Oklahoma bioscience firm working to make a major impact on cancer battle

The Oklahoman // Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Oklahoma is building a reputation nationwide as a place where discoveries in bioscience lead to groundbreaking solutions that can have a real impact on people’s lives.


Drone repair program opens at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma

NewsOK // Thursday, November 20, 2014

A partnership between Tinker Air Force Base and San Diego, Calif.-based General Atomics Aeronautical will bring to the metro area the first repair shop in the nation where privately manufactured drones will be repaired by a government entity.


OKC: NO. 1 CITY TO START A BUSINESS, KIPLINGER SAYS

Kiplinger // Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In compiling a list of "10 Great Cities for Starting a Business," Kiplinger put Oklahoma City first on the list.


Hot software sector brings “cool” to Oklahoma

NewsOK // Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It seems that Oklahoma’s current “cool” has a lot to do with the software industry. Over just the last few years, at i2E we have seen explosive growth in the number of software/IT companies that are coming through our doors seeking assistance and/or funding.


Business of Health: OMRF's DNA sequencing facility can map complete genome in about a day

NewsOK // Monday, October 6, 2014

It all sounded pretty nifty. After investing billions of dollars and more than a decade’s worth of work, scientists in 2003 announced they’d completed mapping the human genome. Francis Collins, now the director of the National Institutes of Health, called it the “most significant undertaking” in the history of science. Reading the body’s genetic blueprint, he said, “will be judged by history as more significant than even splitting the atom or going to the moon.”


Boeing to bring up to 900 jobs to OKC

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Boeing will consolidate the majority of its defense services and support-related activities from Washington state to other locations in the U.S. as part of efforts to improve the competitiveness of its Boeing Defense, Space & Security unit.


ACM@UCO grows up, touts student success

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma is growing up.


Grant renewals bring $14.2 million to OMRF programs

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The National Institutes of Health has renewed five research grants for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.


Bio Matters: Oklahoma researcher on quest to cure sickle cell disease

NewsOK // Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Then a professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Broyles was advancing a novel approach to curing a devastating genetic blood disorder called sickle cell disease, which afflicts about 100,000 Americans and an estimated 50 million people worldwide.


Cities Want Young Families to Play and Stay

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Oklahoma City is remapping the city in its $1 billion bid to engage families. It is replacing a 4.5-mile stretch of highway that once awkwardly divided the downtown with a pedestrian- and bike-friendly "boulevard," which will accommodate four lanes of motor-vehicle traffic.


Carrying water: Ozarka makes a splash by moving all bottling in-house

Journal Record // Thursday, July 31, 2014

In the bottled water industry, the product’s clarity is important. Ozarka Water CEO Steve Raupe has invested in his Oklahoma City-based company to help customers clearly see where the water is bottled and sourced.


Improving technology boosts Oklahoma's CNG market

NewsOK // Friday, July 25, 2014

As technology advances, price often drops while quality improves. Oklahoma City entrepreneur Ron Peeler hopes that trend will continue in the market for compressed natural gas vehicles and the equipment that fills them with fuel.


Biotechnology conference allows Oklahoma firms to shine

NewsOK // Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BIO International is the world’s largest biotech gathering, and the scope and scale of this event was startling.


Leaders from Across the State Share Oklahoma's Bioscience Story with the World

Thursday, June 26, 2014

More than 70 scientists, business leaders, educators and economic development officers from across the state of Oklahoma will take the best of Oklahoma bioscience to San Diego in order to garner interest in Oklahoma’s bioscience industry at the 2014 BIO International Convention, June 23-26. This delegation will spend four days promoting the accomplishments of the Oklahoma bioscience sector and meeting with potential business partners.


Paycom projects growth at Oklahoma City headquarters

The Oklahoman // Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Paycom Software Inc. has been hiring new employees in Oklahoma City at such a rapid pace that the company recently built a 90,000-square-foot addition to its headquarters on Memorial Road — effectively doubling the size of its offices.


GE to partner with Devon to test new technology

The Oklahoman // Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Devon Energy Corp. has become one of the first companies to take advantage of GE Corp.’s new global technology center in Oklahoma City.


Bio Matters: Oklahoma bioscience connections figure in California business news

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Breaking business news out of California a few weeks ago turned out to be a big Oklahoma story, although for Oklahomans, the news was sort of like losing your keys only to later discover them in their usual spot.

 


LaunchOklahoma opens tech startup funding spin-off of VentureSpur

Friday, April 25, 2014

The new LaunchOklahoma program is a dedicated Oklahoma business accelerator and spin-off of the VentureSpur accelerator, which has launched 11 high-tech startup firms in the last two years.


Otologic developing sound solution to hearing loss

The Oklahoman // Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Imagine if there was a drug that a soldier could swallow immediately after an explosion that would prevent or heal hearing loss.


‘Barn’ transformation to feature co-working space

The Journal Record // Thursday, February 27, 2014

Should people ask for something, it seems, eventually the Plaza District will receive it.


Hobby Lobby to open 70 stores in 2014

The Journal Record // Thursday, February 6, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. plans to open 70 new stores this year.


FIRST Robotics is programmed to spark interest

The Oklahoman // Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Xavier Zwirtz first got into robots at a 4-H meeting.


Kimray to build new headquarters in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoman // Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kimray Inc. plans to move its headquarters to a spacious new campus at Britton and Eastern, the equipment manufacturer announced Thursday.


Bio Matters: Scientist's career path goes from farm to pharmaceuticals

The Oklahoman // Friday, January 17, 2014

Russell Rother was a farm boy growing up in Watonga and worked on the family's dairy operation. You can still hear western Oklahoma in his voice.


Bio Matters: Oklahoma's Altheus Theraputics reaches Phase 2 trial for drug therapy

The Oklahoman // Sunday, January 5, 2014

There is a pioneering quality to Oklahoma City-based Altheus Therapeutics and the milestones the company has achieved in advancing a new drug therapy for a painful condition known as inflammatory bowel disease.


Startup moves from New York to OKC

The Journal Record // Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SIVI Corp., which is developing an educational software platform called LaunchLeader, has closed a $340,000 round of investment and relocated its headquarters from New York City to Oklahoma City.


Forbes: Invest in OKC Housing

Monday, December 30, 2013

Looking to buy a home? According to Forbes, Oklahoma City should be near the top of your list.


OMRF researcher probes aging process

The Journal Record // Friday, December 27, 2013

Holly Van Remmen spends her days trying to unlock the answers to the aging process. She doesn’t know if she’ll ever find the fountain of youth, but she thinks she can ask better questions about how cells are damaged in the aging process.


GE Selects Oklahoma City Site for New Global Hub of Oil & Gas Technology Innovation

GE // Friday, December 6, 2013

GE (NYSE: GE) today announced the selection of a site in Downtown Oklahoma City for the company’s first-ever Global Research Center dedicated to Oil & Gas technology. GE’s new Center will create 130 high-tech jobs and is expected to have a direct and indirect economic impact of $13 million on the state and local economies.


Accele Biopharma founder lured to Oklahoma by life science potential

Oklahoman // Sunday, December 1, 2013

The North Carolina drawl in Clayton Duncan's voice is straight out of Chapel Hill, but at a recent luncheon he addressed an audience of Oklahoma City's bioscience leaders as an Oklahoman.


Oklahoma support, investment seeds Altheus Therapeutics

The Oklahoman // Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Altheus Therapeutics Inc. is an Oklahoma homegrown example of a startup bioscience company doing drug commercialization right.


OMRF receives $23.8M to study blood coagulation

The Journal Record // Monday, November 25, 2013

The scientist is a member of the Coagulation Biological Laboratory at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and is part of a collaboration to study how blood clots. He said he hopes his latest research project will lead to a drug that helps prevent the leading cause of death among people ages 5 to 55, traumatic injury.


BioMatters: Norman lab creates early diagnostic test for Cryptococcus

The Oklahoman // Sunday, November 3, 2013

Every day, around the world, about 2,000 people die from a fungal disease known as Cryptococcus. Yet I had never heard of it until I met Sean Bauman.


Oklahoma summit creates winning mix of entrepreneurial 'how-to,' networking

The Oklahoman // Tuesday, October 22, 2013

When it comes to building a vibrant, self-sustaining entrepreneurial economy, there's the “how,” and then there's the “what” — how do you do it, and what it takes to succeed.


Terex to upgrade Oklahoma City operations

The Oklahoman // Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Equipment manufacturer Terex Corp. plans to invest about $40 million to upgrade its Oklahoma City facility. The company will add new machinery and other equipment at its local manufacturing plant, where it could add as many as 1,500 new jobs by 2017.


School district boasts largest enrollment since late '70s

The Oklahoman // Saturday, October 12, 2013

More students are attending Oklahoma City Public Schools than at any time in the past 35 years, district officials reported this week.


Oklahoma leads in manufacturing growth

The Oklahoman // Monday, October 7, 2013

National Manufacturing Day was an observance Friday in factories across the country, but in Oklahoma City it was more of an actual celebration.


Rolls-Royce awarded $49 million contract to set up engine plant at Tinker

The Oklahoman // Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rolls-Royce is set to open a new engine depot services plant at Tinker Air Force Base in 2015.


Biotech firm poised to expand in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoman // Tuesday, October 1, 2013

With the help of a National Institutes of Health grant to develop new drug-discovery instruments and private equity investment, Oklahoma City-based biotech company SensiQ Technologies is poised for expansion.


OU alumni named fellows for inaugural Venture for America class

The Oklahoman // Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Scott Lowe, a native of Muskogee and alumnus of OU's Center for Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW), didn't expect to graduate from OU and be working for a startup in Detroit.


Oklahoma City manufacturing firm seeks to grab dominant share of world's coffee roaster market

The Oklahoman // Friday, September 27, 2013

US Roaster Corp. owner Dan Joliff has just one small goal — to one day become the leading manufacturer of coffee roasters in the world.


Attorney: Bright future for biotech in Oklahoma

The Oklahoman // Monday, September 23, 2013

Americans born in 2008 can expect to live 78.1 years. That's an increase of a full decade since 1950 and a staggering increase of 30 years since 1900. Unfortunately, as they age into those bonus years, their bodies will suffer from more conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases.


Bio Matters: OU scientist turns 'sugar science' into commercial ventures

The Oklahoman // Sunday, September 8, 2013

Long before he enrolled as a Harvard undergraduate student out of a Baltimore high school, Paul L. DeAngelis knew what he wanted to pursue as a career. Not the work of a stock broker. Or athlete. Or an actor.


GrowOKC Fund to provide $2 million for local small businesses

The Oklahoman // Thursday, August 29, 2013

A partnership between the City of Oklahoma City and i2E Inc. has expanded the financing options by $2 million for Oklahoma City-based small businesses seeking capital to grow their ventures and create new jobs.


Oklahoma City-based COARE Biotechnology awarded $220K grant

The Oklahoman // Thursday, August 29, 2013

Oklahoma City-based COARE Biotechnology Inc. has been awarded a $220,099 grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop a new treatment for pancreatic cancer.


Oklahoma City biotech firm to begin sickle cell anemia drug trial

The Oklahoman // Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corp. is enrolling patients in a Phase 2 trial of a drug designed to treat sickle cell disease.


Executive Q&A: A Welcome Chance to Return to Oklahoma

The Oklahoman // Sunday, August 18, 2013

When Ponca City native Chris Scully completed his graduate degree here in the mid-1990s, he found most of his job prospects were out of state.


Stone: Oklahoma 'A-OK' with taking jobs from California

CNBC // Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Oklahoma is big enough to matter, but small enough to get things done. A decade ago, as a twentysomething looking to start my own public relations/marketing agency, I felt like I could live anywhere in the United States. I had worked for a Washington D.C., public affairs shop, but I saw what the rat race and the long slog to the top looked like. I wanted the proverbial blue ocean, where I could differentiate myself, and where I could make a difference now.


VentureSpur hopes to spark startup growth in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoman // Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Determined to take their startup company to the next level, entrepreneurs Nicholas Seet and Ashok Kamal are living out of an RV in Oklahoma City for the next 12 weeks while participating in local business accelerator VentureSpur.


Oklahoma 'angel' investor group growing

The Oklahoman // Tuesday, July 30, 2013

As a serial entrepreneur with three previous life science companies to his credit, Craig Shimasaki raised millions of dollars of investment capital for his past ventures. He's successfully pitched business concepts to individual investors, venture capital groups and fund managers.


Job, revenue growth of i2E clients is sweet music to our ears

The Oklahoman // Tuesday, July 30, 2013

At the beginning of every calendar year, i2E distributes an Economic Impact and Client Satisfaction Survey to our existing clients.


OCAST selects research fund recipients

Oklahoman // Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology is doling out more than $3.6 million to support 17 applied research projects.


Oklahoma City's Centek triples employee projections

Oklahoman // Friday, June 21, 2013

Less than 12 months after establishing its North American headquarters in Oklahoma City, the oil-field equipment manufacturer has far outpaced its projections.


Back to Business Initiative Connects Tornado-Damaged Companies to Resources

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Greater Oklahoma City Back to Business Initiative launched in in order to support the businesses in Moore and south Oklahoma City damaged by recent tornados on May 20. The initiative, which is a partnership between the City of Oklahoma City, the City of Moore, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Moore Chamber of Commerce, will allow physically-damaged businesses to report their needs following the storm and get connected with resources to help them return to business.


General Electric is bringing its focus on energy to Oklahoma

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Those in the know in Oklahoma’s energy sector have long been familiar with General Electric’s role in the industry.


i2E-managed funds step into venture capital void for Oklahoma startups

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

There used to be a lot of discussion about the necessity and appropriateness of state-funded and directed venture capital programs.


Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation gets $7.8 million grant

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A new $7.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will help five Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists jump-start new projects over the next five years, support institutional core facilities, and pay for renovations to an animal facility.


Innovators: i2E Inc. – Showcasing Oklahoma entrepreneurs

Journal Record // Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Business opportunities are growing for Oklahoma entrepreneurs at the upcoming annual South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals in Texas. Josh O’Brien, i2E Inc. spokesman, said the deadline for entries in the first stage of an elevator pitch contest managed by the nonprofit business support agency is Feb. 6. Finalists will try to convince investors of the brilliant profitability of their ideas March 11 before a live audience at The 512 Bar in Austin for prizes worth $10,000. The event is sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, a partnership between i2E and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.


Oklahoma entrepreneur enjoys sharing his vision with students

Oklahoman // Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dr. Craig Shimasaki, president and CEO of Moleculera Labs Inc., serial entrepreneur and adviser to multiple teams in Oklahoma's collegiate business plan competition, the Governor's Cup, says vision begins with the way we look at the world.


Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation researcher gains lupus grant

Oklahoman // Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Lupus Foundation of America has funded a $110,000 grant for an Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist to study the role of a specific protein.


Pipe project starts development of Will Rogers airport's east side

The Oklahoman // Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Miles from Airport Road and the side of Will Rogers World Airport most travelers see, workers have begun laying pipe for a series of utility projects that will pave the way for future development on the airport's east side.


Quad/Graphics rolls out new press, creates jobs in Oklahoma City

Oklahoman // Wednesday, September 26, 2012

With the press of a button Tuesday, Gov. Mary Fallin fired up the newest printing press at Quad/Graphics' Oklahoma City plant and essentially created 120 jobs.


Oklahoma City-based Selexys Pharmaceuticals wins investment, strikes $665 million deal

Friday, September 21, 2012

In what promises to be the biggest bioscience firm deal in state history, Oklahoma City-based Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corp. has struck an agreement that could lead to the company\\\'s acquisition for up to $665 million.


Green: Hobby Lobby to keep growing

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Same-store sales at Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. are up about 9 percent this year and the company will have about 520 stores across the country by the end of the year, CEO David Green said Tuesday at the Idea Exchange, an event sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers.


Innovators: Design Intelligence Inc.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Norman-based Design Intelligence Inc. has designed its first unmanned aerial vehicle for nonmilitary applications, company President James Grimsley said.


GM deal an example of brownfield success

The Journal Record // Thursday, May 24, 2012

When the military closes a facility, it can often come with lots of contamination, making redevelopment difficult. In the case of the old General Motors plant in Midwest City, the military wanted to make sure it didn’t purchase contaminated commercial property.


Five state companies make Inner City 100

Friday, May 11, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Fortune Magazine selected five Oklahoma companies for the 2012 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest-growing inner city companies in the country.


Oklahoma City Named Least-Costly City by KPMG Study

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Oklahoma City was named the least-costly city to do business among 13 midsized U.S. cities according to a study by KPMG LLP. Oklahoma City had a cost index of 95.5, representing business costs 4.5 percent below the U.S. national baseline of 100.0


Survey Finds OKC One of the Best Cities for Jobs in 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Manpower Group, an employment service firm, recently surveyed 18,000 employers across the country and tabbed Oklahoma City fourth in the their "Best City for Jobs in Spring of 2012". The metro area had a net employment outlook of 20 percent for the second quarter. In total, 24 percent of the OKC companies surveyed expected to increase hiring in the Spring.


New 'venture accelerator' firm aims to jump-start startups

Thursday, February 2, 2012

VentureSpur, a firm designed by three entrepreneurs who returned to their roots to nurture early-stage companies seeking to mature and attract capital, launched Wednesday in downtown Oklahoma City.


Quality Jobs Program boosts its numbers

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The state’s Quality Jobs Program is close to topping last year’s figures, and the program is just halfway through the 2012 fiscal year.


Will Rogers World Airport traffic up

Friday, January 13, 2012

Passenger traffic through Will Rogers World Airport for 2011 was up almost 3 percent over the previous year, Oklahoma City airport officials reported Thursday.


Oklahoma City-based Selexys Pharmaceuticals completes first-phase testing on sickle cell drug

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Oklahoma City's Selexys Pharmaceuticals biopharmaceutical company announced Monday that the drug it has developed to treat sickle cell anemia was successful in its first phase of human testing.


