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$46.3 million Boeing contract will update AWACS

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Boeing Co.’s engineers are upgrading several 1970s-era aircraft with a modern navigation system.

How clinical trials at the Stephenson Cancer Center changed one man’s life

Jim Stafford // Monday, December 11, 2017

On the afternoon before Thanksgiving two years ago, Mike Schuster was working as a consultant for a roofing company in Blanchard. Just finish up the numbers for this last job, he told himself, and you can call it quits for the holiday weekend.

Railroad station renovation celebrated

William Crum // Friday, December 8, 2017

City leaders were marking a milestone in the depot's transformation to serve passenger rail, the MAPS 3 streetcar and, down the road, commuter and light-rail.

Continuing the pioneer spirit, Oklahoma City booms toward a thriving tech community

Laura Eastes // Friday, December 8, 2017

Nearly a decade later, OKC has come to embrace the startup culture and is now a thriving ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

Oklahoma innovation can produce great — and important — products

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, December 5, 2017

This week I heard an inspiring story from Saravan Kumar, Ph.D., CEO of MaxQ Research, a portfolio company that received an i2E-led investment in July.

BOK readies move to new tower

Molly M. Fleming // Friday, December 1, 2017

Bank of Oklahoma employees will end their year packing their offices in preparation for a move in 2018.

UCO scientist Chen pioneers new approach to cancer treatment

Jim Stafford // Friday, December 1, 2017

When an email from the National Institutes of Health landed in his inbox on the eve of spring break last March, Wei R. Chen, Ph.D., refused to open it.

Stephenson gets initial clearance for new leukemia treatment

Brian Brus // Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Stephenson Cancer Center has received clearance to prepare to offer a promising new cell therapy treatment for leukemia.

Oklahoma at the heart of new wave of entrepreneurship

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, November 28, 2017

There have been multiple articles recently in the national press about how the middle of country is gaining attention as a source of promising technology deals. Big-name investors, including Steve Case, billionaire co-founder of AOL, are in the hunt.

Santa Fe Station on track for modern transportation

Cathy O'Connor // Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The newly restored Santa Fe Station, once a hub for Oklahoma City rail passengers and soon to be Oklahoma City’s new intermodal transit hub, will be the site of a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 7. The event marks the city’s progress toward providing and supporting mixed modes of transportation.

OU Health Sciences Center lands nationally recognized craniomaxillofacial surgeon

Paula Burkes // Monday, November 20, 2017

The oral facial surgery (OFS) practice on the second floor of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center had a different name before Paul Tiwana joined partners Steven Sullivan and Kevin Smith on the OU Health Sciences Center campus.

Flights between OKC and Austin, Texas, to take off in January

Staff Reports // Thursday, November 16, 2017

ViaAir will launch nonstop flights between Oklahoma City and Austin, Texas, beginning Jan. 18, the airline said Wednesday.

Solaris Paper to open in former Clearwater building

Molly M. Fleming // Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A former tissue-paper manufacturing facility will soon have a new tenant.

A look at WeGoLook, a local success story

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, November 14, 2017

It's been almost a year since WeGoLook, the world's first gig economy platform for enterprise customers, sold an 85 percent interest to Crawford & Co. for more than $36 million.

Former pharmaceutical exec embraces entrepreneurial challenge in Chickasha

Paula Burkes // Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pretty much anything that flies — excluding drones but including rovers on the moon — has hydraulic or fuel line parts made at a manufacturing plant just south of town on Highway 81/S 4 Street.

OG&E dedicates new power generator

Adam Wilmoth // Monday, November 13, 2017

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. officials on Friday dedicated the company's newest power generator and renamed the site the Mustang Energy Center.

Moleculera receives patent for diagnostic process

Staff Reports // Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Oklahoma City's Moleculera Labs Inc., an autoimmune neurobiology company, said Monday that a key patent has been issued covering the company's method of identifying whether someone's neurologic or psychiatric symptoms could be caused by an autoimmune dysfunction.

Prescott: An open letter to the Amazon HQ2 site selection team

Steve Prescott // Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Oklahoma is no longer, as our state's namesake musical once declared, a brand-new state. But, having joined the union a mere 110 years ago, we are still relatively young.

Hospitals expand in urban core

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mercy is building a $150 million, six-story hospital tower. The 228,000-square-foot building will have 72 inpatient beds and about seven intensive care unit beds.

Airport lands economic development

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Things are flying high at the Will Rogers World Airport. On Wednesday, Frontier Airlines begins serving Oklahoma City with nonstop flights to Denver and Orlando, Florida. Nonstop to San Diego begins April 9. The airline joins six other carriers, providing even more choices for travelers and bringing more people to Oklahoma City.

Renowned Oklahoma researcher Judith James started as OMRF intern — and never left

Paula Burkes // Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Scientists don't yet know why some 1.5 million Americans have lupus, an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own healthy tissues. Symptoms surface mostly in women ages 16 to 34 and vary from rashes and joint pain to deadly organ failure.

Oklahoma is fine place to launch tech startup, entrepreneur says

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It's always exciting to be engaged at the core of Oklahoma's entrepreneurial community. One of the highlights is hosting the annual Entrepreneurial Summit.

Yukon company captures oil-field spills

Adam Wilmoth // Friday, October 27, 2017

After years of helping small oil and natural gas producers prevent and minimize spills, Yukon resident Jeremy Bird found a better way to make the leaks stop.

An Okie-grown opportunity: State is an attractive place to start, grow a business

Jack Money // Friday, October 27, 2017

Oklahoma continues to be a good place to start and grow an entrepreneurial business, a recent analysis by the Kauffman Foundation shows.

i2E Inc.'s nearly 20 years of supporting Oklahoma's entrepreneurs

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, October 24, 2017

It's been almost 20 years since i2E first began providing business expertise and funding to Oklahoma's emerging small businesses.

OKC-based wireless loT developer Digital Six Labs receives investment round

NewsOK staff report // Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Oklahoma's i2E Inc. recently led a $1.34 million investment round in Digital Six Laboratories, Inc., an Oklahoma City-based developer of engineered wireless software and components for commercial and industrial markets.

Tinker's Air Logistics Complex helps base's economic impact soar

Jack Money // Monday, October 23, 2017

A 2016 study done by RegionTrack in cooperation with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, for example, estimates the base's 24,000 workers (about 18,000 civilian) generated about $2.2 billion in goods and services while earning about $1.5 billion in wages in 2015.

Tinker, Boeing share long history

Paul Monies // Monday, October 23, 2017

Tinker Air Force Base and The Boeing Co. share a long history, and the future remains bright as the aerospace giant continues to add to its presence at the base.

Aircraft repair depot realizes more than $2 billion in savings to taxpayers

Paula Burkes // Monday, October 23, 2017

A buzz of activity surrounds a KC-135 aerial refueling tanker, which sits atop secure jacks on the shop floor in Building 3001 at Tinker Air Force Base.

Supply Chain Management Wing at Tinker Air Force Base responsible for parts that keep planes flying

Kathryn McNutt // Sunday, October 22, 2017

A total of $24.5 million was awarded to Oklahoma-based contractors through the Supply Chain Management Wing in fiscal year 2017.

Tinker's 'a very vital part of the greater Oklahoma City area'

Justin Wingerter // Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber doesn't use shouting newspaper ads to keep Tinker open. It travels to the Pentagon each year to remind the Air Force of the base's importance and works to link more companies to Tinker.

