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In this issue:

Hear about OKC’s aerospace defense industry

Topgolf OKC under construction

Welcome, retail stores

Upcoming conventions

A spooky way to spend $300

Save the dates for these important events

In case you missed it

In the headlines

Stay in the know



Hear about OKC’s aerospace defense industry

Aerospace has played a key role in Greater Oklahoma City’s economy for more than 70 years. Hear U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield highlight the importance of aerospace and defense sectors to Oklahoma and its future at the annual State of the Aerospace Defense Industry luncheon, Monday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Skirvin Hilton Hotel, 1 Park Ave.
Special thanks to Signature Sponsor, The Boeing Company.


Topgolf OKC under construction


In August, Topgolf OKC broke ground on its first facility in Oklahoma – a 65,000-square-foot facility at North Western Avenue and John Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City. The facility will include three levels with 102 hitting bays that can hold six golfers at a time, a rooftop terrace with a firepit and space for live musical acts, 3,000 square feet of private event space, a full-service restaurant and three bars, indoor gaming areas for activities like billiards and shuffleboard and HDTVs in every hitting bay. It is expected to open next year.


Welcome, retail stores


Excited about the new Von Maur department store opening at Quail Springs Mall in October? There’s a lot to learn about Oklahoma City’s retail scene as more national retailers take notice of the area’s buying power and the success stories created by local entrepreneurs and districts.

Join the Chamber for its next Friday Forum focusing on retail from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association, 420 E Britton Road. Learn about what makes OKC attractive and what future development the city can expect during a panel discussion about past, present and future retail plans.

Panelists for the event include: Jim Clark, B.C. Clark Jewelers; Jessica Stetler, Quail Springs Von Maur Store Manager; Tammy Fate, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Retail Development & Recruitment Manager; and Jim Parrack, Price Edwards & Co.


Upcoming conventions


Take a look at some of the notable or larger conventions, trade shows and events that greater Oklahoma City is hosting in the next few weeks, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Find more.


A spooky way to spend $300


A $300 exhibitor booth at the Chamber’s SchmoozaPalooza will showcase your products and services from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the travel and transportation building at State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd. This Halloween-themed trade show features a booth-decorating contest, costume contest, food from 20 restaurants, live music and fun networking. Start schmoozing today – use the hashtag #SchmoozaPalooza and follow the Greater OKC Chamber on Facebook and Twitter. Text GHOST to 71441 to win prizes. Thanks to Signature Sponsor Verizon and Host Sponsor State Fair Park.
Buy a booth.


Save the dates for these important events

  • Celebrate Greater Oklahoma City’s fastest-growing companies at the annual Metro 50 Awards from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. Register. Special thanks to sponsors Bank of Oklahoma, Cox Business, EY, LLP, Express Employment Professionals, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, The Journal Record Publishing Company, OGE Energy Corp. and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
  • OKC News Bureau is hosting an event for public relations and communications professionals on Thursday, Sept. 25. To join the Bureau (it’s free!), with a goal of helping promote Oklahoma City to local and national media, contact Carrie Snodgrass, the Chamber’s Media Relations Coordinator. Like the News Bureau on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
  • Plug into the Chamber and network with other business professionals at the Rise and Shine breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association, Inc. 420 E Britton Road. RSVP.
  • Sign up for one of the chamber’s golf tournaments on Oct. 6, 13 and 20. Special thanks to the Signature Sponsor, GT Clean, and Host Sponsor, the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.
  • The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is hosting the Navy Birthday Ball from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. For the last 70 years, this ball has celebrated the men and women who serve in the U.S. Navy. Special thanks to Signature Sponsor, Boeing. Buy tickets.
See all upcoming Chamber events.


In case you missed it


The Chamber hosted its Friday Forum on downtown housing last week. Here are some highlights listed in bullet points from its panelists, which included Jane Jenkins, president and CEO of Downtown OKC, Inc.; Ian Colgan, City of OKC planning director; Mickey Clagg, president of Midtown Renaissance; and Terry Hughes, vice president of development, Milhaus.
  • Downtown housing may seem expensive, but with low property maintenance costs (i.e. no lawn care) and amenities, “it is actually quite affordable,” Jenkins said. She also noted that downtown has or will have 4,216 dwelling units in Oklahoma City, based on projects that exist, are planned or under construction.
  • To sustain demand for downtown housing over time, "the neighborhood feel is crucial," Colgan said. With a new school opening, there is a demand for two- and three-bedroom homes to match family needs, he added.
  • The city is looking at ways to encourage affordability in housing throughout downtown areas, Colgan said.
  • While downtown is developed, the city should hold back some land for future use, such as retail businesses, as demand develops, Clagg said.
  • To create demand for downtown living, OKC should support downtown employment and continue to make public investments in capital projects, Hughes said.
  • "Regardless of age, people are placing greater value on their time," Hughes said about why downtown housing is in demand to be closer to work and amenities. People also want their living spaces to have a neighborhood feel and a distinct identity.


In the headlines:


  • Oklahoma ranks as the fourth least expensive states to live in (USA Today)
  • Oklahoma City was featured on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” with a discussion called “Mayors Making Progress” that included Mayor Mick Cornett (links and story at KGOU)
  • First downtown elementary school holds its grand opening (The Oklahoman, News9)
  • Economic Energy – Oil, Gas industry is changing lives across Oklahoma (The Oklahoman)
  • Sports bring big money to OKC and local businesses (OKC Biz)


Stay in the know

Check out the September issue of the POINT!, the Chamber’s newsletter, including a look at the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s successful year and the job growth created by existing companies.

Do you like to be in the know? If so, start reading the Chamber’s Better Life Blog and share it with your friends who are moving to Oklahoma City or who have just moved here. New posts come out each week, and it contains a treasure trove of information about places and events to explore, shop, eat, attend, volunteer and more. Your company can be connected to new residents by sponsoring the blog quarterly for $1,000 (that’s 12 emails!).

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