Oklahoma City Ranked No. 1 for Economic Security

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

MetroTrends released their annual Report Card on Economic Security and Oklahoma City was at the top of the class. The publication gave OKC an "A" and ranked it as the Best Metro in the U.S. for economic security. In the write up, the metro's area diverse economy was lauded, as well as the stable housing market.


Texas Oil-Field Services Company Moves to Oklahoma City

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Another energy company has moved into downtown Oklahoma City.
Flogistix LP, a leading oil and natural gas services provider, announced Monday it has opened its corporate headquarters at City Place, 204 N Robinson Ave.

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Launches New OKCChamber.com

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber announced the launch of a new OKCChamber.com, with a refreshed design and more interactive features for Chamber members.

Edmond #1 on CNBC's "10 Perfect Suburbs" List

Thursday, September 1, 2011
What makes a perfect suburb? We’re not talking about suspicious “Stepford Wives” perfect. No, for this list, we consulted Location, Inc., the data and analysis company and creator of the consumer reference site NeighborhoodScout .

Oklahoma Companies Fare Well in Heading to Market

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The stock market has been kind in 2011 to Oklahoma companies looking to go public.

OKC Appears Ahead of Regional Peers on Creative Cities International's "Vitality Index"

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
In a new study by Creative Cities International, Oklahoma City appears ahead of regional peers Kansas City, Houston, San Antonio and Tulsa in this first-ever attempt to take "a new look at what makes exciting cities - big or small - work, weighting cultural data equally with information on trends, costs, and demographic data."

Oklahoma City Named 2nd-Best Place to Start a Small Business

Friday, July 1, 2011

Along with an affordable cost of living and a high concentration of local investors, The Fiscal Times explains OKC's exciting environment for emerging companies as easy-to-succeed for entrepreneurs with a bevy of groundbreaking incentives alongside a strong economy, an expanding population, great "quality of life, revitalized downtown, and cultural activities, along with a talented workforce."


OKC’s Entrepreneurial Community to Host Special Event at Oklahoma’s Buffalo Lounge at South by Southwest Festival

Friday, March 4, 2011
Entrepreneurs from Oklahoma City’s interactive community will come together to host OpenBeta 6 as part of Oklahoma’s presence at the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival taking place in Austin, TX this month.  

Manufacturers pledge to create 641 jobs

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Two makers of oil field and natural gas processing equipment pledge to create 641 new jobs over the next decade as part of the state's Quality Jobs program.

OKC Retailer Named a Harper’s Bazaar Style Leader

Monday, October 18, 2010
“Harper’s Bazaar” today announced Balliets, Oklahoma City’s premier women’s retailer, has been named a “Harper’s Bazaar Style Leader”.

Balliets joins the prestigious group of the best specialty stores in America, as chosen by the magazine’s editors and other important industry figures. 


Tinker group sees benefits from moving MRO work in-house

Monday, October 4, 2010
Tinker group sees benefits from moving MRO work in-house

An American City That's Getting It Right

Barron's // Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Normally we use this space to offer up examples of investment success.

But given the crises that local governments have been facing, — including declining tax rolls, rising demand for services, and widening budget gaps – we decided to shine the spotlight on a city that is defying the national trends.

So hats off to Oklahoma City.


Export figures place city among top 100

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The Oklahoma City area produced $3.9 billion in exports in 2008, ranking it 63rd among the nation's 100 largest metro areas, according to a new report by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

Experts at the Oklahoma Aerospace Summit say the U.S. has the capability to become more energy conscious and more efficient

Monday, June 21, 2010

Worldwide, the craving for energy continues to increase, and the U.S. Department of Defense is one of its major consumers.


Strong Job Growth Continues in Oklahoma City

Monday, June 7, 2010
Oklahoma City landed at #11 on New Geography's "2010 Best Cities for Job Growth" list. With both recent and long-term upward trends in job growth, Oklahoma City continues to batter the recession - rather than the other way around.

Firm Expanding into 101K of Industrial Space

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Folsom, Calif.-based company will occupy space at 7501 SW 29th St. in the Will Rogers Business Park north of the Will Rogers World Airport, about one mile south of Reno Avenue off Council Road. The deal is for six years.


Bringing Low Business Costs to the Big Leagues: Oklahoma City #1 on KPMG Business Cost Survey

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Among U.S. metros of 1 million population or greater, Oklahoma City has the lowest business costs.

2010 Innovation South Awards

Friday, February 26, 2010

SB&D’s Innovation South Awards recognize what we believe are the most innovative programs, initiatives and projects in economic development in the South the previous calendar year. The Innovation Awards honor outstanding achievements by economic development agencies, utilities, public/private partnerships and government initiatives that truly embrace innovation in a way to further job generation and capital investment in the American South. Here are our winners for the 2009 calendar year.


Most-admired CEOs

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Outstanding leadership. Integrity. Commitment. Executives with these traits overflowed Thursday night in a room filled with the top minds of Oklahoma's business and nonprofit communities at The Journal Record's inaugural Oklahoma's Most-admired CEOs event.


Tissue maker has Oklahoma City plans

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Georgia-based company that makes private-label tissue products will open a new plant in Oklahoma City in June, the company's first facility in the Southwest.


Cellu Tissue Holdings, Inc. to Open 325,000 sq. ft. Facility in Oklahoma City

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cellu Tissue Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: CLU), a manufacturer and converter of tissue products for the private-label and away-from-home industries, will open a 325,000 sq. ft. facility at 50 N. Council Rd. in June 2010.


Cellu Tissue Holdings Inc. leases manufacturing space in OKC

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cellu Tissue Holdings Inc., a manufacturer and converter of tissue products for the private label and away-from-home industries, leased a 325,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 50 N Council Road.


Startup Weekend- From Idea to Launch in 54 Hours

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour startup event that provides the networking, resources, and incentives for individuals and teams to go from idea to launch. Startup Weekend’s motto: Build Community. Start Companies. No Talk. All Action.


Green standard: OMRF building earns kudos for sustainability

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY – The human sustainability experts at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have learned a lot lately about saving both the environment and some green.


Developers making headway in Midtown

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Saving buildings is hard work these days, but that doesn’t mean Midtown revivalists have given up their quest.


Oklahoma City-based US Fleet Tracking to work Super Bowl, Winter Olympics

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Oklahoma City's US Fleet Tracking will provide GPS support for the 2010 Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, 2010 Winter Olympics, and 2010 World Equestrian Games.


Paycom launches hiring initiative

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Paycom just keeps growing.


Angel investors give companies wings to fly

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

All new companies start with an idea. When angel investors put their money into a company, they give that idea a chance to generate a business. These businesses generate revenue. That revenue generates jobs. Those jobs create revenue for Oklahoma.


Hitachi breaks ground on $15M expansion project

Monday, January 25, 2010

NORMAN – Gov. Brad Henry was happy to report that, for a change, bad news and the wind aren’t all that is sweeping down the plains these days.


Association recognizes honorees

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Two individuals and a community organization will be honored Thursday at the annual Evening of Excellence, presented by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Alumni Association. The black-tie dinner will be at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, starting with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m.


First lady commends OKC diet initiative

Friday, January 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday highlighted Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett’s “This City Is Going on a Diet” initiative in a speech to a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington.


Not named in 'Extraordinary Measures' film, Oklahomans' efforts still are gaining attention local research served as inspiration but wasn't credited

Friday, January 22, 2010

The movie "Extraordinary Measures” features big-name stars, precocious child actors and life-and-death family drama "inspired by true events.”


Oklahoma City ranks in "100 Best Places to Work” with three high-ranking businesses

Friday, January 22, 2010

Fortune magazine’s latest "100 Best Places to Work” list provides more evidence that Oklahoma City has joined the ranks of big-league cities.


Downtown OKC releases strategic plan

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. on Wednesday released a 10-year strategic plan.


Downtown Oklahoma City group envisions growth

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. is reorganizing its staff as it enters a second decade as operator of the downtown business improvement district.


Great places to work: Okla. companies get high marks

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Judging by Fortune magazine's new job satisfaction survey, it's apparently not as hard to get up in the morning and go to work in Oklahoma City.


Air Force contract adds Oklahoma City jobs, services

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Oklahoma City-based Delaware Resource Group has been awarded a Command and Control training contract by the U.S. Air Force, company officials said Tuesday.


Hitachi to add Norman jobs

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hitachi Computer Products America Inc. on Monday said it will expand its Norman facility with the construction of a new distribution center.


Oberstar tours highway construction sites

Friday, January 8, 2010

The United States should continue funding transportation investments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for another six years, the chairman of the U.S. House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said Monday afternoon.


Construction rental company to open in OKC

Friday, November 20, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - A Volvo Rents construction equipment rental company is scheduled to open in Oklahoma City on Jan. 1, and the local franchisee plans to open other sites in Tulsa and Wichita, Kan.


Facilities form partnership

Thursday, November 19, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY – The relationship between ProCure Proton Therapy Center and Integris Health is official.


Integris opens $100M cancer center in Oklahoma City

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma opened Wednesday as a $100 million center bringing together experts in research, care, prevention and treatment.


Study: Marketing Oklahoma economically benefits state

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Oklahoma secretary of commerce told a House committee Nov. 17 that right now is the best time to market Oklahoma.


Commerce official: Southern part of state to continue economic growth

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The southern portion of Oklahoma - near Ardmore, south to Texas - will see an influx of jobs, families and economic opportunities over the next decade, an official with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce said this week.


Workshop: Partnerships key to bioscience success

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - A small bioscience company may make a revolutionary discovery that could alter the treatment course for a deadly disease.


Oklahoma City-based company signs up to create 90 quality jobs

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Oklahoma City-based Equipment Technology Inc. is planning to add 90 jobs during the next several years after joining the state's Quality Jobs program.


Capital West becomes Geary Securities

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - Capital West Securities took up its new identity as Geary Securities on Monday, company President Keith Geary said.


Once-decrepit Oklahoma City street blooms into retail, restaurant area

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Just three years ago, the stretch of NW 9 just east of Broadway was a blighted mess lined with boarded up houses masked by overgrown brush and trees and homeless folks living in parked cars.


Oklahoma metro areas see growth in ’09 ranking

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fewer job losses, lower foreclosure rates and benefits gained from the energy sector are some factors that helped both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas rise in their rankings on the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities 2009 index.


Medical research partnership workshop offered in Oklahoma

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A workshop to help Oklahoma health researchers create partnerships with investors and pharmaceutical companies is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Conference Center, 655 Research Pkwy., Suite 100.


State ranked in top 25

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Site Selection magazine has placed Oklahoma at No. 18 on its Top Business Climate for 2009 list.


Oklahoma research scientists develop new tool

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Scientists at Oklahoma City biopharmaceutical company Pure Protein LLC have achieved a breakthrough that could have substantial applications for the $37 billion autoimmune disease market, transplantation, infectious diseases, cancer and other new disease targets, the company said.


Best Places' rankings validate state efforts

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Oklahoma City and Tulsa recently were ranked among the best places to launch a new business by editors at Fortune Small Business magazine in conjunction with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


Quest Diagnostics to build $16 million medical lab

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Quest Diagnostics is a $7 billion company with laboratories across the country. But Chief Executive Officer Surya Mohapatra is the first to say the company's upcoming expansion in Oklahoma City is an exception to its current operations.


University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center named best place to work by The Scientist magazine

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Magazine's readers place Health Sciences campus at No. 4 among academic workplaces.


Oklahoma City,Tulsa make list of strong U.S. cities

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A survey of the country's strongest metro areas has put Oklahoma's two largest cities in the spotlight.


What Makes Oklahoma City Recession-Proof?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Forbes.com has touted Oklahoma City as recession-proof. Other headlines from this year read "Oklahoma City Wins in Jobless Figures," "Economists Say State Could Dodge Downturn," "Economic Climate Leaves Clear Skies Ahead for Oklahoma." NPR's Scott Simon travels to Oklahoma City to discover why this town is considered to have such a stable economy.


One of the Top 5 Strongest Metro Economies

Friday, October 23, 2009
Recognizing our strong housing market and gross metropolitan product along with low unemployment rates, Oklahoma City landed at #3 on BusinessWeek's "Forty Strongest U.S. Metro Economies" list.

Jack in the Box plans to open four Oklahoma City-area locations

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fast-food retailer Jack in the Box said Oct. 22 it is planning to expand its presence in the Oklahoma market by opening four Oklahoma City-area corporately owned locations along with two in the Tulsa area.


Profile ranks Oklahoma City best for startups

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Oklahoma City has another feather in its cap.

Even in the toughest of economies, the metro area has scored a victory in being picked as the top large city in which to launch a small business.


Legacy for Life likes life here in Oklahoma

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The state's cost of doing business, its economy and its appealing spot in the middle of the country enticed a Florida company to relocate to Oklahoma City.


Oklahoma's startup deal pipeline is flowing

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I felt a sense of Oklahoma pride as 300 professional fund managers and economic development officers from across the nation gathered in our state last month for the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds annual conference...

The three-day conference focused on the significance of making angel capital and seed funds available to entrepreneurial startup companies.

For Oklahoma, this national conference was a huge success - attendance, speakers, topics covered and especially increased visibility for Oklahoma on the investing landscape...

It all goes to show that the deal flow pipeline in Oklahoma remains strong and is attracting national attention from savvy investors.


Fortune magazine names OKC as best place to launch business

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fortune Small Business magazine and The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will release a list Oct. 14 that names the 2009 list of the 50 best places in the United States to launch a business. Topping the list is Oklahoma City as the top large city.


Incentives for Oklahoma companies wanting to increase operations continue to grow

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The bundle of business incentives available from the state's Commerce Department for companies that want to increase operations, add jobs or expand infrastructure is growing, even amid a recession that has cut into many companies' bottom line.


Oklahoma's i2E Wins Global Praise for State Startup Aid

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Oklahoma City-based i2E Inc. has earned international acclaim for its efforts to grow entrepreneurial businesses.
Tuesday, the company received an excellence award at the International Economic Development Council conference in Reno, Nev.


30 jobs expected in Oklahoma from KC-10 work

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The U.S. Air Force's new nine-year contract with Northrop Grumman Corp. for contractor logistics support for its KC-10 Extender refueling tanker aircraft should create about 30 jobs in Oklahoma.


Only American Unguator suppliers look to expand their operation

Friday, October 2, 2009

A piece of German technology sold by a Norman pharmaceutical company has sparked the need for expansion into the city's business park.


New York audience hears of Oklahoma's pluses

Friday, October 2, 2009

New York business leaders were encouraged to "discover the global and economic momentum in Oklahoma" Tuesday evening during a reception at the 21 Club in New York by the Oklahoma Fast Forward Team.


Oklahoma Wind Supply Chain Workshop set for October 15

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Find out how your manufacturing business can become part of the emerging wind industry supply chain.


New Report Provides Roadmap to Grow Oklahoma's Aerospace Industry

Monday, September 28, 2009

Protecting and enhancing Oklahoma's current aerospace industry and providing new opportunities to increase competitiveness are the focus of a new strategic report recently released by Oklahoma Aerospace Industry Partners.


Oklahomans tell Europe about state’s energy

Friday, September 25, 2009

State government and business officials are half a world away this week in an effort to attract new business to Oklahoma.


State study calls for strengthening aerospace sector

Friday, September 25, 2009

Oklahoma needs to mount a cooperative effort to retain and expand the aerospace industry, a state study has found.


Conference brings it home

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The presence of 300 venture capitalists in Oklahoma City this week is a rare opportunity to draw national attention to local business investment opportunities, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President Roy Williams said.


ProCure Proton Therapy Center opens to treat cancer patients

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cancer patients have a new option for treatment. Monday, the Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma ProCure Proton Therapy Center opened for patients.


AARP names Oklahoma City's Express to best employer list

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Express Employment Professionals was recently named one of AARP's Best Employers for Workers Over 50 for the second year in a row, according to Robert A. Funk, founder and CEO of Express.


Group plans conference

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The National Association of Seed and Venture Funds conference in Oklahoma City is Sept. 14-16 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.


Open House Attracts Air Force, Community Leaders

Friday, September 4, 2009

Air Force leaders, Oklahoma state, county and local community officials gathered at Tinker Air Force Base Aug. 17 to celebrate the installation's newest addition, Bldg. 9001 in the Tinker Aerospace Complex.


Oklahoma City wins in jobless figures

The Oklahoman // Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Oklahoma City's 5.9 percent jobless rate for July remains the best in the country from a list of 372 metro areas with a population greater than 1 million, the Labor Department reported Tuesday.


OKC's love affair with Southwest.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The long record of a close relationship between Oklahoma City and Southwest Airlines continues.


Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack to speak in OKC

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be the keynote speaker at the National Association of Seed Venture Funds annual conference on Sept. 14-16 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City.


Job searches easier in Oklahoma City

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Oklahoma City is among the 10 best cities in America to find a job, according to a new list released Tuesday in U.S. News Media Group's "Best Places" series.


Oklahoma situated well for rail line

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Transportation high-speed route would include Tulsa, Oklahoma City


Study shows residents' approval of Oklahoma City services

Monday, August 24, 2009

Oklahoma City residents are happy with their local government and getting happier, according to a recent survey.


Jobs may land in Stillwater

Friday, August 21, 2009

A "no" vote on a new proposed contract between Mercury Marine and its 580 hourly union workers in Fond du Lac, Wis., would mean the company would look to move its manufacturing operations to Oklahoma.


New hospital could benefit heart of Oklahoma City's south side

Friday, August 21, 2009

Months before it opens, Oklahoma Heart Hospital South at the crossroads of Interstate 240 and Sooner Road is already at landmark status.


Chamber to receive Tinker bond cash

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Oklahoma County commissioners voted Wednesday to help fund the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's efforts to bring jobs to Tinker Air Force Base.


New life for former GM plant in Okla

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tinker Air Force Base officials gave political and business leaders and the media a look Monday at the new addition to the Tinker Aerospace Complex inside the shuttered General Motors Assembly Plant.


