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RIVERSPORT Rapids celebrates grand opening

Criminal justice reform continues on a local, statewide level

Pitch your business idea to Walmart in Made in USA Open Call

Conceptual design approved for MAPS 3 Convention Center

View the TRDC products of the month

Deadline for Metro 50 Awards: June 3

Volunteer at the Peace Love & Goodwill Festival on June 5

Welcome new businesses to OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

In case you missed it

 

 

RIVERSPORT Rapids celebrates grand opening

 

Oklahoma City celebrated the grand opening of the MAPS 3-funded whitewater center, RIVERSPORT Rapids, on May 7-8 with a visit from Team USA’s Road to Rio Tour, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for canoe/kayak slalom and the USRowing Central Youth Championships. Thousands of people attended the weekend’s events, which also included food trucks, live music, fireworks and a concert from country music stars Maddie and Tae.

The facility is open to the public with whitewater courses for both the experienced and the novice. The facility is adjacent to the Oklahoma River and operated as one of the growing offerings of the Boathouse District. Watch a video of the ribbon cutting ceremony and buy the Boathouse District’s all access pass to experience everything that the district has to offer.
 



Criminal justice reform continues on a local, statewide level

 
Since the Chamber announced the creation of a criminal justice reform task force focusing on Oklahoma County's overcrowded jail and criminal justice system, both statewide and local reform measures have gained momentum. Read a brief summary of important changes that will contribute to a more efficient criminal justice system on the Chamber’s website.
 



Pitch your business idea to Walmart in Made in USA Open Call

 
Walmart is looking for entrepreneurs to pitch their made-in-the-USA products to the company’s buyers in a daylong event at Walmart’s global headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. on June 28. Registration has begun.

In addition to the product pitch competition, the U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call will bring together industry experts, government officials, suppliers and innovators. Attendees will explore the infrastructure and economic development opportunities available to new and expanding manufacturing facilities throughout the United States. The deadline for entrepreneurs to register for Open Call is May 27. For more details about Walmart’s 2016 U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call, entrepreneurs may visit walmart-jump.com.
 



Conceptual design approved for MAPS 3 Convention Center

 

The Oklahoma City Council recently voted to approve the conceptual design for the MAPS 3 Downtown Convention Center, moving forward with a vision to create OKC’s “living room” on the edge of the MAPS 3 Downtown Public Park.

The conceptual design, created by consultants at Populous, calls for a multi-level building with a ballroom on the top floor featuring expansive views of the park and OKC’s urban core, leading designers to liken it to the community’s living room. The center will be on the park’s east edge, a block south of Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Read more about the design, or watch a video of the presentation to City Council on the City’s YouTube channel.
 



View the TRDC products of the month

 

The Chamber’s Total Resource Development Campaign is underway, bringing your business the opportunity to connect with the Chamber’s engaged audience of 4,000 businesses. Read more about a few of the Chamber’s advertising and sponsorship opportunities below, or contact a volunteer to connect with a Chamber member who can help you maximize your marketing budget.

  • By advertising in The POINT! newsletter, you can reach its 5,000 print subscribers and prices start as low as $375. A digital version of this newsletter is also emailed to 7,000 inboxes each month, meaning that advertisers get print and digital advertising for one low price.
  • The ePOINT newsletter reaches 7,000 subscribers each month between issues of The POINT! printed newsletter. The ePOINT features two advertisers and one sponsored content opportunity per issue. Use the ePOINT for time-sensitive information like promoting events, announcing new products or highlighting new services.
  • Network on the links by sponsoring a golf team for $1,300 at the Chamber’s annual Golf Tournament – an event that consistently sells out. Increase your visibility by purchasing a Hole & Team Sponsorship. For $1,700, you will get a team of four golfers at one tournament and recognition as a hole sponsor on the course.
For more information on TRDC and the numerous products it offers, visit www.okcchamber.com/trdc, contact a volunteer, or contact Suzette Ellison at 297-8808.
 



Deadline for Metro 50 Awards: June 3

 
Celebrate your company’s success and apply now for the 21st annual Metro 50 Awards. This elite group exemplifies the region’s most dynamic companies making significant contributions to the strength of central Oklahoma’s economy. The Metro 50 Awards ranks qualified companies based on percentage of annual revenue growth.

Brief nomination forms are due by Friday, June 3. 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, visit www.okcchamber.com/metro50.

Special thanks to 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.
 



Volunteer at the Peace Love & Goodwill Festival on June 5

 
Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma is seeking more than 250 community volunteers on Sunday, June 5 for the 5th Annual Peace Love & Goodwill Festival being held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City.

The all-day festival, which will include 20 live bands and acts, 27 food trucks, 40 local retailers and a variety of children’s activities, benefits Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma’s Youth Programs including GoodGuides® At-Risk Mentoring Program, Work Adjustment Program, Summer Program and Ability Scholarship Program. Learn more at www.peacelovegoodwill.org.

Volunteers ages 16 years or older are needed to fill three-hour shifts in a variety of areas including set up, hospitality, Once Upon a Princess helpers, crafts, children’s activities and tear down. Sign up to volunteer at www.peacelovegoodwill.org/volunteer.
 



Welcome new businesses to OKC

 
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 www.okcchamber.com/grandopenings.

  • Freestyle Creative, 2200 N Broadway St., Moore (May 20, 4 p.m.)
  • AAA Oklahoma, 3549 W Memorial Rd. (May 25, 1 p.m.)
  • The Specific Chiropractic Center, 4127 NW 122nd St., Suite E (June 2, 4:30 p.m.)


 



Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

 
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 www.visitokc.com/about/convention-calendar.

  • Southwest Lending Conference (May 17-21)
  • Big 12 Baseball Championship (May 25-29)
  • 2016 PLC Institute (May 31 – June 3)
  • Women’s College World Series (May 31 – June 8)
  • OQHA Redbud Spectacular (June 2-12)
  • 2016 OKC Pro-Am Classic (June 3-5)
  • deadCenter Film Festival (June 8-12)
  • Red Earth Native American Festival (June 8-13)


 

 

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