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OKBio delegation promotes state to international audience
InternOKC engages OKC’s future professionals
Oklahoma River offerings continue to grow
Save the dates for these important events
In case you missed it
In the headlines



OKBio delegation promotes state to international audience


If you don’t know much about what an Oklahoma delegation led by the Chamber and i2e is doing at the BIO International Convention, just look at what they accomplished to generate interest in the state’s bioscience sector during the four-day convention.

Representatives from more than 70 organizations promoted the success of Oklahoma’s growing bioscience industry and visited with 4,000 attendees who stopped by the OKBio booth while there. More than 165 meetings took place in the booth, which allowed Oklahoma companies to connect with potential business partners from around the world.

The average annual wage in the Oklahoma bioscience industry is $50,000; it brings in $4.1 billion in revenues to the greater Oklahoma City region.

“People are uniformly impressed with Oklahoma’s biotech efforts and vitality,” said one delegation member, Paul DeAngelis, chief scientist with Caisson Biotech.

Read more. See the video.


InternOKC engages OKC’s future professionals


More than 430 Oklahoma City-area interns from 22 states representing 65 colleges and universities took part in the Greater Grad’s InternOKC program, which held its final session on July 9.

Seventy-two employers signed up their interns to help them foster connections and encourage them to make Oklahoma City their home. Over the five-week program, they heard from business leaders, nonprofit organizations, presidents of local startup companies, state politicians, Oklahoma City council members and others about how to get involved in, learn more about and enjoy the OKC area.

More than a quarter of the interns were not from Oklahoma City originally, and the program is effective in encouraging them to live here. According to 2013 surveys, about 90 percent of last year’s participants indicated after being a part of InternOKC that they planned to work in Oklahoma following graduation. This represented a 20 percent increase from responses at the beginning of the program.

Search the Twitter hashtag for #InternOKC for feedback from each session or go to the Chamber’s Greater Grads website.


Oklahoma River offerings continue to grow


Don’t miss all the fun on the Oklahoma River, especially with the latest addition to the Boathouse District – the SandRidge Sky Zip that takes riders across the river and back. The zip line opened just a few weeks ago. If you take your family members to enjoy that, they also can climb the vertical ropes course known as the SandRidge Sky Trail and Slide, bungee jump from the Rumble Drop, rent a kayak or standup paddle boarding, ride bicycles along the river, play on the Cloud Bounce in the Youth Zone or take part in any number of adventures that fall under the umbrella of RIVERSPORT Adventures.
Buy a pass. Costs are:

  • For Extreme passes, which give users access to everything on the river including the Sky Zip, tickets are $50 for a full day or $100 for a season pass.
  • For Adventure passes, for those who want to skip the zip line and do everything else, cost is $35 for the day, $125 for a family of four and $25 for each extra person and $85 for a season pass. For little ones under 48 inches tall, cost is $15.
  • For Group passes for 15 to 25 people, Extreme Passes are $25 per person for the day or $75 for the season and $40 for day Adventure passes and $90 for the season.
Next year, visitors will be able to ride the rapids at the city’s new Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking Center in the Boathouse District. This project was funded by MAPS 3, the third version of a one-cent sales tax initiative dedicated to metro-area projects.

Read more, including about the river’s development and its future, in Velocity Magazine.


Save the dates for these important events

  • On Aug. 20, hear from new Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Robert Neu and the Fordham Institute’s Mike Petrilli at the State of the Schools luncheon to be held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. Thanks to Signature Sponsor Brand Talkers and Host Sponsor Edmond Hyundai.
  • On Sept. 22, the Chamber will celebrate the fastest growing privately owned businesses in the area at the Metro 50 dinner celebrating the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that make Greater Oklahoma City the best place to live and work.
  • Sign up for one of the chamber’s golf tournaments on Oct. 6, 13 and 20.
  • Make your plans for the Oct. 30 SchmoozaPalooza Trade Show. Purchase an exhibitor booth starting at $300 to show off your products and services or buy tickets for $10 a person. If you buy tickets early, there are PaloozaSpecials available. If you are a restaurant or caterer, ask about a food sponsorship to show off your signature dish.

See all upcoming Chamber events.


In case you missed it

  • Oklahoma City was ranked the No. 1 best city to launch a startup, according to a story that was covered by CNN Money, KOCO and others.
  • The 1910 building that once housed the city’s first high school is ready to be the downtown home of the state’s first law school – Oklahoma City University’s School of Law. By reading this story from Velocity, you’ll learn about the 104-year-old College Gothic-style building’s history as Central High School’s home for 60 years and about its designer, architect Solomon Andrew Layton. Follow the law school’s current move-in progress on Twitter or learn more on its website.


In the headlines:

  • BIO show investment seeds long-term growth for Oklahoma (The Oklahoman)
  • Oklahoma City to add 62 miles of bicycle lanes (KOCO)
  • OGE Energy Corp. headquarters development team looks at large housing, hotel in Oklahoma City (The Oklahoman)
  • Mayors of OKC, Tulsa back sales tax changes (The Oklahoman)

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