Q&A with Deidre Ebrey: Moore shopping center boasts no shortage of retailers

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In the Shops at Moore, anchored by J.C. Penney, there are several new retailers opening this fall including Rue 21, Sally Beauty and Ooh La La (an accessories store.)


Celebrating the small victories

Monday, August 17, 2009

The industrial real estate sector in Oklahoma City is facing significantly decreased sales volume. But even in a tight market, some deals are happening.


Conference to focus on potential for seed capital investing

Friday, August 14, 2009

The potential for seed capital investing has never been stronger, even in the current down economy, said Steve Mercil, vice chairman of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds.


Oklahoma City defies recession

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

When an auto plant closes, it's usually bad news for the local economy.


Oklahoma's economy to grow, execs say

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Mid-America Business Conditions index economic outlook from Creighton University Forecasting Group said its monthly survey of supply managers and business executives suggests the region’s economy is expanding for the first time in almost a year.


Q&A with Sandy Pratt: Oklahoma to feel growth of wind energy expansion

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wind energy seems to be a leading contender to replace fossil fuels in the future. Are Oklahoma businesses equipped to support it?


Oklahoma City has Lowest Unemployment Rate in Nation 6 of 10 Months since Recession was Declared in September

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Oklahoma City has had the lowest unemployment rate of any large metro (metro with population of 1 million or more) six out of the 10 months since the recession was declared in September 2008. The other four months the unemployment rate ranked a close 2nd in the nation.


Business in Oklahoma is A-OK, report shows

Saturday, August 1, 2009

When it comes to the cost of living, the Sooner State beats out the rest of the nation, a new survey from CNBC.com says.


After Decades in Decline Plaza District Sees Revival

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

After spending a decade as a reporter covering everyone from the mayor to the governor, Janice Francis-Smith cashed in her savings and teamed up with her sister to open a coffee shop.


Foreign trade zones offer local link to global business

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tucked away at Oklahoma's waterways, air traffic hubs and industrial parks are its foreign trade zones, those U.S. Customs duty management programs that are boosting the state into playing a bigger and better role in the global economy.


Apex Global Partners, Inc. Expands Operations and Opens New Office in Oklahoma

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Apex Global Partners(AGP) expands its Employee Benefits Operations, appoints Brad Williams as Director of Oklahoma Business Development, and opens new office in Oklahoma City.


Walking devices made in Oklahoma City to improve prosthetics' performance

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Days after moving into new offices in the Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park, officials with OrthoCare Innovations introduced two devices designed to help amputees walk better. What's more, they will be manufactured in Oklahoma City.


ProCure launches its proton therapy center in Oklahoma City

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Oklahomans seeking cancer treatment Wednesday got another option with the opening of the $120 million ProCure Proton Therapy Center at 5901 W Memorial Road in Oklahoma City.


OCU plans for expansion

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Oklahoma City University is planning a $9.4 million building expansion to its nursing school.


OCU ranked among 'Great Colleges to Work For'

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Oklahoma City University has been ranked among the best colleges to work for in the nation for the second consecutive year, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education's "2009 Great Colleges to Work For" report.


Marquee revamp conveys sign of Uptown's progress in Oklahoma City

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The smashed marquee at the Tower Theater is gone and the letters are back in place - a hint that renovations are finally getting under way at the Uptown landmark.


Big Truck Tacos Plans to Drive 'Street Food with a Twist' to After-Hours Scene

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Three seasoned chefs with resumes at some of Oklahoma City's finest restaurants are teaming up . . . to start a taco truck.


Better Than OK

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

In the depths of the most severe national recession in decades, Oklahoma's largest city will soon sprout a new office tower surpassing anything built since the 1980s.


Jasco plans warehouse expansion

Monday, June 29, 2009

Steve Trice knew it wouldn't take long for his company to outgrow its space. Trice, president and CEO of Jasco Products Co., founded the company in 1975.


Military funds to promote prosthetics in Oklahoma

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Eight million dollars of a $10 million request was approved to create an Oklahoma City prosthetics technology center.


Oklahoma City, Tulsa rank high in housing markets

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The good news is that a real estate forecast put Oklahoma City and Tulsa among the housing markets with the "best expected performance" over the next year. The so-so news is that means home prices aren't expected to drop, according to Local Market Monitor in Cary, N.C., which released its latest Home Price Index for more than 300 markets this week.


Hotel planned near OKC cancer center

Friday, June 26, 2009

The ProCure Proton Therapy Center is set to open in northwest Oklahoma City in July.


Oklahoma urged to welcome wind industry’s builders

Friday, June 26, 2009

International manufacturers of wind energy components are lining up to spend billions of dollars on new U.S. manufacturing sites within the next five years.


Williams: Celebrating Tinker AFB

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tinker Air Force Base and the state of Oklahoma have enjoyed a successful partnership since 1940 when word spread that the U.S. Air Force was interested in building a depot in the Midwest. 


Stabil Drill opens Oklahoma City facility

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Stabil Drill, a Superior Energy Services company specializing in bottom hole assembly rental tools, has opened its new facility in Oklahoma City. President and CEO Sammy Russo made the announcement June 24.


Closed GM plant seen as opportunity for Tinker

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sitting adjacent to Tinker Air Force Base, the former General Motors plant is now the Tinker Aerospace Complex.


Okla.’s role in wind power to be topic at conference

Friday, June 19, 2009

Oklahoma has the potential to be a major player in the nation's wind power industry with capacity to not only provide power within the state and region but to export power to other parts of the country.


Oklahoma City’s Film Row District’s redevelopment takes shape

Thursday, June 18, 2009

During the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Realtors bus tour June 18, real estate brokers and business owners saw the progress of the historical Film Row District's renovation in the 700 block of West Sheridan and Lee avenues.


Bricktown area gets sweeter for visitors

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bricktown visitors will have a new place to satisfy their sweet tooth when Bricktown Candy Co. opens Friday. The shop will sell many kinds of bulk candy - chocolate, sours, bubble gum, licorice, hard candy, jaw breakers and more - plus bottled soft drinks.


Aerospace urged to up ante for recruitment

Thursday, June 18, 2009

U.S. and Oklahoma aerospace companies must begin thinking about their work force requirements five to 10 years in the future because the industry no longer has the romance and allure it held 40 years ago, industry leaders said Wednesday.


Hobby Lobby plans to open 25 stores; Moore to be one site

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hobby Lobby is on track to open 25 new stores this year around the country, and will begin work this summer on construction of a new store in Moore.


In recession, state faring well

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

More than a year ago, Forbes magazine dubbed Oklahoma City the most recession-proof city in the nation. The city is experiencing the effects of the depressed economy, but a new report out today indicates Oklahoma's two major cities are holding their own against the worst of the national recession.


Fractured economic climate has aerospace industry in a 'tailspin'

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A fractured global economic climate is just one of the issues facing the aerospace industry. "We are struggling to adapt our environment to the evolving industry," said Maj. Gen P. David Gillett, commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base. "Nonetheless there is no whining allowed and we continue to meet our mission," he said.


OKC-area discount grocery chains compete by selling delicacies

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Even discount grocery stores need a strategy in tough economic times. As many grocery shoppers are watching every dime, discount chains are ramping up efforts to keep shoppers coming through the doors.

Pharmaceutical company secures seed money, grants for drug development

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Selexys Pharma-ceuticals recently secured $3.5 million in venture capital seed money and an equal amount in grants, including the largest Small Business Innovation Research grant ever to an Oklahoma company, Chief Executive Scott Rollins said Monday.

California reporter sees the modern truth of Oklahoma City

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Today's business cover story — a reversal of "The Grapes of Wrath" — marks a triumphant moment at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, but is mostly newsworthy because of its initial audience: thousands of Californians.


Finding a California dream in Oklahoma’s heartland

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fleeing the Great Depression and a drought unprecedented in American history, a vast wave of Oklahomans and Texans dubbed "Okies" loaded everything they could onto crowded vehicles during the 1930s and headed west for California. Today, in huge numbers, their grandchildren are moving back.


ProCure Proton Therapy Center set to open in July

Monday, June 15, 2009

When ProCure Proton Therapy Center opens in July, Ed Bertels said it will help put Oklahoma health care in the national limelight.


Research fund’s slow start still holds promise for state

Monday, June 15, 2009

Millions of dollars are riding on Paul Risser’s homework assignment. But that’s not all. As a member of the board that will decide where to invest proceeds from the EDGE research endowment, Risser and fellow board members are helping the state create a more prosperous future.


Air quality preventive measures will save money later

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is trying to convince business operators that minor preventive measures in air quality now will save a lot of money later.


Q&A with John Wood

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Devon works with city to build a better downtown

Q: The city hired consultant and author Jeff Speck to do a walkability study downtown. How are the results of that study being incorporated into planning on the new Devon Energy world headquarters?


Clean-energy jobs in Oklahoma climbing, Pew study shows

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Oklahoma's mix of clean-energy businesses, including wind and geothermal efforts, grew by 6.8 percent from 1998 to 2007, the study concluded. The overall job growth rate statewide was 2.4 percent for the same period.


Being Independent

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
"I am glad you told me that, because now I want to come and shoot in Oklahoma City," said film director Paul Osborne. He was responding to Gov. Brad Henry’s signing of Senate Bill 318 into law last week, which increases the Oklahoma film enhancement rebate to 37 percent cash back on production companies' expenditures in the state, according an Oklahoma Film & Music Office press release.

Q&A with Mark Vanlandingham

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Clean air is expected to become a much bigger issue later this summer. The central Oklahoma area is dangerously close to failing to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's ozone standard, also known as receiving a non-attainment designation. The status of the air quality in the metropolitan area not only has an impact on the health and welfare of our citizens, but also on our capacity to pursue economic development projects for the area. It also impacts our overall quality of life and our image.

Cytovance on Track to Grow Even Further at Oklahoma City's PHF Research Park

Friday, June 5, 2009
An expansion announced in May by Cytovance Biologics within the Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park in Oklahoma City is the first step in the contract biologics manufacturer growing large enough to move into its own building at the tech campus within three to five years, foundation President Mike Anderson told BioRegion News this week.

Oklahoma City Most Cost Effective Large City in the United States according to fDi Magazine

Thursday, June 4, 2009
Oklahoma City is the most cost effective large city in the United States according to fDi Magazine's annual North America Cities of the Future report. Oklahoma City also ranks as the third most cost effective city in North America. fDi Magazine categorizes large cities as those with populations between 500,000 and 1 million.

GM plant's loss in '06 eased economic harm

Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Oklahoma City experienced the pain of losing a General Motors production plant three years ago, in a healthier economy when there was a more optimistic job outlook.

Chesapeake, Devon praised

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Two Oklahoma City-based energy corporations are among the winners of 2008 excellence awards issued by Oil and Gas Investor magazine.

OKC feels economic boon from The Lion King

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Drawing thousands of guests, Disney's The Lion King is being credited for brining more than $17 million to Oklahoma City hotels, restaurants and retail outlets.

McClain County inks deal for commercial development

Thursday, May 21, 2009
An 830-acre development will bring $1.5 billion to McClain County by 2021.

Oklahomans spread the word about state's future in biofuels

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Steve Rhines had been at the exhibition hall of the BIO 2009 conference in Atlanta for only a few minutes before he started fielding questions about Oklahoma's switchgrass.

Fourth biotech company comes from scientist's lab

Thursday, May 21, 2009
The fertile mind of University of Oklahoma scientist Dr. Paul DeAngelis has yielded a sugar-based compound that is the basis of a fourth life sciences company.

Teavana coming to Penn Square

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Teavana, "the heaven of tea," will open June 12 at Penn Square Mall.

Entrepreneur beats odds to take top business honor

Thursday, May 21, 2009
A small-business owner from Oklahoma City who overcame personal and business challenges to lead her environmental remediation firm to success has been named the 2009 National Small Business Person of the Year.

Shopping Centers meeting proves a success for state

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
China is a no show at this year's International Council of Shopping Centers conference, and the world power's preleased space is testimony to the devastation that has hit the retailing and commercial development world.

Oklahoma draws biofuel interest at BIO 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The exhibition hall at the BIO 2009 trade show had been opened for only a few minutes Tuesday morning when a visitor to the Oklahoma booth inquired about switchgrass as a biofuel alternative.

Oklahoma gets chance to brag during biotech trade show

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
More than 60 Oklahomans will take the floor of the Georgia World Congress Center here this week, providing a big presence for the state at one of the world's largest industry networking events, the BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) 2009 trade show.

Downtown continues quest for grocery store

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The weather was cold and rainy, and turnout, while not horrible, wasn't up to last year's inaugural downtown housing tour.

Delta Dental of Oklahoma, U.S. Cellular take top Best Places to Work in Oklahoma honors

Friday, May 15, 2009
OKCBiz presented the top 30 companies with awards at the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in Oklahoma reception and dinner May 15 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

State delegation to attend biotechnology conference

Thursday, May 14, 2009
Nearly 70 delegates from Oklahoma's bioscience industry plan to attend the BIO 2009 International Convention in Atlanta May 18-21.

Jasco Products shows growth despite economy

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
At Jasco Products Co., it's hard to ignore the numbers - or the sprawling business campus on the southeast corner of Memorial Road and Santa Fe just west of the Broadway Extension.

New Bricktown saloon to offer customers a howling good time

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Construction is nearing completion and auditions are scheduled for next month as the Coyote Ugly Saloon prepares to bring its dancing bartenders to Bricktown. 

Oklahoma City-based DigiTouch creates concierge network

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Ashley Amend is creating a network of digital concierges to connect the country's hotel lobbies, sports arenas, shopping malls and other public outlets through her Oklahoma City-based company.

Main Street: Core to shore proposals taking a step forward

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Last week, some of Oklahoma City's most recognized architects pitched their best visions for a new "central park" that city leaders hope will anchor the area known as "Core to Shore."

Kellogg plans to move into new warehouse in Oklahoma City

Saturday, May 9, 2009
Kellogg Co., the cereal giant, is going against the grain with a new warehouse in north Oklahoma City.

Creative Oklahoma director eyes world forum in 2010

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
In Tom Searls' job, he might be rubbing elbows with the Flaming Lips one day and touting creative approaches for economic development to business leaders the next.

LEGO builds on toy’s success with launch of Oklahoma store

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
LEGO building products, the colorful interlocking blocks, seem to be making a comeback.

Developer still growing despite economic climate

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
When Jeff Penner set out to develop a string of hotels along the Oklahoma River two years ago, the economy was buzzing and occupancy was riding along a five-year boom.

Business jet industry remains steady at OKC's Wiley Post Airport

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Despite the stormy economy, the business jet industry continues to fly at Wiley Post Airport.

Plaza District works to improve image

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Redevelopment in Oklahoma City's Plaza District continues nearly a decade after Lyric Theatre took a chance on the ailing area.

Half Price Books heading to Oklahoma City

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Texas-based used-book store chain Half Price Books will open its first Oklahoma store May 21.

One step closer with grant

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corp. will soon be establishing a new laboratory and taking a big step closer to commercialization of a new Crohn's disease treatment, thanks to a nearly $300,000 grant from OCAST, Chief Executive Scott Rollins said.

Building up the inner Oklahoma City may be one bite away

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Oklahoma City leaders spent millions trying to revive the inner city. They tore down hundreds of buildings, eliminated entire streets and came up with every scheme imaginable to bring people back downtown.

Chesapeake tops job list

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Chesapeake Energy Corp. has been named to Outside magazine's second annual "Best Places to Work" list.

Air Force makes use of GM plant

Sunday, April 26, 2009
The old General Motors plant in southeast Oklahoma City is looking less and less like a car factory as the Air Force proceeds with its conversion of the property into a maintenance facility.

Environment-friendly city boosts resources, growth

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Why bother to go green?

Director lays out plans for a better Bricktown

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Organizers of last week's first "State of Bricktown" seemed to go out of their way to reinforce questions I threw at them regarding the impression the district makes on visitors.

All aboard!

Monday, April 20, 2009
Building roads, building bridges, building railroads. All are long-term investments in the economic recovery.

These Walls: Scott Sabolich Prosthetics & Research

Monday, April 20, 2009
At Scott Sabolich's building there are S's and curves everywhere.

Bricktown merchants hold talks on future

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Bricktown leaders did some strutting Wednesday, unveiling a new Web site, plans for free wireless Internet and a campaign for the charity group Limbs for Life.

Leaders, officials gather to discuss Bricktown district

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
State leaders, city officials and Oklahoma City leaders gathered in Bricktown April 15 to talk about the district’s future.

Oklahoma City Penn Square Lessons Give It 5.6% Jobless Rate

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Oklahoma City has plenty of experience with banking crises. That's helping it avoid most of the fallout from this one.

Oklahoma travel market grows, despite economy

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The economic downturn may be slowing some parts of Oklahoma's economy, but the state's travel and tourism market is seeing growth.

What's the story behind a name?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Deep Deuce is a fascinating, steeped-in-history area, but do you know how it got its name? What about the Mesta Park neighborhood?

Edmond’s Pelco named to Quality Leadership 100 list

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Quality Magazine has named Edmond’s Pelco Products, Inc. to its Quality Leadership 100, the company said today.


Oklahoma metro areas following trends of decentralization

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
As with most major metropolitan areas in the country, the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas saw a drop in the share of jobs downtown between 1998 and 2006, according to a report released Monday by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Proton therapy center to bring alternative cancer treatment to OKC

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Oklahoma is a market ready for an alternative to photon cancer treatments, ProCure Proton Therapy Center President Ed Bertels said.

Acorn Growth expands with latest acquisition

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Midwest City-based aerospace investment company Acorn Growth Cos. has purchased a West Coast company that makes composite aircraft components and structures.

Oklahoma City gets top credit rating

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Elite score from Standard & Poor's will help with street and bridge projects.

Retailers follow downtown housing growth; gourmet market to open in Deep Deuce area of OKC

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
As Brenda Craiger worked to sell downtown condominiums, people kept asking when retailers were coming. Now she has an answer.

