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Gov. Fallin signs key legislation protecting events, economic development

oNE OKC showcases northeast OKC renaissance

Call for Entries: 2016 Metro 50 Awards

TRIP report reinforces need for transportation funding

2016 TRDC set to kick off in May

Grand openings in Oklahoma City

Upcoming conventions to visit OKC

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Gov. Fallin signs key legislation protecting events, economic development


The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is actively engaged in representing the voice of business at the state capitol, and in April, two important Chamber-supported bills were signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. Last year, Gov. Fallin vetoed gun legislation that would have allowed the open or concealed carrying of guns into high-economic impact events that are required by contract to prohibit weapons. The Chamber then worked with a number of stakeholders (including NRA, OK2A, Oklahoma City All Sports Association, State Fairgrounds, NCAA and Big XII) to pursue legislation that would protect the interests of all parties.

SB 1057, signed into law on April 7, responsibly broadens gun rights in parks, recreational areas and fairgrounds except during the period when a number of events are taking place. The legislation also provides significant protection for gun owners, event hosts and employers who allow employees to carry guns.

The Chamber also requested legislation to address the delay and expense of defending against property development challenges by those with no property interest in the outcome. SB 1341, which was signed into law on April 5, provides that only a person whose direct property interests may be affected by a municipal Board of Adjustment’s decision may appeal that decision to the state district court. In addition, should the district court judge approve a stay, the party seeking the stay will be required to post a bond to compensate for the cost of delay should that party be unsuccessful.

Read more about the Chamber’s advocacy efforts in the latest OKC Business Advocate email.

oNE OKC showcases northeast OKC renaissance

Combining a block party, a pop-up retail shop event and a real estate tour, the oNE OKC event scheduled for April 30 will showcase northeast Oklahoma City and the vision for its economic growth. The Northeast Renaissance Steering Committee (NERSC), Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class XI and the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City are hosting this free outdoor event at Douglass High School’s Miller Football Stadium from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 30.

The event will feature visual and performing arts, food trucks, pop-up vendors, a community mural and themed activities for the whole family including wellness and education. More information on this event can be found online at, on Facebook at and Twitter at @oNEOKCEvent.

Call for Entries: 2016 Metro 50 Awards

The Metro 50 committee have begun accepting applications for the 2016 Metro 50 awards, giving Oklahoma City businesses the chance to be recognized for their growth and success. Eligible companies must have been in business for a minimum of six months prior to the base calendar year of 2013; are for-profit and privately-held; headquartered and operated in the Greater Oklahoma City MSA; have total operating revenues or sales in 2015 of at least $1 million; and are not a holding company, regulated bank or utility.

To apply or see winners from 2015, visit or email Meredith Manley at for more information. The deadline for applications is Friday, June 3.

Special thanks to the Metro 50 Sponsors: Bank of Oklahoma, Cox Business, EY, Express Employment Professionals, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, The Journal Record Publishing Company, OGE Energy Corp. and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

TRIP report reinforces need for transportation funding


Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lack desirable safety features cost Oklahoma City motorists an additional $2,242 per driver annually due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays, according to a report released by TRIP, a national transportation research organization.

The TRIP report, Oklahoma Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility,” finds that throughout Oklahoma, 28 percent of major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor condition and another 42 percent are in mediocre or fair condition, costing Oklahomans a total of $4.9 billion annually. In the Greater Oklahoma City area, 81 percent of major roads were rated to be in poor or mediocre condition. Despite recent improvements, nearly a quarter of Oklahoma’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

Read more about the report.

2016 TRDC set to kick off in May

The Chamber’s Total Resource Development Campaign, an annual membership engagement effort, will officially launch in May, but early sales began April 18. TRDC volunteers will be available to help connect Chamber members with opportunities to deepen their involvement in the work of the Chamber. Brian Alford, Enable Midstream Partners, and Teresa Rose Crook, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, will lead the effort as co-chairs of the campaign.

Read more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities to help market your business in the April edition of the POINT!

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

  • Arvest Bank, 115 Park Ave. (April 21, 9:30 a.m.)
  • Thai-An Doan, D.D.S., 14228 Barbour Ave. (April 21, 4 p.m.)
  • Furniture Marketing Group, Inc., 421 NW 10th St. (April 28, 4 p.m.)
  • iFLY, 13600 Pawnee Drive (April 30, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
  • Opes One Advisors, 100 E California Ave. (May 5, 4 p.m.)


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

  • Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon (April 24)
  • Better Barrel Races World Finals (April 21-25)
  • Red Earth Invitational (April 22-24)
  • Oklahoma State FFA Convention (April 26-27)
  • Oklahoma Songwriter’s Festival (April 28-30)
  • American Ninja Warrior (May 5-17)
  • USACK WhiteWater Slalom Olympic Trials for Canoe/Kayak (May 6-8)
  • Road to Rio 2016 (May 6-8)



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