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.
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.
But the absence of some large participants is giving Oklahoma City more opportunity to get noticed.
Those leading Oklahoma City's presentations at the Las Vegas Convention Center say they're doing better than last year.
Oklahoma City's setup is a mini-chamber headquarters with "hard walls" raised to create conference rooms where developers and retailers can have quick meetings with the city's delegation.
"It's kind of like speed dating," Cynthia Reid, vice president of marketing and communications, said. Depending on the potential "date," the city's team is sometimes represented by Mayor Mick Cornett and chamber president Roy Williams, or Assistant City Manager Cathy O'Connor and Planning Director Russell Claus, or Michael Carrier, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Others attending the conference include Jane Jenkins, president of Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. and Jim Cowan, director of the Bricktown Association.