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In this issue:

Be part of Chamber’s annual campaign

Explore OKC for National Tourism Week

How to visit the Chamber while Park Avenue is closed

Register your company’s interns for summer program

Metro 50 awards accepting entries

Small Business Day at the State Capitol

Learn more about work wellness programs

Downtown music festival lineup announced

In case you missed it



Be part of Chamber’s annual campaign

Don’t miss some great opportunities to market your company and gain exposure among Chamber members and the community as the Chamber’s annual membership engagement effort gears up.

Sales for this effort, called the Total Resource Development Campaign (TRDC), began Thursday, April 16, and will last until Wednesday, July 29.

TRDC officially launches in May, but TRDC volunteers are now available to help Chamber members identify ways to sponsor Chamber events, publications and programs.

Members who bought advertising and sponsorship opportunities in 2014 will have the chance to renew those until Friday, May 29.

John Higginbotham, Bank of Oklahoma, and Michael Laird, Crowe & Dunlevy, are returning to serve as TRDC campaign co-chairs. They will lead more than 150 volunteers from about 30 companies.

For more information or to connect with a volunteer, visit or contact Sheridan Irick, member development manager, by email or by phone at 297-8808.

For more information on TRDC marketing opportunities for your company, look in the April issue of The POINT! newsletter.

Explore OKC for National Tourism Week


Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week from May 2 to May 10 by spreading the word about many of the events and attractions that Oklahoma City has to offer. Explore ideas and places online at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Oklahoma City CVB also hosts a banquet celebrating those in the tourism industry as part of Tourism Week.

Take a look at some of the conventions, trade shows and events that Oklahoma City is hosting in the next few weeks, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Find more. Among them are:

How to visit the Chamber while Park Avenue is closed

Access to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s main entrance will be limited while Park Avenue is closed for Project 180-related improvements. During construction the front entrance to the Chamber and the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau will remain open to pedestrians but closed to traffic.

If you are visiting us and need specific directions to maneuver around construction, you can download a pedestrian map or a parking map to help guide you.

Register your company’s interns for summer program


As part of the Chamber’s Greater Grads initiative, Intern OKC is set to kick off in June, and it’s time to register your company and its interns. This leadership development program highlights the benefits of living and working in the Oklahoma City region and is one part of the Chamber’s effort to retain college graduates in the area, which has been ranked as one of the top three cities in the nation for millennial college students.

InternOKC session dates include an afternoon kickoff session on June 17 and lunch programs on June 24, July 1, July 8 and July 15. The cost to register for the program is $100 per intern, which includes lunch at each session. To register your interns, visit by June 10. For more information, contact Elisa Milbourn at or 297-8951.

Metro 50 awards accepting entries

Is your company one of the fastest growing in the metro? The Metro 50 committee is now accepting applications for the 2015 Metro 50 awards, giving Oklahoma City businesses the chance to be recognized for their growth and success.

These companies will be recognized at the Metro 50 Awards Banquet on Sept. 29 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Companies that meet the criteria will be ranked based on percentage of revenue growth during 2012-2014.

To apply or see winners from 2014, visit or email Meredith Manley at for more information. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2015.

Read more in The POINT! Metro 50 sponsors include 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.

Small Business Day at the State Capitol

Join Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb on Wednesday, April 29, as he brings together business and legislative leaders and state officials to celebrate the state's small businesses and their contributions to Oklahoma.

The free event will provide attendees with high-level networking and the opportunity to hear from state leaders directly as they discuss important issues affecting small businesses.

The event on the second floor rotunda of the State Capitol will begin with registration and networking at 9:30 a.m., followed by a program at 10:30 a.m. and then a legislative luncheon and meet and greet with legislators at 11:30 a.m. Featured speakers include Gov. Mary Fallin; Lt. Gov. Lamb; Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa; House Speaker Jeffrey W. Hickman, R-Fairview; and Marcie Mack, state director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

For the event, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is partnering with the State Chamber, which is accepting the registration this year. Registration is free, and lunch will be provided. (Click the nonmember option if you are not a State Chamber member).

For information or to register, go online.

Learn more about work wellness programs

The OKC-County Health Department will host an all-day Health at Work Conference on Wednesday, May 13, covering topics from starting a program in the workplace to grant writing to employee participation incentives in wellness programs. The sixth annual conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Reed Conference Center, 5400 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City.

Keynote speaker is Ryan Picarella, president of The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). He has earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology.

Registration is $50 per attendee, and all attendees receive a three-month complimentary pass to WELCOA. Register.

Downtown music festival lineup announced

OKC Fest has announced a two-night lineup of musical acts for its second downtown Oklahoma City concert, to be held Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27. Friday’s headliners offer more of a rock feel with Sammy Hagar and The Circle, Grace Potter, Better Than Ezra, Drive-By Truckers and OKC’s own Graham Colton. Saturday’s country-leaning headliners are Rascal Flatts, Hank Williams Jr., Clare Dunn, Lucas Hoge and Corey Kent White.

Tickets are $95 for a two-day weekend pass, $55 for a one-day pass and $450 for VIP passes. The concert will be at Harvey and SW 2 just west of the Chesapeake Arena.

Buy tickets.

In case you missed it

  • In focusing on Oklahoma City’s one-million pound weight loss success, Men’s Fitness magazine ended up doing an entire spread on Oklahoma City – “The City That Lost a Million Pounds” – including a look at the city’s revitalization and projects that have transformed downtown OKC into a “vibrant, walkable, more fitness-oriented, and, ultimately, more livable city,” the magazine stated. Writer Peter Koch spent a week in the city exploring the Oklahoma River, the city’s building boom, healthy food offerings at area restaurants, the Lake Hefner’s bike trails, the Rocktown Climbing Gym, the OKC Thunder and more.
  • The Oklahoma City University School of Law celebrated its grand opening downtown in March after turning the 105-year-old Central High School building at 800 N Harvey into its new home. Classes started at that location this semester. Revisit a previous issue of VeloCity to read about the visionary architect who designed that school, Solomon Andrew Layton, and many more iconic Oklahoma City buildings, including the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum and the Braniff Building.
  • Oklahoma ranks 11th for its diversified economy, according to a Wallet Hub study of 350 of the largest U.S. cities. The study looked three key metrics, including industry diversity, occupational diversity, and worker-class diversity using data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Simple Moving Labor ranks OKC as fourth best city to move to in 2015 due to median income, projected home value growth, home affordability and unemployment rate.
  • Looking at census data Brookings found that Oklahoma City has the fourth-lowest level of income inequality among major metros in the U.S. The study looked at data between 2012 and 2013.
  • The City Observatory, in its report “Surging City Center Job Growth,” has determined that Oklahoma City has the third fastest-growing downtown rate of employment among the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.

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