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Stay informed this legislative session

Greater Grads Career Fair: Thursday, Feb. 23

City council, school board elections result in runoffs

Support STEM education in OKC

Construction underway on MAPS 3 Streetcar track line

Welcome new businesses to OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

In case you missed it

 



Stay informed this legislative session

 

The Chamber is actively pursuing a better business climate through its advocacy efforts at the state capitol this legislative session. As a member of the Chamber, you have the opportunity to help shape Oklahoma City’s future by staying engaged on issues that are important to business.

Sign up to receive alerts at www.okcbusinessadvocate.com, and you will receive updates throughout the session on how bills are progressing at the capitol. As needed, you will also receive critical advocacy alerts that will let you know when to contact your elected official. Read the first legislative update, and review the Chamber’s legislative priorities.
 

 

Greater Grads Career Fair: Thursday, Feb. 23

 

Know a college student or recent graduate looking for an internship or entry-level position? Help them start their careers in Oklahoma City by telling them about the Chamber’s Greater Grads Career Fair. The Career Fair, which will take place this Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Cox Convention Center from noon to 4 p.m., will feature 100 Oklahoma companies from across the state.

View a list of participating companies and learn more at www.greatergrads.com/careerfair.
 



City council, school board elections result in runoffs

 
One OKC City Council race and all three OKCPS board election races will face runoff elections on April 4.

City Council incumbents James Greiner, Ward 1; Larry McAtee, Ward 3; and John Pettis, Ward 7, were reelected to their seats on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Ward 4 candidates Richard Morrissette and Todd Stone received the most votes in the primary election, and they will appear on the ballot in the general election on April 4.

OKCPS board candidates Stanley Hupfeld and Paula Lewis (currently representing District 4 on the board) will face a runoff election for board chair. Candidates Charles Henry and Cheryl Poole received the most votes for District 1, while District 2 candidates Rebecca Budd and Nick Singer defeated incumbent Justin Ellis to advance to the runoff election.
 



Support STEM education in OKC

 

STEM-based businesses located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area can learn how they can help to increase the number of high school graduates who are likely to be their future employees.

The Central Oklahoma STEM Alliance (COSTEMA), in collaboration with the Chamber, will hold an information reception for businesses on Monday, March 6, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the CHK|Central Boathouse at 732 Riversport Drive.

COSTEMA is an alliance of dozens of partners in business, non-profits and PK-16 to increase the number of STEM-ready high school graduates. Designated by Gov. Mary Fallin as a STEM education district, the Alliance includes nine metro school districts that educate 150,000 students. Its priority is to increase the confidence and competency of K-12 STEM teachers through corporate-sponsored externships and mentorships, by engaging professionals in the classroom so students can learn about the direct application of STEM knowledge, and by supporting teachers through specialized workshops to contribute to their professional development.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Adrianne Covington-Graham at adrianne@oef.org.
 



Construction underway on MAPS 3 Streetcar track line

 
Civic leaders recently broke ground on the MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Streetcar track line, starting work on the metro’s first streetcar system in generations and launching a new era in local public transit.

The groundbreaking was held on Sheridan Avenue in front of The Melting Pot in Bricktown, which is a stop on the future streetcar line. The OKC Streetcar will link the central business district, Automobile Alley, Midtown, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Myriad Botanical Gardens and the future MAPS 3 Downtown Public Park and Convention Center.

During the current construction phase until May, traffic will be affected on E Sheridan Avenue between E.K. Gaylord Boulevard and Joe Carter Avenue. At least one lane of eastbound Sheridan will be closed during this phase, and both eastbound lanes will close east of Mickey Mantle Drive once construction begins east of that street.

Stay updated on how construction will affect traffic on City streets as the project progresses by; signing up for email alerts or visiting the streetcar construction update page on the MAPS 3 website.
 



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.

  • Nurses to Go, 4900 Richmond Square Drive, Suite 110 (Feb. 23, 2:30 p.m.)
  • Bank of Oklahoma, 10912 N Rockwell Ave. (Feb. 24, 11 a.m.)
  • Oakwood Springs, 13101 Memorial Springs Court (Feb. 27, 3:30 p.m.)
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Oklahoma City Airport, 4410 SW 19th Street (March 2, 4:30 p.m.)
  • Pei Wei Asian Diner, 4401 W Memorial Road (March 7, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Scott Rice, 6900 N Bryant Ave. (March 9, 9 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.

  • National Association for Developmental Education Annual Conference (Feb. 23 – March 5)
  • Women's Big 12 Basketball Championship (March 3-6)
  • LegalShield International Convention (March 6-13)
  • NAIA Cheer & Dance National Championships (March 9-11)


 

 

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