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.
"97% of our natural gas needs are met from North America... Oklahoma has a lot of it and I think Oklahoma City can increasingly be seen as the center of the universe for America's onshore natural gas industry."
- Aubrey McClendon, Chairman and CEO, Chesapeake Energy Corporation
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.
Selected companies were grouped in categories of small/medium companies (25 to 249 employees) and large companies (more than 250 employees). Large company U.S. Cellular and small/medium company Delta Dental of Oklahoma took top honors.
The selection process included the Best Companies Group engaging Modern Think, a workplace excellence consulting firm, to independently conduct an employee survey and assessment of each company that applied.
Peter Burke, Best Companies Group president, spoke at the event along with Michael Carolina, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
LARGE COMPANY CATEGORY (250 or more Employees)
SMALL/MEDIUM COMPANY CATEGORY (25-249 Employees)
Criteria for eligibility requires a company to be a for-profit or non-profit business or governmental organization, have a local Oklahoma facility and have 25 employees within the Oklahoma workforce.