Oklahoma City, Tulsa make Forbes' Best Places list

Monday, March 30, 2009
Oklahoma City ranks 12th and Tulsa is 47th on Forbes' list of "Best Places for Businesses and Careers."

Tinker, others to get $74M in stimulus funds

Monday, March 30, 2009
Tinker Air Force Base will get more than $44 million in federal stimulus funds to make a variety of repairs and improvements.

Nanotech opportunities abound in Oklahoma

Sunday, March 29, 2009
Researchers across Oklahoma and the United States are focusing on creating new nanotechnology applications in today's market. Nanotechnologies are products that focus on control, synthesis and characterization of particles less than 100 nanometers.

With stimulus, forecast looks good for Oklahoma City company

Saturday, March 21, 2009
The new federal stimulus bill is expected to directly influence business at one longtime Oklahoma City manufacturer that has for almost 90 years produced products aimed at making homes more weather-resistant.

State of Oklahoma unveils new Web sites

Friday, March 20, 2009
The State of Oklahoma announced new Web sites for Economic Development Generating Excellence and Open Books, the state's official transparency portal.

City heat pump plant to expand operations

Friday, March 20, 2009
While many U.S. manufacturers are cutting back, an Oklahoma company has bold plans to do the opposite.

Parts of Oklahoma hit population growth spurt

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Counties around the state's two largest cities and a section of south-central Oklahoma are among the fastest-growing areas of the state, according to census population estimates to be released today.

Oklahomans bid for 'green collar' jobs in France

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Oklahoma officials are in Marseilles, France, trying to interest wind power companies to bring "green collar" jobs to the state.

New Bricktown businesses add their cheers for Big 12

Friday, March 13, 2009
Four new Bricktown businesses -- a restaurant, two bars and a hotel -- were aiming to open well before this week's Big 12 basketball tournament.

Come take a walk downtown; OKC looks to become pedestrian-friendly

Friday, March 13, 2009
As thousands of people move about downtown Oklahoma City on foot to-and-from basketball games this week, a streetscape plan for the city shows that the ways pedestrians get around downtown need improvement.

Downtown events bring out-of-town bucks to local restaurants, hotels

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Last week The Buzz could barely brew coffee fast enough to meet demand.

Will Rogers World Airport officials look ahead for continued growth

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
A dismal economy will not keep Will Rogers World Airport from taking a longer perspective -- 20 years out -- for continued growth, Airport Director Mark Kranenburg said.

Oklahoma City University eyes downtown for law school site

Friday, March 6, 2009
The Oklahoma City University law school has roots downtown, and may one day be headed back there to stay.

3 Oklahoma companies join Fortune's most admired list

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Three Oklahoma companies have been named to Fortune magazine's list of 363 "World’s Most Admired Companies."

Okla. keeps steady hand in recession

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
If the lunch entree at this year's Commercial Real Estate Council's Forecast was any prediction of the days ahead, those in the business expect things to be OK in Oklahoma City in 2009.

Chesapeake moving jobs to Oklahoma City

Friday, February 27, 2009
Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. Thursday announced it plans to downsize its Charleston, W.Va., regional corporate headquarters to a field office and move many of the top jobs to Oklahoma City.

OrthoCare alliance in OKC to get millions in U.S. Defense Department research funds

Thursday, February 26, 2009
OrthoCare Innovations LLC has formed a multi-agency alliance to tap into millions of dollars in U.S. Defense Department funds for prosthetics research, manufacturing and commercialization in Oklahoma City, executives said Wednesday.

OKC-based Paycom continues expansion

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Chad Richison expects to stay plenty busy in 2009. While layoffs and bankruptcies abound, Richison said he will increase his work force by nearly 20 percent before the first leaves turn orange in autumn.

Henry promotes funding for EDGE program

Friday, February 20, 2009
Gov. Brad Henry urged a gathering of civic and business leaders Thursday at the annual Greater Oklahoma City Chamber chairman’s breakfast to support a permanent funding for the EDGE economic development endowment fund even as the state grapples with a $900 million hole in its budget.

Bricktown heads to Vegas

Thursday, February 19, 2009
Jim Cowan hopes Bricktown can hit the jackpot in Las Vegas.

Bargain hunters continue to enjoy stores' discounts

Thursday, February 19, 2009
As the nation slid into a recession, discounts on merchandise of 50 to 75 percent became commonplace.

Retail market making comeback in Auto Alley

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Oklahoma City's Automobile Alley -- that mile of Broadway Avenue from NW Fourth Street to NW 13th Street -- was once home to 56 of the city's first 92 auto dealerships.

Downtown OKC groups pitch canal extension plan

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Momentum is building behind the scenes for an extension of the Bricktown Canal that would bring the waterway to the Myriad Gardens.

Central Park area integral to Core to Shore project

Monday, February 9, 2009
A foundational component of the Core to Shore project is to establish a public-space Central Park area, plans for which are still fluid, which would serve as a series of gathering and recreational spaces for all ages.

Core to Shore: What's there now

Monday, February 9, 2009
When Russell Claus looks south of downtown Oklahoma City he sees the future.

Core to Shore: New developments expected to sprout up

Monday, February 9, 2009
The city of Oklahoma City wants a large park south of downtown. What will sprout up around that park remains to be seen.

Mapping Core to Shore

Monday, February 9, 2009
When MAPS-3 finally shows up on voting ballots -- before the end of the year, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said -- the temporary sales tax issue will likely represent a wide range of projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

So far, Oklahoma City remains afloat despite national economic crisis

Friday, February 6, 2009
After spending the past several months working real estate deals in Florida, local broker Gary Gregory sees an economic map that has almost the entire country under water with just a few visible islands of relative prosperity.

Major Oklahoma utilities plan to supply 10 percent of their electricity from turbines

Friday, February 6, 2009
Public Service Co. of Oklahoma Thursday announced it has signed long-term agreements to buy about 198 megawatts of wind energy from two new wind farms planned for western Oklahoma.

Bricktown warehouse set to begin a new purpose

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
One of Bricktown's oldest properties is undergoing the transformation from a warehouse to offices and retail as Standley Systems looks to make the building its new Oklahoma City hub.

Colorado manufacturing plant moving to Oklahoma

Monday, February 2, 2009
A company that produces products and software for the natural gas industry moved its corporate office to Oklahoma City last year and in April plans to relocate its manufacturing plant from Colorado to Oklahoma.

Oklahoma governor seeks EDGE funding

Monday, January 26, 2009
Governor Brad Henry announced Jan. 26 a plan to boost funding for the EDGE research endowment by earmarking various state interest and investment earnings for the fund.

Four Oklahoma companies among Fortune top 100 list

Friday, January 23, 2009
Four Oklahoma companies were included in Fortune magazine's latest list of the top 100 companies to work for.

Four Oklahoma-based companies named to best-places-to-work list

Friday, January 23, 2009
When employees tried to explain what made their company one of the four Oklahoma businesses to be listed Thursday in Fortune’s annual 100 Best Companies to Work For, they immediately cited their co-workers - "the people."

Enviable place to be

Friday, January 23, 2009
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett gave his 2009 State of the City address on Jan. 15.

Strong Oklahoma home values praised

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Oklahoma City and Tulsa remain among the nation's Top 25 strongest housing markets despite the slowdown and recent price weakening, Forbes.com said this week.

Mayor Cornett calls for large central park, mass transit upgrades

Friday, January 16, 2009
It's time for Oklahoma City to take the next step in establishing long-lasting cultural changes by creating a large central park near downtown and improving the public mass transit system, Mayor Mick Cornett said Thursday.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says MAPS leads to resiliency

Friday, January 16, 2009
Mayor Mick Cornett used his State of the City address Thursday to talk about MAPS 3, praise the city’s economy and reflect on the year in which we became a big-league town.

Tax district aims to lure employers to Oklahoma City

Sunday, January 11, 2009
J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Boeing represent the dreams of economic recruiters across the country -- companies that were enticed to move their corporate headquarters.

Oklahoma leaders pushing continued marketing

Friday, January 9, 2009
The country may be stuck in a dire recession, but local marketing professionals were told Thursday now is the time for Oklahoma City to raise its profile with tourists and convention planners.

Downtown OKC Inc. hires new president

Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Jane Jenkins on Tuesday was named president of business improvement district Downtown OKC Inc. Jenkins, the chairwoman of the International Downtown Association, will begin her duties as president in March.

Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. president praised for state ties

Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Jane Jenkins will be the fourth president of Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. and is the first hired through a national search.

Being Independent

www.journalrecord.com // Wednesday, December 31, 1969
“I am glad you told me that, because now I want to come and shoot in Oklahoma City,” said film director Paul Osborne. He was responding to Gov. Brad Henry’s signing of Senate Bill 318 into law last week, which increases the Oklahoma film enhancement rebate to 37 percent cash back on production companies’ expenditures in the state, according an Oklahoma Film & Music Office press release.
 

The Crossroads of America

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Greater Oklahoma City is in the geographic center of North America equidistant from the east and west coasts and major trade partners of Canada and Mexico. The ten county region is at the crossroads of the U.S., sitting at the heart of three major national highways on the NAFTA corridor.

There's a reason Greater Oklahoma City is such a great place for business: Location. The ten county region is positioned within a day's drive of the rapidly-growing south-central region (OK, TX, AR, LA) projected to grow more than 44% during the next 25 years.

Explore the counties and cities of Greater Oklahoma City including major employers and higher education. The ten county region boasts an average commute time of 20 minutes and a skilled workforce over half a million strong.

 
 

Eight Healthiest Housing Markets

The National Association of Realtors recently named Oklahoma City one of the "8 Healthiest Housing Markets" in the United States. Expected income increases and low unemployment continue to attract new businesses and households to the metro area according to the publication.
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Oklahoma City Accolades

Kiplinger: OKC is No. 1 for Starting a Business
Oct. 30, 2014 - Kiplinger
Looking for the perfect place to start your next business? According to Kiplinger, look no further than Oklahoma City. The publication ranked the metro No. 1 on its "Best Cities for Starting a Business" list. OKC's low cost of living and thriving small business community were just a couple of factors that helped it nab the top spot.

OKC Ranks No. 3 in Office Space Market Growth
Oct. 27, 2014 - Newmark Grubb Knight Frank/CoStar
According to Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and CoStar OKC saw the third highest percentage growth in the office space market. The metro saw a 2.7-percent growth year-to-date ranking just behind Detroit and Las Vegas.

Few Big Cities More Affordable than OKC
Oct. 24, 2014 - Kiplinger
Affordability is crucial to business success today and according to Kiplinger you won't find many big cities more affordable than Oklahoma City. The business magazine named the metro No. 9 on its "Most Affordable Big City in the U.S." list due to low living costs and steady home values.

OKC Shows Strong GDP Growth
Oct. 3, 2014 - Bureau of Economic Analysis
According to new numbers from the Bureau of Economic Analysis the Oklahoma City MSA saw a 3.9 percent increase in GDP growth from 2011-2013. OKC is one of only 3 large metros in the country to post a gain of 3.5 percent or higher.

Oklahoma Ranks No. 1 in Durable Goods Manufacturing Growth
Sept. 30, 2014 - Bureau of Economic Analysis
Oklahoma continues to see impressive manufacturing growth through the first half of the year. In fact the Bureau of Economic Analysis ran the numbers and the Sooner state paced the nation in manufacturing earnings growth of durable goods from the first to second quarter of 2014. Oklahoma saw a 4.1 percent increase, a full half a percent higher than the next closest state on the list.

Five Metro Schools Ranked Among America's Best
Sept. 20, 2014 - Newsweek
Five metro schools made Newsweek's annual "America's Top High Schools" list. The rankings are based on achievement and college readiness scores. The five high schools ranked were: Bethany, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Edmond Memorial, Norman and Norman North.

Thunder Ranked Seventh-Best Sports Franchise in North America
Sept. 19, 2014 - ESPN
The Oklahoma City Thunder were recently ranked No. 7 on ESPN's annual "Best Sport Franchise in North America" list. The list looks at factors like affordability, fan relations, stadium experience and winning. The Thunder were the third ranked NBA team and

Oklahoma Ranks No. 2 for Recent Grads
Sept. 19, 2014 - FindTheBest
Website Find the Best recently set out to find which states have been the best for recent college grads since the recession. Using data such as median income, tuition and unemployment rates, the site ranked Oklahoma No. 2 on its list. If you just graduated college looks like you should be headed to Oklahoma.

OKC among World's Smartest Cities for Travelers
Aug. 26, 2014 - National Geographic Travel
National Geographic Travel knows a thing or two about the world and recently they named Oklahoma City one of the "World's Smartest Cities." The travel pub went on to say, "(Oklahoma City) has transformed 7.5 miles of dry riverbed into an urban park (Oklahoma River Trails) and Olympic-caliber rowing center."

Forbes: OKC ranks as the No. 7 Best Place for Business
July 23, 2014 - Forbes
Forbes recently released their 2014 "Best and Worst Places for Business 2014" list and as you would expect Oklahoma City fared well. The metro ranked No. 7 on the list and the publication highlighted OKC's outstanding job and income growth over the past five years.

OKC Has More CNG Fueling Stations than Any Other City
July 21, 2014 - Bankrate
Oklahoma City has more fueling stations that any other city in the U.S., with 11 total according to Bankrate.

OKC: No. 1 Best City to Launch a Startup
July 9, 2014 - NerdWallet
Access to funding, labor and the cost of living can make or break a new business. Based on a NerdWallet study, OKC is ranked the No. 1 place to start a business in the U.S.

Oklahoma Ranks No. 7 on Thumbtack's Business Friendly List
June 26, 2014 - Thumbtack
Oklahoma was given an A+ and ranked No. 7 in Thumbtack's annual Small Business Friendless Survey. Here in the metro OKC received a grade of A- and was praised for the city's training and networking programs.

OKC Ranked No. 10 "Best City to Drive a Car"
June 17, 2014 - Nerd Wallet
Nerd Wallet set out to find which major cities were best for drivers and OKC came in at No. 10. The publication sited OKC's affordable gas prices as a big positive for the metro.

Oklahoma is Home to One of the Fastest Growing Economies
June 13, 2014 - U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
According to new data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Oklahoma has one of the top-five-fastest growing economies in the nation. Oklahoma saw a 4.17 percent increase in its GDP while the nation saw only a 1.9 percent increase over the same time span.

Workers are More Satisfied in OKC
June 13, 2014 - Fast Company
According to a new report from Fast Company, workers in Oklahoma City are some of the most satisfied in the nation. The publication ranked OKC No. 8 on its Employment Satisfaction Report Card due to employment opportunities in the metro.

Forbes: Oklahoma One of the Best States to Make a Living
June 9, 2014 - Forbes
Using economic data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and C2ER, Forbes ranked the best (and worst) states to make a living. To no one's surprise, Oklahoma fared well coming in at No. 9 on the list. Low unemployment and competitive cost of living helped the Sooner State achieve the ranking.

OKC Ranks as a Great Place to Work for a Small Business
May 13, 2014 - Wallet Hub
OKC routinely makes "Best Places to Start a Small Business" lists but what about working for a small business? The metro also ranks high in that regard according to Wallet Hub The website ranked OKC No. 5 on its "Best Cities to Work for a Small Business" ranking.

Looking to Start a Business? OKC is the Place
April 3, 2014 - The Business Journals
According to The Business Journals, if you want to start a small business you should look no further than Oklahoma City. The publication ranked OKC No. 7 on its "Best Metros for Small Business" list. The metro's population growth helped achieve the status.

CNNMoney: "People are flocking to OKC"
March 31, 2014 - CNNMoney
According to CNNMoney, people are flocking to OKC as the publication ranked the metro No. 9 on its "10 Fastest Growing Cities" list. Oklahoma City's population has grown by more than 5 percent since 2010.

Oklahoma City Ranks High for Business Startups
March 11, 2014 - WalletHub
Oklahoma City again has received recognition for its business-friendly climate. WalletHub, a personal finance social network , has named Oklahoma City one of the best cities in which to start a business. Out of the 150 largest cities in the United States, Oklahoma City ranked 12th overall for its startup business climate.

Oklahoma City: One of Nation’s Most Affordable Cities
March 11, 2014 - Forbes
Oklahoma City ranks ninth among America’s most affordable cities, according to a March 2014 report in Forbes Magazine. Two factors figured prominently in Forbes’ ranking: the Housing Opportunity Index from the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo the cost-of-living index developed by Sperling’s Best Places.

Workers in their Prime are Moving to OKC
January 31, 2014 - Forbes
Forbes set out to find what major cities workers in their prime (ages 35-49) where moving to. By analyzing population data from 2007 to 2012, the publication found that many workers are finding OKC more than OK. The metro ranked No. 10 on their "Where Workers in their Prime are Moving" ranking.

Forbes Touts OKC as a Retirement Destination
January 16, 2014 - Forbes
After looking at data for more than 400 cities in every state, Forbes found the "25 Best Places to Retire" and Oklahoma City unsurprisingly made the list. The publication listed a good economy, low cost of living, moderate home prices and high volunteer rate as reasons people should look towards OKC to spend their retirement.

10 Best Cities for Job Seekers
January 13, 2014 - Nerd Wallet
If you are looking for a job NerdWallet.com says to look no further than Oklahoma City. The website ranked OKC No. 9 on its "10 Best U.S. Cities for Job Seekers" list. The ranking is based on the city's low unemployment rate, rapid growth and affordability.

OKC Leads the Nation in Housing Recovery
December 29, 2013 - Wall Street Journal
According to the Wall Street Journal, Oklahoma City ranks No. 1 in home value increases since pre-recession highs of 2007. In fact, OKC home values have increased 13.1 percent, nearly doubling second-place Denver's growth.

Forbes: Invest in OKC Housing
December 26, 2013 - Forbes
Looking to buy a home? According to Forbes, Oklahoma City should be near the top of your list. The magazine ranked OKC No. 7 on its "Best Cities to Invest in Housing 2014" list. A robust economy and affordable homes helped the metro in the ranking.