Taking care of the KC-46A tanker at Tinker Air Force Base is expected to boost Oklahoma's economy

Jack Money // Sunday, October 22, 2017

It is easy to understand why Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County chipped in millions of dollars in early 2015 to help the U.S. Air Force acquire land it needs to maintain its newest aerial refueling tanker.

Local, state businesses vital to Tinker's mission

Josh Wallace // Sunday, October 22, 2017

Running an installation as large and complex as Tinker Air Force Base requires a variety of purchases and services, and a large portion of the dollars spent stay in Oklahoma.

Tinker units create economic impact

Matt Patterson // Sunday, October 22, 2017

The 513th Air Control Group and the 507th Air Refueling Wing had a $136 million impact on the area last year.

OKC airport en route to record year

Brian Brus // Friday, October 13, 2017

Increased passenger capacity and a strengthening local economy has Oklahoma City airline traffic on its way to record numbers, Will Rogers World Airport officials said.

900 trees waiting to take root at Scissortail Park

Brian Brus // Friday, October 6, 2017

About 900 trees have already been transferred to Oklahoma City, waiting to be planted downtown in the new Scissortail Park next year.

TBS Factoring Service moves into new digs

Jack Money // Monday, October 2, 2017

TBS Factoring Service was founded in 1968 as Truckers Bookkeeping Service, which offered over-the-road truck drivers permitting and fuel tax reporting services. In 1998, it expanded those services by offering insurance and compliance reviews and audits.

TBS Factoring is in a new home, and it's celebrating.

Jack Money // Friday, September 29, 2017

TBS Factoring Service and its affiliated companies have a new Oklahoma City home, and it's celebrating its move with an open house at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Six months after opening, the first MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Center has been embraced by the community

Laura Estes // Friday, September 29, 2017

Due to the rising popularity of pickleball — a racquet sport that combines the elements of tennis, badminton and pingpong — among members of the first Oklahoma City MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Center, Healthy Living OKC leaders decided to complete a minor gymnasium improvement project.

Oklahoma City's AgBoost brings genetic profiling to small cattle producers

Jim Stafford // Thursday, September 21, 2017

There is a big change ongoing in the nation's cattle industry. It is called genetic profiling.

OMRF researchers identify gene mutation

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have discovered how mutations in one specific gene can cause two distinct and rare diseases.

Stillwater airport receives $4.5 million federal grant

Justin Wingerter // Friday, September 15, 2017

The Stillwater Regional Airport will receive a $4.5 million grant from the federal government to reconstruct two taxiways, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday.

OMRF research could yield more grants

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A local researcher and his staff discovered a marker that can improve diagnoses for patients with a rare bleeding disorder.

Moneyball-based software helps refine livestock herds

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sean Akadri said he wants his clients to refine livestock herds using a strategy that helped improve the Oakland Athletics baseball team. The entrepreneur and founder of Agric-Bioformatics is advancing software for improving animal genetics, pitching to ranchers and potential customers. Oklahoma Farm Bureau commodities coordinator Todd Honer said that the AgBoost Software could be beneficial for ranchers with 20,000 head of cattle as well as those who may have two or three.

OMRF researchers identify protein

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, September 13, 2017

An Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist has discovered the role of a specific protein in a cell division process called mitosis.

O'Connor: OCURA reports revitalization

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority recently released its 56th-annual report, which highlights the authority's efforts over the past year to revitalize several areas of the city.

Paycom No. 2 among Fortune's fastest-growing companies

Adam Wilmoth // Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software Inc. ranked No. 2 on Fortune magazine's 2017 100 fastest-growing companies, the company said Tuesday.

Oklahoma City voters approve bond, sales tax measures

William Crum // Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Oklahoma City voters approved a sales tax increase to add police and firefighters on Tuesday, and gave elected leaders the tools they sought to address deteriorating streets.

Streetcars, apartments to hike downtown OKC density

Molly M. Fleming // Friday, September 8, 2017

There are nearly 9,000 people living downtown. And with the streetcar line starting to run in 2018, the density is expected to increase, especially with another 5,100 apartment units coming online.

Oklahoma River, future convention center draw new trade show

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The combination of the Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River and upcoming construction of a new convention center are being credited for landing an annual trade show that will start next year with an expected $2.5 million annual impact for Oklahoma City.

University of Central Oklahoma professor awarded grant for groundbreaking cancer research

Staff Reports // Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A University of Central Oklahoma dean has received the first and only National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grant (R01) awarded to a nonresearch institution in Oklahoma, UCO officials have announced.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation a valuable contributor medically — and economically

Scott Meacham // Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Over the last year, Progentec Diagnostics, a startup that is focused on developing breakthrough diagnostics, has made significant progress on a diagnostic test to identify patients at increased risk for flare in lupus.

Study: Arts boost Oklahoma City economy

Brian Brus // Tuesday, September 5, 2017

More than $600 million is spent on arts in the metro area annually, according to a study recently presented to the City Council by the nonprofit Oklahomans for the Arts.

O’Connor: Bringing life to underused space

Cathy O'Connor // Thursday, August 31, 2017

Red Andrews Park is one of several parks in Oklahoma City that are getting makeovers.

OMRF-OUHSC student receives NIH grant

The Journal Record Staff // Thursday, August 31, 2017

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation researcher and University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center student Christopher Hoover has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein-National Research Service Award.

Regional manufacturing sector reports strong growth

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Friday, August 25, 2017

Machines are moving, orders are up, and employment is steady in the central U.S.

Process begins to bring aircraft maintenance center to OKC

Jack Money // Thursday, August 24, 2017

Oklahoma City's Economic Development Trust on Tuesday authorized its staff to begin negotiating a formal agreement with a regional airline to open a maintenance center here.

OMRF scientist discovers Sjögren’s gene

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kathy Sivils discovered a gene important to a not-well-known autoimmune disease.

Creative collaboration finds a home in Cage

Brian Brus // Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sandip Patel’s work-team collaboration software has made the jump from startup novelty seven years ago to industry mainstay with a massive upgrade, he said.

OKC-based Cage creative collaboration software launches new platform

Paul Monies // Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fewer emails and meetings, and streamlined communications among team members, are among features of a new version of Cage, a project management application for creative industries developed in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma discovery could restore hearing with a pill

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Does anyone in your life suffer from hearing loss?

Downtown charter school sees more downtown students

Ben Felder // Friday, August 18, 2017

Amanda and Ryan Smith can go days without driving, an almost unheard of feat for a family of means in Oklahoma City, where commuting by car is the near universal norm.

OKC approves $45 million First National investment

Brian Brus // Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The City Council approved without discussion Tuesday a $45 million public investment in the redevelopment of the long-vacant First National Center downtown.

Aerospace reaches new heights in Oklahoma

Jack Money // Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Economic incentives, the continued growth of military-related aviation missions and the hard work of local, state and regional economic development specialists and educators are showing results when it comes to the economic impact of the aerospace and aviation industries to Oklahoma's economy.

OKC startup pioneers technology that prevents accidental IV disconnects for hospital patients

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Let's say that you roll into the local gas station, insert the nozzle of the gas pump into your vehicle and begin filling the fuel tank. Just as the tank is topped off and you are about to take the nozzle out of the car, your phone rings with an important call.

Building technology in Oklahoma, shipping all over the world

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Steve Montgomery, CEO of Digital 6 Laboratories, started “messing around with electronics” in the third grade when transistors were common, highly integrated circuits were not, and people were still using tubes in radios.

Hobby Lobby is one big arts and crafts project in progress

Richard Mize // Thursday, August 10, 2017

A million square feet here and a million square feet there, and pretty soon you're talking about — Hobby Lobby, which just started yet another nearly 1 million-square-foot warehouse near its corporate headquarters.

