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.
Oklahoma has a strong aerospace infrastructure, with 54 state-of-art training centers across the state.
In Oklahoma, one in 10 employees derives income from the aviation industry, with an industrial output of nearly $12.5 Billion a year.
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.
Vilsack will speak about how agricultural research is in the forefront of technology transfer. Oklahoma City won the bid for the conference in 2007.
"We are thrilled to be hosting the NASVF annual conference, and are honored to have Secretary Tom Vilsack as our keynote speaker," said Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. "We have many institutions in Oklahoma that are leading the way in agricultural research and creating sustainable alternative energy sources, so this is ideal and a great fit for us."
The National Association of Seed and Venture Funds is a nonprofit organization with 600 members in 43 states and four countries.