Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Leadership, Staff Receive National Economic Development Awards

Thursday, October 4, 2012

by Kaylee McDaniel

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct.4, 2012 – The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber was honored for leadership and economic development efforts by The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) during the IEDC Annual Conference, which took place Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 in Houston, Texas. Carl Edwards, chairman of Chamber, and Roy H. Williams, president of the Chamber, were given prestigious leadership awards, while the staff was honored for various economic development programs.

Edwards was awarded the Institutional Leadership Award for his efforts as chairman of the Presbyterian Health Foundation. The Institutional Leadership Award recognizes a leader of a community institution who has made significant contributions to the community in support of economic development through their leadership, financial support, local investments, hiring, training or related activities. Edwards’ work with PHF began in 1992, and over the past 20 years he has been a significant contributor in the development of the PHF Research Park.

“Carl Edwards it not just a fantastic leader of our Chamber, he is also a very dedicated leader of the Presbyterian Health Foundation,” said Roy H. Williams, president and CEO of the Chamber. “His work with PHF has been extensive, and Oklahoma bioscience would not be the success story it is today without him. This honor is well-deserved.”

Williams received the IEDC Fellow Member Honorary Award, which is given to an IEDC member who has made significant contributions to the field of economic development through service and academic endeavors. Williams was nominated for the award by industry peers at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber staff was honored with three “Excellence in Economic Development” Awards: a Gold Award, the highest honor, for its Oklahoma City image campaign ( and; and two Silver Awards - one for its business retention and expansion program, and one for and its commercial real estate website,

“Our Chamber staff works hard to attract businesses to the area,” said Williams. “The image campaign uses modern visual technology to showcase our best assets. We are pleased that it is being recognized nationally, as we think it is a great example of the best Oklahoma City has to offer.”