FedEx, Amazon see OKC as prime location

Molly M. Fleming // Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Amazon’s sorting center and FedEx Ground’s new distribution warehouse knocked on the city’s door rather than being recruited.

Cotton mill in Oklahoma City set to be demolished with possibility of housing, retail and offices

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sooner Investment, one of central Oklahoma's largest commercial and retail developers, is working with broker Don Hayes on plans to convert the Producers Cooperative Cotton Mill south of Bricktown into a mix of housing, retail and offices.

Shawnee firm's 500 people, 30 robotic arms produce fittings for natural gas industry

Jim Stafford // Friday, July 28, 2017

On the manufacturing floor here at GF Central Plastics, a giant yellow arm with a claw-like “hand” surges forward, grips a length of plastic tubing, lifts it high into the air before swiveling and inserting it precisely into a slot.

OMRF collaborates with GSK

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has signed a collaboration agreement with GSK for the discovery, development and commercialization of therapies to prevent organ damage and death caused by conditions such as acute pancreatitis, lung injury and trauma.

Bricktown streetcar loop nearly finished

Brian Brus // Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Bricktown loop of the new downtown streetcar system is just weeks away from track completion, officials said Monday.

Local battery life cycle firm a strong example of innovation, entrepreneurship

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A year ago, Spiers New Technologies had about 40 employees. Today that number is close to 60, and the young company continues to grow more than 100 percent a year.

Mercy plans to build new hospital in OKC

Eriech Tapia // Thursday, July 20, 2017

Construction on a new six-story Mercy Hospital is expected to begin later this year beside the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South in Oklahoma City.

Plans for Convention Center Headquarters Hotel Proceed

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

On Tuesday, July 18, City Council approved a deal with Omni Hotels to develop a headquarters hotel that will support the MAPS 3 Convention Center.

Manufacturing Jobs On the Rise

Grant Hermes // Tuesday, July 18, 2017

According to a new report from the Federal Reserve, manufacturing is back on the rise with growth in all areas, including employment, which hit its highest number since December of 2014.

Attracting New Industries

Alex Cameron // Tuesday, July 18, 2017

State leaders remain vigilant about making the economy more diverse and as business-friendly as possible.

Frontier Airlines returns to OKC, brings new destinations

Abby Bitterman // Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Frontier Airlines is returning to Oklahoma City, offering flights from Will Rogers World Airport to Denver, San Diego and Orlando, Florida.

Frontier Airlines will offer flights from Oklahoma City to Denver and Orlando, Florida, with dates beginning Nov. 1. Nonstop service to San Diego will start in the spring of 2018. Other destinations also will be available through connecting flights.

Presbyterian Health Foundation awards $3.7 million in medical research grants

Staff Reports // Tuesday, July 18, 2017

More than 30 research and clinical projects, as well as scientific equipment and a researcher recruitment package, will be funded from $3.73 million in grants announced Monday by Oklahoma City's Presbyterian Health Foundation.

The grants will go to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. The grant award categories include seed projects, bridge funding, scientific equipment and recruiting assistance.

OKC Companies Offer Employees New Ways To Work

Amanda Taylor // Friday, July 14, 2017

Technology in the workplace has allowed people the flexibility of working virtually anywhere. We found several new ways people are on the job, sometimes while being out of the office.

OKC Moving Forward With Innovation District

Kelly Ogle // Friday, July 14, 2017

Oklahoma City is home to several thriving districts, and a new one is on the horizon. Located just east of the downtown area, this future hub for innovation is expected to offer more than just a place to work.

InternOKC Program Helps Recruit And Retain Young Professionals

Lacie Lowry // Friday, July 14, 2017

Ten years ago the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce saw a problem, that Oklahoma's most talented students took jobs out of state after graduation. So, the chamber started InternOKC, a program designed to entice them to stay.

Nonprofit i2E Helps Hopeful Oklahoma Entrepreneurs

Stan Miller // Friday, July 14, 2017

Have a brilliant idea and want to get your new product or service on the market? i2E is a nonprofit ready to help set you on your path to entrepreneurship.

Kumar’s cool idea: High-tech insulation for biologics

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Thursday, July 13, 2017

Saravan Kumar is giving the blood transport industry an upgrade from beer coolers. The CEO of Stillwater-based manufacturer MaxQ Research LLC is making insulated boxes that keep blood and blood products chilled to a specific temperature range. 

Oklahoma City's RNT Professional Services ensures clients practice good cyber hygiene

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, July 12, 2017

As a veteran computer security specialist, Teresa Rule calls out poor “cyber hygiene” when she sees it.

Often, that's at client companies that contract to have cyber security assessments conducted by Rule's Oklahoma City-based business, RNT Professional Services.

For instance, cyber security professionals from RNT once walked into a client's office and discovered passwords had been printed with label makers and stuck to computer monitors.

Wheeler Park area emerges as top candidate for soccer stadium

Steve Lackmeyer // Saturday, July 8, 2017

The search for a new site for a proposed soccer stadium has resumed and Oklahoma City Energy owner Bob Funk Jr. confirms the Wheeler Park area is emerging as a top candidate among several being considered.

Park will benefit generations to come, Oklahoma City mayor says

William Crum // Friday, June 30, 2017

Against a backdrop of children flying kites and tossing Frisbees, Mayor Mick Cornett said Thursday the new downtown park will be a canvas for Oklahoma City, continually reimagined by future generations.

Scissortail Park is name given to downtown Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 park

William Crum // Thursday, June 29, 2017

Downtown Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 downtown park will be known as Scissortail Park. The name was revealed Thursday at a ceremony marking the start of park construction.

Construction set to start at First National in September

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Developers of First National Center are preparing to start conversion of two-thirds of the building into a 680-space garage in September as negotiations advance with Oklahoma City for tax increment financing assistance.

The parking is part of a $230 million redevelopment that would convert the original 1931 Art Deco tower into housing and a hotel, while the 1957 and 1972 additions built to the east of the tower will be converted into a garage with retail on the ground floor.

Academia, industry combine to boost Oklahoma’s presence at annual BIO show

Jim Stafford // Friday, June 23, 2017

SAN DIEGO — When Tom Kupiec looked to either side, he saw more than a pair of fellow Oklahomans joining him at a small conference table on the floor of the San Diego Convention Center.

Amtrak to look at ridership potential

Brian Brus // Friday, June 23, 2017

Amtrak officials said strong public response to their recent trip through the Oklahoma City metro affirmed interest in re-establishing a passenger line from Texas to Missouri and Kansas.


Memories, artifacts stack up at First National Building in Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gary Brooks, already tasked with bringing downtown's art deco jewel, First National, back to life, is still recovering from an open house last week where thousands got a last glimpse and trusted the developer with some of their precious possessions.

University of Oklahoma Venture Fellows test their market research mission at BIO show

Jim Stafford // Thursday, June 22, 2017

SAN DIEGO — University of Oklahoma Venture Fellow Blake Hopiavuori reflected upon the end of a long day combing the massive BIO 2017 biotechnology show here as he sat in the OKBio pavilion late Tuesday afternoon.

At BIO Show, Oklahomans share their stories with life sciences world

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, June 21, 2017

When the 2017 BIO exhibition hall opened on Tuesday, more than 40 Oklahomans discussed the possibilities of drug development in the Sooner state with visitors to the OKBIO booth.

Oklahoma faces in the BIO crowd

NewsOK Staff // Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Oklahomans answer the question: Why are you in San Diego at the BIO show?

