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)
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center was named a "best place to work" by readers of The Scientist magazine.
The center ranked No. 4 among the top 15 U.S. academic institutions in the readers' list.
The Oklahoma City campus was commended for pay, tenure and promotion, and the report notes that the center is building research centers such as the OU Cancer Institute.
"Through smart financial planning, generous private funding, hospital revenue and the state's tobacco tax, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has resources to expand despite a tight economy," the report states.
Dr. Joseph Ferretti, senior vice president and provost, said the center has recruited top faculty and scientists from around the world and increased National Institutes for Health funding by $15 million this year.
"We are really, really pleased with this award," Ferretti said. "It puts us right in the middle of the elite schools. It certainly is a reflection of what the faculty thinks."
The top three academic institutions were Princeton, the University of California at San Francisco and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
Edyta Zielinska, the magazine's associate editor, said, "In this less-than-rosy economy, academic scientists valued the promise of stable growth opportunities and collaborative work environments. We're proud to give working academic scientists a chance to evaluate their institutions on the factors they think are most important."
The report is in the November issue.