Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - ePOINT - October 2015

ePOINT - October 2015

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In this issue:

Oklahoma City to be focus of Brookings Study

Two OKC projects recognized by international nonprofit real estate institute

Come Schmooze with us on Oct. 29!

Fastest-growing companies celebrated at Metro 50

State of the Economy: Nov. 19

Practical Politics seminar for potential candidates on Oct. 21

OKC to host tech economic development conference for SSTI

Chamber’s Roy Williams re-elected to International Economic Development Council Board

Oklahoma Health Center celebrates 50 years

Oklahoma alliance to hold workshop on real estate development

Business summit to look at early childhood education

Upcoming conventions and events in Oklahoma City

In case you missed it

 

 

Oklahoma City to be focus of Brookings Study

 

The Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces have begun an 18-month study of Oklahoma City’s emerging innovation district, an area encompassing the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley. This work, which will focus on the district’s economic strengths and quality of place is part of the Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking, a joint initiative the two organizations launched this month.

The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking aims to catalyze a new approach to city-building that integrates the reinforcing benefits of vibrant public spaces, innovative urban The Bass Initiative will build on Brookings’s research on innovation districts — dense, amenity-rich enclaves that are typically anchored by research and development institutions and facilitate new ideas and businesses — and PPS’s long track record in placemaking, a participatory community process to develop quality public spaces by capitalizing on a community’s assets and potential. It will encourage mixed-use entrepreneurial and cultural districts through research, network building and on-the-ground projects, including studies of the innovation ecosystems in Oklahoma City and Philadelphia.

The initiative’s Oklahoma City study will use quantitative analysis and stakeholder interviews to audit the innovative industries and networking and physical assets in the burgeoning Oklahoma City innovation district. The resulting research will suggest ways to maximize and connect the district’s quality of life and economic strengths in order to bolster the district as a key driver of the regional economy. The Oklahoma City study is funded through a partnership of Oklahoma City organizations that includes the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the Presbyterian Health Foundation, the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, the City of Oklahoma City and the Alliance of Economic Development for Oklahoma City. Additional community supporters include the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the University of Oklahoma.

Read more here and here.
 



Two OKC projects recognized by international nonprofit real estate institute

 

The international Urban Land Institute honored two Oklahoma City projects this month at its fall meeting in San Francisco.

Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City was one of two places recognized with ULI’s Urban Open Space Award, along with Thousand Lantern Lake Park System in Foshan, Guangdong, China. Also, Devon Energy Center in Oklahoma City was named one of 10 finalists for ULI's Global Awards of Excellence.

Describing the Myriad Botanical Gardens in a news release, ULI said that the project is owned by the Myriad Gardens Foundation and designed by the Office of James Burnett, and Murase Associates. It “is a joint investment effort that takes a highly-underused yet prime 15-acre urban downtown garden and park site that had fallen into disrepair, and turns it into a state-of-the-art, highly active destination to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City and continue the renaissance of the entire downtown,” read the ULI entry.

Writing about Devon, the ULI website noted it was designed by Pickard Chilton and consolidated Devon’s OKC workforce into a 1.8-million-square foot facility. While the award references the corresponding 50-foot Devon Tower that transformed Oklahoma City's skyline, its description mainly description focuses on the center's features.

"Devon Energy Center creates a focal point for the company and Oklahoma City by integrating civic-scaled spaces as a vital component of its overall development," reads the website. "The height and richly textured curtain wall of the Devon Energy Center provide a defining presence throughout the city, offering a subtly changing presence on the skyline while seamlessly integrating the historically significant 110-room Colcord Hotel into the site’s composition."

Read more about ULI’s awards to Devon and the Myriad Gardens.
 



Come Schmooze with us on Oct. 29!

 

Bring your friends, coworkers and clients to Oklahoma City’s most entertaining networking trade show from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, at Oklahoma Expo Hall at State Fair Park, 3213 Wichita Walk.

SchmoozaPalooza is a Halloween-themed trade show where you can promote your company, make new contacts, generate sales leads and wind down after work with a drink and tasty treats from OKC’s top restaurants and caterers. The event features a booth-decorating contest, costume contest, food from 20 restaurants and live music by Ali Harter.

Tag #SchmoozaPalooza on social media, and text BOO to 71441 to win prizes during the event.

Tickets are $10 per person and include one drink ticket. Or get the PaloozaSpecials and save for buying tickets in advance – buy four tickets, get two more free, 10 tickets and five more free or 20 tickets, which includes 10 more free. Email register@okcchamber.com for information.

Get tickets, or buy a booth.
 



Fastest-growing companies celebrated at Metro 50

 

The Metro 50 committee honored 50 of the fastest-growing, privately-owned companies in the region at the 20th annual Metro 50 Awards in late September.

