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Chamber leads coalition for passage of bond and sales tax proposals

Chamber Forum on upcoming city election

OKC Schools Compact completes successful first project

SIP program adds more than 4,200 jobs to OKC

Celebrate the 2017 Metro 50 Award winners

Total Resource Development Campaign comes to a close

Welcome new businesses to OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

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Chamber leads coalition for passage of bond and sales tax proposals

 

On Sept. 12, Oklahoma City residents will have the opportunity to invest in streets and bridges, public safety and quality of life throughout Oklahoma City when they approve the general obligation bond and sales tax proposals on the ballot. To promote awareness about the election, the Chamber is leading a coalition of Oklahoma City civic organizations to campaign for the passage of the proposals. Organized as “Citizens for a Better OKC,” the effort is co-chaired by current Mayor Mick Cornett and former Mayor Ron Norick.

The “Safer Streets, Better OKC” general obligation bond and sales tax proposals focus heavily on two areas of concern for Oklahoma City residents: improving the quality of its streets and investing in public safety. When combined, the bond and temporary penny sales tax will invest $847 million in street improvements, bridge repair, traffic control and drainage improvements. The permanent quarter-cent sales tax will allow Oklahoma City to hire 129 more police officers and 57 more firefighters.

Property tax rates will NOT go up to fund the general obligation bond projects, and when both sales tax proposals are approved by voters, Oklahoma City’s total sales tax will be at the rate of 8.625 percent, lower than the state average of 8.86 percent.

Companies can engage in the effort by donating to the campaign or raising awareness about the election. To learn more, visit www.betterokc.com.
 



Chamber Forum on upcoming city election

 
Next month’s Safer Streets, Better OKC election gives Oklahoma City residents the opportunity to make real, needed progress in improving our community’s street conditions, hiring necessary police officers and firefighters, maintaining public facilities and infrastructure, creating jobs and more. Learn more about the ballot proposals at the next Chamber Forum on August 28 at the Skirvin Hilton. Join Panelists Mayor Mick Cornett, Mikeal Clayton of Boeing, and Chuck Mai of AAA to hear how we can make a Better OKC when voters go to the polls in September.

Learn more about Chamber Forum and reserve your space here.
 



OKC Schools Compact completes successful first project

 
The Oklahoma City Schools Compact, which is comprised of the Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the United Way of Central Oklahoma and the City of Oklahoma City, completed its first targeted project intended to create ownership of OKCPS and its outcomes. ReadOKC was launched in May 2017, and it challenged OKCPS elementary students to read 20 minutes daily, for a total of 1,200 minutes throughout the summer.

The initiative rallied more than 60 companies around the cause, and more than 17,000 elementary students participated. Those readers read 650,000 books and 150,000 hours throughout the summer. The Compact’s next project, which is in the planning stages, will center on providing OKCPS students with access to mental health resources.
 



SIP program adds more than 4,200 jobs to OKC

 

To help employers add more jobs to the Greater Oklahoma City region, Oklahoma City uses its groundbreaking Strategic Investment Program (SIP), a discretionary incentive fund designed to help companies that are looking to expand or locate their operations in Oklahoma City. The SIP is modeled after the state’s well-known Quality Jobs Program in that it provides qualifying companies who meet certain annual wage and new payroll/employment thresholds with cash payments. The program also ensures accountability and transparency through a pay-for-performance model, meaning companies only receive funding if they meet their goals.

The SIP fund was created as part of the voter-approved 2007 General Obligation bond program, and since that time it has created more than 4,200 jobs in Oklahoma City. Companies who have used the fund have invested an estimated amount of $929 million in capital investments within Oklahoma City. Learn more.
 



Celebrate the 2017 Metro 50 Award winners

 

On Sept. 25, hundreds of members of the business community will gather at the annual Metro 50 awards to celebrate the companies that make up the foundation of Oklahoma City’s strong economy. The Metro 50 awards honors the region’s 50 fastest-growing privately held companies whose annual revenues exceeded $1 million the previous year. View all the qualifications.

In total, the 50 companies that will be honored at the awards ceremony generated a combined revenue of more than $950 million and employed more than 2,300 Oklahomans. They represent many sectors of the economy and call many areas of the central Oklahoma region home, including Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Del City and Chickasha. View an alphabetical list of 2017 winners, and register to attend the event to hear the rankings revealed.

Special thanks to corporate sponsors Bank of Oklahoma, Cox Business, EY, Express Employment Professionals, The Journal Record Publishing Company, OGE Energy Corp. and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
 



Total Resource Development Campaign comes to a close

 
On Aug. 10, the Chamber celebrated the conclusion of its 24th Total Resource Development Campaign at the Criterion. Campaign co-chairs Brian Alford, OGE Energy Corp., and Teresa Rose Crook, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, led 150 volunteers in the membership engagement effort.

During the campaign, volunteers connected Chamber members with membership, sponsorship and advertising opportunities that are available through the Chamber. Through the work of the volunteers, $2.88 million was raised to support the programming of the Chamber, helping to continue to grow and move OKC forward.
 



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.

  • Salata, 3000 Memorial Road, Suite 106 (Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Take 5 Oil Change, 17 N Council Road (Aug. 18, 11:30 a.m.)
  • Vatterott College, 5537 Northwest Expressway (Aug. 29, 11 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.

  • Oklahoma Barrel Racing Summer Shootout (Aug. 18-21)
  • ASA Men’s B Slow Pitch National Championship (Aug. 25-27)
  • Redman Triathlon (Sept. 14-17)


 

 

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