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)
ATLANTA - 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.
The Oklahomans will be seeking to connect with potential business partners, clients and investors among the anticipated 20,000 people at the annual convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
The convention began Monday and continues through Thursday.
The Oklahoma contingent is a mix of economic development officers, researchers and entrepreneurs. Their goal is to showcase Oklahoma's flourishing life sciences community in front of a vast industry audience.
"It's an opportunity for Oklahoma scientists and early stage companies to find people to collaborate and partner with," said Robin Roberts-Krieger, executive vice president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. "It's very unusual in an industry where you can go to one place and bring everyone together."
The Oklahoma group also will host more than 200 guests tonight in a networking event sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Oklahoma Business Roundtable.
In addition, Oklahomans will participate in many partnering sessions throughout the show.