Paying it forward: Proceeds from Skirvin deal will help fun convention center hotel

The Journal Record // Tuesday, May 17, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – About $7.4 million recovered from incentives to redevelop the historic Skirvin Hotel will go toward buying land for a new downtown hotel, the City Council decided Tuesday.

Home for Boeing personnel is where the planes are

NewsOK // Sunday, April 24, 2016

A new resident of Choctaw, Sheryl Zayic doesn‘t mind the roar of planes going to and from Tinker Air Force Base. In fact, to her, there's nothing more beautiful than sitting in her backyard and — against a “drop-dead gorgeous Oklahoma sunset” — watching an AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) plane fly over.

World's Smallest Pacemaker Can Be Fitted Without Surgery

Newsweek // Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A tiny pacemaker that requires no surgery to be implanted, nor leads to operate, has become the first such device to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dozens of startups are helping build OKC's national reputation

NewsOK // Sunday, April 10, 2016

A fast-growing Oklahoma City startup named WeGoLook has established itself as a pioneering crowd-sourcing business trailblazer, creating a market where there literally wasn't one before.

Lights, camera, flight!: Film festival will highlight work of drones

The Journal Record // Wednesday, April 6, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – A film festival highlighting unmanned aerial aircraft will help establish Oklahoma as a growing hub of drone development, organizer Ersin Demirci said.

The inaugural U.S. Drone Film Festival is scheduled for April 30 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Demirci said several hundred people have already confirmed their attendance. The event attracted more than 180 short film submissions from 44 countries.

Oklahoma bioscience community gathers to recognize industry growth, leaders

NewsOK // Monday, April 4, 2016

It's a rare moment that the leaders and scientists of Oklahoma's bioscience industry can come together to share the collaborative spirit that is such a part of who they are and what they are creating. The annual OKBIO Summit and BioScience Awards dinner is one of those moments.

Sharing economy: FSB app helps builders design aircraft facilities

The Journal Record // Friday, April 1, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – Questions like, “What’s the wingspan of a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker?” and “How tall is the McDonnell-Douglas KC-10?” may sound like bar trivia.

They are actually queries that architect Philip McNayr and his aviation team at Frankfurt-Short-Bruza architecture firm have to frequently answer when designing hangars and other aviation-related facilities.

Cytovance construction to start next quarter

Journal Record // Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cytovance Biologics Inc. will start construction of its new 30,000-square-foot manufacturing plant next quarter.

OKC Central: Hotels keep finding room to build in Bricktown

NewsOK // Monday, March 28, 2016

Two properties sold Monday for hotel development in Bricktown with another set to sell Thursday is a sure indicator the energy downturn is not slowing down growth in the state's premier urban entertainment district.

Paycom inks job creation deal with Oklahoma City

NewsOK // Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust on Tuesday approved an additional $1.2 million in job creation incentives to Paycom Software Inc.

Tinkering with B-1 bombers at air base in Oklahoma

NewsOK // Monday, March 21, 2016

After spending more than a decade prowling the skies above southwest Asia, the U.S. Air Force's fleet of B-1 Lancers is coming off the front lines to Oklahoma for much-needed upgrades.

Testing on KC-46 tanker speeding up

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Pegasus, a militarized version of the Boeing 767, is intended to replace the Air Force's aging tanker fleet and will be serviced at Tinker Air Force Base while flight crews for the new plane will train at Altus Air Force Base.

Allegiant adds Oklahoma City route

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Allegiant Air has announced nonstop service  from Oklahoma City to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 

Innovation magazine on OKC's innovation district & renaissance

Innovation // Thursday, March 3, 2016

There's some good coverage on the Innovation District and OKC's entrepreneurialism and renaissance from Innovation magazine this month.

Innovation & Entrpreneurs: Serial entrepreneurs launch own diagnostics-focused company in state

NewsOK // Tuesday, February 23, 2016

That's the story of Progentec Diagnostics, a startup that is focused on developing breakthrough diagnostics. The firm's initial focus is on developing a diagnostic test to identify patients at increased risk for flare in lupus, an incurable autoimmune disease that afflicts 1.5 million patients in the U.S.

New commercial data center is described as largest in Oklahoma

NewsOK // Thursday, February 11, 2016

TierPoint LLC has completed what they describe as Oklahoma's largest commercial data center at its 15-acre campus in northwest Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City researcher helps identify 10 new genes associated with lupus

NewsOK // Monday, February 1, 2016

When scientist Swapan Nath first started studying lupus, he thought his team might find a gene or two involved with the disease.

Stillwater company's products really are out of this world

NewsOK // Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Deep in the heart of a test laboratory at Stillwater's Frontier Electronic Systems sits an imposing piece of equipment that looks as if it could have played a role on a space voyage.

SensiQ Technologies finds spot for making the right connections

NewsOK // Monday, December 21, 2015

Listen to the chatter of economic development professionals or academic campus leaders, and a familiar theme emerges. It centers around a mission to encourage people from disparate disciplines or neighboring businesses to talk to each other on a regular basis.

Downtown uprising is underway as BOK Park Plaza's groundbreaking occurs in downtown Oklahoma City

NewsOK // Thursday, November 19, 2015

A “white-tablecloth restaurant” and community space are likely to be a part of the main lobby of the future 27-story BOK Park Plaza being built downtown.

Oklahoma City to work with Google Fiber to explore bringing OKC residents ultra-high speed Internet access

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mayor Cornett announced that Oklahoma City will begin working with Google Fiber to explore the possibility of building a brand new superfast broadband network in the city.