Metro has the Momentum Going into New Year
December 26, 2013 - New Geography
Based on a variety of metrics, New Geography listed Oklahoma City as one of the metro areas with the "Most Economic Momentum" for 2014. Overall, OKC ranked No. 8 on the list due in no small part to continued low unemployment and high job growth.

OKC is a Must-Visit Destination
November 18, 2013 - Complex
Website Complex.com has ranked OKC as one of 10 "U.S. Cities that Transformed into a Must-Visit Destination." The website highlighted the city's trails, river sports and rock climbing, calling it "a mecca for those looking for outdoor activity."

Millennials are Flocking to OKC
November 14, 2013 - The Atlantic
According to Census data, Oklahoma City is one of the 15 most popular cities for Millennials. In fact, the metro ranks No. 12 in the U.S. for net migration gains during the post-recession years.

Oklahoma City Ranks No. 5 for Middle-Class Job Creation
October 24, 2013 - New Geography
The middle class is thriving in Oklahoma City as a new report by New Geography ranks the metro No. 5 in middle class job creation. OKC has seen a 2.1 percent increase in middle class job creation since 2007. Only eight major U.S. cities posted positive job growth numbers over that time.

OKC Ranks No. 3 in Post-Recession Housing Market Recovery
October 7, 2013 - Apartment Guide
Oklahoma City ranks 3rd out of 350 metros in the U.S,. in post-recession housing market recovery according to new data from the National Association of Home Builders. Looking at permits, prices and employment, the NAHB found that OKC is actually running at 110 percent its pre-recession activity.

Luxury is Affordable in OKC
August 5, 2013 - Apartment Guide
According to Apartment Guide, Oklahoma City is one of the best places to find value in the apartment market. The publication ranked OKC No. 9 on its list of "10 Affordable Cities where Luxury Apartments are Within Your Reach". The ranking was determined by looking at lower rent prices that still provided top amenities to the renters. The ranking is just more proof than in OKC your dollar stretches further.

OKC is a "Magnet of Opportunity"
July 30, 2013 - The Daily Beast
The Daily Beast set out to find the most "Aspirational" cities in the U.S. and unsurprisingly OKC ranked No. 4. The ranking looked at the economy, quality of life and demographics of each city to determine which cities presented the most opportunity to their citizens.

OKC Ranks No. 12 "Brainiest" Metro
July 16, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities
The Atlantic Cities set out to find the "brainiest" metros in the USA using the cognitive performance index. Measured by several dimensions such as regional innovation and economic performance, Oklahoma City ranks No. 12 out of all large metros in the index.

Running City, USA - OKC Ranks as One of the Fittest Cities in America
July 9, 2013 - Facebook
According to fitness-related check-ins, Facebook ranked OKC No. 8 on its "Fittest Cities" list. In fact, the website gave the Metro the name "Runner City".

OKC Cracks Top 10 List for New Grads
June 17, 2013 - Apartments.com
As summer begins, new graduates are entering the workforce and according to Apartments.com Oklahoma City is one of the first places they should look to start their career. The website ranked OKC No. 7 on its "Best Cities for New Grads" list. The metro's low unemployment and rent rates helped obtain the lofty ranking.

Military Families Have a Home in OKC
June 17, 2013 - MilitaryFriendly.com
Oklahoma City and Tinker Air Force Base have always shared a strong bond and MilitaryFriendly.com recognized that support. The website recently named OKC No. 2 on its "Top 50 Military Friendly Cities". The metro has more than 250 veteran owned businesses.

Tastiest tap water? You bet!
June 12, 2013 - American Water Works Association
According to the American Water Works Association, Oklahoma City has the best tap water in the U.S. OKC won the annual "Best of the Best" Tap Water Taste Test at the AWWA's annual conference.

Forbes: OKC is an American Manufacturing Boomtown
May 30, 2013 - Forbes
According to a report from Forbes, Oklahoma City is one of the cities helping an American renaissance in manufacturing. In fact, the publication ranked OKC No. 4 on it "Manufacturing Boomtown" list. The metro has seen a 15.7 percent increase in manufacturing jobs since 2009.

OKC Ranks 4th for Economic Strength
May 23, 2013 - The Business Journals
Greater Oklahoma City ranked No. 4 in May's On the Numbers Economic Index. The monthly reports looks at the economic vitality of the U.S.'s biggest cities, factoring in things such as job growth, unemployment and retail activity.

Oklahoma City is Ideal for Young Entrepreneurs
April 29, 2013 - NerdWallet
Are you young and looking to start the next Facebook or Twitter? Few cities offer you more than OKC, according to NerdWallet. The website ranked the metro No. 5 on its "Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs" list. The site claimed Oklahoma City's low cost of living and available capital as great opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Bloomberg: OKC is a Boomtown
April 29, 2013 - Bloomberg
Business publication Bloomberg ran the census numbers to find the top Boomtowns in America and unsurprisingly Oklahoma City made the list. With a population increase of 7.13 percent between 2007 and 2011, the metro ranked 7th in the U.S. OKC has also had a 1.44 percent GDP compound annual growth over the same period.

Want to Start a Business? OKC is for You
April 22, 2013 - NerdWallet
For Small Business Month, NerdWallet set out to find the "Best Cities to Start a Business" and when the publication crunched the numbers, OKC came in at 5th on their list. NerdWallet cited the metro's aviation and healthcare hubs, low unemployment, low cost of living and available funding as reasons you need to start your next business in Oklahoma City.

Forbes: OKC Among Fastest Growing Cities in the U.S.
April 2, 2013 - Forbes
Forbes recently looked at demographic trends to determine which cities in the U.S. were growing the fastest and unsurprisingly Oklahoma City made the list. In fact, OKC ranked 12th with a growth rate 60 percent above the national average. The metro was one of the biggest risers, as Oklahoma City ranked 20th over the past decade.

Best Places for Young Adults? OKC Ranks in the Top 10
March 26, 2013 - The Business Journals
More than 1.8 million U.S. students will be finishing college this May. Where should they go to start their career? According to The Business Journals, Oklahoma City should be at the top of their list. The business publication ranked OKC No. 7 on its "Best Places for Young Adults" list. The study looked at factors such as population growth, per capita income and private-sector employment growth.

OKC Gets AAA Rating for Third Straight Year
March 13, 2013 - Standard and Poor's
For the third straight year, OKC has received a AAA rating from Standard & Poor's. Strong financial management practices, high reserve levels and a stable and diverse economy are three of the factors that led the rating services to confirm Oklahoma City’s General Obligation debt rating. The rating allows OKC access to lower interest rates. Moody's Investor service also gave OKC a AAA rating.

High-Wage Sectors Growing Fast in OKC
February 27, 2013 - New Geography
In an era where many businesses are shedding high paying jobs, that sector continues to grow in Oklahoma City. New Geography ran the numbers and OKC ranks No. 6 on the "Fastest Growing High-Wage Sector" list. The metro saw a 31 percent growth in this sector over the past decade.

Forbes: OKC is One of the Best Cities for Good Jobs
February 25, 2013 - Kiplinger
Forbes recently ranked Oklahoma City No. 7 on its "10 Best Cities for Good Jobs" list. The publication looked at cities with the best combination of low unemployment, high wages and expected job growth to formulate their ranking.

Greater OKC Sports Three Universities on Best Values List
February 22, 2013 - Kiplinger
Access to an educated workforce is critical to all companies. With several high-quality, affordable universities in the metro area, companies in OKC are at a competitive advantage in the quest to find a talented workforce. Greater OKC placed three colleges on Kiplinger's "Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges" list: the University of Oklahoma, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

OKC Ranks No. 2 for Small Business
February 7, 2013 - The Business Journal
Looking for the perfect place to launch your next business? Few places are better than Oklahoma City as The Business Journal ranked the metro the second-best city in America for small business. The business publication looked at several factors for its formula. OKC had a 4.02 percent job growth the past year and has 26.9 small businesses per 1,000 people.

Oklahoma Ranks Sixth in Wind Power
January 31, 2013 - American Wind Energy Association
According to the American Wind Energy Association, Oklahoma ranks sixth in the nation for wind-generation capacity. More than 1,100 megawatts of wind power capacity was added in 2012, moving the state up from eighth place in 2011.

Oklahoma City Among the Fastest Growing
January 24, 2013 - Forbes
Forbes continues to recognize Oklahoma City, as the publication ranked the metro 17th on its list of "Fastest Growing Cities". Forbes predicts OKC will grow by 1.2 percent in 2013. That follows a 1 percent increase in 2012.

OKC Regains Top Spot in Economic Rankings
January 15, 2013 - On Numbers Economic Index
Oklahoma City once again ranks No. 1 in the monthly On Numbers Economic Index. The index looks at the top 102 markets in the United States and ranks their vitality. Oklahoma City has ranked No. 1 five out of the six months the index has been released.

What Recession?
December 27, 2012 - Brookings Institute
In a recent report from the Brookings Institute, OKC ranked 3rd on the list of “Metro Areas' Recovery From Pre-recession Peak - Best and Worst”. The study looked at factors such as employment growth, unemployment rate and Housing Price Growth. OKC ranked highest in housing growth and low unemployment.

OKC-headquartered Devon Energy Named One of America's Most Community-Minded Companies
November 12, 2012 - Businessweek
Devon Energy, headquartered in Downtown Oklahoma City, was recently named to Businessweek's inaugural Civic 50. Devon ranked No. 41 in the new program designed to recognize the most community-minded companies in America. The Civic 50 recognizes companies that commit their time, talent and resources to empower and improve local communities.

Oklahoma City Tops Economic Strength Ranking for Fourth Straight Month
November 12, 2012 - On Numbers Economic Index
For the fourth consecutive month, Oklahoma City has ranked first in the On Numbers Economic Index. The index measures the economic health of metro areas above 500,000 in population. OKC's low unemployment rate, growth in the retail sector and stability in the housing market garnered the metro the top spot in the ranking.

OKC Ranks in Top 10 for Job Growth
November 2, 2012 - CareerBuilder.com
More and more national publications are starting to notice Oklahoma City's resilience during the recession. This time it's CareerBuilder.com, as the website ranked Oklahoma City 6th in job growth between 2010 and 2012 (among large metros). According to the site, OKC added nearly 29,000 jobs during that period of time, ranking right above Dallas and San Francisco.

Oklahoma Rated as One of the Top States for Doing Business
October 26, 2012 - Area Development
Oklahoma ranked No. 10 in Area Development's annual "Top States for Doing Business" report. The ranking surveys location consultants on a multitude of factors. Oklahoma ranked high in incentives and workforce development programs. These two areas show continued strides the region has made in its economic development platform over the past decade.

ESPN Ranks the Thunder the Top Franchise in Sports
October 18, 2012 - ESPN
The Oklahoma City Thunder have done more than take the NBA by storm as ESPN has named them the top franchise in all of pro sports. The magazine looked at a host of factors to see what franchises offered the most to their fan base. The Thunder scored particularly high in fan relations and the likability of its players.

OKC Continues its Streak as Nation's Economic Leader
October 8, 2012 - The Business Journals
For the third month in a row, Oklahoma City has ranked #1 on the On Numbers Economic Index. The article highlighted OKC's unemployment rate, job growth, wage increases and housing sector as reasons for economic success.

OKC is the Place for Engineers
October 4, 2012 - New Geography
A study by New Geography ranked Oklahoma City No. 3 on its "Best Cities for Engineers" list. Engineering jobs have increased more than 10 percent since 2009. According to the study, "With nearly 14,000 current jobs, OKC is a good spot for engineers to be looking."

OKC Ranks as One of the Best Cities for College Students
October 1, 2012 - American Institute for Economic Research
The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) recently ranked Oklahoma City as the third-best mid-sized metro for college students. The report looked at 12 factors such as academic environment, quality of life and professional opportunities. OKC scored high marks for cost of living, student concentration and low unemployment.

Housing Revival No Problem in OKC
September 14, 2012 - The Business Journals
While many cities are still trying to regain their housing market, data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency shows Oklahoma City is not having that problem. From 2007 to 2012, Oklahoma City saw a 2.88 percent increase in its housing index. This index represents housing prices. The increase was good for fifth best in the U.S. and boasts the stability of the metro's housing market.

Oklahoma Outpaces the Nation in Household Income Growth
September 13, 2012 - U.S. Census Bureau
Few states has been as resilient as Oklahoma during the recession and proof continues to come in. According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Oklahoma had the highest rate of median household income growth in the nation last year. From 2010 to 2011, Oklahoma's median household income 12.4 percent. The next closest state saw their income rise by 10.5 percent.

Metro Area Makes Best Communities for Young People
September 13, 2012 - America's Promise Alliance
For the sixth time, Oklahoma City was named one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" by America's Promise Alliance. According the ranking Oklahoma City "continues to serve as a national model for making youth a citywide priority by offering a variety of programs to help support their academic success and overall well-being."

OKC Ranks No. 1 in Economic Strength
September 10, 2012 - The Business Journals
Oklahoma City continues to attract attention for its low unemployment and high private-sector job growth, ranking No. 1 on the On Numbers Economic Index for the month of September. The index awarded Oklahoma City with an overall score of 91.042, which topped the next-ranking city by more than five points.

Philanthropy Thrives in OKC
September 6, 2012 - New Geography
According to a new report by How America Gives, Oklahoma City ranks as the seventh most charitable major metro area. The reports shows that residents in OKC are donating 5.5 percent of their income to charity. In term of raw dollars actually given, Oklahoma City ranked No. 1 in the state.

Oklahoma City Sees Increase in Population with Bachelor Degrees
August 9, 2012 - New Geography
A new study by New Geography shows that Oklahoma City is battling "brain drain" as the metro ranked in the top 20 for "increases in population with Bachelor Degrees". The study, using census data, showed that OKC actually ranks four points higher than the national average. Oklahoma City is seeing an impressive influx of talented workers to its labor market.

Oklahoma Ranked No. 1 Spot for Oil & Gas Investment
August 3, 2012 - Fraser Institute
Oklahoma is the best place on earth for oil and gas investment, according to the Fraser Institute and their annual Global Petroleum Survey. Oklahoma jumped to the top spot after being ranked No. 4 in 2011.

Two OKC Institutions Named Best Places to Work in Academia
August 1, 2012 - The Scientist
The Scientist magazine ranked the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundations (OMRF) and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHCS) among its 25 "Best Places to Work in Academia" list. OMRF was ranked 21st and received high marks for job satisfaction and pay. OUHSC came in 25th with high scores in teaching and mentoring as well as tenure and promotion.

Oklahoma Bucks the Trend with Retail
July 12, 2012 - The Business Journal
According to The Business Journal, Oklahoma is one of only six states who have recovered their retail jobs lost during the recession. Oklahoma ranked fourth on that list, not only recovering the lost jobs but adding 2,000 additional more in the retail sector.

Oklahoma Ranks First for Cost of Living
July 12, 2012 - CNBC
In their "America's Top States for Business 2012" ranking, CNBC ranked Oklahoma the top state for cost of living. Oklahoma also placed fourth in cost of business, proving that in Oklahoma the value you get for your dollar exceeds almost anywhere else in the country.

Millennials Will Find a Home in OKC
July 9, 2012 - Moving.com
There are not many cities in the U.S. better to live in if you are a Millennial, according to the website Moving.com. The site ranked Oklahoma City No. 6 in its "Best City for Millennials" due to its low unemployment rate, affordable housing and good nightlife.

OKC Ranks as the Most Business-Friendly City
June 11, 2012 - CNN Money
Thumbtack surveyed more than 6,000 small businesses nationwide and found that Oklahoma City is the "Most Business-Friendly City" in the United States. The metro area's low cost of living and rising college graduate retention rates helped take the top spot in the survey.

Men's Fitness Ranks OKC Among the Fittest
June 1, 2012 - Men's Fitness
Men's Fitnessranked Oklahoma City the 23rd "Fittest City" in the United States and called Oklahoma City the biggest success story of the year. The fitness magazine pointed to Mayor Mick Cornett's effort to put Oklahoma City on a diet as evidence of the city's commitment to healthier living.

Recent College Grads are Happy in OKC
May 25, 2012 - Forbes
Forbes recently set out to find what cities are great for college graduates looking for a job and Oklahoma City made the cut at No. 9. The study looked at numerous data points including job growth, compensation and working environment.

OKC Ranks in Top 10 for Best Big Cities for Jobs
May 1, 2012 - Forbes
Forbes once again took notice of Oklahoma City as it ranked the metro the 10th "Best Big Cities for Jobs". OKC has been climbing the ranking of the annual report each year. Last year Oklahoma City ranked 22nd but moved up the ranking with an employment growth of 1.7 percent.

OKC ranked No. 1 for highest annual earnings growth rate
April 30, 2012 - Garner Economics
In a recent report by Garner Economics, Oklahoma City was ranked No. 1 in earnings growth for metros over 1 million in population. OKC's earnings grew by 11 percent over the time studied.

Oklahoma City Named Least-Costly City by KPMG Study
April 17, 2012 - KPMG
Oklahoma City was named the least-costly city to do business among 13 midsized U.S. cities according to a study by KPMG LLP. Oklahoma City had a cost index of 95.5, representing business costs 4.5 percent below the U.S. national baseline of 100.0

OKC Ranked No. 3 for Small Business
April 13, 2012 - The Business Journal
Small business is the backbone to any healthy economy so it is no surprise Oklahoma City ranks at the third "Best U.S. City for Small Business. The Business Journal created a formula to analyze small business climates across the country. The metro area has 26.27 small businesses per 1,00 residents.

Standard & Poors Give OKC AAA Rating
April 4, 2012 - Standard & Poors
Conservative financial management, strong retail sales and a deep and diversified employment base are three of the factors that led Standard & Poor’s rating service to confirm Oklahoma City’s General Obligation debt rating of ‘AAA.’ Moody’s Investor Service also confirmed the City’s ‘Aaa’ bond rating.

