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.
Among the top 52 cities in the country, Oklahoma City residents deal with the third-shortest commutes to and from work, according to the Census Bureau's most recent American Community Survey. OKC's drivers spend an average of 21.35 minutes behind the wheel while on their way to work, with only Rochester (20.37 minutes) and Buffalo -Niagara Falls (20.78 minutes) coming in ahead. Of cities of similar size, OKC easily beat out its peers, including Salt Lake City, Nashville, and Milwaukee. Shorter drive times indeed mean it's easier to get down to business in Oklahoma City.
(April 23, 2010)
Three Oklahoma companies have been named to Fortune magazine's list of 363 "World's Most Admired Companies."
Devon Energy Corp., ONEOK Inc. and Williams Cos. Inc. all made the list.
OGE Energy Corp. was listed as a "contender."
Apple, Berkshire Hathaway, Toyota Motor Corp., Google and Johnson & Johnson were listed as Fortune's top five overall most admired companies. No Oklahoma-based company made the top 50.
Devon, however, ranked second among mining and crude oil production companies, trailing only Occidental Petroleum.
ONEOK came in second among pipeline companies, behind Spectra Energy.
Williams finished third in the energy category, behind Integrys Energy Group and Edison.
OGE Energy was ranked eighth in the pipelines category.