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.
"You have the opportunity to do things you're passionate about and still can figure out a way, from a business perspective, where everyone wins."
- Scott Booker, Manager, The Flaming Lips
Norman, Oklahoma is a major research university community located on the south edge of the Greater Oklahoma City Metropolitan area (pop 1.4 million).
Sustaining an exceptionally well-educated labor pool, in conjunction with a low cost of living, central location, a high quality of life, and the implementation of business incentives, Norman stands as a hidden treasure for businesses seeking to relocate for purposes of minimizing costs and maximimizing benefits.
Norman is located in the center of Oklahoma and is strategically situated near the crossroads of I-40 and I-35. With a population of over 112,000 residents, Norman is Oklahoma’s third largest city. There are over 80 million people within a 500 mile radius of Norman.
No wonder MONEY MAGAZINE chose Norman as America’s 6th Best City in 2008!
Students are surrounded by an educated environment where 93.7% of the population holds a high school diploma or higher and 51.9% hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Educational attainment is not only possible at the University of Oklahoma which offers 158 majors at the baccalaureate level, but also at Moore Norman Technology Center, which is one of Oklahoma’s premier technical training centers.
The University of Oklahoma boasts a No. 1 ranking among public universities in the number of freshman National Merit Scholars and the university ranks in the Top Ten of Princeton Review’s Best-Value Public Colleges for 2010. There are over 23,000 students currently enrolled in the Career Services Data base.
Quality of Life
Norman residents enjoy a mild climate and share an efficient public transportation system, access to nearby airports, and moderate traffic conditions on a daily basis. Employees and job-seekers find an array of major employers, as well as favorable median salaries and income growth.
Homeowners benefit from recovering residential value and a median real estate tax that is approximately 18% lower than the national average. Consumers may choose from various shopping and dining environments which feature national retailers, quaint cafes, lively pubs, charming antique shops and art galleries, and no shortage of unique restaurants throughout the city.
Employers are inundated with business incentives such as tax exemptions and employee training assistance in order to promote ease of doing business in the community.
In Norman, businesses and investors find business incubators, state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure and facilities. The technology developed in Norman is utilized worldwide.
Major primary employers include: the University of Oklahoma; Johnson Controls, Hitachi, Sitel, NOAA and Astellas Technologies.
Let Us Assist You!
Established in 1996, the Norman Economic Development Coalition (NEDC) is a joint effort of the University of Oklahoma, the City of Norman, Moore Norman Technology Center, and the Sooner Centurions, a committee of the Norman Chamber of Commerce. This unique partnership was formed to work full time on economic development in the Norman community.
The Norman Economic Development Coalition is dedicated to expanding the economic base of the Norman community, enhancing the earnings opportunities of area residents by retaining and expanding existing business and industry, as well as attracting desirable new employers that are consistent with Norman's high quality of life.
Norman Economic Development Coalition
710 Asp Avenue, Suite 100
Norman, OK 73069
Phone: (405) 573-1900
Fax: (405) 573-1999