OKC Ranks as Top City for Job Creation
March 30, 2012 - Gallup
Gallup’s Job Creation Index ranked Oklahoma City as the number one city for job creation in 2011 out of the nation’s 50 largest metro areas. According to the study, Oklahoma City had a job creation index score of 25, outplacing other top-performing cities by at least 3 points and beating the national job creation score by 12 points.

U-Haul Names OKC a Top 50 City for Movers
March 27, 2012 - U-Haul International
U-Haul knows a thing or two about moving and they know OKC is a great destination. Oklahoma City came in at No. 27 in their list of "Top 50 Cities for Movers". The ranking reflects destinations for movers traveling more than 50 miles. The study looked at every city in the country regardless of size.

OKC Tech Company Makes Best Places to Work List
March 17, 2012 - Business Insider
OKC-based a la mode was recently named the fifth-best Tech Company to work for in the U.S. by Business Insider. Companies like a la mode and others who frequent "Best Places to Work" lists are just more examples of OKC being a great place to recruit and retain employees due the metro areas' business climate and growing creative-class.

Survey Finds OKC One of the Best Cities for Jobs in 2012
March 13, 2012 - Manpower Group
Manpower Group, an employment service firm, recently surveyed 18,000 employers across the country and tabbed Oklahoma City fourth in the their "Best City for Jobs in Spring of 2012". The metro area had a net employment outlook of 20 percent for the second quarter. In total, 24 percent of the OKC companies surveyed expected to increase hiring in the Spring.

Arts and Entertainment a Big Boom For Oklahoma City
March 6, 2012 - The Business Journals
Year after year, Oklahoma City sees growth in both tourism and general recreational spending. In fact, Arts and Entertainment are starting to become a significant sector of the OKC economy. According to stats recently released by The Business Journals, Oklahoma City ranks in the top 10 percent of all metros in Arts and Entertainment employment. This sector has more than 8,000 employees and that number continues to grow.

OKC is a Great Place for Manufacturing
February 20, 2012 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics continue to release their 2011 data, OKC continues to get good news. It was revealed today that Oklahoma City ranked in the top 10 in manufacturing growth. The metro saw a 5.20 percent job increase in that sector over the past year.

Retail Continues to Grow in OKC
February 9, 2012 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
As 2012 kicks off, Oklahoma City continues to see the retail sector gain momentum. In fact, according to stats from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, OKC ranked third in the nation in percentage increase in retail jobs. Oklahoma City saw a 3.68 percent increase in jobs in 2011.

U.S. Cities Bouncing Back from the Recession
February 7, 2012 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
According to recent statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oklahoma City is one of 13 cities in the United States to have bounced back from the recession. The list includes major markets that have recovered all jobs lost during the recession.

Three OKC Companies Make 100 Best Place to Work List
February 6, 2012 - Fortune
Three Oklahoma City headquartered companies recently made Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work for List". American Fidelity Assurance, Chesapeake and Devon are all repeat winners and all not only made the list for 2012 but ranked in the top 50.

OKC is Surging in Private-Sector Gains
February 6, 2012 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A lot has been made about Oklahoma City's economic strength during the Recession and the numbers continue to back up the praise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, OKC ranked seventh in the nation for private-job growth between 2010 and 2011. The metro saw a 12,000 job increase which represents a 2.75 percent increase in one year.

Oklahoma City is One of the Happiest Cities to Work In
January 17, 2012 - CareerBliss.com
People are just happier when going to work in Oklahoma City, at least according to CareerBliss.com. The company recently surveyed 43,000 workers nation wide and found that Oklahoma City was the third "Happiest City for Work", proving once again that OKC is the perfect place to work, play and live.

OKC Makes List of Cities with Best Real Estate Appreciation Potential
January 11, 2012 - Forbes
Forbes recently released their list of cities they felt had great real estate potential and Oklahoma City made the top 10. OKC's steady home prices the past three years and four percent population growth helped the metro make the renowned publication's ranking.

Study Finds OKC Ranks High for IT Activity
January 6, 2012 - Zinnov
Leading management consulting company Zinnov recently looked at the best economically emerging mid-sized cities. Among other things, their study showed Oklahoma City ranked second among these top cities in back office outsourcing. The study went on to show that companies can save 20 to 25 percent by headquartering in places like Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Great for Starting a Business
December 28, 2011 - Kiplinger
Renowned business forecaster Kiplinger named Oklahoma City one of its "10 Great Cities for Starting a Business". The write up goes on to say "Oklahoma City entrepreneurs have two big advantages over business owners elsewhere: midwestern start-up costs are low, and government support for business is strong." The article also highlights i2E's contributions to entrepreneurship in Oklahoma City.

Forbes Recognizes Oklahoma City's Manufacturing Economy
December 15, 2011 - Forbes
Oklahoma City is no stranger to Forbes as the metro made another of the publication's rankings. This time Forbes named Oklahoma City one of the "Best Cities for Manufacturing Jobs". The story cited Oklahoma City's 28-percent growth in manufacturing jobs over the past 10 years.

Oklahoma City Named One of the "Most Secure Places to Live"
December 15, 2011 - Farmers Insurance
Oklahoma City is one of the safest large metros according to Farmers Insurance's eighth annual "Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S." report. The study, which ranked OKC No. 18, looks at crime rates, extreme weather, air quality and other factors.

Oklahoma City Ranked No. 1 for Economic Security
December 14, 2011 - MetroTrends
MetroTrends released their annual Report Card on Economic Security and Oklahoma City was at the top of the class. The publication gave OKC an "A" and ranked it as the Best Metro in the U.S. for economic security. In the write up, the metro's area diverse economy was lauded, as well as the stable housing market.

Wall Street Journal Names OKC One of the Best Cities for Business
December 13, 2011 - Wall Street Journal Market Watch
The Wall Street Journal recently released their annual list of "Best Cities for Business" and Oklahoma City cracked the list for the first time. The metro came in sixth due to its personal income and job growth. The article also highlighted Project 180 and the relocation of Boeing and Continental Resources.

OG&E Named Best Electric Utility in North America
December 9, 2011 - Electric Light and Power | 
Oklahoma City-based OG&E Electric Services was named the best electric utility in North America by Electric Light and Power Magazine. The publication highlighted OG&E's rollout of their new smart grid technology and the fact that OG&E consistently produces lower rates for Oklahoma when compared with other states.

Oklahoma City Offers Best Value in Office Space
December 9, 2011 - Building Owners and Mangers Association | 
Oklahoma City offers one of the most competitive business climates in the country. One major factor in that is the affordability of the office market. Recently, the Building Owners and Managers Association ranked the metro area as the ninth most affordable office market in the U.S.

Oklahoma is One of the Best States for Business
December 8, 2011 - Forbes
Forbes recently released its sixth annual scorecard of "Best States for Business" and Oklahoma came in an impressive 13th. The publication highlighted Oklahoma as a state moving up due to our improved job and economic outlook. Oklahoma scored its highest ranking is business cost and economic climate ranking. Oklahoma City has routinely had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation the last couple of years.

Oklahoma City the Best Place for Military Retirement
November 9, 2011 - USAA
Oklahoma City offers a high number of jobs that require skill-sets learned in the military. That combined with a large number of veteran-owned businesses, numerous federal jobs and a local VA medical center led USAA to name the metro as the "Best Place for Military Retirement" in the U.S.

Eight Healthiest Housing Markets
November 7, 2011 - RealtorMag
The National Association of Realtors recently named Oklahoma City one of the "8 Healthiest Housing Markets" in the United States. Expected income increases and low unemployment continue to attract new businesses and households to the metro area according to the publication.

10 Cities Where Mortgages are Staying Afloat
November 3, 2011 - AOL Real Estate
Oklahoma City continues to receive national praise for its steady housing market. This time AOL Real Estate lauded the metro area at the No. 8 city "Where Mortgages are Staying Afloat". Low unemployment and steady home prices the past 12 months helped Oklahoma City land on the list.

Site Selection Tabs Oklahoma as Having One of the Best Business Climates
November 1, 2011 - Site Selection
Site Selection released their annual rankings of "Best Business Climates" and Oklahoma came in at 13th. Of all the factors used, Oklahoma showed best in the Executive Survey aspect of the rank.

Oklahoma City is the Fourth-Best for a Job Search
October 25, 2011 - BenefitsPro
A lot of factors go into a healthy job market and Oklahoma City offers most of them. Low cost of living, low unemployment and value in the housing market caught BenefitPro's eye as the site named the metro area as the "Fourth Best City for a Job Search."

Oklahoma City Named One of the Nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People
October 12, 2011 - America's Promise Alliance and ING
Oklahoma City achieved national recognition as one of America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING for its initiatives to help young people. This is Oklahoma City's fifth time on the 100 Best Communities for Young People list.

Oklahoma City among Top 20 Strongest Metros in the Nation For Tenth Consecutive Quarter
October 6, 2011 - Brookings
For the tenth quarter in a row, Oklahoma City was listed as one of the Top 20 Strongest Metros among America's 100 largest metropolitan areas, according to The Brookings Institute MetroMonitor report. Oklahoma City has been in the Top 20 in this report since the recession began. While the majority of the cities evaluated saw high unemployment rates, rising foreclosures and other negative economic indicators, Oklahoma City saw a positive trend in nearly all areas.

Best Sports Cities: OKC Makes the Cut
October 4, 2011 - Sporting News
Oklahoma City has always been known as a town crazy about sports, from our love for our local minor league franchises to our favorite colleges, the metro has always boasted passionate fans. However, since the Thunder came to town that passion has been taken to another level. The Sporting News has taken notice and named OKC the No. 26 "Best Sports City" in America.

Oklahoma City #5 on "Best Places to Start Over" List
September 31, 2011 - MSN Real Estate
Oklahoma City has done more than just OK in the jobs arena. It has consistently ranked as one of the nation's strongest economies over the past few years. Low unemployment, healthy economy and stable housing market landed OKC on the 10 "Best Places to Start Over" list.

Oklahoma Makes Top 10 in Two Categories of "Top States For Doing Business" Survey
September 22, 2011 - Area Development Magazine
Area Development recently surveyed highly-respected location consultants and Oklahoma City came up big in two critical areas. The state ranked fourth in both incentives and shovel-ready programs. Those surveyed work with a nationwide client base.

Oklahoma City #3 on "10 Metros with Greatest 5-Year Gain in Real Estate Values" List
September 2, 2011 - Inman News / Zillow
Housing bubble not inspiring any Lawrence Welk-esque merriment in your area? Check out Oklahoma City. Zillow "calculated the 10 U.S. metro areas that have experienced the largest gains in home values over the past five years, based on the company's home-value estimates and its Zillow Home Value Index" in order to find the best housing markets in the country. OKC clocked in at a 10.1% rate of appreciation over that period, in stark contrast to the many negative rates that continue to dominate the nation.

Chesapeake Energy Arena Ranked 6th on the NBA
August 24, 2011 - Orlando Sentinel
Chesapeake Energy Arena was ranked as the 6th-best arena in the NBA due to great location, the mascot Rumble and friendly and rowdy fans. The author expects the arena to jump into the top three after current renovations are complete.

Oklahoma City Makes Top 10 of "Best Places to Live" List
August 3, 2011 - RelocateAmerica via WSJ Marketwatch
Citing a "renovation of convention, cultural and educational sites" as well as all types of new downtown development projects, Oklahoma City lands at number 10 on another Top 10 list (this time from relocation specialist RelocateAmerica) for best places to live.

Kotkin: OKC a Top 20 Boom Town in the U.S.
July 6, 2011 - Forbes / New Geography
Past, present and future job growth and demographic factors like growth in educated migration and population increases help explain Oklahoma City's presence on Joel Kotkin's "Next Boom Towns in the U.S." top 20 list, published in Forbes and New Geography. What's behind the next boom? "...well-established patterns of job creation and vital demographics will drive future regional growth, not only in the next year, but over the coming decade. People create economies and they tend to vote with their feet when they choose to locate their families as well as their businesses," says Kotkin.

Oklahoma City Named 2nd-Best Place to Start a Small Business
July 1, 2011 - The Fiscal Times
Along with an affordable cost of living and a high concentration of local investors, The Fiscal Times explains OKC's exciting environment for emerging companies as easy-to-succeed for entrepreneurs with a bevy of groundbreaking incentives alongside a strong economy, an expanding population, great "quality of life, revitalized downtown, and cultural activities, along with a talented workforce."

Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers: OKC #28 of 200
June 29, 2011 - Forbes
Forbes looked at "12 metrics relating to job growth (past and projected), costs (business and living), income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth," as well as a bevy of quality-of-life factors and proximity to highly-ranked colleges among the top 200 metros in the country. Oklahoma City's economic strength, cost of doing business, income growth and proximity to four universities on Forbes' "Best Colleges" ranking all helped OKC rise to the top 14% of all 200 metro areas studied.

Oklahoma Ranked 6th-Lowest Cost of Business State, 4th-Best Economy
June 28, 2011 - CNBC
In CNBC's "America's Top States for Business 2011" report, Oklahoma ranked 6th-best for cost of business due to low income, property and business taxes, "particularly as they apply to new investments." CNBC also factored in utility costs, cost of wages and rental rates for both office and industrial space to round out their cost-of-business rankings. In addition, Oklahoma also ranked as the 4th-best economy (due to economic diversity and fiscal health) and the 3rd-lowest cost of living in the CNBC study.

Brookings: Oklahoma City Among Top 20 Metros for Overall Performance
June 21, 2011 - The Brookings Institution MetroMonitor
Once again, Oklahoma City is singled out among the Top 20 Performing Metros according to The Brookings Institution. Brookings examines employment numbers, unemployment rates, home prices and gross metropolitan product levels to determine their star performers, once again showing OKC's resilience and economic strength and diversity, even during - as well as after - the recession.

Oklahoma City Boasts 5th-Best Retail Employment Growth Since Recession
June 20, 2011 - The Business Journals
In Bizjournals' analysis of new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Oklahoma City ranks fifth in raw retail employment growth since April 2008, "when the recession slammed the brakes on consumer spending." OKC is also one of only eight of the top 100 markets to add jobs since the recession began, another indication of how Oklahoma City's economic strength makes it one of the country's few prime growth spots for destination retail. With a strong economy, high-paying jobs, multiple Fortune 500 headquarters and a real estate market lauded for its investment potential, OKC is on every national retailer's radar.

Global Insight: Oklahoma City Expected to Show 2nd-Highest GMP Growth
June 20, 2011 - U.S. Conference of Mayors / Global Insight
With an estimated 7.5% increase in Gross Metropolitan Product, Oklahoma City ranked 2nd for GMP growth among the 100 largest U.S. metros in Global Insight's 2011 U.S. Metro Economies Report of GMP and employment forecasts. Highlighting a rosy future as well as a sunny recent past, the report also details OKC's actual 4.8% annual average GMP growth rate from 2007-2009, which ranks #1 among the 100 largest metros, as well as our lowest unemployment rate among metros with more than 1 million in population for Q1 of 2011.

Two OKC HQ'd Cos Among Computerworld's "Best Places To Work in IT"
June 20, 2011 - Computerworld
A healthy, highly-skilled, productive, cutting-edge workforce is the norm in Oklahoma City. For the 2nd year in a row, Chesapeake Energy (#7) and American Fidelity (#11) have been named to Computerworld's "Best Places to Work in IT" list - both headquartered in OKC.

Oklahoma City Boasts 5th-Best Retail Employment Growth Since Recession
June 20, 2011 - The Business Journals
In Bizjournals' analysis of new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Oklahoma City ranks fifth in raw retail employment growth since April 2008, "when the recession slammed the brakes on consumer spending." OKC is also one of only eight of the top 100 markets to add jobs since the recession began, another indication of how Oklahoma City's economic strength makes it one of the country’s few prime growth spots for destination retail. With a strong economy, high-paying jobs, multiple Fortune 500 headquarters and a real estate market lauded for its investment potential, OKC is on every national retailer’s radar.

OKC a Top 20 Fastest-Growing Area for 5-17 Year-Olds
June 16, 2011 - New Geography
In another sign of present and future growth, New Geography looked at new census data to determine the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. for kids, while noting that most cities at the top had a few things in common, including job growth, strong economies and affordable housing. Want a place that's attractive to families and where it's easy to find a workforce now and in the future? Try Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Thunder Ranked 6th-Best Pro Sports Franchise by ESPN
June 15, 2011 - ESPN The Magazine
Ranked 6th overall and 2nd in the NBA by ESPN, the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder mirrors their hometown by excelling in areas crucial and easily recognizable to business that explain both on- and off-the-court success: Bang for the buck (ROI), overall affordability (low cost structures), fan relations (spirit of community partnership) and players (workforce).

Two OKC HQ'd Cos Named to Top 10 "Best Large Companies to Work for in America"
June 7, 2011 - Careerbuilder.com / AOL Jobs
Want a place where headquarter companies can thrive? Try Oklahoma City, with two companies, Chesapeake Energy and Devon Energy, in the Top 10, according to AOL Jobs and Careerbuilder.com.

OKC #3 on "Best Cities for Recent Grads" List
June 1, 2011 - Newsweek / The Daily Beast
After four years at college, which "cities offer the brightest future?" Oklahoma City ranks 3rd in Newsweek's "The Daily Beast" new "Best Cities for Recent Grads" list by virtue of our superior economy along with an outstanding quality of life. First-class housing, employment, affordability and livability rankings? We've got it all - along with more than 120,000 metro college students - in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Boasts 6th-Greatest Increase in Financial Sector Employment
May 25, 2011 - The Business Journals
A product of a strong economy, a business-friendly environment and the lack of a financial sector unduly disturbed by unwelcome subprime lending practices, Oklahoma ranks an amazing 6th in raw change in financial sector job growth since 2010.

