ePOINT - February 2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In this issue:

Kratos to bring aviation production facility, 350 jobs to Oklahoma City

Economic outlook for region is bright, report finds

Recruit for internships with Greater Grads website

Business advocacy made easy

AICCM agreements signed, center scheduled to open in 2021

First Oklahoma City Streetcar delivered

Welcome new businesses and celebrate new locations

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

In case you missed it


 



Kratos to bring aviation production facility, 350 jobs to Oklahoma City

 

Oklahoma City will once again be home to an aerospace production facility thanks to a recent company’s announcement. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading national security solutions provider, announced last month that it will open administrative and engineering offices and production facilities in Oklahoma City for its unmanned systems division.

Kratos specializes in military target drones with fighter-like performance. The company expects to employ more than 350 workers in Oklahoma within the next few years, and Oklahoma City will be the site for new tactical drone production. Learn more.
 



Economic outlook for region is bright, report finds

 

According to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s 2018 Economic Forecast, the Oklahoma City metro economy is now on a steady recovery path, ushering in a period of growth after a slight downturn in the oil and gas sector. Oklahoma City returned to positive job growth in 2017 with about 6,900 jobs, or 1.1 percent job growth, being added during the year.

In 2018, Oklahoma City metro job growth is expected to continue this momentum and grow by 1.4 percent, or 9,100 jobs. If national economic conditions continue to be positive, there is the potential for local job gains to be even higher by the end of the year.

General economic strength is expected to continue into and through 2018 with the state’s economy, as measured by real gross state product, growing by 3.6 percent. Growth in 2018 will return the state’s economy to the $180 billion level established in 2015. Sustained growth through the end of the year will leave the state approaching a $200 billion economy.

Read the full economic forecast.
 



Recruit for internships with Greater Grads website

 

Looking to create a pipeline of future employees? The Greater Grads program was created to help you connect with the region’s best and brightest college students. One of the easiest ways to use its resources is by listing your internships on the Greater Grads website. The Greater Grads team encourages students to use this resource to find an internship at spring career fairs throughout the region. By posting your internships, you will have a presence at college campuses, even if you aren’t attending their career fairs. Post your internship.

Greater Grads can also help you connect with students at RecruitOKC, a Greater Grads networking event. Learn more.

Special thanks to Greater Grads Program Benefactors American Fidelity Corporation, SandRidge Energy, Inc., The Boeing Company, OGE Energy Corp., University of Central Oklahoma College of Business, and Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.
 



Business advocacy made easy

 
The decisions made at the State Capitol directly impact the success of your business. Make sure your voice is heard by speaking up during this legislative session. The Chamber’s business advocacy resource, www.okcbusinessadvocate.com, was created to make staying informed easy. Use the resource to look up your elected officials, contact them about the issues and view the Chamber’s legislative agenda.

While there, you can also sign up for the OKC Business Advocate, an email update about the progress made on Chamber issues during the legislative session. No matter how you choose to do it, be sure to stay engaged and active during the 2018 legislative session.
 



AICCM agreements signed, center scheduled to open in 2021

 
The City of Oklahoma City, the State of Oklahoma and a subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation have closed on land agreements enabling the completion and operation of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (AICCM).

Once the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is completed it will include one-of-a-kind exhibits, hands-on educational programs, first-hand accounts and cultural demonstrations celebrating the collective histories and contemporary cultural expressions of Oklahoma’s original peoples.

Construction will restart this summer and will take about two years to complete. Exhibits and other interior finishes will take another year to install. The museum is scheduled to open in 2021.

Read more.
 



First Oklahoma City Streetcar delivered

 

The first modern streetcar for the Oklahoma City Streetcar system was delivered last week, marking the first milestone in a year full of progress for the MAPS 3 project. The streetcar’s two route options—which span much of Bricktown, Midtown, Automobile Alley and the central business district—will serve 22 stops and provide connectivity between many of Oklahoma City’s downtown attractions.

Streetcars will begin testing on the two-mile Bricktown Loop this summer, and service for the entire project is expected to begin in late 2018. Learn more.
 



Welcome new businesses and celebrate new locations

 

Join the Chamber as it welcomes new businesses and celebrates business expansions with grand openings. Below is a list of upcoming ribbon cuttings, and you can find a complete list at www.okcchamber.com/grandopenings.

  • Residence Inn Oklahoma City North/Quail Springs, 13900 McAuley Blvd. (Feb. 28, noon)
  • Vault 405/Citizens Bank of Edmond, 10 N Broadway Ave. (March 1, 4 p.m.)
  • FirstLight Home Care, 1300 N Walker Ave. (March 8, 4:30 p.m.)
  • La Vida Fearless Counseling, 3000 United Founders Blvd., Suite 124 (March 14, 12:30 p.m.)


 



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 www.visitokc.com/about/convention-calendar.

  • 2018 State High School Wrestling Championships (Feb. 23-24)
  • Women's Big 12 Basketball Championship 2018 (March 2-5)
  • LegalShield International Convention (March 12-19)


 

 

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