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OKCPS Compact launches reading initiative

OKC CVB celebrates Hometown Heroes

OKC ranks No. 1 for best city to start a business

Participate in Bike to Work day on Friday, May 19

Keep your interns in OKC after graduation

Metro 50 applications due Friday, June 9

Welcome new businesses to OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

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OKCPS Compact launches reading initiative


Yesterday the Oklahoma City Public Schools Compact, of which the Chamber is a member, launched ReadOKC, an initiative to promote the love of reading for the students of Oklahoma City Public Schools district and in our community.

The initiative challenges OKCPS elementary students to “Get in the Game” and read 20 minutes a day, for a total of 1,200 minutes, over the summer. Students who complete the challenge will receive special prizes when school starts in the fall.

ReadOKC has dozens of partners, including the members of the Compact (City of OKC, Oklahoma City Public Schools, United Way of Central Oklahoma, Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools and the Chamber), the Metropolitan Library System, Scholastic, myOn, Cox Communications, The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Dodgers and Oklahoma City Energy FC. Learn more.

OKC CVB celebrates Hometown Heroes


The Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, a division of the Chamber, celebrated this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week by honoring several individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on Oklahoma City’s tourism and hospitality industry. At their eighth annual Hometown Heroes Awards, eight tourism awards were presented to the following:

  • deadCenter Film Festival
  • Downtown OKC, Inc.
  • National Convention Manager of Philadelphia Church of God, Jason Cocomise
  • Community Director of, Julie Porter Scott
  • Project Coordinator with Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Shari Goad
  • Oklahoma Wind Volleyball Tournament Director, Larry Taylor
  • Director of Programming for OKC Tennis Center, Steve Henry
  • Science Museum Oklahoma
Judith Hilbun, Independent Tour Operator with Village Tours, was also selected as the CTA Star of the Year for excellence in hospitality and customer service; knowledge of local attractions, venues and events; and a commitment to the CTA program. Read more about the awards.

OKC ranks No. 1 for best city to start a business

According to a recent ranking released by WalletHub, Oklahoma City is the top large city in the nation to start a business. Looking at the top 150 cities in the U.S., WalletHub examined a variety of metrics including financing, growth rates, business environment/affordability and more to determine the ranking.

Learn more about the ranking and view all of Oklahoma City's most recent rankings here.

Participate in Bike to Work day on Friday, May 19


For the 12th consecutive year, Oklahoma City is participating in National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19. Participants can meet at Myriad Gardens for free coffee and breakfast from Junction Coffee, courtesy of Downtown OKC, Inc., and group rides to Myriad Gardens begin at 7:15 a.m. from five neighborhood parks:

  • Edgemere Park, 3301 N Harvey Ave.
  • John F. Kennedy Park, 1824 NE 16th St.
  • McKinleyPark, 1300 N McKinley Ave.
  • Perle Mesta Park, 1900 N Shartel Ave.
  • Wiley Post, 2021 S Robinson Ave.
Several businesses in downtown and Midtown are also offering discounts and other incentives for cyclists during lunch. Learn more.

Keep your interns in OKC after graduation

The Greater Grads InternOKC program kicks off next month, helping you keep your best interns in Oklahoma City after graduation. From June to July of this year, your interns can experience professional development and networking opportunities and an introduction to the benefits of living and working in the Oklahoma City region through a five-week series of events.

A cost of $125 per intern includes lunch or refreshments at each session. Register your interns or learn more.

Special thanks to Greater Grads Benefactor Sponsors American Fidelity Assurance Company, The Boeing Company, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores and OGE Energy Corp., and InternOKC Signature Sponsor SandRidge Energy, Inc.

Metro 50 applications due Friday, June 9

The deadline for applications to the Metro 50 Awards is quickly approaching. Get your application turned in by Friday, June 9, to be recognized for your company's growth.

Eligible companies must have been in business for a minimum of six months prior to the base calendar year of 2014; are for-profit and privately held; headquartered and operated in the Greater Oklahoma City MSA; have total operating revenues or sales in 2016 of at least $1 million; and are not a holding company, regulated bank or utility.

Learn more and apply today.

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

  • Salata, 12220 N MacArthur Blvd., Suite A (May 18, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Jenny Craig, 8545 N Rockwell Ave. (May 18, 1:00 p.m.)
  • HeyDay Entertainment, 200 S Oklahoma Ave. (May 18, 4:30 p.m.)
  • Crescent Medical, PLLC, 3727 NW 63rd St. (May 19, 10 a.m.)
  • Concentra Urgent Care, 200 S Quadrum Drive (May 24, 4 p.m.)
  • Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, 800 Riversport Drive (May 26, 1 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

  • 2017 Whitewater Festival/US Rafting Association National Championships (May 18-21)
  • Big 12 Baseball Championships (May 24-28)
  • Women's College World Series (May 30 - June 7)
  • OQHA Redbud Spectacular (June 1-11)
  • 2017 Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic (June 2-4)



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