Oklahoma Ranks #12 in Raw Private Sector Job Growth
May 24, 2011 - The Business Journals
Adding more than 31,000 jobs from April 2010 to April 2011, Oklahoma's job numbers are a result of not simply avoiding the housing bubble, but of a strong economy and a workforce that is ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Forbes / New Geography: OKC #8 of "Top Big Cities for Manufacturing Jobs"
May 9, 2011 - Forbes
What city boasts an enviable CareerTech system offering free employee training, a solid tradition and experience in the MRO sector, and a business climate that just does it better for manufacturers with comprehensive tort and workers' comp reform just passed? Whether you're involved in traditional industrial activities or high-tech manufacturing, Oklahoma City shines, coming in at #8 on Joel Kotkin's "New Geographer" / Forbes' "Top Big Cities for Manufacturing Jobs" list

Forbes: OKC 4th-Best Place to Buy a Home Right Now
May 9, 2011 - Forbes
Housing bubble or high unemployment got you down? Come to OKC. Forbes looked at Zillow data for 125 metro areas, examining home price-to-income ratios, unemployment, foreclosures and price trends and found OKC to indeed be both a better living and a better life, putting us at #4 on their "Best Places to Buy a Home Right Now" list.

OKC #7 on "Best Cities to Find a (Great) Job" List
May 5, 2011 - CBS News BNET
Based on Indeed.com's latest job posting / unemployment analysis, BNET recognized Oklahoma City's strong economy, quality of jobs available and our nation's-best low unemployment rate, and put OKC at lucky #7 on their list of "Best Cities to Find a (Great) Job," which comes as no surprise to some of our new residents and companies. Read more on our ongoing renaissance at our new digital magazine, Velocity.

Chief Executive: OK is more than OK for Biz
May 3, 2011 - Chief Executive
Coming in at #11, Oklahoma makes the 4th-best one-year jump, and the biggest five-year gain of all, in Chief Executive's annual "Best and Worst States for Business" survey results - and all this before passing comprehensive workers' comp and tort reform this legislative session.

Oklahoma City #2 in The Business Journals' "Small Business Vitality" Ranking
April 11, 2011 - The Business Journals
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and County Business Patterns, The Business Journals' third annual Small Business Vitality index shows Oklahoma City 2nd on their list of most conducive places for the creation and development of small businesses. Bizjournals used a six-part formula to analyze the nation's 100 largest metros to find the best climates for businesses to grow and flourish -- and once again, Oklahoma City shows its low-cost, high-value combination is tough to beat.

OKC's OMRF Ranked #6 in National Survey
March 3, 2011 - The Scientist
In its annual ranking of the “Best Places to Work for Postdoctoral Fellows,” The Scientist magazine ranked the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, headquartered in downtown Oklahoma City's burgeoning biotech corridor, 6th among U.S. institutions. The rankings, which appear in the March issue of The Scientist, were based on surveys that gathered thousands of responses from postdoctoral fellows—postdocs—at nearly 100 institutions.

Oklahoma City Earns Highest Possible Ratings from S&P, Moody's
February 28, 2011 - Standard & Poor's and Moody's / City of OKC
Standard & Poor’s rating service has announced that they confirm Oklahoma City’s General Obligation debt rating of AAA, while Moody’s Investor Service has also confirmed the City’s Aaa bond rating. Both ratings are the highest ratings offered by their respective services, putting Oklahoma City in an elite group of the best municipal credits in the marketplace. A few of the factors that contributed to Oklahoma City’s continued high rating include: Oklahoma City’s expanding regional economic base that serves as the State’s economic engine; ongoing downtown redevelopment; consistently strong financial performance and position that includes strategic business planning; conservative financial management practices; low debt and an affordable capital improvement program; and political and management stability -- all factors that contribute to making OKC a great place for business.

BEA: Oklahoma City 1st in Real GDP Gains Among Top 50 Markets
February 23, 2011 - Bureau of Economic Analysis
With 80 of the top 100 U.S. markets suffering economic decline, Oklahoma City ranked #3 overall and #1 among large markets in percentage change in real GDP, registering a whopping 14.5% increase in metro output during the 2008-2009 study period. High value and a stable local economy mean companies in Oklahoma City find it easier to grow and prosper in any economic climate.

OKC Shows Strong Private-Sector Job Growth Over Past Year, Decade
February 3, 2011 - Bureau of Labor Statistics / Bizjournals
A new analysis by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Oklahoma City's recent success is not simply a passing fortuity, with OKC ranking in the top ten (#7) in percentage job growth over the past year, and in the top 25 (#21) in raw job growth over the past decade.

U.S. News: OKC is 4th Best City to Get a Job
February 1, 2011 - U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News analyzed stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and job aggregator site Juju.com to find the best places for the unemployed to seek "greener pastures." OKC's economy and quality of life continue to outperform the competition, and these results are just another indicator of Oklahoma City's ongoing success.

Citizens of Oklahoma City Named Southern Business & Development's "Person of the Year
February 1, 2011 - Southern Business & Development
Citizens of "The City that Keeps Investing in Itself" were recognized by respected economic development publication Southern Business & Development for their willingness to be a part of the larger vision that has put OKC on positive media lists all over the world, jump-started the city's renaissance made it such a great place for both citizens and business. As the article says, "In an age of marked skepticism... Oklahoma City stands out like no place in the country. It is a city that has continued to invest in itself over and over again and the results are nothing less than extraordinary."

ABC News: Oklahoma City Ranked 2nd on "Best Cities to Buy a Home" List
January 26, 2011 - ABC News / Zillow
With "a strong job market that's only getting better," improving home prices and almost unheard-of value, OKC is ranked 2nd on ABC News' "Good Morning America" / Zillow report on the Best Cities to Buy a Home in 2011.

Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts Achieves Elite National Ranking
January 21, 2011 - Art Fair Sourcebook
According to the latest edition of Greg Lawler's "Art Fair SourceBook," Oklahoma City's annual Festival of the Arts is ranked in the elite top 20 (#16) in the Fine Arts category. Lawler's publication is an industry standard for artists as well as art festival patrons from all over the country, and the ranking is further proof that OKC's cultural amenities continue to paint a pretty picture for prospective and current residents alike.

Oklahoma City Boasts Top Ten (#6) Private-Sector Job Growth Rate
January 6, 2011 - Business First / Bureau of Labor Statistics
Oklahoma City's value continues to drive business success. Analyzing new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Business First found Oklahoma City to have the sixth-highest percentage growth in private-sector jobs from November 2009 to the same month a year later. The Oklahoma City MSA added 7,200 positions - enough to even rank OKC in the top 20 (#19) in raw job growth.

Oklahoma City Ranked Fifth on Forbes' "America's Best Job Markets" List
January 6, 2011 - Forbes
Boasting one of the lowest employment rates in the nation, Forbes reports that "retail and leisure jobs have been on the upswing, as well as professional services" - further proof that OKC is the place to be for business to grow.

Forbes: OKC Among Top Ten Best Bargain Cities
January 6, 2011 - Forbes
For this analysis, Forbes examined median home prices, salary data, cost-of-living factors and unemployment rates to "reflect the strength of local economies." Oklahoma City lands at number nine on their list due to our low unemployment, rising incomes and outstanding overall value for employees and businesses alike.

MPF Research: OKC Ranks 4th Among Apartment Markets to Watch
December 29, 2010 - MPF Research Archived Video
MPF Research noted Oklahoma City's leading job growth in the tech sector, as well as job growth overall, in naming OKC its #4 "Secondary Market to Watch in 2011."

OKC Among 10 Real Estate Markets to Thrive in 2011
December 20, 2010 - Business Insider
Citing strong job growth and corresponding net migration as well as continued stability and development of OKC's energy and aerospace sectors, Business Insider picked Oklahoma City as one of its "10 Real Estate Markets That Will Thrive in 2011." OKC's well-known value also plays a factor, with an astounding 80.1% (tops on the list) of families able to afford their own home.

Brookings: Once Again, OKC A Top 20 Performer
December 15, 2010 - The Brookings Institution MetroMonitor
The seventh installment of Brookings' MetroMonitor series again highlights Oklahoma City as being among the Top 20 Strongest Performing Metro Areas in the nation. Oklahoma City was also singled out for being one of only 15 large metro areas to have at least 3 consecutive quarters of job growth the last year, one of only five large metros who had job growth in every quarter of 2010, and one of only ten metro areas that regained more than a quarter of the jobs they lost between their pre-recession high and post-recession low.

Oklahoma City Ranked #2 Post-Military Best Places
December 8, 2010 - Military.com / USAA
Noting Oklahoma City's low housing costs, wealth of nearby educational opportunities, recreational and cultural resources (not to mention a thriving Tinker Air Force Base), Oklahoma City was ranked second on Military.com / USAA's Best Places for Military Retirement list. Often coveted by corporate recruiters, Oklahoma City makes a wealth of sense for post-military folks as well as businesses that value low costs and a productive, stable, well-skilled workforce.

OKC #1 in Tech Job Growth
December 7, 2010 - TechAmerica Foundation / Cybercities 2010
Ready for yet another example of the power of Oklahoma City's low cost / high value combination and what it can mean to business growth and expansion? Clocking in at #1 in both percentage (5.4%) and raw (more than 900) job growth last year, Oklahoma City tops TechAmerica Foundation's Cybercities 2010 jobs report.

Mayor Mick Cornett Garners 2nd Place in World Mayor Project
December 7, 2010 - World Mayor
Highlighting economic, fiscal and social initiatives and the partnership between leadership and the business community in Oklahoma City, the City Mayors Foundation awarded Mayor Mick Cornett with 1st runner up in the 2010 World Mayor Project competition. Tann vom Hove, senior editor at City Mayors, said Mayor Cornett helped turn a city with an unsure future into an American showcase of urban renewal. "A number of economic, fiscal and social initiatives have turned Oklahoma City, which doubted itself after the bombing of 1995, into one of America's boomtowns."

Oklahoma Leads Nation in GSP Growth Rate
November 18, 2010 - Bizjournals
In a year where 38 states showed declines, Oklahoma lead the nation in Gross State Product gains in 2009, at 6.6% - and was the only state in the southwest region to record an increase.

Urban Land Magazine / ULI Lists Top 10 Areas of New Non-farm Jobs: OKC #7 in Raw Gains
November 11, 2010 - Urban Land (subscription)
Examining BLS data for new non-farm raw job growth over the past year, the Urban Land Institute's Urban Land magazine noted Oklahoma City's place at #7 on that list - out of the nation's largest 49 metros.

Newsweek's "Top Ten Places Poised for Recovery" Highlights Oklahoma City
November 8, 2010 - Newsweek
Is your city "stronger and shinier" than it was before the "economic twister?" In addition to appearing on Newsweek's "Top Ten Places Poised for Recovery" list, man-behind-the-curtain Joel Kotkin puts the spotlight on Oklahoma City's low unemployment, growing energy and aerospace sectors, home value stability and net in-migration from California, all helping to make OKC one of the best job markets for young people. With all these factors in place, as Kotkin puts it, "who's to say Oklahoma City can't be Oz?"

Oklahoma City #2 in Job Growth Rate, Top 10 in Raw Private Sector Job Gains
November 3, 2010 - Bizjournals / BusinessFirst
According to new figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, among the nation's largest 100 metros, Oklahoma City ranked #2 in terms of percentage gain of private sector job growth, and an astounding #9 in terms of raw numbers of private sector job gains from September 2009 to September 2010.

Forbes: Oklahoma City #1 "America's Most Affordable City"
October 28, 2010 - Forbes Magazine
Forbes looked at a variety of factors, including unemployment and job growth as well as cost of living, in order to come up with their list. "We searched for cities that had a balance of cheap living and economic prosperity--places with solid job markets, but where costs aren't prohibitive." Their conclusion to the question of who offers the best overall value in the nation? Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett Named Public Official of the Year
October 27, 2010 - Governing Magazine
Cited for his leadership on MAPS 3 (the latest iteration of Oklahoma City's landmark capital projects program) and community health initiatives, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has been named Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine, the nation's preeminent publication for state and local governments. Among the qualities recognized are leadership, courage, innovation, creativity and good management. Good leadership and partnership opportunities are essential ingredients for a positive business environment - and OKC has working together to get big things accomplished down to an art.

OKC's Devon Energy Named BCA TEN Award Recipient by Americans for the Arts
October 20, 2010 - Americans for the Arts
A strong supporter of the arts in Oklahoma City, Devon Energy has been named one of the prestigious BCA TEN award winners for the 10 Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America. Through a variety of means and programs, Devon has reached out to school children, art students and local patrons all across OKC, and is truly one of the best examples of a "good corporate citizen" in the global marketplace today.

Milken: OKC Among Top 25 Best Performing Cities
October 19, 2010 - Milken Institute
What are the strongest indicators of a great city for business? After examining job, wage, salary and technology growth, Milken Institute found Oklahoma City to be in their Top 25 Best Performing Cities (#21). Milken attempts to understand the forces behind creating / sustaining jobs and economic growth, and once again OKC proves a great place to be for business.

Oklahoma City Ranked 7th for Income Growth
October 13, 2010 - Portfolio.com
Portfolio analyzed the nation's largest 100 metro areas and their federal income data over the last 25 years, leading to another Top Ten ranking for Oklahoma City. OKC's income growth index was 28.29, with a 25-year income growth rate of 169.9 percent, 7th best in the U.S., due to OKC's stable marketplace, self-investment, and smart, targeted economic development policy that produces returns for companies and citizens alike.

Oklahoma Adding Leisure & Hospitality Jobs at Top 10 Rate
October 12, 2010 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics / Bizjournals
Oklahoma is more than OK when it comes to being more than just a great place to live, work and play - it's also a great place to visit. In another sign of a strong, diversified economy, Oklahoma is ranked 4th in percentage gain of Leisure & Hospitality jobs, and ninth in terms of raw job change from 2005 - 2010, in a new analysis by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Haven't been to OKC lately? Perhaps it's time you made a visit to see why Oklahoma City makes such a great place for business, workers, families - and tourists.

Oklahoma City Arts District Neighborhood Named one of America's "10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010"
October 12, 2010 - American Planning Association
A virtual mirror of Oklahoma City's economic turnaround as a whole, Oklahoma City's historic Paseo district was named to the American Planning Association's "10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010" list. The Spanish-influenced Paseo Arts district, in the midst of a remarkable renaissance, joins high-profile neighborhoods such as Denver's LoDo and Cincinnati's Hyde Park on the list, and is really just beginning to hit its stride. A popular local haven and hangout, the Paseo Arts District is another example of Oklahoma City's burgeoning arts, cultural and neighborhood scene.

Forbes: OKC a Top 5 Fastest-Growing City
October 11, 2010 - Forbes
What makes a city a "prime dynamic region?" A successful mix of a growing economy and affordability - the same qualities that make Oklahoma City a great place for business. "Our future cities also are often easier for workers and entrepreneurs alike," says Forbes. We happen to agree.

Oklahoma a Top 10 State for Doing Business, OKC a Top Ten Metro
October 11, 2010 - Area Development Magazine
Area Development Magazine, a respected site-selection trade publication, recently polled a "select group of highly respected consultants who work with a nationwide client base." In this flash survey, they asked consultants to rank states and cities according to eight site selection criteria critical to business success, including business costs, tax environment, labor climate, and rail / highway accessibility, among others. The result? Oklahoma is once again recognized as a great state for business location, and Oklahoma City also makes a Top Ten List appearance for best metros for business.

Oklahoma City in Top Five Low Rents
September 28, 2010 - U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey
Another reason OKC makes a great place for business and employees? Low housing costs. In new data released by the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, Oklahoma City is in the Top Five Low Rents among the nation's 50 largest metro areas.

Oklahoma City One of Best Communities for Young People
September 21, 2010 - America's Promise Alliance
One of only a handful of cities to achieve this designation four times, America's Promise Alliance again recognized Oklahoma City as being one of the winners of the Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People. OKC received the honor due to a renewed focus on mentoring programs for youth and wide range of related volunteerism and philanthropy.

Brookings MetroMonitor - OKC Among 20 Strongest Performers Once Again
September 15, 2010 - The Atlantic / Brookings Institution
If housing prices, unemployment, and economic production are some of the factors Brookings examines, no wonder we're so high on their lists.

No Test Anxiety Here: OKC Named One of Top 75 Places to Live While Going to College
September 8, 2010 - American Institute for Economic Research
Scoring high in various Academic Environment, Quality of Life and Professional Opportunity factors, Oklahoma City gets an "A" for being a great place for students and recent grads. We think it's not too bad for older peeps, either.

Need Less Stress? Try Oklahoma City
September 7, 2010 - Portfolio.com
Why worry? Living is easy in Oklahoma City, as evidenced by Portfolio.com's analysis of the nation's 50 largest metros which placed OKC as the 6th least stressful city in the U.S. Portfolio looked at unemployment, finances, health, weather, population, crime, traffic and more and found that in Oklahoma City, it is indeed a better living, and a better life.

Oklahoma City Among 10 Best Real Estate Investment Markets
August 21, 2010 - Local Market Monitor / Wall Street Journal
Income growth, stable employment, diversity of economy and stable home prices all contribute to another OKC Top Ten (#8) ranking, this time for real estate investment.

Forbes: Oklahoma City among Top Ten "Best Cities to Find a Job"
August 20, 2010 - Forbes
With our low unemployment rate and a rate of only 2.3 candidates per open position, Forbes put Oklahoma City in the lucky seventh position in their "Best Cities to Find a Job" list.

OKC Named Top 10 Metro for Economic Growth Potential
July 2010 - Business Facilities
Looking heavily at growth potential of each city's economic development strategy, OKC landed in the top 10 (#9) of Business Facilities' Top 10 Metro list.

Oklahoma City in Top 20, Shows Gains in Raw Private-Sector Job Numbers
June 30, 2010 - BusinessFirst / U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
While a staggering 53 of the nation's largest 100 metros lost jobs since May 2000, Oklahoma City was #20 in terms of raw private-sector job growth over the past decade (May 2000 to May 2010) with a net gain of 14,500 jobs.

