Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - ePOINT - March 2016

ePOINT - March 2016

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In this issue:

Oklahoma City CVB earns DMAI accreditation

Localized tornado siren policy is in effect in OKC

Criminal justice reform efforts continue at Capitol

Council approves MAPS 3 Modern Street Car Routes

Study of OKC’s innovation continues

Network with leaders in Washington, D.C.

RIVERSPORT Rapids prepares for grand opening in May

Grand openings in Oklahoma City

Upcoming conventions to visit OKC

In case you missed it

 

 

Oklahoma City CVB earns DMAI accreditation

 

The Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), a division of the Chamber, recently announced it was awarded accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). DMAP is an internationally recognized accreditation program developed by the Washington, D.C., based Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). In earning the DMAP accreditation, destination marketing organizations (DMOs) communicate to their community, buyers and potential visitors that their DMO has attained a significant measure of excellence.

“DMAI is the official global trade organization for our industry, and their DMAP accreditation is the highest standard of excellence in our industry,” said Mike Carrier, president of the Oklahoma City CVB. “We are very pleased to be recognized for providing outstanding services in accordance with international standards and benchmarks in this field.” Read more.
 



Localized tornado siren policy is in effect in OKC

 
Under a new tornado siren policy adopted by City Council in December 2015, it is more important than ever to immediately take shelter and get more weather information when you hear a siren. The policy divides Oklahoma City into zones, and only sirens in zones covered by a tornado warning will sound.

In previous years, Oklahoma City sounded all of its sirens within a county affected by a National Weather Service-issued tornado warning. Now, sirens will sound in smaller areas – meaning that anyone who hears a siren is more likely to be close to an active tornado warning. Emergency management officials also recommend multiple sources on severe weather information, including NOAA weather radios, smartphone apps, television news, traditional radios and online news and weather websites.

For more information on the policy change, read more here.
 



Criminal justice reform efforts continue at Capitol

 
The momentum to reform Oklahoma County’s criminal justice system continues to build on the local and state level. In her February State of the State address, Gov. Mary Fallin called for significant reforms to the state’s criminal justice system, and in late February, Gov. Fallin signed an executive order that eliminates questions about prior felony convictions from job applications at state agencies.

Reform measures are also being pursued with current legislation. Four Chamber-supported bills, each authored by Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, were approved by the House on March 7:
  • HB 2479 would reduce the mandatory punishment for certain drug offenses (only simple possession of controlled dangerous substances).
  • HB 2751 would raise the threshold for property crimes to be charged as a felony from $500 to $1,000.
  • HB 2753 would allow broader use of drug courts and community service instead of jail.
  • HB 2472 would provide prosecutors discretion to file charges as misdemeanor instead of felony.

The bills, which are also supported by the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association, will now go to the Senate for consideration. Subscribe to the Chamber’s legislative updates to stay informed on the progress of these and other bills.

 



Council approves MAPS 3 Modern Street Car Routes

 

In February, the Oklahoma City Council approved modifications to the MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar route. The change creates an additional dedicated route to better connect the MAPS 3 Park and the proposed MAPS 3 Convention Center to Bricktown.

The revised routes will also offer flexibility for frequent service to the convention center and increased ability to handle crowds for large events. Read more about the approved routes in the March edition of The POINT!
 



Study of OKC’s innovation continues

 
Representatives from the Brookings Institute and Project for Public Spaces recently visited Oklahoma City to update stakeholders on their study of Oklahoma City’s emerging innovation district. The initial assessment of the 843-acre area that includes the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley documented that Oklahoma City has a high concentration of innovation assets, including a highly educated district workforce, proximity to Bricktown and downtown Oklahoma City and a collegial and collaborative regional culture.

Brookings and PPS will continue their research, using their findings to help define a vision for the area and the actionable next steps that will help promote innovation, connection and synergy in the district.

The Chamber recently launched a website to share news about the ongoing study of innovation in Oklahoma City. Sign up for regular email updates or read more at www.okcinnovation.com.
 



Network with leaders in Washington, D.C.

 

Join business and community leaders from Oklahoma City as they meet with members of Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation and Pentagon officials to express their opinions on matters that impact the region’s business climate by attending the Chamber’s D.C. Visit on April 27 to 28.

The trip includes briefings with U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford and Representatives Jim Bridenstine, Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, Markwayne Mullin and Steve Russell. The Oklahoma group will also be able to network with high-level military officials, invited members of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation and their key staff members at the Reception on the Hill.

Attendees will also hear “off the hill” viewpoints from local experts in D.C. Daniel Fri, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, will discuss current military defense matters. Other potential topics include insight into this year’s election cycle, national perspectives on criminal justice reform and transportation and infrastructure issues.

The $800 per person fee includes one night’s stay at The Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave., and affiliated events. Air travel to and from Washington, D.C., is not included, giving you the option of extending your stay for additional business in the area. Contact Meredith Manley at 405-297-8964 or email mmanley@okcchamber.com to make your reservation or for more information. Special thanks to Signature Sponsor American Fidelity Assurance Company.
 



RIVERSPORT Rapids prepares for grand opening in May

 
Oklahoma City’s new $45 million MAPS 3 whitewater rafting and kayaking center – RIVERSPORT Rapids – will be a game-changer for the city when it opens in May. Recently the staff of The POINT! sat down with Elizabeth Laurent, senior director of sales and marketing for the OKC Boathouse Foundation, to learn more about what the RIVERSPORT Rapids will have to offer.

Read more of that interview in The POINT!, and make plans to attend the grand opening celebration on May 7-8. Oklahoma City will be one of only six cities in the U.S. to welcome Team USA’s Road to Rio Tour presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance.
 



Grand openings in Oklahoma City

 
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.

  • Oklahoma City-County Health Department, 2700 NE 63rd St. (March 22, 1 p.m.)
  • DFW Storm Solutions, 401 N Meridian Ave. (March 23, 11 a.m.)
  • Cory’s Audio Visual Services, LLC, 9525 W Reno Ave. (March 24, 4:30 p.m.)
  • Brain Balance of Oklahoma City, 3545 W Memorial Road (March 29, 3:45 p.m.)
If you are interested in helping the Chamber welcoming these businesses, volunteer to become a Chamber ambassador.
 



Upcoming conventions to visit OKC

 
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.

  • NCAA’s 2016 Division I Men’s Basketball (March 15-20)
  • 2016 First Robotics Oklahoma Regional Competition (March 22-27)
  • USA Wrestling’s 2016 Girls Folkstyle Nationals/College Women National Championships (March 24-27)
  • Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association Spring Show 2016 (March 24-28)
  • Annual Computer Rx Idea Exchange (March 31 – April 3)
  • Cornerstone Credit Union League Annual Meeting and Convention (April 3-7)
  • 2016 Southwest Nationals Streetrods (April 3-12)
  • Oklahoma Fire Chief Association (April 4-9)
  • OK Centennial Horse Show (April 7-10)
  • 2016 FCCLA Annual State Convention (April 8)
  • 2016 AQHA Level 1 Championship (April 13-16)


 

 

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