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.
Smart organizations know value - value in location, environment, and workforce - drives success and profitability, even in times of economic uncertainty. And that combination is what Oklahoma City delivers better than any other metro.
One of Greater Oklahoma City's biggest advantages is its strategic location, near the markets and workforce you are looking for.
At the junction of three of the nation's major interstates, you can reach 178 million customers by truck the same day or overnight. And being equidistant from both coasts and at the center of the I-35 NAFTA corridor, international connections are readily accessible. The nation's most inland all-weather seaport, only 90 miles to the east, only adds to the area's potential for logistics and distribution.
Greater Oklahoma City's best asset is undoubtedly its workforce. With more than 650,000 workers and nearly 125,000 attending area colleges and universities, the region can fulfill the needs of any company.
The workforce is not just available; it is productive. Workers in the region are also free to work in any company without paying union dues or fees, since Oklahoma voters passed Right-to-Work in 2001.
With a competitive labor market and the high esteem management has for its workers, the region's rate of unionism is low, at about half of the national average. While our workers are ready for the challenges of today, our significant education and training infrastructure ensures your Greater Oklahoma City workforce will be ready for the challenges of tomorrow. In fact the area boasts one of the country's most sophisticated and best-ranked training programs, delivering free, high-quality, customized training to qualifying new and expanding companies.
The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma's two comprehensive public research universities, lead the list of 18 colleges and Universities in the region. And 9 technology centers deliver free, high-quality, customized training to both new and expanding companies.