We begin 2011 on a high-note – with Southern Business Development magazine honoring the citizens of Oklahoma City as their 2011 Person of the Year. This award is further proof that our city has come a long way and has surpassed the expectations of many.
It took every single one of us to get to where we are today. And your involvement went far beyond your “yes” votes for the many initiatives that helped change the face of our city. It is because our citizens are truly committed to our city. They serve on advisory boards, donate of their time and money, and trust the planning process that leads to transformational projects. Without the active engagement in all arenas of our community, I’m sure we would have seen some success in our efforts, but I doubt we would have seen the tremendous results that surround us today.
Moving forward, as our current plans develop and as new ideas come to light, it is vital that we sustain the solid vision and relentless execution that helped us achieve our goals thus far. Our city and community still have so much to achieve. And to get there, we must renew our commitment to our city and its bright future.
The Chamber enters 2011 with a renewed commitment to making Oklahoma City a great place to live, work, play and visit. We will strive to create a strong business climate through our work with the legislature as well as through our economic development efforts. We will also place great focus on improving public education in our community. It is vital that we make changes at the state level that give greater local control over their processes while also encouraging and rewarding innovation and reform. We will, of course, continue our work in a variety of other areas, but these three are the most critical to our momentum.
We can only be successful with the help and support of the business community. The tasks that are in front of us might not be easy, but I urge you to get engaged as we work to tackle these issues. Whether it’s attending planning meetings for the MAPS 3 projects, getting involved in our local school districts, volunteering your time or looking at investment opportunities in some of our up-and-coming areas, there are roles we can all play. Our past has shown that by working together, we can build a great city.
I know that if we work together to achieve our goals, the success we’re seeing around us today is just a drop in the bucket for what is to come. Thank you for your continued support of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and our shared vision for the future of this great city.