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Oklahoma bioscience industry promoted at international convention

Chamber achieves 2016 legislative priorities

OKC retail represented at ICSC

View the TRDC products of the month

InternOKC kicks off today

Welcome new businesses to OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

In case you missed it



Oklahoma bioscience industry promoted at international convention


More than 60 scientists, business leaders, educators and economic development professionals represented the Oklahoma bioscience industry at the 2016 BIO International Convention in San Francisco earlier this month. The delegation promoted current opportunities for growth and investment in Oklahoma under the banner of the Oklahoma Bioscience Association.

Members of the delegation participated in 143 meetings with potential partners and investors in the OKBio booth while at the convention. The delegation also hosted a networking reception for business contacts in the area.

Greater Oklahoma City’s bioscience sector currently contributes more than $6.7 billion in economic activity and supports more than 51,000 metro area jobs. The sector also produces annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion. Throughout the state, pockets of research excellence continue to develop in Oklahoma City, Ponca City, Ardmore, Stillwater and Norman.

Chamber achieves 2016 legislative priorities


Despite the challenge of a historic $1.3 million budget shortfall, the Chamber achieved almost all of its legislative priorities during the 2016 session.

The accomplishments including protecting six key economic development incentives from elimination, enacting several criminal justice reform measures and stopping dangerous gun legislation from jeopardizing high economic-impact events. Read the wrap-up report in detail.

OKC retail represented at ICSC

Representatives from the Chamber, the City of Oklahoma City and other community development organizations scheduled meetings with development companies, retailers and brokers in May during the International Council of Shopping Centers' global retail real estate convention (RECon) in Las Vegas. The Chamber leads a delegation each year to tout the benefits of locating in the growing economic market of Oklahoma City and recruit retailers, real estate brokers, developers, hoteliers and more. The meetings with people interested in Oklahoma City helped serve that purpose and boost the city's retail scene. Read more about OKC’s growing retail sector at

View the TRDC products of the month


During the Chamber’s Total Resource Development Campaign (TRDC), volunteers are available to connect your company with ways to reach the Chamber’s business-minded audience. Read more about the Chamber’s advertising and sponsorship opportunities below, or contact a volunteer  to help you maximize your marketing budget.

  • Chamber events reach a number of engaged leaders each year, with the “State of” events drawing the largest number of attendees. By sponsoring the State of the Schools, the State of the Aerospace Defense Industry or the State of the Economy events, you will reach people who play a critical role in the future of Oklahoma City.
  • Benefactors of the Greater Grads program have the opportunity to invest in programming that strengthens Oklahoma’s workforce. Benefactors are recognized at Greater Grads events throughout the year, making it a great opportunity to reinforce your brand to college students, universities and company recruiters.
  • Nothing says networking in Oklahoma City like SchmoozaPalooza Trade Show! This twice-yearly event attracts hundreds of engaged people who enjoy learning about new products and services. Put your company on display by purchasing an exhibitor booth.


InternOKC kicks off today

The 2016 InternOKC program starts today, June 22, at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center from 3 to 5:30 p.m. More than 300 interns have already signed up to learn more about career growth in Oklahoma City. The program will offer five weeks of dynamic speakers and networking opportunities. For more information on the program or to register your interns, visit

Special thanks to InternOKC Signature Sponsor Sandridge Energy, Inc. and Greater Grads Benefactors American Fidelity Assurance Company, Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, MidFirst Bank, OGE Energy Corp. and Paycom.

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

  • AC By Marriott & Hyatt Place OKC – Bricktown, 411 E Sheridan Ave. (June 22, 10 a.m.)
  • Grand Tapestry at Quail Springs, 14201 N Kentucky Ave. (July 7, 3:30 p.m.)
  • Orangetheory Fitness, 3325 S Boulevard, Suite 141, Edmond (July 14, 2:30 p.m.)
  • The Montellano Event Center, 11200 N Eastern Ave. (July 15, 4 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

  • Schaeffer Manufacturing Company South-Central Region Sales Meeting (June 22-24)
  • Hall of Fame Tournament (June 23-25)
  • 2016 National Reigning Horse Association Derby (June 23 – July 2)
  • 2016 OKC Summer Classic Dog Show (June 28 – July 3)
  • World Cup of Softball 2016 (July 1-10)
  • LegalShield International Convention (July 11-18)



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