The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber has long worked for a strong retail sector within Oklahoma City. Retail is critical to the health of a city – it funds the important city services that boost the city’s safety and also contributes to an area’s quality of life.
In order to promote Oklahoma City as a retail destination, representatives from the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and the City of Oklahoma City attend the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECon in Las Vegas each year. We have exhibited at this global conference since 2008, and we use it as an opportunity to promote the qualities that make Oklahoma City a good investment for retailers, including our resilient economy and our growth in per capita income.
Since our first year at the convention, I have seen a remarkable difference in the perception of Oklahoma City. At first, most people didn’t understand what Oklahoma City could offer their company. Today, the perception of Oklahoma City has changed from confused to confident, largely because of this community’s economic vitality. Oklahoma City is brimming with buyers, which would not be possible without the growth of companies that call Oklahoma City home. As the Oklahoma City delegation travels to ICSC RECon this month, I would like to thank all of you for helping change the perception of Oklahoma City. You make this community a reliable investment for retailers across the globe.