Looking at the big picture: Arts investments provide economic boost, report says

Molly M. Fleming // Wednesday, June 21, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – A few years ago, the Oklahoma Arts Council started funding the planning process for Alva’s cultural arts district.

From 2012 to 2015, the council distributed $25,000 to Freedom West Community Development Corp., the entity that applied for the money.

The three-block-long and three-block-wide district, which centers around the Woods County courthouse, is anchored by Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

OMRF strikes license agreement for novel liver cancer treatment

Abby Bitterman // Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A new chemotherapeutic drug is being developed to treat liver cancer.

New York City-based biomedical acceleration and development company Q BioMed Inc. has entered into a final licensing agreement with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology. The agreement gives Q BioMed global exclusive rights to market and develop the new drug, according to a media release.

OU Medical Center to add tower

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Tuesday, June 20, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – OU Medical Center is expanding its Oklahoma City hospital complex to address rising demand.

The organization will soon remodel an existing building and eventually build a tower with more operating rooms, more in-patient beds, and more services.

A hospital contractor filed a building permit last week for the first renovation phase. Kris Wallace, OU Medical Center chief operating officer, said she’s excited to begin the expansion project because the hospital system has been near or above capacity for a few years.

Construction on eight-story patient tower to begin this year at OU Medical Center campus

Eriech Tapia // Saturday, June 10, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY - Renderings from Perkins+Will show the new eight-story patient tower with construction slated to begin later this year at the OU Medical Center complex.

The estimated 550,000-square-foot building is planned to be connected to the existing building on the north side where the current emergency room parking is at 700 NE 13.

Yi sees gold in the west: Businessman eyes the next urban district

Kateleigh Mills // Tuesday, June 6, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – One local entrepreneur wants the next generation to go west.

Tommy Yi is one of the co-founders of StarSpace46, 1141 W. Sheridan Ave, a coworking space for local entrepreneurs. He plans to develop the area around his business with local leaders into an urban area similar to the Plaza District or Midtown.

Oklahoma City's Paycom makes Forbes' Fast Tech 25 list

Abby Bitterman // Friday, June 2, 2017

Oklahoma City's Paycom Software Inc. is rubbing elbows with some elite technology firms.

The payroll and human resources software company was ranked fourth on Forbes magazine's 2017 Fast Tech 25, a list of America's fastest-growing publicly traded technology companies.

OKC tops WalletHub's list for best places to start a business

Jack Money // Friday, June 2, 2017

If you live in Oklahoma City and are thinking about starting a business, you're in the right place at the right time, a study suggests.

WalletHub, a website that offers its users free credit scores, free credit reports and credit improvement services, has released a list of the 10 cities it says are the best place for starting a business.

OMRF makes new findings related to colon cancer gene

Ryan Stewart // Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have made an important discovery that may point to how colon cancer develops.

The new finding, published in the scientific journal eLife, could lead to new pathways for drug development for colorectal cancers.

27-story BOK Park Plaza topped out in Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Saturday, May 27, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY - A rapid series of changes are set to begin next week at the future BOK Park Plaza that will begin with removal of the tower crane that was used to erect the 27-story tower.

The crane went up in November 2015 and has punctuated the skyline ever since.

TechJOYnT puts the JOY into tech-based education for Oklahoma children

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, May 24, 2017

As Ray Shaik and a car full of elementary age children navigated the long stretch of interstate highway between St. Louis and Oklahoma City toward school and home in 2011, they showed that neither a whiteboard nor a black marker are required for effective brainstorming.

Shaik and the children were returning from a world robotics competition in St. Louis where Shaik had served as the voluntary coach for the Oklahoma team.

Innovating Oklahoma City, the urban way

William Crum // Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Oklahoma City is riding a national trend of urban areas pressing forward with economic development when state leadership falters.

Tom McDaniel: The proof is in the progress on Oklahoma City's MAPS 3

Tom McDaniel // Friday, May 19, 2017

MAPS 3 continues to inspire civic pride through economic growth, cultural expansion and an improved quality of life. The $777 million project is a testament to the confidence our city leaders put in the people of Oklahoma City; the approved 1-cent sales tax that funds the projects debt-free is evidence of the voters' foresight.

Wishing Tinker a happy 75th

Journal Record Editorial // Monday, May 15, 2017

Most of this legislative session has been dedicated to talking about the budget. And part of the discussion has centered on gross production taxes, a conversation that leads invariably to talking about the importance of the oil and gas industry as an economic driver.

Local investors buy Shawnee copper tubing plant

Adam Wilmoth // Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"We see a very bright future for the company. There's a lot of upside to the marketplace," Yockel said. "We have a loyal workforce with lots of institutional knowledge. We want to build on that expertise and move it forward. We're very excited about what the future looks like for us down the road."

OKC-based US Roasters puts high tech spin on new coffee roasting machines

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, April 26, 2017

US Roasters is located in a 20,000-square-foot building built in 1928 as a bicycle factory just west of downtown Oklahoma City. Today, US Roasters is an innovative manufacturing business that designs and builds roasters for both the coffee and cocoa bean roasting businesses.

Oklahoma aerospace credits poised to fly for another 8 years

Jack Money // Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A bill extending three specific tax initiatives designed to keep Oklahoma's aerospace economy flying is headed to Gov. Mary Fallin's desk.

Love's Entrepreneur's Cup honors Oklahoma college students

Staff Reports // Friday, April 21, 2017

The winners of an annual competition evaluating the innovations and business plans of some of Oklahoma's brightest graduate and undergraduate college students were made this month at the 2017 Love's Entrepreneur's Cup competition.

OU research leads to license agreement

News OK Staff Reports // Friday, April 14, 2017

Immune therapy research developed by University of Oklahoma College of Medicine scientist William Hildebrand, Ph.D., has taken a significant step toward becoming a therapeutic that could one day help cancer patients.

OKC waterfront becomes river of dreams

Steve Lackmeyer // Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Oklahoma River is one of the best representations of the public-private approach to community investment that started with the passage of the original MAPS initiative in 1993.

BioVenture Forum showcases Oklahoma scientific achievements

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Seated next to each other on a stage Tuesday morning at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation were the alpha and omega of Oklahoma City's Selexys Pharmaceuticals.

This is what an innovation district looks like

Stephen Prescott, M.D. // Monday, April 3, 2017

Imaging. It's the ability to create a visual representation of something we cannot simply view with the naked eye.

OKC gets top credit ratings

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Once again, the city of Oklahoma City has earned the highest bond ratings possible from two of the nation’s most respected financial rating services. The city’s general obligation bonds received an AAA rating from Standard & Poor’s and an Aaa rating from Moody’s Investor Service, indicating extremely strong creditworthiness.

$243 million contract is designed to make Tinker Air Force Base more efficient

Adam Wilmoth // Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A new energy efficiency project at Tinker Air Force Base is expected to save more than $626 million in energy and operational costs at the Air Logistics Complex.

Why RSM chose OKC

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

RSM associates gathered at The Journal Record to discuss why the national company chose to come to Oklahoma City, what makes the city a good fit for the company and what the firm has to offer its clients.

Architect predicts park will be 'transformative'

William Crum // Monday, March 27, 2017

At more than $130 million, the park is among the three biggest MAPS 3 projects.

At Oklahoma City’s Phase 2, Big Data translates into big opportunity

Jim Stafford // Friday, March 24, 2017

There is more than oil and gas or oceans of saltwater that energy exploration companies bring to the surface when they drill deep into the earth.

OMRF scientist receives grant to study cancer triggers, birth defects

Staff Reports // Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has received a five-year, $1.7 million grant to look at how DNA replicates itself. The results could lead to new information about how cancer and birth defects develop.

