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New website to aid in retail recruitment

Don’t miss Chamber’s annual meeting

Oklahoma’s newest senator to speak on Dec. 15

Hear the mayor’s State of the City address on Jan. 14

New ‘Velocity’ tells story of OKC’s energy revolution

Oklahoma City conventions coming up

Get in on Downtown in December’s action

In case you missed it

In the headlines



New website to aid in retail recruitment


Check out the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s new website,, which will assist national and local retailers that are looking to open a successful project in Oklahoma City.

And when you do, share with business associates, friends and developers know who might help recruit retailers to Oklahoma City or who is interested in opening a local retail business. Both local and outside retailers are essential to Oklahoma City’s economy, and the Chamber and the City of Oklahoma City work together to recruit these businesses.

The Chamber’s new website offers potential developers a snapshot of Oklahoma City’s retail target areas, data and demographics for some of Oklahoma City’s districts, an integrated property search feature and success stories from Oklahoma City’s healthy retail sector.

Read more about it in the POINT! magazine.

The website was unveiled at the recent Friday Forum hosted by the Greater Oklahoma City with panelists Jim Clark of B.C. Clark Jewelers; Jessica Stetler with Von Maur; Tammy Fate, the Chamber’s retail development and recruitment manager; and Jim Parrack, senior vice president of retail for Price Edwards and Co.

The panel spoke about Oklahoma City’s healthy retail scene.

“We’ve always had good business downtown, and now it’s better than ever,” Clark said at the Forum.

In Oklahoma City, “one of the benefits we have is lots of land,” Parrack said. “We have the ability to provide the locations that people want and that retailers want.”

Fate noted that retail recruitment plays an important role in enhancing quality of life for residents and providing sales taxes that fund public safety, beautiful parks and other city services. The Chamber’s robust research department helps provide the information that retailers are looking for – population density, educational attainment, visibility, major employers, etc., she said.

Stetler attested to the fact that Oklahoma City is attractive to national retailers like the high-end Von Maur, which opened in October at Quail Springs Mall.

And is another tool for the recruitment process.


Don’t miss Chamber’s annual meeting

Join the Chamber for its annual meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens.

Chamber Chairman Pete Delaney, OGE Energy Corp., will share highlights from 2014 as he passes the gavel to incoming Chairman David Rainbolt with BancFirst.

Don’t miss the dynamic entertainment and the lively year-end review.

Tickets are $75 for Chamber members and $125 for nonmembers. Register. Special thanks to Signature Sponsor BancFirst, Host Sponsor Bank of Oklahoma, Video Sponsor Producers Playhouse and Entertainment Sponsor Verizon.


Oklahoma’s newest senator to speak on Dec. 15

U.S. Sen.-elect James Lankford will be the featured speaker at the Chamber Chairman’s Event on Monday, Dec. 15.

The breakfast meeting will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m., followed by the program from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel & Spa, 10 N Broadway Ave. Also speaking will be the Chamber’s 2015 chairman, David Rainbolt, CEO of BancFirst.

Tickets are $40 for Chamber members and $60 for nonmembers. Register. Special thanks to Signature Sponsor Cox.


Hear the mayor’s State of the City address on Jan. 14

Join Mayor Mick Cornett and more than 1,600 business people for the Chamber’s State of the City lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens.

Cornett will review Oklahoma City’s 2014 accomplishments, share updates on current developments and the vision of local leaders for the city’s future at this meeting. David Rainbolt, CEO of BancFirst and 2015 Chamber Chairman, will highlight the Chamber’s strategic objectives for 2015.

Tickets are $60 for Chamber members and $100 for nonmembers. Register. Special thanks to Signature Sponsor the OKC Thunder and Host Sponsor Bank of Oklahoma.


New ‘Velocity’ tells story of OKC’s energy revolution

Velocity” is the dynamic e-zine from the Chamber that you don’t want to miss.

Telling Oklahoma City’s story, this 34-page online magazine features embedded video, stunning photos and interesting graphics.

The latest issue, “Velocity: Energy Edition” is just out, and it features stories on the “Reinvention of Oklahoma City and Energy in America.” You can read about the city leading nation’s shale boom and about the accomplishments of OKC’s cutting-edge energy industry.

In “Living Proof,” you can also read about Oklahoma’s high living standards and low cost of living and about how Oklahoma City was dubbed “a hidden gem of American cool,” according to an online documentary.

Read it today, and share this with your friends, in Oklahoma City and beyond.


Oklahoma City conventions coming up

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.

  • National Reining Horse Association Futurity (Nov. 27-Dec. 6)
  • Barrel Futurities of America World Championship Barrel Racing (Dec. 10-15)
  • NCAA Division 1 Women’s Volleyball Championship (Dec. 18-20)
  • 2015 Nadia Comaneci International Invitational, hosted by Bart & Nadia Sports Experience (Feb. 11-15)


Get in on Downtown in December’s action

Oklahoma City’s annual downtown holiday celebration opens this month with fun, family-friendly activities like ice skating, snow tubing, free movies, pop-up shops, a Santa run, lighting festival and more.

Don’t miss Downtown in December, which opened officially on Nov. 14. But you can still get in on the beginning of the fun from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, with the free SandRidge Tree Lighting Festival that features live music, food and the tree-lighting in Bricktown at the Third-Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Find out about all of the events surrounding this celebration online.


In case you missed it


  • Members of the Oklahoma City business community mixed it up and enjoyed the SchmoozaPalooza trade show, a twice-a-year event that offers people a chance to network in a relaxed atmosphere and see the goods and services Chamber members have to offer. Enjoy some pictures from this year’s Halloween-themed event, and watch for details about the next SchmoozaPalooza next April 7.
  • Kiplinger named OKC No. 1 on its list of great cities for starting a business
  • People can buy six OKC homes for price of one in Silicon Valley, Quartz finds
  • The Chisholm Creek development breaks ground, paving way for TopGolf and Cabela’s and more
  • Whitewater rafting is coming to OKC
  • Wichita, Kan., looks at OKC for economic development ideas, incentives (The Wichita Eagle)
    “We’re one of the fastest growing per capita income cities in the U.S. and one of the fastest growing populations,” Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President Roy Williams told The Wichita Eagle. “We can’t attribute 100 percent to this incentives program, but a component of it has given us the ability to get more projects that we would not have gotten if we had not had it. We’ve even gotten some projects from Wichita.”
  • Read more about the latest business news, upcoming events, downtown housing and more in the November issue of the POINT!


In the headlines:

  • Oklahoma City sales taxes jump beyond expectations (The Oklahoman)
  • Czech it out: GBT plans 450,000-square-foot retail center in OKC (The Journal Record)
  • Officials seek to liven up institutional atmosphere of Health Sciences District in Oklahoma City (The Oklahoman)

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