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In this issue:

CVB’s new campaign wants visitors to ‘See OKC’

Metro 50 Gala to honor growing OKC companies

Time to go shopping

Upcoming conventions

Join the OKC News Bureau

Save the dates for these important events

In case you missed it

Chamber wins awards

In the headlines



CVB’s new campaign wants visitors to ‘See OKC’

The Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled a new logo and a new campaign this week to capture the essence of visiting Oklahoma City.

 “OK Seeing Is Believing” offers a fresh, new look at a thriving city. It’s the first new campaign in seven years.

“It’s amazing how much Oklahoma City has changed in that time,” CVB president Mike Carrier told The Oklahoman. “Oklahoma City has changed significantly in the last several years, and it’s time for us to change too.”

In the new logo, the Skydance Bridge located on Interstate 40 represents the “K” in OKC, and the CVB will feature “See OKC” as its new tagline, including on social media sites.


Metro 50 Gala to honor growing OKC companies


Greater Oklahoma City’s strong economic climate and business-friendly environment foster an ideal environment for businesses. In recent months, the region has been on the receiving end of numerous accolades and news features, but the success extends beyond what national publications have to say about the region.

The region’s fastest-growing companies will be honored at the annual Metro 50 Gala from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. All Metro 50 winners exemplify the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that make greater Oklahoma City the best place to live and work.

Individual tickets and corporate tables for this year’s Metro 50 awards are available. Register. Thank you to sponsors Bank of Oklahoma, Cox Business, Ernst & Young LLP, Express Employment Professionals, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, The Journal Record Publishing Company, OGE Energy Corp. and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.


Time to go shopping


If you like to shop, here is a roundup of some of the latest retail spots you can visit, or at least you will be able to soon:


Upcoming conventions


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.


Join the OKC News Bureau

If you are a public relations and communications professional, join the Chamber’s networking group, The Oklahoma City News Bureau, by emailing Media Relations Coordinator Carrie Snodgrass. The group formed with a goal of helping promote Oklahoma City to local and national media. Like the News Bureau on Facebook or follow on Twitter.


Save the dates for these important events

  • On Wednesday, Aug. 20, hear from new Oklahoma City Public School 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 Friday, Sept. 12, hear about Oklahoma City’s downtown housing plans at the Friday Forum. Speakers are Judy Hatfield with Equity Commercial Realty; Jane Jenkins with Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.; Ian Colgan, the City of Oklahoma City; Terry Hughes with Milhaus; and Mickey Clagg with REHCO. Thanks to Signature Sponsor Cox Business and Host Sponsor Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel.
  • Sign up for one of the chamber’s golf tournaments on Oct. 6, 13 and 20. Special thanks to the Host Sponsor, the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.
  • 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 has been on the receiving end of kudos and neat national attention from various places in the last month. Here is a sampling:
  • Page 1 of the New York Times: Affordable Housing Draws Middle Class to Inland Cities
  • The focus of a 35–minute documentary on The Coolist blog: “City Rising OKC – A Hidden Gem of American Cool
  • Featured in the Wall Street Journal’s story “Cities Want Young Families to Play and Stay
  • Esquire Magazine described Oklahoma City as “artsy,” “funky” and “refined”
  • Shopping Centers Today featured Oklahoma City in a story about productive relationships between the retail industry and governments: “This (engagement) extends beyond the mayor’s office to include the planning and economic development departments, the Chamber of Commerce and the downtown association. When in Las Vegas (at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Real Estate Convention, or RECon), they all work together as a cohesive unit, as opposed to independently. That is one of the keys to Oklahoma City’s success,” said Cynthia Stuart, ICSC’s director of community relations.

Also, check out the POINT!, the Chamber’s newsletter, including an interview with new Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Robert Neu, a feature on the Chamber’s efforts to strengthen the visitor industry and more.

Do you like to be in the know? If so, start reading the Chamber’s Better Life Blog and share it with your friends who are moving to Oklahoma City or who have just moved here. New posts come out each week, and it contains a treasure trove of information about places and events to explore, shop, eat, attend, volunteer and more. You’ll even learn interesting facts about Oklahoma City’s past – and its future.


Chamber wins awards


The Chamber recently learned it has won several awards for special projects.
  • The Association for Women in Communications honored the Chamber with three Clarion Awards: for “CityScape,” the Special Print Communication/Brochure award; the 2014 Oklahoma City Visitors Guide, the Special Print Communications/Guide award; and “VeloCity Digital Magazine,” for Online Publication-External Publication.
  • VeloCity” and the “City on a Rise” relocation video won Bronze Quill Awards of Excellence in Communications Management awards from the International Association of Business Communicators – Central Oklahoma chapter.


In the headlines:

  • “A taste for class: Top-notch office space downtown is all but gone” (The Oklahoman, which also featured a related second story on the growth in office space in the north and northwest Oklahoma City)
  • New restaurants opening, others expanding in Oklahoma City (Journal Record)
  • New department store (Von Maur) could be music to shoppers’ ears (Journal Record)
  • Survey shows entrepreneurs boost economy (The Oklahoman)

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