OKC's "Paw Park" Repeatedly Recognized Among Nation's Best
June 28, 2010 - The Oklahoman (via Dog Fancy and Southern Living)
Who knew a park built for our four-legged friends would turn out to be a great place to meet fellow bipeds? Recently, Oklahoma City's premier dog park was named to the top 13 of Dog Fancy magazine's "America's Best Dog Parks" contest, as well as Southern Living's "The South's Five Best Dog Parks" list. Featuring a pond, water stations, trees, benches, and lots of room to run, Paw Park proves to be a great place for dogs - and their owners - to hang. Indeed, as park planner Don Bobzien indicates, the park might be a young professional's alternative to singles bars. "The dog park is the easiest place in Oklahoma City for total strangers to talk to total strangers," he said. "I mean, they have in common their dogs. ... Pretty soon some great relationships start out there. We've had some that developed into great romances."

Parenting: OKC a Top 10 City for Recreation, Economy
June 22, 2010 - Parenting Magazine (economy) (recreation)
Looking for a great place to "parent up" some great kids? Look no further than Oklahoma City. Parenting magazine took a look at unemployment rates, property values, commute time, park space and more and found OKC to be a Top 10 city in both the "Strongest Economies" list (#6) and "Best Cities for Recreation (#10) lists.

Three OKC-Area Companies on Computerworld's "Best Places to Work in IT" List
June 21, 2010 - Computerworld
In another sign of a healthy, highly skilled and productive workforce, two OKC-HQ'd companies, American Fidelity Assurance (#14) and Chesapeake Energy (#17) were named to the top 20 of Computerworld's "Best Places to Work in IT 2010" rankings, while the University of Oklahoma (#85) was also cited among the nation's best, including a top 10 ranking (#7) in the career development category.

Factors Driving Volunteer Rates Also Good for Business - OKC in Top 5
June 16, 2010 - Volunteering in America / U.S. Government
Oklahoma City has the fifth highest overall volunteer rate among the 51 largest cities in the U.S., as well as the second-highest number of volunteer hours per resident, among other high volunteer rankings. The latest Volunteering in America Report explains the factors that drive OKC's high volunteerism rates, like home ownership levels, short commutes, high education levels, low foreclosure rates and low unemployment -- factors that are also good for business.

OKC Makes Brookings' List of "Strongest-Performing Metro Areas" - Again
June 15, 2010 - The Brookings Institution
Listed in Brookings' MetroMonitor Q1 2010 report as "one of the 21 strongest-performing metro areas" and by The Huffington Post at #4 on its "11 Cities That Are Beating The Recession" list (archived) utilizing the same data, Oklahoma City continues to beat the odds, as well as the recession, due to our business-friendly, low-cost environment. Brookings looked at employment, wages, output, and housing conditions among the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S.

Strong Job Growth Continues in Oklahoma City
June 7, 2010 - New Geography
Oklahoma City landed at #11 on New Geography's "2010 Best Cities for Job Growth" list. With both recent and long-term upward trends in job growth, Oklahoma City continues to batter the recession - rather than the other way around.

OKC Boasting Bewildering Broadband Advantages
May 25, 2010 - Speedtest.net / Ookla
Oklahoma City boasts the fourth-fastest broadband speeds in the country, besting the likes of New York City, Denver and Sacramento, according to Ookla, the company behind speedtest.net. With free WiFi recently employed throughout our downtown entertainment district, Oklahoma City means business when it comes to broadband.

Oklahoma Leading the Way in Entrepreneurial Activity
May 20, 2010 - Kauffman Foundation
The latest Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity shows Oklahoma and Montana "outdoing the usual suspects" when it comes to launching new businesses. Due to our low-cost, high-value business environment and the pervasive "pioneer spirit" of our citizens, Oklahoma City is indeed proving to be a great place to start and run a business, and the new Kauffman data only backs this proposition.

Census Bureau: OKC Boasts Third-Best Commute
April 23, 2010 - U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey
Among the top 52 cities in the country, Oklahoma City residents deal with the third-shortest commutes to and from work, according to the Census Bureau's most recent American Community Survey. OKC's drivers spend an average of 21.35 minutes behind the wheel while on their way to work, with only Rochester (20.37 minutes) and Buffalo -Niagara Falls (20.78 minutes) coming in ahead. Of cities of similar size, OKC easily beat out its peers, including Salt Lake City, Nashville, and Milwaukee. Shorter drive times indeed mean it's easier to get down to business in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City #6 on Major Metro Affordable Housing Index
April 20, 2010 - Business First
Cost competitiveness continues to be a core competency for OKC, as we once again boast a top 10 ranking in a national cost study. Lower costs mean high profitability potential in Oklahoma City's highly sought-after corporate / cost environment, where it's easier to do business - successfully.

Bringing Low Business Costs to the Big Leagues: Oklahoma City #1 on KPMG Business Cost Survey
March 30, 2010 - KPMG
Among U.S. metros of 1 million population or greater, Oklahoma City has the lowest business costs, according to KPMG's 2010 "Competitive Alternatives" analysis of 26 separate cost drivers for business in 112 cities in 10 countries. Contributing to Oklahoma City's league-leading index were our low costs for labor, industrial / office leasing and electricity. Combine that with powerful incentives and free training programs, and one can see how locating in OKC can really benefit the bottom line.

Dude! OKC #4 on "Cities That Are Having An Awesome Recovery" List
March 18, 2010 - Business Insider
With our U.S. leading low unemployment rate and an improving GMP (gross metro product), OKC outpaces Dallas, D.C. and KC on Business Insider's "20 Cities That Are Having An Awesome Recovery." Which just goes to further prove our theory that OKC is indeed awesome.

OKC Ranked #6 on "Best Places for Young Adults" List
March 15, 2010 - Portfolio.com
Move over Dallas and Seattle. According to a new Portfolio.com / Bizjournals study, OKC ranks in the top 10 "Best Places for Young Adults" due to strong growth rates, low cost of living and high numbers of employed, college-educated under-34s. (We think Bricktown, Downtown, the Thunder, Western Avenue, the Plaza District, Midtown, Paseo and so forth don't hurt either . . . But that's just our opinion.)

January 29, 2010 - The Journal Record
Oklahoma City's expanding regional economic base, ongoing downtown redevelopment, and consistently strong financial performance mean that OKC's municipal bonds continue to be rated at the elite "AAA" level by Standard and Poor's.

January 21, 2010 -Fortune
Oklahoma City makes it easy to find success, along with a great workforce. No wonder that for the third year in a row, three Oklahoma City-headquartered companies are named to Fortune's "Top 100 Companies to Work For" list.

January 20, 2010 -Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services / Retail Traffic Magazine
With one of the country's strongest housing markets and both per-capita income and population increasing faster than national averages, Oklahoma City lands at lucky number 13 on Marcus & Millichap's "Top 15 Retail Markets" list.

December 31, 2009 -Juju.com
Oklahoma City's economy continues to make gains as OKC moves up two spots to number 11 on Juju.com's "Job Search Difficulty Index," which compares BLS unemployment statistics to posted job opportunities online.

December 16, 2009 -MarketWatch
What does a combination of good employment numbers, a growing population, and more companies moving in & starting up by the day mean? That Oklahoma City is in the top 25 of MarketWatch.com's "Best Cities for Business" list.

November 30, 2009 -Forbes
A solid housing market, stable employment, enviable cost of living, and quick commutes landed Oklahoma City on the Forbes list of “America’s Best Bang-For-The-Buck Cities.” Oklahoma City ranked #26 out of the top 100 largest metros and #5 among large cities with over 1 million population.

October 23, 2009 -BusinessWeek
Recognizing our strong housing market and gross metropolitan product along with low unemployment rates, Oklahoma City landed at #3 on BusinessWeek's "Forty Strongest U.S. Metro Economies" list.

October 13, 2009 -Money / Fortune Magazines
Stable, affordable, a diverse local economy and business-friendly partnerships galore - all reasons why Oklahoma City is the #1 large metro in the nation in which to launch a business.

September 24, 2009 -Bureau of Economic Analysis
The Bureau of Economic Analysis confirms it: Oklahoma City is in the top 20% of all metro areas in terms of real GDP growth.

August 14, 2009 -Inc.
Greater Oklahoma City lands 28 companies on the Inc. 5000 "America's Fastest Growing Companies" list.

August 11, 2009 -USA Today
Article: "Oklahoma City defies recession"

August 11, 2009 - Business Week
Continuing our strong momentum in the residential real estate market, Oklahoma City is included in the Top 10 of Business Week's "Strongest Housing Markets in the U.S." list.

August 6, 2009 - Bureau of Economic Analysis
Oklahoma City is the fastest-growing large MSA in the US in terms of per-capita income.

July 28, 2009 - Volunteering in America
Volunteering In America ranks Oklahoma City 7th among large cities for its overall volunteerism rate -- and 2nd in the amount of volunteer hours per resident.

July 16, 2009 - U.S. News and World Report
Oklahoma City was ranked fourth in U.S. News and World Report's Best Undervalued Places to Live, due to our strong housing market and "pro-business philosophy."

June 23, 2009 - Local Market Monitor
Local Market Monitor's Home Price Forecast, which predicts local market behavior, has identified Oklahoma City as being among the top 10 MSAs for best expected performance in home prices over the next 12 months.

June 1, 2009 - Directorship Magazine
According to Directorship Magazine, the state of Oklahoma ranks high among states "for business" due to our low litigation rank, favorable tax climate, low costs of living and labor and high quality of life. Among others, Oklahoma ranked better than neighbors Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.

June 2009 -indeed
With a top 10 unemployed-to-job posting ratio, Indeed ranks Oklahoma City the 8th best city to look for a job.

June, 2009 - The Brookings Institution
Oklahoma City was ranked second by Brookings' MetroMonitor for Economic Performance during the recession. Brookings looked at employment, wages, output, and housing conditions among the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S.

May 20, 2009 - Relocation.com
Oklahoma City ranked in Relocation.com's Top Cities for a Fresh Start list. Relocation.com used popularity, economic prospects, housing affordability, and how active the community is to rate the cities.

May 19, 2009 - Forbes
Oklahoma City was recently ranked #16 of the 20 Top College Towns for Jobs by Forbes.

May 11, 2009 - Biz Journal
Oklahoma City ranked 70th in Biz Journal's Top 100 Tech Centers.

May 11, 2009 - Art Bistro
Oklahoma City ranked 4th in Art Bistro's Top 25 Cities for Designers and Artists list. Art Bistro used the cost of living, among other factors, to rate the cities.

May 8, 2009 - Yahoo.com
Oklahoma City was recently ranked #4 of the 25 Top Cities for your Career by WomenCo. Cities were judged on growth rates, average salaries and costs of living.

April 21, 2009 - fDi Magazine
fDi (Foreign Direct Investment) magazine ranked Oklahoma City #1 on its list of most cost-effective large cities in the U.S. (pop. between 500,000 and 1 million), due to factors ranging from economic potential to quality of life and business friendliness.

April 9, 2009 - BusinessWeek / MSN
In order to find the most affordable large metro area in the country, BusinessWeek analyzed average rent and local income. Need affordable, quality housing? Look no further: Oklahoma City is #1.

April 3, 2009 - TravelOK
Oklahoma City's Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park is named one of "Ten Best" in National Geographic Travel Guide

March 25, 2009 - Forbes
Oklahoma City rated one of "America's Most Livable Cities" by Forbes

March 25, 2009 - Forbes
Forbes reports Oklahoma City among the best "Places for Business and Careers"

February 2, 2009 - Bizjournals.com
Oklahoma City in top ten 'Best Places to Start a Small Business.'

January 22, 2009 - Fortune
Three Oklahoma City-headquartered companies named to Fortune's "Top 100 Companies to Work For"

January 21, 2009 - The Oklahoman Archived Forbes Article
Oklahoma City listed among Forbes' "America's 25 Strongest Housing Markets."

November 24, 2008 - CNN
Oklahoma City is listed as one of CNN's "30 Best Cities to Find a Job." OKC is the largest city on the list.

October 8, 2008 - The Oklahoman
On the verge of its first year as a permanent major league city, Oklahoma City is ranked No. 79 in The Sporting News list of 400 best sports cities.

September 24, 2008 - Milken Institute
Best-Performing Cities 2008: Where America's Jobs Are Created and Sustained.

September 10, 2008 - Volunteering in America
Oklahoma City has an average annual volunteer rate of 32.1%, with 324,000 volunteers serving 41.1 million hours per year.

August 27, 2008 - The Oklahoman
Oklahoma is No. 1 in home value gains - at a time when homeowners in most of the rest of the country are wondering what hit them in their equity.

May 20, 2008 - Today Show
Oklahoma City was recently ranked # 28 of the 100 Best Places to Raise a Family by the Today Show. Cities were judged on crime rates, school quality, heathcare, the arts, housing costs, average commute times and divorce rates.

April 29, 2008 - Forbes Magazine
Oklahoma City was recently ranked as America's Most Recession-Proof City due to falling unemployment, one of the strongest housing markets in the country and strong growth in agriculture, energy and manufacturing.

April 24, 2008 - Forbes Magazine
Oklahoma City placed 4th on the Forbes.com list for Best Cities for Commuters. Forbes.com looked at the 75 largest metro areas in the U.S. and evaluated them based on traffic delays, travel times and how efficiently commuters use existing infrastructure.

March 18, 2008 - Forbes Magazine
Oklahoma City ranked 7th in Forbes.com's America's 10 Cleanest Cities list. Forbes used air and water quality, among other factors, to rate the cities.

March 10, 2008 - Bizjournals.com
Oklahoma City is the Number 1 most affordable housing market of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in America.

February 11, 2008 - Bizjournals.com
Oklahoma City ranked 4th in a review of the least stressful cities in America. The study examined air quality, sunshine, crime, unemployment, commute time, among other factors, to rate the cities.

January 10, 2008 - Forbes Magazine
Oklahoma City ranked 19th in Forbes.com's Best Cities for Jobs list. Forbes used five equally weighted data points to rank cities: the state's unemployment rate, job growth, income growth, median household income and cost of living.

October 12, 2007 - Forbes Magazine
Oklahoma City ranked 10th in Forbes.com's Best of the Cities for Jobs list, up from 67th in 2005. Forbes used five equally weighted data points to rank cities: median household income, unemployment, income growth, cost of living and job growth.

August 22, 2007 - Co-Star Advisor
Several major metropolitan areas appear to be enjoying a flourishing retail development market and show little effect by the residential downtown. Co-Star Advisor spotlighted the country's best performing markets in terms of retail vacancy, rental rates, development activity and pricing. Oklahoma City ranked 6th best. The common thread between the markets includes strong population growth, low unemployment and high job growth.

August 8, 2007 - The Oklahoman
The Bureau of Economic Analysis said personal income grew by an average of 6.6 percent across all 363 of the nation's metropolitan areas from 2005 to 2006, while income in Oklahoma City grew 8.7 percent.

June 28, 2007 - The Oklahoman
Water experts say Oklahoma City has the tastiest tap water on the continent. The city won this year's "Best of the Best" water taste test - an annual competition judged by water drinkers with trained tongues chosen by the American Water Works Association, a leading water research and advocacy group.

June 25, 2007 - US Fed News
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has been awarded Outstanding Achievement in the 2007 City Livability Awards Program. Judges were former mayors that selected the cities from a pool of over 200 applicants based on mayoral leadership, creativity and innovation, and broad impact on the quality of life for residents.

June 21, 2007 - The Biz Journal
Oklahoma City's income grew 24.10% from 2000-2005, making it the 6th strongest metropolitan area for income growth in the nation.

June 19, 2007 - The Journal Record
Oklahoma's growing rate of entrepreneurship in 2006 boosted the state to fourth in the country, an annual survey of startup businesses recently revealed. According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, Oklahoma had about 430 entrepreneur startups per 100,000 residents in 2006.

June 11, 2007 - The Wall Street Journal
According to the Commerce Department Bureau of Economic Affairs, Oklahoma has the lowest tax burden of any state, including the District of Columbia. Oklahoma's tax burden was 27.8% versus Connecticut at the top with 38.3%.

May 17, 2007 - The Journal Record
Oklahoma City was listed as the fifth-best place in the nation in midsized metro areas to relocate a family. Washington, D.C.-based Worldwide ERC, the association for workforce mobility, and Primary Relocation, with headquarters in Memphis, partnered for the third year to compile the list. Ranking factors included cost of living, crime rates, education, climate and each city's arts and cultural attractions when a family is looking to relocate. The study defined midsized areas as those with a population between 575,000 and 1.25 million.

May 4, 2007 - The Oklahoman
Double-digit growth in several suburbs spells continued long-term strength for housing construction in the Oklahoma City metro area. "Oklahoma is bucking the national trend", said Deidre Myers, director of research and economic analysis for the agency. Myers pointed to another positive in Oklahoma's housing numbers: the proportion of housing units permitted last year that were single-family. She said that's a sign of stability since families usually occupy single-family dwellings. Oklahoma ranks fifth in the nation.

May 2007 - Forbes Magazine
Oklahoma City gained a 12.1 appreciation in the sales price for homes when compared to last year. Oklahoma City's home appreciation metro ranks second in the nation, following Seattle's 12.3.

April 5, 2007 - The Oklahoman
The Oklahoma City area, nearing 1.2 million people, moved up another spot in the national population rankings to No. 45. The data is a population estimate through July 1, 2006. Oklahoma City's growth from 2000 to 2006 was healthy and steady. "We're building all the right magnets for economic growth in central Oklahoma," said Zach Taylor, executive director of the Association of Central Governments.

March 28, 2007 - The Oklahoman
Income growth from the Oil Patch propelled the state to the third-best growth rate in personal income in 2006, according to preliminary figures from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. Oklahoma per capita personal income grew by 7.6 percent. Nationally, personal income grew by 6.3 percent last year.