Streetcar rail installation begins

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Crews are installing rail and pouring concrete this week on Joe Carter Avenue in Bricktown for the MAPS 3 streetcar.

Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s reaffirm Oklahoma City’s AAA bond rating

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

For the seventh year in a row, the City of Oklahoma City has earned the highest bond ratings possible from two of the nation’s most respected financial rating services.

The president salutes OKC biotech, sort of

Stephen Prescott, M.D. // Sunday, March 12, 2017

His name is Dr. William Canfield. He was a scientist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and his research led to the drug that saved Megan's life.

Oklahoma brewing impressive craft beer industry

Mike Coppock // Saturday, March 11, 2017

Oklahoma is experiencing a wave of suds sweeping the state as craft breweries pop up across the state.

Sometimes good ideas come from people just doing their jobs

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Innovation. It's at the heart of entrepreneurial success.

Stillwater biomedical transport packaging firm is a good example of Oklahoma innovation

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It's a challenge to transport blood. The same is true for donor organs and tissue.

Allegiant launching twice-weekly nonstop flights between OKC and Los Angeles

Staff Reports // Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Low-cost carrier Allegiant will offer twice-weekly nonstop seasonal flights to Los Angeles from Oklahoma City, the company said Tuesday.

Civic home run: The Brick launched OKC's renaissance 19 years ago

Berry Tramel // Thursday, February 23, 2017

Before the Thunder, before Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant and the NBA Finals, before hotels on virtually every corner and new downtown apartments rising by the month, before the Boathouse District, before the canal and all the restaurants and the art museum and the renovated Civic Center, before Devon Tower, Oklahoma City built a baseball park in Bricktown.

And hasn't been the same since.

With new curtains up, renovated Tower Theatre opening

Molly M. Fleming // Wednesday, February 15, 2017

On Saturday, the curtains will rise for the first show at the renovated Tower Theatre.

O’Connor: Streetcar moves economic development forward

Cathy O'Connor // Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Construction on the rail line for the Oklahoma City streetcar recently broke ground, marking another major MAPS 3 milestone. Many of us are eager to have another transit option in and around downtown Oklahoma City, but streetcar service offers more than mobility, it fuels economic growth.

Streetcar work begins in Bricktown

William Crum // Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The future was on Mayor Mick Cornett's mind Tuesday as city leaders, merchants and others formally marked the beginning of two years of downtown streetcar line construction.

OKC tech firm helps hotels provide hospitality

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, February 7, 2017

“Transform the way guests connect.” That headline from the Monscierge homepage says it all.

Boeing Aerospace awarded contract

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Boeing Aerospace-Operations, Defense, Space and Security in Oklahoma City was awarded a 10-year, $983 million contract for engineering support services at Tinker Air Force Base.

Tinker Air Force Base launches 75th anniversary celebration

Jack Money // Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tinker Air Force Base's beginnings and its history since provide it a firm foundation for the future as it continues to support U.S. war fighters and its allies across the globe into the 21st century, one of its top leaders said Monday.

M-D Building Products to expand headquarters, workforce

Molly M. Fleming // Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A nearly 100-year-old company is expanding its headquarters with new construction and additional employees.

OMRF research could help strengthen an aging population

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Holly Van Remmen is looking to genetically modified mice for clues to help stem a universal, age-related affliction.

Demographia: OKC top-ten major market for housing affordability

Monday, January 23, 2017

OKC is a top-ten city for housing affordability among big cities, according to urban policy consutancy Demographia.

Developers discuss plans for historic First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City

K. Queery & Lacey Lett // Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Although the First National Building has been on the downtown scene for almost a century, many Oklahomans have never been able to get a close look at what the historic building has to offer.

Cell death grant worth $1.74 million Cell death grant worth $1.74 million

Sarah Terry-Coba // Friday, January 6, 2017

Call it a happy accident. Courtney Griffin didn’t intend to study a new cell death type called necroptosis in her Oklahoma City lab, but the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist stumbled across a protein that destroys blood vessels, which can lead to heart disease.

Oklahoma City's MAPS is a model public works program

Friday, December 16, 2016

There have been numerous failures throughout the history of public works initiatives, with different major U.S. cities subject to bureaucracy, graft and poor design. And then there's the program in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma startups are cashing in

Jack Money // Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Chalk up WeGoLook, LLC's deal with Crawford & Co. as another success story for i2E and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

Modest Oklahoma investments lead to innovation

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Most of us have probably read to ourselves, our children or our grandchildren that all-time favorite, "The Little Engine that Could." This simple tale has been teaching the value of optimism and hard work to millions of young (and old) readers for more than a hundred years.

Selexys a local success story for entrepreneurship

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The “exit” is the holy grail for any startup, especially for a biotechnology company.

OKC pharmaceutical firm acquired in $665 million deal

Don Mecoy // Monday, November 21, 2016

A global pharmaceutical company will pay up to $665 million for an Oklahoma City research firm that recently completed a large trial of a drug that treats pain among those with sickle cell disease.

Tinker opens drone engine maintenance center

Jack Money // Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A new public-private partnership between one of the world's premier aircraft engine makers and the U.S. Air Force is adding about 30 new jobs worth a payroll of about $2.5 million annually to Tinker Air Force Base's Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex.

Data-protection technology spurs growth for OKC’s TokenEx

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Alex Pezold had few expectations as he sat with his team from Oklahoma City's TokenEx watching the countdown of the 2016 Metro 50 Award winners by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

StarSpace46 Inc. to launch tech startups in Oklahoma City

Richard Mize // Saturday, October 29, 2016

Tommy Yi, self-confessed nerd, can be forgiven the subtle "Star Trek" reference when explaining why 1741 W Sheridan, a full mile west of the nearest downtown skyscraper, is a great place for tech startups to take off.

Oklahoma City’s Max Doleh keeps five tech startups all spinning at once

Jim Stafford // Thursday, October 13, 2016

Once upon a time, there was a popular juggler who appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. He spun plates on tall flexible posts, five at a time. It was great fun to watch him keep the plates spinning as he raced from post to post.

Oklahoma City-based aerospace company DRG keeps it all in family

Brianna Bailey // Friday, October 7, 2016

Over the past decade, Oklahoma City-based Delaware Resource Group has grown from a small aerospace operation founded by the Busey family to employing more than 650 people worldwide.

GE opens Oklahoma City Oil and Gas Technology Center

Adam Wilmoth // Thursday, October 6, 2016

Two test wells drilled deep underground and a well simulation towering five stories above highlight the advanced research capabilities of GE's Oil and Gas Technology Center, which the global technology company celebrated Wednesday morning.

GE technology center in Oklahoma City already developing more efficient processes in energy

Adam Wilmouth // Thursday, October 6, 2016

Less than three months after moving into the new GE Oil and Gas Technology Center in Oklahoma City, researchers already have developed tools and processes to make the energy industry more efficient, researchers said at the facility's grand opening Wednesday.

Logistics Hotspots: Nine That Shine

Chris Lewis // Monday, October 3, 2016

As U.S. manufacturers and distributors continue to expand their operations, they often look for under-the-radar places—cities and areas that have either recently emerged as logistics and distribution center hubs, or are about to—as they consider the long-term effects of their developments.

Trickle-down theory

Jim Stafford // Thursday, September 22, 2016

Let's say that you are slowly going blind, the victim of a progressive eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy. There is treatment that can prevent blindness, and your choice is between an injection directly into the eye or an eyedrop twice a day, which costs a fraction of the injection.

