Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - ePOINT - November 2015

ePOINT - November 2015

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In this issue:

Chamber Forum on Dec. 2 to address county criminal justice issues

Don’t miss Chamber’s annual meeting

Hear the mayor’s State of the City address on Jan. 13

Be aware of strange calls

Economic development tools available for your research

Check out RIVERSPORT Adventures’ new offerings

Downtown in December filled with winter and holiday fun

Upcoming conventions and events in Oklahoma City

In case you missed it

Sponsored Content: Impact study shows tribal nation gaming adds billions to Oklahoma education budget and economy

 

 

Chamber Forum on Dec. 2 to address county criminal justice issues

 
Join criminal justice experts and community leaders from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, to discuss challenges and potential reform of Oklahoma County’s criminal justice systems.

A panel of experts will discuss these issues and many of the tactics that our community can use to address the jail facility, sentencing reform, care for the mentally ill and more. The event, to be held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, 1 Park Ave., also will educate attendees about successful programs in other communities that are redirecting people and funds away from incarceration and toward rehabilitation.

Tickets are $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Register.

Special thanks to Signature Sponsor Cox Business.
 



Don’t miss Chamber’s annual meeting

 

Make plans now to attend the Chamber’s Annual Meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens.

Chamber Chairman David Rainbolt with BancFirst will share highlights from 2015 and 2016 goals.

The luncheon will include a conversation with some of the state's notable leaders about the visionary leadership that transformed Oklahoma City into a thriving community. Moderated by Rainbolt, BancFirst Corporation, the panel will include former Governor Frank Keating, former Oklahoma City mayor Ron Norick and J. Larry Nichols, executive chairman, Devon Energy Corporation.

Tickets are $75 for Chamber members and $125 for nonmembers. Register.

Special thanks to Signature Sponsor Bank of Oklahoma, Video Sponsor Indian Head Pictures and Entertainment/Speaker Sponsor Verizon.
 



Hear the mayor’s State of the City address on Jan. 13

 
Join Mayor Mick Cornett and more than 1,600 business people for the Chamber’s State of the City event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will deliver a dynamic speech about where our city is today and where it will be in the coming year. The Chamber's strategic objectives for 2016 will also be highlighted.

Tickets are $60 for Chamber members and $100 for nonmembers. Register.

Special thanks to Signature Sponsor The Professional Basketball Club, LLC - Oklahoma City Thunder and Host Sponsor Bank of Oklahoma.
 



Be aware of strange calls

 
Some of our Chamber members have been getting strange calls asking for information about their address, their number of employees and other details about their business. When pressed for details about who they are or why they are calling, the callers have been saying they are with the OKC Chamber and want to update their files.

Vague calls like this, which lately have come from the number 405-225-3426, are not legitimate.

Any call of this nature from the Chamber to update member records will be clearly identified at the outset of the conversation. Anytime you are concerned about a call or request, please contact us with your concerns. Most of our calls will come from a number that begins with the area code/prefix of 405-297 or 405-290.

The Chamber’s main number is 405-297-8900.
 



Economic development tools available for your research

 
Economic research is one of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s focus areas, and its research team has uses numerous tools to track data and trends involving the Greater OKC region.

Chamber Research Economist Eric Long recently led a Business Intelligence Seminar for members at the Chamber, where he and his team shared some of those resources that companies can use to find out more about our community and related businesses.

Go online to see the list of tools that Long and his team discussed at the seminar. Watch for future Business Intelligence Seminars at the Chamber's Events page. And if you need any help with research and business intelligence that can help your company remain competitive, contact a member of the research team.
 



Check out RIVERSPORT Adventures’ new offerings

 

As the Oklahoma Boathouse District prepares for the opening of the RIVERSPORT Rapids Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking Center in 2016, there are plenty of other things to keep families of all ages entertained on the Oklahoma River and at Lake Overholser and Lake Hefner.

Mike Knopp, executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, recently updated Chamber staff members about many of the urban outdoor adventure opportunities available.

First, he said expects visitors to the Oklahoma River to jump from about 200,000 visitors in 2015 to 750,000 visitors in 2016 with the opening of the rapids. The area will include a stage for live music and ceremonies called Rotary Point as well as a restaurant, bar and retail store. Visitors will have two options for taking a raft or an inflatable kayak down the rapids. Sometimes, the rapids may offer tubing or surfing.

