Should people ask for something, it seems, eventually the Plaza District will receive it.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. plans to open 70 new stores this year.
Xavier Zwirtz first got into robots at a 4-H meeting.
Looking to buy a home? According to Forbes, Oklahoma City should be near the top of your list.
Rolls-Royce is set to open a new engine depot services plant at Tinker Air Force Base in 2015.
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So hats off to Oklahoma City.
Paycom just keeps growing.
Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. on Wednesday released a 10-year strategic plan.
Site Selection magazine has placed Oklahoma at No. 18 on its Top Business Climate for 2009 list.
Magazine's readers place Health Sciences campus at No. 4 among academic workplaces.
Oklahoma City has another feather in its cap.
Tuesday, the company received an excellence award at the International Economic Development Council conference in Reno, Nev.
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The long record of a close relationship between Oklahoma City and Southwest Airlines continues.
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When an auto plant closes, it's usually bad news for the local economy.
Oklahoma City University is planning a $9.4 million building expansion to its nursing school.
The ProCure Proton Therapy Center is set to open in northwest Oklahoma City in July.
Devon works with city to build a better downtown
"97% of our natural gas needs are met from North America... Oklahoma has a lot of it and I think Oklahoma City can increasingly be seen as the center of the universe for America's onshore natural gas industry."
- Aubrey McClendon, Chairman and CEO, Chesapeake Energy Corporation
OKLAHOMA CITY - When an auto plant closes, it's usually bad news for the local economy.
When that factory is a mammoth, 4-million-square-foot operation with thousands of highly paid union workers, the shutdown usually means disaster.
Not in Oklahoma City, where the unemployment rate is low and personal income is soaring.
The General Motors plant closed in 2006, but was quickly reinvented as an aerospace repair operation for neighboring Tinker Air Force Base, one of the military's largest repair facilities.
The current recession has put much of the U.S. on an economic losing streak. But a few places, including Oklahoma City, have missed most of the pain.
This city is perhaps the most surprising. Construction cranes are busy here. New medical buildings are underway. Buildings are being renovated in the historical Bricktown neighborhood. Oklahoma City's June unemployment rate of 6% was the second-lowest in the nation for metropolitan areas with 1 million or people, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Its per-capita income grew 6.9% in 2008 to $40,942, compared with a year earlier, the Commerce Department reported last week. That growth made the city No. 1 in the USA for large metro areas.
What's Oklahoma City's secret? "Luck, as much as anything," says Roy Williams, Chamber of Commerce president and a former economic developer in Phoenix and Ohio. "We're doing the right things, in the right place, at the right time."
Government as a strong jobs base
Of the five big metro areas with the lowest unemployment rates - Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City, Washington, San Antonio and Austin - four are state or U.S. capitals and all have a large government workforce.
Oklahoma City's economy is not only diversified but, by coincidence, is strong in areas that are thriving - or at least not collapsing - in this recession:
The city also escaped the real estate bubble.
The area's median housing price is $129,900, up 4% from a year earlier, according to the National Association of Realtors. Nationally, housing prices were down 14% during that time.
"Our highs are not high, and our lows are not low," says Michael Bernard, president