Vogue: Cities to Visit in the Heartland

Kate Donnelly // Friday, September 16, 2016

Vogue recently highlighted a handful of cities in the heartland that are must-visit destinations.

OKC's DRG soars with new headquarters

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gather yourself before walking into DRG's new corporate headquarters — and not because you might catch the cutting edge of mission- critical air defense training and logistics.

Former GM plant in Oklahoma is now hub for aerospace jobs

Brianna Bailey // Monday, September 12, 2016

The sprawling 2.6 million-square-foot facility in southeast Oklahoma City is a hub for aerospace jobs.

Ag entrepreneur hopes to get the world by the tail

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Friday, August 26, 2016

Sean Akadiri is searching for 1,500 cow hair samples and $2.5 million to scale up his business. The Agric-Bioformatics president and CEO needs DNA to scale up his genetic data management company from a beta-testing phase.

Millions to go as doctor pursues cancer cure

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Friday, August 26, 2016

Dr. Courtney Houchen is a step closer to advancing a treatment for pancreatic cancer. The chief medical adviser and co-founder of COARE Biotechnology received in July a $2 million grant from the Small Business Innovation Research program.

Streetcar track construction nears in downtown Oklahoma City

William Crum // Friday, August 26, 2016

Contractors will bid soon on building the downtown streetcar line, one of the single biggest MAPS 3 construction projects.

Business Facilities mag: Oklahoma City boasts #1 quality of life

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Oklahoma City showed well in Business Facilities' July/August 2016 "Metro Rankings" issue, coming in at #1 for best quality of life, in addition to top-10 finishes in the "lowest cost of business" and "best cost of living" categories.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation celebrates 70 years

Adam Cohen // Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In 1946, DNA was just a collection of letters. Genes were nicknames for those with the given name Eugene. And the first biotechnology company wouldn't be born for another three decades.

Oklahoma City's WeGoLook is an innovative business success story

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It's exciting when a young Oklahoma company signs up Fortune 500 companies as customers — Hyundai Motor Co., Ritchie Bros., the world's largest industrial auctioneer, eBay Motors and JPMorgan Chase.

It's even more exciting when that young Oklahoma company is at the leading edge of a monumental shift in the way the world works. That's the story of WeGoLook, a company that started in 2009 and in June hired its 100th employee.

Boeing Opens Research Facility in Oklahoma City

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Boeing opened its new engineering, research and development lab facility last month in Oklahoma City. The lab will design, test and apply modernization technologies for legacy aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster III and the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).

Oklahoma City software company helps customers meet goals

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Altimeter Software has a very straightforward elevator pitch: “Helping Your People Achieve Their Goals.”

BOK Park Plaza tower rising quickly in downtown Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeter // Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Glass is starting to go up on the BOK Park Plaza tower as work continues on the 27-story tower and two adjoining parking garages.

Tinker AFB Breaks Ground on OKC-46A

Friday, August 5, 2016

Tinker Air Force Base broke ground on its KC-46A Sustainment Complex on July 26, ushering in the next generation of the Air Force’s aerial refueling aircraft. The Complex is located on 158 acres of land formerly owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. The Chamber spearheaded several months of negotiations for Tinker to acquire the land, which was finalized in early 2015.

Paycom grows earnings, continues to expand OKC campus

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Paycom Software Inc. saw its earnings grow by 76 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the company said it would begin building a fourth building at its Oklahoma City headquarters to accommodate continued growth. 

OKC announces streetcar branding

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Oklahoma City -- EMBARK unveiled Bermuda Green, Clear Sky Blue and Redbud as the colors for the brand identity of the MAPS 3’s Oklahoma City Streetcar. Three color palettes were revealed to show each of the six streetcars painted with a saturated, tonal color palette.

Tax Reformer Pilots Oklahoma to New Heights

Ron Starner // Monday, July 25, 2016

Increasingly, other business investors are coming to the same conclusion that Oklahoma is the place to be. Financial advisor website WalletHub announced recently that Oklahoma now boasts the sixth-lowest overall tax burden in the nation. 

OKC-based Boeing lab to enhance aircraft sustainment capabilities

Monday, July 18, 2016

Boeing recently opened a new engineering, research and development lab facility in Oklahoma City that will design, test and apply modernization technologies for legacy aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster III and the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).

Governor, company leaders celebrate opening of OKC Boeing facility

Friday, July 15, 2016

Gov. Mary Fallin and leaders at Boeing celebrated the dedication of the aerospace giant's new facility in southeast Oklahoma City on Friday morning, with Fallin touting tax credits she said helped make the expansion possible.

OKC Region Continues to Build Aerospace Industry

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The State of Oklahoma and the Greater Oklahoma City region continue to build its aerospace industry according to the Greater Oklahoma City Region Aerospace Industry Survey and Economic Impact Assessment, a report being released this month by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and Region Track. From early aircraft testing and manufacturing to its more recent distinction as a major hub for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft, Oklahoma remains a key component of the U.S. aerospace infrastructure. The Greater Oklahoma City region serves as the center of aerospace activity in the state and continues to attract significant aerospace industry development.

OKC Streetcar plans include limited Sunday service

William Crum // Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Details on how streetcar service is shaping up are included in a memo to city council members and in a document seeking proposals from private companies to operate the system.

The Oklahoma City streetcar is to begin service in November 2018.

Streetcars will traverse the central business district on a five-mile “main line” linking Midtown and Bricktown.

Oklahoma City startup qualifies for up to $1.9M in state incentives

Thursday, June 30, 2016

An Oklahoma City-based startup company has qualified for up to $1.9 million in state incentives over the next 10 years through the Oklahoma Quality Jobs program, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce said Thursday. Spiers New Technologies, Inc. re-manufactures batteries for use in electric cars and other alternative forms of energy.

Tuttle distiller makes legal moonshine

Brianna Bailey // Wednesday, June 29, 2016

TUTTLE — Distiller Ricky Sowers first became fascinated with making his own alcohol as a home-schooled teenager learning about the chemistry of ethanol.

Oklahoma plays oversized role at major biotechnology convention

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The 2016 BIO International Convention set a record for partnering meetings — 35,700 in four intense days. Numerous biotechnology entrepreneurs from Oklahoma were right in the thick of all that business-building activity.

OMRF researcher makes finding on colitis and colon cancer

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

An Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist has discovered that certain sugars produced by the body play an important role in the development of colitis and, ultimately, colon cancer. The new finding could potentially lead to therapies for ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and colon cancer.

Innovations: Norman’s AvPro assures right recipe used to create advance composite materials

Jim Stafford // Monday, June 27, 2016

NORMAN — Tom Rose walked into a conference room recently at Norman's Advanced Processing Technology Inc. (AvPro) carrying what resembled a large dorsal fin from a great white shark.

Rose actually had his arms wrapped around the vertical stabilizer for an airplane, fabricated entirely from composite materials instead of aluminum.

Co-working space offers a place to grow OKC's technology community

Jesse Pound // Monday, June 27, 2016

An Oklahoma nonprofit focused on developing the state's technology sector will finally have a space to call home when a new co-working space opens in Oklahoma City.

$2.2 million grant will fund trials for locally developed cervical cancer drug

Page Jones // Wednesday, June 22, 2016

An Oklahoma cancer researcher may have found the secret to preventing cervical cancer.

Dr. Doris Benbrook, a researcher at the Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City, has developed a drug that she believes will halt the spread of cervical cancer.

Oklahoma City startup tech company grows rapidly, hires 100th employee

Brianna Bailey // Monday, June 20, 2016

After a year of rapid growth, desks have been crammed into nearly every usable corner of the startup company WeGoLook's downtown Oklahoma City office.

