space for picnics and events, a playground and a fountain. It will also include connectivity to other MAPS 3 projects, with a tree-lined portion passing in front of the future MAPS 3 Convention Center and an OKC Streetcar stop in the northeastern corner.

Learn more about Scissortail Park and sign up for MAPS 3 updates.
 



Make sure you are registered to vote for the Sept. 12 election

 

On Sept. 12, residents of Oklahoma City will have the opportunity to support Oklahoma City’s success by approving a general bond program and two sales tax proposals. Residents of Oklahoma House District 46 will also be able to vote in a special general election to fill an unexpired term.

Make sure you are eligible to vote in the upcoming elections by confirming your voter registration at www.ok.gov/elections. To vote in the Sept. 12 election, you must be registered to vote by Aug. 18. Learn more about registering to vote or changing your registration.
 



Last chance to access to market your business through TRDC

 
There’s still time to get involved in the Chamber’s Total Resource Development Campaign (TRDC), which is in its last month. Through the Chamber’s advertising and sponsorship opportunities, you can market your company to decision-makers at every level of leadership throughout Oklahoma City.

Contact a volunteer today to find products that will help meet your marketing needs while supporting the work of the Chamber.
 



Celebrate a new era for OKC Phil

 

It’s the dawn of a new era at the Oklahoma City Philharmonic (OKC Phil) as it passes the baton from one leader to the next, and the OKC Phil invites your business to be a part of the vital community inspired by great music. In the coming 2017-18 season, OKC Phil will celebrate Maestro Joel Levine’s service to the community while welcoming its new Music Director Designate Alexander Mickelthwate. Take advantage of these special offers in honor of OKC Phil’s new direction.

First time subscribers to the Classics and Pops series receive 50 percent off (seating is limited), while long-time subscribers enjoy many perks. It’s the Phil’s way to welcome new people to its music community, while providing a high standard of customer service surrounding a wonderful musical experience at the Civic Center Music Hall.

Additionally, the perfect employee Christmas party can include group discounted tickets to The Christmas Show, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. Pair it with a dinner at a local restaurant or book a private event space at Civic Center and it’s an employee gift that they will remember forever. For more information, contact Simone or Ulises at (405) TICKETS.
 



Arabian Horse Youth Nationals Returns to OKC

 
Oklahoma City will host the 2017 Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian (AHA) Championship Horse Show at State Fair Park from July 22-29. This event, which is free and open to the public, originated in Oklahoma City 23 years ago and is back for the second consecutive year in the Horse Show Capitol of the World.

Youth exhibitors compete in a variety of classes ranging from English pleasure, working cow horse, driving and more. The event will also include the annual Parade of Regions and the 14th annual Arabian Professional and Amateur Horsemen’s Association (APAHA) Youth Nationals Clinics on July 20. Learn more.

AHA is a major equine association serving 84,000 Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horse owners across North America. Approximately 14,000 are expected to attend this event in Oklahoma City.
 



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.

  • Collision Works of Yukon, 13040 NW 10th Street (July 21, 9:30 a.m.)
  • Sprint, 2127 NW 23rd Street (July 21, 1 p.m.)
  • Oklahoma City-County Health Dept. Basketball Courts, 2800 NE 63rd Street (July 21, 5 p.m.)
  • The Hill at Bricktown, 100 N Geary Circle (July 27, 2:30 p.m.)
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Oklahoma City Northwest Expressway, 4829 Northwest Expressway (July 27, 4:30 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 Arabian and Half-Arabian Youth Nationals (July 22-29)
  • Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association 2017 Annual Conference (July 24-26)
  • 2017 AQHA Youth World Championship Show (Aug. 1-15)


 

 

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