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Oklahoma County visitor industry No. 1 in the state

Get the latest insight on changes in D.C.

OKC bond rating affirmed, OKCFD receives top rating

View the Chamber’s annual publications online

Welcome new businesses to OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

In case you missed it


 



Oklahoma County visitor industry No. 1 in the state

 

Oklahoma’s travel industry remains an essential part of the local and state economies, according to an economic impact report recently released by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and Dean Runyan Associates. According to the report, Oklahoma County was No. 1 in the state for direct spending in the travel industry in 2015.

Total travel spending in Oklahoma County equaled $2.2 billion, or 25.5 percent of the state’s total travel spending. The visitor industry also has a significant impact on employment in the area. In 2015, Oklahoma County’s travel industry directly employed 22,270 people and generated $536.9 million in earnings.

Read the full article in the latest issue of The POINT!
 



Get the latest insight on changes in D.C.

 

Join the Chamber in its ongoing advocacy efforts to improve Oklahoma City’s business climate and economy by attending the Chamber’s annual DC Visit on May 3-4. This annual event includes briefings with Oklahoma’s senators and congressmen and a reception on Capitol Hill with defense leaders, Oklahoma’s federal delegation and their key staff members.

On May 4, “off the hill” sessions at the National Press Club will cover specific topics of interest on issues critical to our community. Experts from the Pew Charitable Trusts will discuss criminal justice reform, and Mark Correll, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure, will provide a military defense briefing. Additionally, POLITICO reporter Ben Schreckinger will share insights into the national political landscape. View the full schedule at www.okcchamber.com/dc.

$800 per person includes one night’s lodging on May 3 at The Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave., and all affiliated events. Air travel to and from Washington, D.C., is not included, giving you the option of extending your stay for additional business in the area. Additional room nights are available for Tuesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 4.

Contact Meredith Manley at 405-297-8964 or email mmanley@okcchamber.com to register or for more information. Special thanks to Signature Sponsor American Fidelity Assurance Company.
 



OKC bond rating affirmed, OKCFD receives top rating

 

Oklahoma City has once again earned the highest bond ratings possible from two of the nation’s most respected financial ratings services. The strong ratings allow the city to sell bonds at lower interest rates and spend more on bond projects like streets, bridges, sidewalks, trails and park improvements.

The City’s general obligation bonds received a AAA rating from Standard & Poor’s and a Aaa rating from Moody’s Investor Service in reports released in March. Strong financial policies and practices, high reserve levels and the City’s role as an economic center are three of the factors that led to Oklahoma City’s strong ratings. View the full article.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department received a Class 1 rating from Insurance Services Office (ISO) for the first time in its history. The rating is the highest possible mark and is based on emergency communications, water supply and department effectiveness.

Of more than 46,000 municipalities rated by the ISO, only 241 have the top rating. This rating could help residents and business owners keep costs down for property insurance premiums. Read more.
 



View the Chamber’s annual publications online

 
The Chamber’s annual publications are available online for you to access and share with coworkers and employees. View the 2017 Public Policy Guide to review the Chamber’s legislative priorities and see contact information for the region’s elected officials. The 2016 Annual Report is also now available, featuring an overview of the Chamber’s accomplishments last year and interviews with some of its former chairs on their perspective of the Chamber’s leadership within the community.

View all of the Chamber’s publications at www.okcchamber.com/publications.
 



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 www.okcchamber.com/grandopenings.

  • Springhill Suites by Marriott, 5400 Main Street in Del City (March 21, 4:45 p.m.)
  • Junior Achievement of Oklahoma Finance Park, 7301 W Reno Ave. (March 30, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, 4313 W Reno Ave. (April 7, 10 a.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 www.visitokc.com/about/convention-calendar.

  • USA Wrestling’s 2017 Girls Folkstyle Nationals/College Women National Championships (March 22-26)
  • NCAA 2017 Division I Women's Regional Basketball Tournament (March 22-27)
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers 2017 Oil and GAs Symposium (March 27-29)
  • 2017 AQHA Level 1 Championship (April 10-15)


 

 

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