Still climbing: Aerospace employment grows

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – Employment in Oklahoma’s aerospace and defense industries is rising, according to state data. Long-term demand from government and commercial clients will grow over the next decade, said Acorn Growth Cos. CEO and Managing Partner Rick Nagel.

O’Connor: Downtown Oklahoma City continues to transform

Cathy O'Connor // Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Development is ongoing for many projects downtown. New towers are being added to the Oklahoma City skyline, housing and hotel amenities are increasing, and new space is coming to host major expos and events downtown.

Ultra Botanica pioneers use of curcumin as dietary supplement

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Seated in an office just across N Lincoln Boulevard from the state Capitol complex, Adam Payne turns from his guests to type a word into a scientific database.

“Curcumin.” Instantly, links to almost 9,000 scholarly articles on curcumin are returned from the keyword search on PubMed, the National Institutes of Health massive database of scientific research.

Oklahoma School of Science and Math boosts innovation, economy

Scott Meacham // Monday, June 13, 2016

Ryan Dennis, M.D., the founder of Linear Health Sciences, is an Oklahoma physician who grew up on a pig farm in Macomb, OK. He attended the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics and received his medical degree from the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Now, he has founded an Oklahoma company that has developed a break away IV for hospital patients.

Startup showcases livestock software program

Jim Stafford // Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sean Akadiri crossed the floor of the OKBio exhibition booth at the 2016 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) convention here and touched a large video screen.

OU intern does triple duty at 2016 biotechnology convention

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, June 8, 2016

For University of Oklahoma graduate student Amanda Curtis, the 2016 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) show required some unique multi-tasking skills.

Oklahoma City businessman unveils new online marketplace at annual Biotechnology conference

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Oklahoma City's Max Doleh brought a new online concept that connects buyers and sellers of biotechnology services to San Francisco on Tuesday amid the world's largest biotechnology conference that is designed just for that purpose.

Progrexion to open OKC office

Molly M. Fleming // Friday, May 20, 2016

A Utah-based credit repair company is bringing 500 jobs to Oklahoma City, filling office space on W. Reno Avenue.

Paying it forward: Proceeds from Skirvin deal will help fund convention center hotel

Brian Brus // Tuesday, May 17, 2016

About $7.4 million recovered from incentives to redevelop the historic Skirvin Hotel will go toward buying land for a new downtown hotel, the City Council decided Tuesday.

Home for Boeing personnel is where the planes are

Paula Burkes // Sunday, April 24, 2016

A new resident of Choctaw, Sheryl Zayic doesn‘t mind the roar of planes going to and from Tinker Air Force Base. In fact, to her, there's nothing more beautiful than sitting in her backyard and — against a “drop-dead gorgeous Oklahoma sunset” — watching an AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) plane fly over.

World's Smallest Pacemaker Can Be Fitted Without Surgery

Anthony Cuthbertson // Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A tiny pacemaker that requires no surgery to be implanted, nor leads to operate, has become the first such device to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dozens of startups are helping build OKC's national reputation

Jim Stafford // Sunday, April 10, 2016

A fast-growing Oklahoma City startup named WeGoLook has established itself as a pioneering crowd-sourcing business trailblazer, creating a market where there literally wasn't one before.

Lights, camera, flight!: Film festival will highlight work of drones

Brian Brus // Wednesday, April 6, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – A film festival highlighting unmanned aerial aircraft will help establish Oklahoma as a growing hub of drone development, organizer Ersin Demirci said.

The inaugural U.S. Drone Film Festival is scheduled for April 30 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Demirci said several hundred people have already confirmed their attendance. The event attracted more than 180 short film submissions from 44 countries.

Oklahoma bioscience community gathers to recognize industry growth, leaders

Scott Meacham // Monday, April 4, 2016

It's a rare moment that the leaders and scientists of Oklahoma's bioscience industry can come together to share the collaborative spirit that is such a part of who they are and what they are creating. The annual OKBIO Summit and BioScience Awards dinner is one of those moments.

Sharing economy: FSB app helps builders design aircraft facilities

Friday, April 1, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – Questions like, “What’s the wingspan of a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker?” and “How tall is the McDonnell-Douglas KC-10?” may sound like bar trivia.

They are actually queries that architect Philip McNayr and his aviation team at Frankfurt-Short-Bruza architecture firm have to frequently answer when designing hangars and other aviation-related facilities.

Cytovance construction to start next quarter

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cytovance Biologics Inc. will start construction of its new 30,000-square-foot manufacturing plant next quarter.

OKC Central: Hotels keep finding room to build in Bricktown

Steve Lackmeyer // Monday, March 28, 2016

Two properties sold Monday for hotel development in Bricktown with another set to sell Thursday is a sure indicator the energy downturn is not slowing down growth in the state's premier urban entertainment district.

Paycom inks job creation deal with Oklahoma City

Brianna Bailey // Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust on Tuesday approved an additional $1.2 million in job creation incentives to Paycom Software Inc.

Tinkering with B-1 bombers at air base in Oklahoma

Silas Allen // Monday, March 21, 2016

After spending more than a decade prowling the skies above southwest Asia, the U.S. Air Force's fleet of B-1 Lancers is coming off the front lines to Oklahoma for much-needed upgrades.

Testing on KC-46 tanker speeding up

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Pegasus, a militarized version of the Boeing 767, is intended to replace the Air Force's aging tanker fleet and will be serviced at Tinker Air Force Base while flight crews for the new plane will train at Altus Air Force Base.

Allegiant adds Oklahoma City route

Brianna Bailey // Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Allegiant Air has announced nonstop service  from Oklahoma City to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 

Innovation magazine on OKC's innovation district & renaissance

Jim Stafford // Thursday, March 3, 2016

There's some good coverage on the Innovation District and OKC's entrepreneurialism and renaissance from Innovation magazine this month.

Innovation & Entrpreneurs: Serial entrepreneurs launch own diagnostics-focused company in state

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, February 23, 2016

That's the story of Progentec Diagnostics, a startup that is focused on developing breakthrough diagnostics. The firm's initial focus is on developing a diagnostic test to identify patients at increased risk for flare in lupus, an incurable autoimmune disease that afflicts 1.5 million patients in the U.S.

New commercial data center is described as largest in Oklahoma

Brianna Bailey // Thursday, February 11, 2016

TierPoint LLC has completed what they describe as Oklahoma's largest commercial data center at its 15-acre campus in northwest Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City researcher helps identify 10 new genes associated with lupus

Jaclyn Cosgrove // Monday, February 1, 2016

When scientist Swapan Nath first started studying lupus, he thought his team might find a gene or two involved with the disease.

Stillwater company's products really are out of this world

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Deep in the heart of a test laboratory at Stillwater's Frontier Electronic Systems sits an imposing piece of equipment that looks as if it could have played a role on a space voyage.

SensiQ Technologies finds spot for making the right connections

Jim Stafford // Monday, December 21, 2015

Listen to the chatter of economic development professionals or academic campus leaders, and a familiar theme emerges. It centers around a mission to encourage people from disparate disciplines or neighboring businesses to talk to each other on a regular basis.

Downtown uprising is underway as BOK Park Plaza's groundbreaking occurs in downtown Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Thursday, November 19, 2015

A “white-tablecloth restaurant” and community space are likely to be a part of the main lobby of the future 27-story BOK Park Plaza being built downtown.

Oklahoma City to work with Google Fiber to explore bringing OKC residents ultra-high speed Internet access

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mayor Cornett announced that Oklahoma City will begin working with Google Fiber to explore the possibility of building a brand new superfast broadband network in the city.

