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Total Resource Development Campaign is underway

Former Chamber chair leaves legacy in medical research field

Get ready to Rise and Shine with the Chamber on May 2

Metro 50 applications due June 1

Learn more about David Holt’s priorities as mayor

Welcome new businesses and celebrate grand openings in OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

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Total Resource Development Campaign is underway


The Chamber’s Total Resource Development Campaign (TRDC), an annual membership engagement effort, is officially underway. Starting today, April 16, TRDC volunteers will be available to help connect Chamber members with opportunities to deepen their engagement in the work of the Chamber.

Kristin Peck, Cox Communications, and Chris Reen, The Oklahoman Media Company, will co-chair this year’s campaign as it celebrates its 25th anniversary of connecting companies with Chamber sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Learn more about TRDC.

Former Chamber chair leaves legacy in medical research field

Dr. William Thurman, chair of the Chamber in 1995, passed away in February at age 89, leaving behind a legacy of his massive impact on Oklahoma City’s medical research field. Thurman was the president of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation from 1979 to 1997 and during his time in that role he expanded the institution’s research work in cardiovascular research and immunology.

Thurman’s leadership at OMRF allowed the institution to recognize its potential impact on global medical research. Now, decades later, OMRF is a leading research facility for the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune diseases and has helped countless people live longer and healthier lives. Because of the early work of Dr. Thurman, institutions in Oklahoma City like OMRF, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and others are continuing to push the boundaries of medical research and discovery and make a name for Oklahoma City’s bioscience industry.

Get ready to Rise and Shine with the Chamber on May 2

Join the Chamber for a complimentary continental breakfast as you learn about creating your own brand while networking with other professionals at Rise & Shine. The breakfast will be held on Wednesday, May 2, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Gaillardia Country Club, 5300 Gaillardia Blvd. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. Register to attend.

Metro 50 applications due June 1


The Metro 50 committee is now accepting applications for the Metro 50 Awards, which honor the 50 fastest-growing, privately held companies in the Greater Oklahoma City region. Apply by June 1 to be recognized for your company’s growth and contribution to the Oklahoma City economy.

Qualified companies must have been in business for at least three years; be for-profit, privately held companies; be headquartered and operated in the Greater Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area; have total operating revenues or sales in 2017 of at least $1 million; and not be a holding company, regulated bank or utility. Companies will be ranked based on percentage of revenue growth during 2015-2017. View qualifications and apply online.

Special thanks to Metro 50 sponsors American Fidelity Corporation/INSURICA, Bank of Oklahoma, Cox Business, EY, Express Employment Professionals, The Journal Record Publishing Company, OGE Energy Corp. and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

Learn more about David Holt’s priorities as mayor


David Holt was sworn in as the 36th mayor of Oklahoma City on Tuesday, April 10. Holt, an Oklahoma City native, was elected on Feb. 13. Mayor Holt says his top responsibilities are to continue Oklahoma City’s positive momentum and ensure that success reaches every part of the community. Read more about his vision for Oklahoma City.

Welcome new businesses and celebrate grand openings in OKC


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

  • The Barn at the Woods, 4375 NW 178th St. (April 17, 11:15 a.m.)
  • AC Hotel OKC – Bricktown, 411 E Sheridan Ave. (April 25, 11 a.m.)
  • Pepper’s Ranch, 9601 S Portland Ave. ( April 26, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Candlewood Suites Oklahoma City, 4400 W River Park Drive (April 26, 12:30 p.m.)
  • Wymer Brownlee Wealth Strategies, 13900 N Portland Ave., Suite 210 (April 26, 5:30 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

  • 2018 AQHA Level I Championship (April 17-24)
  • Annual IEEE Radar Conference (April 22-28)
  • Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon (April 28-29)



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