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.
Metropolitan statistical areas are geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use by Federal statistical agencies in collecting, tabulating, and publishing Federal statistics. An MSA contains a core urban area of 50,000 or more population, consists of one or more counties and includes the counties containing the core urban area, as well as any adjacent counties that have a high degree of social and economic integration (as measured by commuting to work) with the urban core.
In a competitive business environment, it can be difficult for a city to stand apart. But for Oklahoma City, the cost of living, pro-business environment, incredible incentives offered, central location and quality of life combine to make OKC an ideal place to do business.
The economy was staggering in 2005 when General Motors’ officials announced plans to close the $500 million Oklahoma City plant. Leaders with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce knew they had to move quickly to re‐purpose the 3.8 million square foot plant. What they didn’t know was that they were about to turn a gaping hole in the regional economy into an amazing economic development success story‐‐‐ the Tinker Aerospace Complex (TAC).
When Dell, the world’s largest computer maker, announced plans in July 2004 to open a Customer Care Center in Oklahoma City, it caught many people by surprise. But it didn’t surprise anyone who had worked behind the scenes to make it happen.
"This wasn't just an economic development initiative," said Brenda Hudson, Director of SMB Services for Dell Inc. "This was a joining of a corporation with real people and a real community and a real sense of partnership."
Dell needed a nimble, creative Economic Development Team with common goals and the ability to change focus quickly, providing a firm with their stated needs, and more.