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Leadership Notes

Monday, May 1, 2017

Collaboration is key

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 am 
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According to Bruce Katz, Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution, cities rise above international competitors based on their ability to find points of convergence



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Continued collaboration

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 am 
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When Oklahoma City residents approved the first MAPS sales tax in 1993, one of the most important parts of its implementation was the oversight and transparency built in its administration.



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Continuing criminal justice reform

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:00:00 am 
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The Chamber is speaking up for a smarter, safer criminal justice system at both the state and local level through its Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Reform Task Force.



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Make your voice heard

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 12:00:00 am 
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This month, Oklahoma City community members will have two great opportunities to shape our city’s future. On Feb. 14, Oklahoma City Council Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7 and ...


Sunday, January 1, 2017

The essence of collaboration

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 am 
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In December 2016, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Criminal Justice Task Force announced its recommendations for addressing the multitude of issues in our criminal justice ...


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Reflect, then move forward

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 12:00:00 am 
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As we approach the end of the year, it’s a good time to look back on what has happened during 2016 before we dive into a new year with its new opportunities. ...


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

SQ 779 is not the answer

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 12:00:00 am 
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Most Oklahomans agree that our chronically underappreciated and underfunded teachers deserve a raise. That’s why State Question 779 has such a broad appeal – at ...


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Remembering Mike Chumo

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 12:00:00 am 
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When Mike Chumo joined the staff of the Chamber in 2005, he had one of the most unique reasons to search for employment: boredom. You see, Mike had already experienced a full ...


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Rallying behind our schools

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 12:00:00 am 
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At last month’s State of the Schools luncheon, more than 500 business and community leaders gathered to hear about a topic that is of the highest importance to the ...


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Celebrating 10 years of InternOKC

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 12:00:00 am 
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Last month, the Greater Grads program celebrated its 10th graduating class of InternOKC.



Friday, July 1, 2016

Aerospace industry continues to soar

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 12:00:00 am 
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The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber has been actively developing the aerospace and aviation industry in Oklahoma City since as early as 1919, a time when airplanes represented ...


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Paying dividends to the community

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 12:00:00 am 
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From community redevelopment to funding city services, retail plays a critical role in furthering Oklahoma City’s economic growth. For that reason, strengthening ...


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Turning something good into something extraordinary

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 12:00:00 am 
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The seven-mile stretch of the North Canadian River that is known as the Oklahoma River will celebrate a milestone this month as the MAPS 3 RIVERSPORT Rapids opens to the ...


Friday, April 1, 2016

Statewide support for an important issue

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 12:00:00 am 
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When we announced the creation of a task force to study the current criminal justice system in Oklahoma County and its needed reforms, we knew that significant reform must be ...


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A year of turning points

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 12:00:00 am 
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In recent years, Oklahoma City has become a popular destination for intercity visits from other communities who want to study our revitalization. Not surprisingly, one of the ...


Monday, February 1, 2016

Weathering the storm

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 12:00:00 am 
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The Chamber’s 2016 Greater Oklahoma City Economic Forecast confirms what all of us already realize: The price of oil impacts the Oklahoma City economy. It would be easy ...


Friday, January 1, 2016

A holistic approach to a communitywide problem

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Friday, January 1, 2016 at 12:00:00 am 
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Last month the Chamber announced the creation of a task force that will examine the Oklahoma County criminal justice system. The most obvious issue in that system is the ...


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A time to reflect, a time to plan

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 12:00:00 am 
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If you are like me, the close of the calendar year offers plenty of opportunity to reflect on the passing time. Here in Oklahoma City, we certainly have a lot to celebrate as ...


Sunday, November 1, 2015

More than a district

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 12:00:00 am 
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The announcement that Brookings will partner with Oklahoma City to study the best way to create innovation districts is exciting for several reasons. This partnership offers ...


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Giving credit where it is due

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00:00 am 
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Last month, the Chamber and other members of the Metro 50 Committee were able to honor the 50 fastest growing companies in the central Oklahoma region. While this event ...


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Supporting education, together

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 12:00:00 am 
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At last month’s State of the Schools luncheon, more than 550 business leaders came together for a discussion on the state of education in Oklahoma. From discussions on ...


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Celebrating economic success with Boeing

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 12:00:00 am 
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Sixty years ago, Boeing first opened an Oklahoma City office with only 10 employees. Today its numbers exceed 2,100 and the company is expected to add about 800 more when ...


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A leader in innovation

Posted by: Roy Williams on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 8:00:00 am 
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Oklahoma is continuing to capitalize on the opportunities for success found in its bioscience industry, and more opportunities for growth are on the horizon.



Monday, June 1, 2015

Long-term success, new challenges

Posted by: Roy Williams on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 8:00:00 am 
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In March 2015, the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area had an unemployment rate of 3.3 percent, tying it with Austin, Texas, for the lowest unemployment rate for ...


Friday, May 1, 2015

Oklahoma City is a Sure Investment

Posted by: Roy Williams on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 12:00:00 am 
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The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber has long worked for a strong retail sector within Oklahoma City. Retail is critical to the health of a city – it funds the important ...


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Creating prosperity through accountability

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 12:00:00 am 
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In her presentation at the Chairman’s Event on March 9, Gov. Mary Fallin showed off the state’s new website listing five statewide goals and 160 measurable ...


Sunday, March 1, 2015

A great day to fly in Oklahoma

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 12:00:00 am 
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It isn’t often that you get to witness a circumstance that will undoubtedly impact a community for multiple generations. Last month’s event revealing that Tinker ...


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Building for the future

Posted by: Roy H. Williams on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 12:00:00 am 
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As you will learn in this issue of The POINT!, Oklahoma City’s sports industry has experienced incredible growth during the past decade, and the momentum continues with ...


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Asking the Right Questions

Posted by: Roy Williams on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 12:00:00 am 
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Oklahoma Cityís popularity as a visitor destination continues to grow. Increased visitor traffic opens opportunities for further economic development, but it also has an ...


Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Best is Yet to Come

Posted by: Roy Williams on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 12:00:00 am 
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As another year draws to a close, itís a good time to look back on what has happened over the past 12 months and look ahead to what the coming year will hold. In a word, ...