Oklahoma City's new innovation district could demonstrate power of place

NewsOK // Tuesday, October 27, 2015

That's why the vision of Oklahoma City as an innovation district is so exciting. “The idea is that metropolitan areas across the world are becoming the places where economies are being built,” said Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Oklahoma City Chamber.

Brookings announcement new initiative for innovation and placemaking

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott today announced the establishment of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking, a collaboration between the Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces. The initiative is made possible through a gift from Brookings trustee Robert M. Bass and his wife, the philanthropist Anne T. Bass.

New Oklahoma company seeks to reduce pain of osteoarthritis

NewsOK // Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It affects millions of people worldwide, causing pain and joint dysfunction — cruelly impacting mobility and quality of life.

Oklahoma City tonic maker expands product line

NewsOK // Thursday, September 24, 2015

Three years ago, Oklahoma City resident Glenn Forester's wife asked him to make her a gin and tonic using a tonic syrup recipe, and Forester started to experiment with different ingredients and flavors.

Innovators & Entreprenuers: Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy prepares students for career

NewsOK // Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jackson Jandreau graduated from Putnam North High School this past spring and is now a freshman engineering student at Oklahoma State University.

Big Bucks in Biotech: Chinese Firm's $206M Purchase of Cytovance Shows Opportunity in Industry

Journal Record // Friday, August 28, 2015

Foreign investment in Oklahoma should help the state’s biotech industry expand, said patent attorney Mike LaBrie.

Effort to boost effectiveness of antibiotics receives investment

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

i2E Inc. and Accele Venture Partners recently closed a $600,000 follow-on investment in Synereca Pharmaceuticals, a portfolio company of Accele Biopharma, an Oklahoma City-based biotechnology accelerator.

Driven Analytics founder chose Oklahoma over more obvious states

NewsOK // Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Oklahoma startup Driven Analytics is taking automotive diagnostics a giant step further by using all that data to provide car owners real-time information specific to their vehicle usage.

Boeing breaks ground on $80 million facility in OKC

The Oklahoman // Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Boeing Co. broke ground on a new $80 million facility in southeast Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Oklahoma startup firm remanufactures high-performance batteries

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dirk Spiers, president of Spiers New Technologies Inc., has a compelling vision for Oklahoma.

National biotech industry meeting reflects growth in Oklahoma sector

Monday, July 13, 2015

Creating a startup in bioscience is different than creating a startup in any other industry.

Business of Health: Philadelphia story bears similarities to OKC's Innovation District

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Last month, I went to Philadelphia. And despite what W.C. Fields may have led folks to believe, it most definitely was not closed.

WeGoLook offers local startup success story in Oklahoma

NewsOK // Tuesday, May 12, 2015

It’s in fashion these days for startup companies to choose clever names — names with upper and lower case letters in places you don’t expect them to be, or names that signify something about the company’s product or service to the entrepreneurs starting the business, but nothing at all to the rest of us.

Aerospace manufacturer’s production taking off in Stillwater

Monday, May 11, 2015

As one of the world’s seven global aerospace hubs, Oklahoma is home to the largest military and commercial aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations in the United States, according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

Oklahoma City startup hopes to make Internet security easier

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Oklahoma City-based startup Who’s On My Wifi hopes to use crowd funding to raise $50,000 to make a simpler, more secure wireless router that integrates with its security software.

Oklahoma City approves combined $7.2 million in job incentives for Boeing, Paycom

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust on Wednesday gave the green light for the city to begin negotiations with Boeing Co. and Paycom Software Inc. on a combined $7.2 million in economic development incentives to create 1,323 new jobs.

Paycom looks to expand campus, hire 423 new workers

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Paycom Software Inc. plans to hire 423 new workers, build a $14 million new building and spend $2 million on new equipment at its rapidly growing headquarters on Memorial Road.

Bio Matters: Oklahoma respiratory disease center director builds team of researchers

NewsOK // Monday, April 13, 2015

Headquarters of the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases (OCRID) is a humble office deep in the heart of McElroy Hall on the Oklahoma State University campus.

Oklahoma regional robotics competition stresses problem-solving, collaboration

Monday, March 30, 2015

The regional competition, which continues Saturday, pits 61 teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The majority of teams are from Oklahoma and have names like Sprockets, Cyborg Tigers and Robot Mafia.

Oklahoma biotech firm treats child neurologic condition

NewsOK // Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Cunningham Panel is the result of more than a decade of research, funded in part by Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, led by University of Oklahoma professor Dr. Madeleine Cunningham, Moleculera co-founder.

University of Oklahoma physician Robert Welliver works to develop vaccine for RSV infections

The Oklahoman // Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My voice was raspy as I stepped into the 11th-floor office of Robert Welliver, M.D., at the University of Oklahoma Children’s Physicians tower on the Oklahoma Health Center campus. My nose was runny. I coughed as I sat down.

New BP subsidiary to open new offices on Automobile Alley

The Oklahoman // Thursday, February 12, 2015

BP, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, is preparing to open what would be one of its first satellite offices in the Pontiac Building on Automobile Alley.

Historic Agreement Between Oklahoma City/Tinker AFB to Create Thousands of Jobs, Millions in Investment, Potential for More Partnership

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tinker Air Force Base officials announced today the acquisition of 158 acres of land on the west side of the base to stand up a depot maintenance facility for the Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus.

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.


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

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber announced the launch of a new, 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 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 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, 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 // 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


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.


Oklahoma City Ranks High for Business Startups

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.
(March 11, 2014)

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