Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - ePOINT - June 2017

ePOINT - June 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In this issue:

Bond issue, sales tax election scheduled for Sept. 12

Amazon sorting center under construction

Bioscience industry on display at convention

Chamber achieves 2017 legislative priorities

OKC’s retail sector highlighted

New to the Chamber? We can help.

Recruit employees to OKC using Chamber resources

Welcome new businesses to OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

In case you missed it


 



Bond issue, sales tax election scheduled for Sept. 12

 

Today, the City Council approved an election for Sept. 12 that will include a general-obligation bond program, a 1-cent temporary sales tax that would take effect once the MAPS 3 tax ends and a quarter-cent sales tax intended to fund police and fire services. The plan, which was proposed by business leaders last week, will invest a combined $785 million in new bond and sales tax revenue in building and repairing streets and related improvements across Oklahoma City.

In total, the general-obligation bond funds will invest $967.4 million in the infrastructure needs of Oklahoma City. By extending the 1-cent temporary sales tax for 27 months, the City will receive $240 million for street resurfacing and repair. The permanent quarter-cent sales tax will raise $26 million a year for public safety.
 



Amazon sorting center under construction

 
Oklahoma City will soon be home to an Amazon sorting facility that will employ hundreds of seasonal or part-time employees, the company confirmed last month. The 300,000-square-foot facility will be Amazon’s first physical presence in the state. Rather than storing unsold inventory, the facility will sort packaged orders by ZIP code before they are forwarded to the U.S. Postal Service.

While customers will experience improved delivery times and options after it opens, it also represents growth in an important Oklahoma City industry: logistics. Amazon’s presence in Oklahoma City will support the expansion of that industry and is an important capital investment for the city.
 



Bioscience industry on display at convention

 

This week, more than 30 scientists, business leaders, educators and economic development officers are attending the 2017 BIO International Convention in San Diego. Held each year, this conference allows the Oklahoma delegation to connect with potential partners and highlight the Oklahoma bioscience region as a whole.

Oklahoma’s bioscience sector currently contributes more than $6.7 billion in economic activity and supports more than 51,000 Oklahoma jobs. The sector also produces annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion. Throughout the state, pockets of research excellence continue to develop in Oklahoma City, Ponca City, Ardmore, Stillwater and Norman. Read more about the research taking place in Oklahoma and follow along with the Oklahoma BIO delegation on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
 



Chamber achieves 2017 legislative priorities

 
During the 2017 legislative session, the Chamber continued to represent the voice of business at the State Capitol. The Chamber achieved many of its legislative priorities this session despite the disappointment of the final weeks of session, when a teacher pay raise was not enacted and many criminal justice reform measures were not considered by the House.

The Chamber’s legislative successes include protecting all six key incentives and economic development programs from repeal and sunset; defeating all anti-business gun measures; protecting the voter-approved changes from SQ 780 and 781; and protecting transportation funding, including funding for the Heartland Flyer. Read a full recap of the Chamber’s advocacy efforts.
 



OKC’s retail sector highlighted

 

With a goal to further Oklahoma City’s retail growth, a delegation from the Chamber and the City of Oklahoma City attended the International Council of Shopping Centers’ RECon conference last month in Las Vegas. During the conference, representatives from Oklahoma City met with prospective retailers and developers to promote Oklahoma City as a destination for their brand.

The Outlet Resource Group (TORG) also used the conference as an opportunity to announce their new brand for OKC Outlets, formerly known as The Outlet Shoppes of Oklahoma City. Read more about the conference and the Chamber’s retail recruitment strategy in the newest issue of The POINT!
 



New to the Chamber? We can help.

 
As a member of the Chamber, you also have access to specific resources that will help grow and support your business. Get your membership off to a good start by accessing the following resources:

  • Attend Member Orientation. The Member Orientation program is specifically developed to introduce you to the mission of the Chamber. With presentations from top-level Chamber staff, you will walk away with more ways to promote your company and engage in the Chamber’s work in Oklahoma City. Learn more.
  • Network with other members. The Chamber offers events throughout the year that help our members connect with each other. By attending MegaLunch, Sunset Reception or Rise & Shine, you will promote your business to some of the Chamber’s most involved members – all while making new contacts and friends. Visit the Chamber’s event calendar for more.
  • Learn your log in info. Chamber members can log in to the website to register for events, upload member news and add social media profiles to their directory listing. Learn more.
  • Access Chamber resources for your business. As an added value of your Chamber membership, the economic development team can help connect your company with resources to help it succeed. View resources.


 



Recruit employees to OKC using Chamber resources

 
Whether you are hiring one or 100 new employees, the Chamber’s relocation resources can help you sell Oklahoma City as a great place to live, work and play. The Chamber recently released its Welcome Guide, a printed publication with details on Oklahoma City industry, housing, culture and more. View the Welcome Guide online or request printed copies.

The guide is part of the Chamber relocation program, A Better Life OKC. This website and its weekly blog and newsletter are a first-line resource for any company that needs to recruit employees from out of market. Sign up for weekly emails.
 



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.

  • The Heritage, 621 N Robinson Ave. (June 21, 3 p.m.)
  • Advantage Bank, 10100 SE 15th Street (June 23, 11 a.m.)
  • Residence Inn NW, 3151 Northwest Expressway (June 28, 3 p.m.)
  • HeyDay Entertainment, 200 S Oklahoma Ave. (June 29, 4:30 p.m.)
  • BIS New 4D Center, 13900 N. Harvey Ave. (July 14, noon)


 



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.

  • Talent on Parade National Competition (June 21-25)
  • 2017 National Reining Horse Derby (June 22 – July 1)
  • CompSource Mutual Insurance Company (June 23-29)
  • World Cup of Softball 2017 (June 30 – July 9)


 

 

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Oklahoma City, OK 73102
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