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Innovation District highlighted at upcoming Chamber Forum

OKCPS bond issues approved

SQs 780, 781 and 792 approved by Oklahoma voters, SQ 779 defeated

Chamber Ambassador Program offers new opportunities

Learn more about business opportunities in Japan

Welcome new businesses to OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

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Innovation District highlighted at upcoming Chamber Forum

 

Hear representatives of the Brookings Institution and local stakeholders give updates on the 18-month study of Oklahoma City’s emerging innovation district and how creating public spaces foster creative ideas, entrepreneurship and more by connecting people to a community at the upcoming Chamber Forum on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel.

Tickets are available for $40 for members and $60 for non-members. Tables seating eight are available for $600. Register.

Special thanks to Signature Sponsor Cox Business and Host Sponsor Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel.
 

 

OKCPS bond issues approved

 

On Nov. 9, residents of the Oklahoma City Public School District voted to approve the three bond issues that maintain our local schools without raising taxes. The bond package consisted of three separate proposals with a total of $180 million in investments, including funds to repair/replace air conditioning and heating systems, purchase 100 new school busses and provide schools with updated technology systems. Learn more.
 



SQs 780, 781 and 792 approved by Oklahoma voters, SQ 779 defeated

 

The Chamber’s Board of Directors voted to take positions on four of the state questions that appeared on last week’s ballot in Oklahoma. The Chamber supported SQs 780, 781 and 792 and opposed SQ 779. Results on those questions are as follows:
  • SQs 780 and 781 – These two state questions focused on sensible criminal justice reform by reclassifying some property crimes and drug possession charges as misdemeanors and then using the money saved to fund rehabilitation and other diversion programs. Both state questions were approved.
  • SQ 792 – Oklahoma voters approved this update to Oklahoma’s liquor laws, the first measure to do so in decades. Starting in 2018, this state question allows wine and single-strength beer to be sold cold in grocery and convenience stores and will allow liquor stores to sell non-alcoholic items and sell chilled beer and wine as well.
  • SQ 779 – This measure, which would have turned Oklahoma City into one of the most heavily-taxed cities in the nation while giving only half of the new tax revenues to teacher pay, was defeated at the polls. The Chamber fully supports teacher pay raises and is committed to working with our state legislature to create a plan that adequately funds education without jeopardizing Oklahoma’s future.


 



Chamber Ambassador Program offers new opportunities

 

The Chamber recently announced that its Ambassador Program will offer new opportunities to get involved in the work of the Chamber beginning in 2017. Ambassadors will have the choice to serve on either the Member Relationship Team or the Networking Team according to their own interests and strengths. Watch Chamber Vice Chair of Membership Judy J. Hatfield, CCE, explain the new opportunities on this video.

The Member Relationship Team will focus on strengthening the Chamber’s relationship with new and existing members. The Networking Team will focus on strengthening our members’ relationships with each other. Both teams will be responsible for volunteering for Chamber events and will receive regular updates on Chamber initiatives.

To get involved in the program, contact Amanda Bowen at abowen@okcchamber.com or 297-8961.
 



Learn more about business opportunities in Japan

 
On Friday, Nov. 18, from 8 to 10 a.m., a delegation of individuals from Japan will host “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan” at the UCO Downtown Carnegie Center at 131 Dean A. McGee Ave. The delegation will present explanations and opinions on Japan’s foreign policy, economic policy, culture and other various topics, as well as highlighting the positive aspects of Japan with the aim to further develop the relationship between Japan and the United States.

The delegation will be led by Shotaro Oshima, former WTO appellate body member and former deputy foreign minister for economic affairs in Japan. Other delegation members have a background in finance, global business consulting, energy trading and sports promotion. While the event is complementary, seating is limited. Reserve your seat by emailing Carlos Lopez at clopez@okcchamber.com.
 



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.

  • INTEGRIS Family Care Downtown, 117 Park Ave. (Nov. 16, 12:15 p.m.)
  • Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, 805 N Eastern Ave. in Moore (Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.)
  • INTEGRIS Baptist Women’s Health, 3300 Northwest Expressway, Building A, Floor 10 (Nov. 17, 4:30 p.m.)
  • The Brew Shop, 2916 N Pennsylvania Ave. (Nov. 18, 4:30 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 www.visitokc.com/about/convention-calendar.

  • National Reining Horse Futurity (Nov. 24 – Dec. 3)
  • Oklahoma USA Wrestling Battle for the Belt (Nov. 25-27)
  • Federal Aviation Administration FASMAT (Dec. 5-9)
  • World Championship Barrel Racing Futurity (Dec. 6-10)
  • All College Basketball Tournament (Dec. 10)


 

 

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