Delaney urges dialogue with state lawmakers

Friday, December 14, 2012

by Brianna Bailey

The Journal Record

OGE Energy Corp. President and CEO Pete Delaney urged local leaders to play an active role in asking state and federal lawmakers to protect business interests in the metro area as he took the reins as chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Thursday. 

Speaking in front of a crowd of local civic and business leaders during the chamber’s annual meeting at the Cox Convention Center, Delaney said he was concerned that issues important to businesses will get lost in the current vitriolic political environment and tense budget negotiations in the coming year. 

“In this current environment, we can’t be sure that business interests will be at the forefront for elected officials,” Delaney said. 

Delaney said the chamber might call on local business leaders to talk to lawmakers at the state Capitol or in Washington, D.C., to ensure that local interests are protected. 

He also asked local business leaders not to hesitate to independently call their representatives in the state Legislature about any of their concerns. 

“The business community can and must make itself heard,” Delaney said. 

Delaney is taking over the role as chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber in 2013 from Price Edwards & Co. co-founder Carl Edwards. Edwards led the chamber for two consecutive years as chairman. 

“Pete has been an undisputed leader in economic development and energy,” Edwards said before passing a large ceremonial gavel to Delaney. “He will make an excellent leader for our organization.”