Earning the title of Oklahoma City’s fastest-growing company was CNI Advantage LLC, with Candor and PowerHouse Resources International Inc. rounding out the second- and third-fastest growing companies, respectively. The company with the most growth in this year’s rankings, CNI Advantage, grew from five to 100 employees since 2012 and experienced revenue growth of more than 3,300 percent.

Read more in The POINT! newsletter. See the entire list of 50, ranked by growth.
 



State of the Economy: Nov. 19

 
Join the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the region’s leading economic development organization, for the annual State of the Economy event to examine the regional and national economies and discuss how they will impact area businesses.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., attendees will hear from keynote speaker Vivek Wadhwa, fellow of Singularity University and Stanford Law School, director of research at Duke University and syndicated columnist for The Washington Post. Wadhwa will discuss technology’s impact on the modern world and how the United States can remain competitive in the face of growth in India, China and Latin America. A panel of local economists will then discuss the strengths and challenges of the regional economy.

Tickets are $50 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Register.

Special thanks to Signature Sponsor Arvest Bank and Host Sponsor Walmart District Office of Public Affairs.
 



Practical Politics seminar for potential candidates on Oct. 21

 
If you are interested in running for public office, our upcoming Practical Politics seminar will give you tips and insight to support your success.

The seminar will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, in the Gardner Conference Center in the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder.

Potential candidates will attend workshops about running effective campaigns, fundraising, being an effective public servant and more. Speakers include strategists and state elected officials.

Cost is $35, which includes breakfast and lunch.

Register.

Special thanks to Host Sponsor Oklahoma City University.
 



OKC to host tech economic development conference for SSTI

 
A national tech-based economic development organization will hold its annual conference in Oklahoma City next week.

The nonprofit SSTI, which seeks to build prosperity by supporting initiatives in the areas of science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, will hold its annual conference from Monday, Oct. 26, through Wednesday, Oct. 28, with most events at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens.

See conference information. Read more about SSTI.

Thanks to Signature Sponsor Verizon and Host Sponsor State Fair Park.
 



Chamber’s Roy Williams re-elected to International Economic Development Council Board

 
   
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has re-elected Roy H. Williams, the Greater Oklahoma City’s president and CEO for a two-year term on the board. His appointment was announced at IEDC’s 2015 Annual Conference this month in Anchorage, Alaska.

Williams came to the Chamber in 2002 as executive vice president of economic development and was named president in CEO in 2004. He has held numerous executive leadership positions in chambers of commerce and economic development organizations in Texas, Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma.

The IEDC is a nonprofit membership organization serving economic developers. Read more about the board online.
 



Oklahoma Health Center celebrates 50 years

 
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber recently hosted its annual Oklahoma Health Center Breakfast and celebrated the accomplishments of the center and the foundation over the last 50 years.

A vision of five Oklahoma City business leaders, the Oklahoma Health Center was established in 1965 on 325 acres just south of the Capitol complex.

Now 50 years later, the Oklahoma Health Center has contributed greatly to the city’s economy and helped spur its growth in research, technology and innovation.

If you would like to keep up with the latest happenings, you can sign up on the website to receive the monthly e-magazine, Innovate, and the e-newsletter at www.oklahomahealthcenter.com or email info@oklahomahealthcenter.com.
 



Oklahoma alliance to hold workshop on real estate development

 
International Council of Shopping Centers’ Oklahoma Alliance Program will hold a discussion about public-private partnerships and its role in Oklahoma City’s real estate development from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Devon Boathouse, 725 S Lincoln Blvd.

Learn about the importance of strategic partnerships between developers and the city that make key development projects come to life.

OKC representatives will explain the process and reasons behind such partnerships and their importance for driving economic growth in the community. Development panel participants will discuss first-hand experiences working with the city and how these partnerships made otherwise nonfeasible projects possible.

Register.
 



Business summit to look at early childhood education

 
A champion of early childhood education will headline an upcoming annual business summit hosted by the Oklahoma Champions for Early Opportunities (OKCEO) and addressing Oklahoma’s workforce challenges.

Former newsman David Lawrence Jr. will speak at the Oklahoma City summit for business leaders, “Oklahoma’s Workforce Pipeline: One Community at a Time,” to be held from 4:15 to 6:15 on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s Faculty House, 601 NE 14. There are two other similar seminars – in Enid on Nov. 5, and in Ardmore on Friday, Nov. 6.

The former publisher of The Miami Herald, Lawrence left the newspaper to work in early childhood development and currently leads the Children’s Movement of Florida, is president of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and is a member of the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet in Florida.

The Oklahoma City summit also will feature a panel discussion on education and the workforce featuring the heads of various state agencies.

The summits are sponsored by OKCEO, the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, OETA, Smart Start Oklahoma and the Potts Family Foundation.

Register for the summit online at http://okceos.org/.
 



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:


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



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