As we approach the end of the year, it’s a good time to look back on what has happened during 2016 before we dive into a new year with its new opportunities.
Reflecting on the past 12 months displays how 2016 was a year of return on investment. Not only did we see the grand opening of RIVERSPORT Rapids, the MAPS 3-funded whitewater center, but we also saw the successful opening of both Boeing’s research and development center and the GE Oil & Gas Research Center. Officials also broke ground on the new KC-46A maintenance facility at Tinker Air Force Base, a move that would not have been possible without many months of negotiations.
The things that are harder to measure but equally important to recognize are the projects in which we aren’t seeing tangible results... yet. The Chamber’s work on criminal justice reform, the ongoing work with Brookings and the Project for Public Spaces to increase activity in Oklahoma City’s innovation district, and even the newly announced workforce development strategy are planting the seeds of transformation. And the number of projects being worked by the Chamber’s economic development team is the largest it has ever been.
None of this would be possible without the engaged and motivated business community in our region. As we transition into a new year, I want to encourage all of you to keep planting seeds of transformation. The work we are doing now, collectively, will produce the successes of our future.