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Chamber to host monthly forums on OKC events

Chamber launches enhanced membership benefits

Ribbon cutting held for renovated Santa Fe Intermodal Transit Hub

2018 Chamber Board of Directors announced

Forward Oklahoma City program adds jobs to economy

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

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Chamber to host monthly forums on OKC events


Oklahoma City is a city on the rise, and we want you to stay informed about its major successes, challenges and ways that the business community can stay involved. For this reason, the Chamber will host a Chamber Forum on the third Wednesday of each month in 2018.

Each month, Chamber Forum will bring thought leaders together to discuss major initiatives, programs and current issues that impact Oklahoma City’s business climate, economy and community.

For the first Forum of the year, join other business leaders on Wednesday, Jan. 17, to learn about the impact of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, which employs 7,500. Register.

Special thanks to Signature Sponsor Cox Business.

Chamber launches enhanced membership benefits


In an effort to provide a valuable membership experience, the Chamber will launch enhanced member benefits and new membership levels in 2018. The member benefits are designed to help your company reach more of its goals, whether it is through additional visibility and branding, more direct contact with Chamber members, advocacy for your business or information to help your business grow.

Learn more about the member benefits, or contact Sunny Cearley, vice president of membership, at 405-297-8948 to discuss the new opportunities available to your company.

Your investment in the Chamber is making a difference in Oklahoma City and in the success of your business. Make a bigger impact in both areas by increasing your membership level today!

Ribbon cutting held for renovated Santa Fe Intermodal Transit Hub


A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Oklahoma City’s historic Santa Fe Station – now the city’s Intermodal Transit Hub – earlier this month, ushering in a new era for transit connectivity in Oklahoma City.

Santa Fe Station is the northernmost station on Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer route, which runs between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth. It will be served by MAPS 3’s Oklahoma City Streetcar, EMBARK buses and a Spokies bike sharing station. It also has charging stations for electric vehicles, a redesigned parking lot and room for expansion to accommodate possible future high speed trains and regional light rail service.

The depot was originally constructed in 1934 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and it was a main hub for rail passengers until Amtrak discontinued service in 1979. The $28.4 million renovation, which was partially funded by a federal TIGER grant, restored the original architectural and design elements of the station. In February 2018, crews will complete the project by boring a pedestrian tunnel from the train station to Bricktown and building a plaza on the Bricktown side.

2018 Chamber Board of Directors announced

The nominating committee and the board of directors of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber are pleased to announce the 2018 officers and members of the board of directors that were approved in November 2017.

Rhonda Hooper, Jordan Advertising, will continue to serve in her second year as Chamber chair. Percy Kirk, Cox Communications, will serve as Chamber chair-elect. Other officers include David E. Rainbolt, BancFirst Corporation, immediate past chair; John Hart, Continental Resources, treasurer; Bruce Lawrence, INTEGRIS Health, corporate secretary; and Roy H. Williams, CCE, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, president and CEO.

View the 2018 vice chairs and members of the board in the latest issue of The POINT!

Forward Oklahoma City program adds jobs to economy

The Chamber’s Forward Oklahoma City program is wrapping up another successful year of investing in Oklahoma City’s future. Significant accomplishments of the 2017 Forward Oklahoma City efforts include:

  • Work of the OKC Compact to provide reading and mental health resources for Oklahoma City Public Schools
  • New nonstop air service by Frontier Airlines
  • New-to-OKC companies expanding into the market, including NTT Data, SkyWest, Amazon, Solaris Paper and more
  • Significant criminal justice reform progress, including the first meeting of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council
  • Continued work on strengthening the Oklahoma City innovation district
  • The successful passage of the recent general obligation bond and sales tax elections that will invest $1.2 billion in Oklahoma City
Through the end of November, Forward Oklahoma City has assisted with 2,939 announced jobs, $128.7 million in announced payroll and $221.9 million in announced capital investment. Since it was founded in 1995, Forward Oklahoma City has assisted in creating more than 100,000 jobs and $6 billion in capital investment.

Learn more about the Forward Oklahoma City program.

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

  • 2018 United States Junior Open Championships (Jan. 4-6)
  • International Finals Rodeo (Jan. 18-22)



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