We in Oklahoma City have a lot to celebrate this Thanksgiving, so as the Chamber wishes you well for the holidays, here’s a list of our own Top 10 OKC things we’re thankful for:
- It doesn’t cost as much to live in Oklahoma City as it does elsewhere. The New York Times has said so recently, as has Quartz.
- OKC’s thriving biosciences industry features cutting-edge research and world-class doctors and scientists, thanks to the efforts of organizations like i2e, which helps grow innovative small businesses in Oklahoma; the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the rest of the 300-acre Oklahoma Health Center; and many more companies and organizations. The bioscience sector, which brings in annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion and employs more than 27,800 workers, has extensive future plans, too.
- Whitewater rafting is coming to OKC’s Boathouse District.
- OKC continues to break ground on new developments, like Chisholm Creek near Western Avenue and Memorial, and attract new retailers like West Elm and Von Maur.
- Oklahoma City is THE hip place to be: It’s “A Hidden Gem of American Cool” (The Coolist), “artsy,” “funky” and “refined” (Esquire) and one of the world’s 20 “must-see,” “go-now” destinations for 2015 (National Geographic Traveler).
- OKC’s business climate welcomes entrepreneurs and makes it the No. 1 place to start a business, according to both Kiplinger and NerdWallet.
- We have forward-thinking leaders who continue to think of ways to grow Oklahoma City and continue its momentum.
- The city’s booming energy sector is developing new technology, bringing jobs and attracting the attention of international firms, like GE, which picked Oklahoma City for its new Global Research Center dedicated to oil and gas technology.
- Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security unit is bringing 900 new jobs to Oklahoma City, contributing to an already-robust aerospace sector that includes Tinker Air Force Base, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center and more.
- We love the city’s vibrant cultural scene that includes the arts, music, restaurants, festivals, unique districts, outdoor activities and more (see The Better Life Blog to get a feel for all of the options).
So enjoy your Thanksgiving as we celebrate all the good news in Oklahoma City. For additional reading to inspire you, check out the recent American Way’s “Cinderella City” story about us, as well as United Airlines magazine’s Dossier on us in its magazine, Hemispheres. And then, let us know what’s on your OKC thankful list.