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In this issue:

Oklahoma City continues its economic momentum

Chamber celebrates 125 years, debuts new video

State of the City – Jan. 14

Legislative breakfast – Jan. 20

Chamber announces 2015 Board

Attend a career fair for veterans and spouses

Oklahoma City conventions coming up

In case you missed it

In the headlines



Oklahoma City continues its economic momentum

As Oklahoma City and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber turn 125 in 2014, we can also look back and celebrate some of the economic successes the greater Oklahoma City area and state have had this year.

You may have heard about Oklahoma’s strong Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and its top ranking for business entrepreneurs. Here are more details, and the good news keeps rolling in:

  • The Bureau of Economic Analysis noted that Oklahoma City, with a 3.9 percent increase in Gross Domestic Product (Real GDP in chained dollars), is only one of three large metropolitan areas in the country to post a gain of 3.5 percent or higher between 2011 and 2013. The others are Houston and Charlotte, N.C.
  • The Bureau of Economic Analysis also noted that Oklahoma ranked No. 1 in manufacturing earnings growth of durable goods with its 4.1 increase being the largest.
  • Forbes determined that Oklahoma City ranked No. 7 among cities where per capita income is rising the most.
  • Oklahoma City ranks No. 1 for business startups, both Kiplinger and NerdWallet note. Read more in the December Point!
  • Oklahoma City is the No. 1 place for oil-and-gas investing worldwide, the Fraser Institute found.
  • Oklahoma City ranks No. 3 in office space market growth, according to Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and CoStar.
  • Site Selection magazine ranked Oklahoma No. 11 for its state business climate.

The strong numbers are too numerous to list, but you can look for yourself online at the Chamber’s website, and its related economic development website for Greater Oklahoma City, as well as its accolades.



Chamber celebrates 125 years, debuts new video


The Chamber celebrated its 125th year and 2014 accomplishments on Thursday, Dec. 11, during its Annual Meeting attended by more than 1,000 members and guests.

The organization’s 2013-2014 Chairman, Pete Delaney, chairman and CEO of OGE Energy Corp., passed the gavel to the 2015 Chairman, David E. Rainbolt of BancFirst Corp.

Both addressed the Chamber’s accomplishments and its vision for the future – keeping Oklahoma City on track and moving forward with a strong economy.

The Chamber also premiered its new video, “125 Reasons We Love OKC.”

Read more.

Special thanks to Video Sponsor Producers Playhouse.


State of the City – Jan. 14

Join Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and more than 1,600 business people for the State of the City lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens.

The mayor will review 2014 accomplishments, share updates on current developments and the vision of local leaders for the future of Oklahoma City.

Also, new Chamber Chairman David Rainbolt, CEO of BancFirst Corp., will highlight the Chamber’s strategic objectives for 2015.

Cost is $60 for members and $100 for nonmembers. Register.

Special thanks to Signature Sponsor the OKC Thunder and Host Sponsor Bank of Oklahoma.


Legislative breakfast – Jan. 20

Hear about legislative issues that affect local businesses from a panel of Republican and Democratic leaders from both the state House and Senate at the annual Legislative Breakfast on Jan. 20.

This event offers an opportunity for Chamber members to meet area legislators and have a voice on issues that affect the business community.

Cost to attend is $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers, and it covers the breakfast cost for one elected official. Register.

Special thanks to Signature Sponsor Boeing and Host Sponsor the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel and Spa.


Chamber announces 2015 Board

The nominating committee and the board of directors of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber have announced the 2015 officers and members of the board of directors that were approved in November 2014. Learn more.

David E. Rainbolt, CEO of BancFirst Corp., pictured right, is the new 2015 Chamber chairman.


Attend a career fair for veterans and spouses

RecruitMilitary and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) have teamed up to sponsor a career fair for those who have served in any branch of military service on active duty or in the National Guard and Reserves and their spouses.

Make plans to attend from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S Jenkins Ave., in Norman.

More than 20 companies will attend. Find out more. Register. And if you need additional resources as a veteran job seeker, go online to RecruitMilitary’s website.


Oklahoma City conventions coming up

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

Among them are the NCAA Division 1 women’s Volleyball Championship from Dec. 18 to 20 and the Oklahoma Wind Volleyball 2015 Redland Rendezvous Tournament on Jan. 3 and 4.


In case you missed it

  • The in-flight magazine of Southwest Airlines, which about 3.5 million airline travelers will see, featured Oklahoma City this month.
  • National Geographic has named Oklahoma City as a “must-see,” “go-now” destination in its Best Trips 2015 list.
  • The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s Tammy Fate, manager of retail development and recruitment, has been featured in multiple places talking about the Chamber’s new retail website,, and the city’s thriving retail industry, including on KTOK and KFOR in addition to the recent Friday Forum on retail.
  • Read a recap of the Chamber’s State of the Economy luncheon from both The Oklahoman and The Journal Record, including the discussion about the state’s growth and the keynote from economist Lawrence Chimerine, president of Radnor International Consulting, Inc. Bloomberg Businessweek picked up the story, too.
  • Metro Report International ‘s “Railway Gazette,” which describes itself as “a print magazine for the urban transport professional,” featured Oklahoma City and its downtown streetcar planning in the story “Keeping a streetcar on track,” written by Mark Gibbs, who is on the Oklahoma City MAPS 3 Transit subcommittee.
  • Chamber President and CEO Roy Williams discusses what makes a great company in Oklahoma Magazine.
  • We hope you had a great Thanksgiving … Here is the Chamber’s list of 10 OKC things for which we are thankful.
  • As we approach Christmas and New Year’s, check out The Better Life Blog for lists of all the holiday activities you can do to shop, play, celebrate, see holiday lights or get active.


In the headlines:

State of the Young: Excellent job opportunities grow into other prospect for young professionals in the state’s metro areas” (Oklahoma Magazine)
Building momentum: Oklahoma City keeps growing up” (The Oklahoman)
Business of Health: Set health center as innovation district” (The Oklahoman)
Much work needed for education, chamber leaders say” (The Journal Record)
Elevations: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center’s temporary home” (The Journal Record)
GE sets annual shareholder meeting for Oklahoma City” (The Oklahoman)

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