From May 6 to 8, Oklahoma City will host the U.S. Olympic Committee’s “Road to Rio” festival along the Oklahoma River. The city is one of nine cities selected for this festival en route to the U.S. Olympics. It will include the Central Youth Rowing Championships, among other events.

RIVERSPORT in October celebrated the opening of its new Lake Overholser Adventure Park, just east of the lake and south of the historic Route 66 Bridge. The park’s activities have stopped for the winter season, but it now includes two renovated boathouse and new outdoor adventure activities, including a “stunt jump” free fall, an extreme swing, a climbing wall, a zip line and kayaking/stand-up paddle board rentals. The Kayak Café is open there until Dec. 31.

RIVERSPORT also offers sailing at its Sailing Center at Lake Hefner, Hobie Point, although future sailors will have to wait for it to reopen in the spring.

For more information, see the Boathouse District’s RIVERSPORT Adventures online.
 



Downtown in December filled with winter and holiday fun

 

Oklahoma City’s annual downtown holiday celebration offers plenty of family-friendly activities between now and January. The Devon Ice Rink is already open for ice skating in the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave.

The annual tree-lighting festival will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, on the plaza in Bricktown at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive. The event includes live music, food and other entertainment as Mayor Mick Cornett’s lights the Christmas tree.

Another popular event, the Snow Tubing Winter Festival at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, opens on Saturday, Dec. 5, with weekend sessions between then and Dec. 19 and then daily sessions except Christmas Day. Also going on are a SandRidge Santa Run, Winter Shoppes at the Myriad Gardens and Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; performances by Lyric Theatre, the OKC Philharmonic, the Oklahoma City Ballet, Reduxion Theater; adventures at the Oklahoma River; lights in Automobile Alley; and more.

For a comprehensive list, go online to Downtown in December.
 



Upcoming conventions and events in Oklahoma City

 

Take a look at some of the conventions, trade shows and events that Oklahoma City is hosting in the next few weeks, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tourism is the city’s third-largest industry, generating $2.9 billion in domestic travel expenditures in the OKC Metropolitan Statistical Area, and it supports more than 35,000 jobs with $969 million in payroll. Among upcoming events and conventions are:

  • National Reining Horse Association Futurity 2015 (Nov. 26-Dec. 5)
  • Barrel Futurities of America World Championship (Dec. 8-12)
  • Big 12/SEC Women’s Basketball Challenge 2015

Find more in the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s convention calendar. While you’re online, explore the CVB’s website.
 



In case you missed it

 
  • Read all about plans for a new innovation district here, here and here and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s new partnership with Brookings and the Project for Public Spaces (The November POINT! newsletter).
  • Inc. Magazine featured Oklahoma City’s efforts to create the “next cool startup scene” and listed four reasons why – 1) Its strong research community; 2) The ability to hire quality talent quickly and cheaply 3) The growing millennial population and the city’s appeal factor; and 4) OKC’s improved quality of life.
  • Oklahoma City is one of 10 cities that Americans are thronging to, according to NewGeography.com’s report on city migration.
  • Oklahoma City ranked first for careers and ninth for entrepreneurs on a list of the Best Places for Veterans. USAA and Hiring Our Heroes commissioned Sperling’s BestPlaces to work with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University to create these lists.
  • Another pro soccer team is coming to Oklahoma City – The North American Soccer League has named the city for its next franchise, which will give Oklahoma City a second team in addition to the United Soccer League’s OKC Energy FC (The Oklahoman and The Journal Record).
  • Oklahoma City ranked first for economic outlook, a new survey shows (Thumbtack.com)


 

Sponsored Content

Impact study shows tribal nation gaming adds billions to Oklahoma education budget and economy

 
The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association has released the first study of its kind in the state, entitled “Statewide Economic Impact from Oklahoma Tribal Nation Gaming.” The study was authored by the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute at Oklahoma City University and KlasRobinson Q.E.D., Inc.

Since 2004, Oklahoma Tribal Nation Gaming has paid $979 million in fees and will break $1 billion in 2015. The money is designated for education by the state of Oklahoma. Additionally, Oklahoma Tribal Nation Gaming revenues were just over $4 billion in 2014, which translates into 2.5 percent of private production in the Oklahoma economy that year, and created 23,277 jobs, with 19,523 of those full-time.

To download a copy of the full report, the final version which was released today, visit oiga.org.

This content is sponsored by the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association.
 


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