ePOINT - December 2015

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In this issue:

Chamber announces county criminal justice task force

VeloCity explores culinary scene, growing attractions

Chamber announces 2016 Board

Twenty years of forward-thinking success

Legislative breakfast – Jan. 20

Hear the mayor’s State of the City address on Jan. 13

Oklahoma City conventions coming up

Explore downtown for the holidays

Oklahoma-based Express Clydesdales win major awards at two international competitions

In case you missed it

Sponsored Content: Be ready for RIVERSPORT Rapids Adventure Park in 2016



Chamber announces county criminal justice task force


The Chamber has created a special task force to evaluate Oklahoma County’s criminal justice system and make recommendations to reduce incarceration, improve efficiencies and improve safety. The task force’s work will help prepare for future investments in the county’s jail and related facilities.

The task force was announced at the Chamber Forum, which also included discussions with those involved in the county justice system about the broader issues facing inmates today, including addiction and mental health. Panelists were Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater; former State House Speaker Kris Steele, now executive director of The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM); Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel; and Terri White, commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Read more about the task force online and in the January issue of The POINT, and watch future issues of our newsletters and website for more information as this issue develops. Read additional news coverage:


VeloCity explores culinary scene, growing attractions

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s newest issue of VeloCity, the digital magazine of Oklahoma City, examines the growing culinary culture and diverse attractions in OKC. The 38-page publication takes an in-depth look at the city’s farm-to-table movement and numerous local restaurants.

The publication also highlights the city’s cycling culture as well as the expansion of trails at the Oklahoma River, Lake Hefner and Lake Overholser. Award-winning Myriad Botanical Gardens, RIVERSPORTS Rapids and additional attractions across the city are featured.

The award-winning magazine contains interactive videos and links and can be seen in its entirety at www.velocityokc.com.

Chamber announces 2016 Board

The nominating committee and the board of directors of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber have announced the 2016 officers and members of the board of directors that were approved in November 2015. David E. Rainbolt, CEO of BancFirst Corporation, will serve his second year as Chamber chair. The nominating committee and the board of directors named Rhonda Hooper, president and CEO of Jordan Advertising, as chair-elect.

Learn more about the rest of the officers and board.

Twenty years of forward-thinking success

At the end of this month, the Chamber’s Forward Oklahoma City program will mark its 20th year as the driver of economic development and growth in the Oklahoma City region.

During that time, the program has assisted in the creation of more than 100,000 jobs and more than $6 billion in capital investments. Forward Oklahoma City was created in 1995 to maximize Oklahoma City’s economic potential. Following a massive investment of public funds in the city’s infrastructure, this program was designed to improve the business climate, increase our competitive position and ensure our long-term success.

Read about 20 years of forward-thinking success and more in the December issue of The POINT. Learn more about all of the Forward Oklahoma City initiatives.

Legislative breakfast – Jan. 20

Hear about legislative issues that affect local businesses from a panel of Republican and Democratic leaders from both the state House and Senate at the annual Legislative Breakfast on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

This event offers an opportunity for Chamber members to meet area legislators and have a voice on issues that affect the business community.

Cost to attend is $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers, and it covers the breakfast cost for one elected official. Register.

Special thanks to Signature Sponsor Boeing and Host Sponsor the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel and Spa.

Hear the mayor’s State of the City address
on Jan. 13

Join Mayor Mick Cornett and more than 1,600 business people for the Chamber’s State of the City event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will deliver a dynamic speech about where our city is today and where it will be in the coming year. The Chamber's strategic objectives for 2016 will also be highlighted.

Tickets are $60 for Chamber members and $100 for nonmembers. Register. Special thanks to Signature Sponsor the The Professional Basketball Club, LLC - Oklahoma City Thunder and Host Sponsor Bank of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City conventions coming up

Take a look at some of the conventions and trade shows that Oklahoma City is hosting in the next few weeks, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Find more in the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s convention calendar. While you’re online, explore the CVB’s website.

Explore downtown for the holidays

Oklahoma City’s annual downtown holiday celebration offers plenty of family-friendly activities between now and January. Start by watching this video highlighting some of them by the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Devon Ice Rink is open for ice skating in the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave.

Another popular event, the Snow Tubing Winter Festival is going on at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Also going on are Devon Saturdays With Santa; performances by Lyric Theatre, the OKC Philharmonic, the Oklahoma City Ballet, Reduxion Theater; adventures at the Oklahoma River; lights in Automobile Alley; and more.

While you're there, check out the lights along Automobile Alley, see the city's Christmas tree in Bricktown or go to the Myriad Botanical Gardens for the Winter Shoppes. Midtown is also hosting its own Holiday Pop-Up Shops. Eat, shop and make merry in all the spots along the way.

For a comprehensive list, go online to Downtown in December or visitokc.com.

Oklahoma-based Express Clydesdales win major awards at two international competitions


The Express Clydesdales of Express Employment Professionals were crowned champions in the Eight-Horse Hitch category at the World Championship in London, Ontario; and the team took home first-place in three categories at the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair in Toronto. The Express Clydesdales won first place in the Two-Wheeled Cart, Two-Horse Team and Six-Horse Hitch competitions. The team also won second place in the Unicorn Hitch and Four-Horse Hitch competitions.

The Clydesdale barn and welcome center are located on Express Ranches, a 6,000-acre ranch in Yukon. There are 22 Clydesdale geldings on the ranch, each standing 17-18 hands high and weighing around 2,000 pounds each. Their shoes are the size of dinner plates and weigh more than three pounds each.

For more information, visit Expressclydesdales.com.

In case you missed it

  • At the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, we debuted a new video featuring the city’s “Legacy of Leadership.” Watch it here.

    The meeting, attended by about 1,200 people, also featured a panel of key Oklahoma City leaders who discussed the successes and challenges they faced as they put in place the initiatives and organizations that have spurred the city’s current renaissance. The panel, moderated by Chamber Chair David Rainbolt, BancFirst Corporation, included former Gov. Frank Keating, former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick and J. Larry Nichols, executive chairman, Devon Energy Corporation.

    Read more about the event and the discussion online from The Oklahoman and The Journal Record (subscription required).
  • We hope you had a great Thanksgiving . . . Here is the Chamber's list of 10 things about OKC to be thankful for in 2015.
  • The Chamber’s research team has uncovered some interesting statistics about the growth of the Oklahoma City metro area. Read them online.


Sponsored Content

Be ready for RIVERSPORT Rapids Adventure Park in 2016

As the Boathouse District is gearing up for the 2016 opening of Oklahoma City’s new whitewater facility, RIVERSPORT Rapids Adventure Park has started selling 2016 All-Access and Adventure Passes for adventures in the Boathouse District.

The annual All-Access Pass for $179 includes access to whitewater rafting, kayaking and tubing along the RIVERSPORT Rapids once it opens in May, plus the SandRidge Sky Trail, slides and zip line; river kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding; and kids’ activities. All-Access day passes are $49 each.

Adventure Passes include everything but whitewater. An annual Adventure Pass includes the SandRidge Sky Trail and slides; river kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding; and kids’ activities. Adventure day passes are $39 each.

For more information about passes, go online. Read more about the RIVERSPORT Rapids OKC Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking Center. To learn more about all the activities on the river, including activities for fun and youth water programs, click here.

This content is sponsored by the Boathouse District.

If you are interested in sponsoring ePoint and highlighting your business in this space, contact Lillie-Beth Brinkman, content marketing manager, at (405) 475-8990 or lbrinkman@okcchamber.com.

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