Chamber News

An emerging tech center

Monday, March 7, 2016

Two decades after Oklahoma City embraced a groundbreaking initiative that remade the city through a series of pay-as-you-go projects, another initiative is emerging with implications for economic development. In October, the Brookings Institution announced that Oklahoma City is one of two pilot cities included in a study about developing an innovation district in an area of the city heavily focused on biotechnology research.

Chamber responds to death of Aubrey McClendon

Thursday, March 3, 2016

"We are shocked and saddened by the passing of Aubrey McClendon and join in prayer for his family," said David Rainbolt, Chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. "The quality of life we have come to enjoy in Oklahoma City is due in no small part to his vision and generosity. Very few have the ability or the drive to change a community or state, much less the entire world as Aubrey did. In a way, this is an end of an era, but Aubrey would want us to build on his legacy as we look to the future. He belongs to the ages now, but we will never forget him."

Learn about OKC developments related to Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts at Chamber Forum

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hear from experts about Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts and what they mean for OKC. Spurring development has been the goal of Oklahoma City’s TIF districts. At the next Chamber Forum on Thursday, March 24, guests will hear from a panel of experts who will outline the mechanics of this financing mechanism, the success they have generated and

History in the making: Bill would suspend tax credits for some building rehabilitations

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – The state Senate Finance Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would cut a tax credit for developers who restore historic buildings.

Senate Bill 977 would put a two-year moratorium on the 20-percent tax credit awarded to developers who rehabilitate a historic hotel or newspaper plant building, or any other certified historic structure. State Sen. Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa, wrote the bill.

OKC a preferred destination for visitors, conventions and outlook remains bright

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The latest issue of The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's monthly newsletter, The POINT!, is out. In it, read this story about optimism in the outlook for its convention and visitors business: "The outlook for the 2016 convention and visitor industry in Oklahoma City is bright, according to the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), a division

Join the Chamber in Washington

Friday, January 22, 2016

Join the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and local leaders on a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., in April to advocate for pro-business legislation at the nation’s capital. Our D.C. Visit ’16 will be Wednesday, April 27, and Thursday, April 28. The trip is open to Chamber members. The annual event includes personal briefings with

Avoid long airport lines and other stories in the new issue of The POINT

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Recently The Chamber teamed up with VERA Institute of Justice to analyze and recommend possible actions that would increase efficiencies and improve safety within the Oklahoma County’s criminal justice system. Learn more about the formation of the Oklahoma County’s criminal justice task force and why this work is important to Oklahoma City in

State of the City a week away -- Register now for Jan. 13

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Join OKC's mayor and more than 1,600 business leaders for the State of the City from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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