Oklahoma City's new innovation district could demonstrate power of place

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, October 27, 2015

That's why the vision of Oklahoma City as an innovation district is so exciting. “The idea is that metropolitan areas across the world are becoming the places where economies are being built,” said Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Oklahoma City Chamber.

Brookings announcement new initiative for innovation and placemaking

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott today announced the establishment of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking, a collaboration between the Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces. The initiative is made possible through a gift from Brookings trustee Robert M. Bass and his wife, the philanthropist Anne T. Bass.

New Oklahoma company seeks to reduce pain of osteoarthritis

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It affects millions of people worldwide, causing pain and joint dysfunction — cruelly impacting mobility and quality of life.

Oklahoma City tonic maker expands product line

Brianna Bailey // Thursday, September 24, 2015

Three years ago, Oklahoma City resident Glenn Forester's wife asked him to make her a gin and tonic using a tonic syrup recipe, and Forester started to experiment with different ingredients and flavors.

Innovators & Entreprenuers: Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy prepares students for career

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jackson Jandreau graduated from Putnam North High School this past spring and is now a freshman engineering student at Oklahoma State University.

Oklahoma's largest bank to anchor Oklahoma City's newest tower

Steve Lackmeyer // Thursday, September 10, 2015

The state's largest bank announced Thursday it is going to consolidate its Oklahoma City operations and become the name anchor tenant in a 27-story tower being built at 499 W Sheridan Ave.

Big Bucks in Biotech: Chinese Firm's $206M Purchase of Cytovance Shows Opportunity in Industry

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Friday, August 28, 2015

Foreign investment in Oklahoma should help the state’s biotech industry expand, said patent attorney Mike LaBrie.

Effort to boost effectiveness of antibiotics receives investment

Staff Reports // Wednesday, August 5, 2015

i2E Inc. and Accele Venture Partners recently closed a $600,000 follow-on investment in Synereca Pharmaceuticals, a portfolio company of Accele Biopharma, an Oklahoma City-based biotechnology accelerator.

Driven Analytics founder chose Oklahoma over more obvious states

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Oklahoma startup Driven Analytics is taking automotive diagnostics a giant step further by using all that data to provide car owners real-time information specific to their vehicle usage.

Boeing breaks ground on $80 million facility in OKC

Brianna Bailey // Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Boeing Co. broke ground on a new $80 million facility in southeast Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Boeing breaks ground on $80M OKC facility

Bill Schammert // Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boeing is breaking ground on a new $80 million lab and research facility just across the street from its current campus.

Oklahoma startup firm remanufactures high-performance batteries

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dirk Spiers, president of Spiers New Technologies Inc., has a compelling vision for Oklahoma.

National biotech industry meeting reflects growth in Oklahoma sector

Scott Meacham // Monday, July 13, 2015

Creating a startup in bioscience is different than creating a startup in any other industry.

Business of Health: Philadelphia story bears similarities to OKC's Innovation District

Stephen Prescott, M.D. // Sunday, July 12, 2015

Last month, I went to Philadelphia. And despite what W.C. Fields may have led folks to believe, it most definitely was not closed.

WeGoLook offers local startup success story in Oklahoma

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, May 12, 2015

It’s in fashion these days for startup companies to choose clever names — names with upper and lower case letters in places you don’t expect them to be, or names that signify something about the company’s product or service to the entrepreneurs starting the business, but nothing at all to the rest of us.

Aerospace manufacturer’s production taking off in Stillwater

Dana Wallace // Monday, May 11, 2015

As one of the world’s seven global aerospace hubs, Oklahoma is home to the largest military and commercial aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations in the United States, according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

Oklahoma City startup hopes to make Internet security easier

Brianna Bailey // Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Oklahoma City-based startup Who’s On My Wifi hopes to use crowd funding to raise $50,000 to make a simpler, more secure wireless router that integrates with its security software.

Oklahoma City approves combined $7.2 million in job incentives for Boeing, Paycom

Brianna Bailey // Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust on Wednesday gave the green light for the city to begin negotiations with Boeing Co. and Paycom Software Inc. on a combined $7.2 million in economic development incentives to create 1,323 new jobs.

Paycom looks to expand campus, hire 423 new workers

Brianna Bailey // Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Paycom Software Inc. plans to hire 423 new workers, build a $14 million new building and spend $2 million on new equipment at its rapidly growing headquarters on Memorial Road.

Bio Matters: Oklahoma respiratory disease center director builds team of researchers

Jim Stafford // Monday, April 13, 2015

Headquarters of the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases (OCRID) is a humble office deep in the heart of McElroy Hall on the Oklahoma State University campus.

Oklahoma regional robotics competition stresses problem-solving, collaboration

Tim Willert // Monday, March 30, 2015

The regional competition, which continues Saturday, pits 61 teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The majority of teams are from Oklahoma and have names like Sprockets, Cyborg Tigers and Robot Mafia.

Oklahoma biotech firm treats child neurologic condition

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Cunningham Panel is the result of more than a decade of research, funded in part by Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, led by University of Oklahoma professor Dr. Madeleine Cunningham, Moleculera co-founder.

University of Oklahoma physician Robert Welliver works to develop vaccine for RSV infections

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My voice was raspy as I stepped into the 11th-floor office of Robert Welliver, M.D., at the University of Oklahoma Children’s Physicians tower on the Oklahoma Health Center campus. My nose was runny. I coughed as I sat down.

New BP subsidiary to open new offices on Automobile Alley

Steve Lackmeyer // Thursday, February 12, 2015

BP, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, is preparing to open what would be one of its first satellite offices in the Pontiac Building on Automobile Alley.

Historic Agreement Between Oklahoma City/Tinker AFB to Create Thousands of Jobs, Millions in Investment, Potential for More Partnership

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tinker Air Force Base officials announced today the acquisition of 158 acres of land on the west side of the base to stand up a depot maintenance facility for the Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus.

Bio Matters: U.S. publications in India put scientist on road to Oklahoma

Jim Stafford // Sunday, January 25, 2015

As he pursued a master’s degree in Biochemistry in his native India, Kumar Sripathirathan was drawn to the library at the American consulate in the city of Chennai along India’s southeast coast.

The young Indian student was a regular visitor to the library. There he discovered books and journals by American authors that sparked both his scientific interest and his curiosity about the United States.

Oklahoma bioscience firm working to make a major impact on cancer battle

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Oklahoma is building a reputation nationwide as a place where discoveries in bioscience lead to groundbreaking solutions that can have a real impact on people’s lives.

Drone repair program opens at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma

Staff Reports // Thursday, November 20, 2014

A partnership between Tinker Air Force Base and San Diego, Calif.-based General Atomics Aeronautical will bring to the metro area the first repair shop in the nation where privately manufactured drones will be repaired by a government entity.


Staff // Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In compiling a list of "10 Great Cities for Starting a Business," Kiplinger put Oklahoma City first on the list.

Hot software sector brings “cool” to Oklahoma

Scott Meacham // Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It seems that Oklahoma’s current “cool” has a lot to do with the software industry. Over just the last few years, at i2E we have seen explosive growth in the number of software/IT companies that are coming through our doors seeking assistance and/or funding.

Business of Health: OMRF's DNA sequencing facility can map complete genome in about a day

Stephen Prescott, M.D. // Monday, October 6, 2014

It all sounded pretty nifty. After investing billions of dollars and more than a decade’s worth of work, scientists in 2003 announced they’d completed mapping the human genome. Francis Collins, now the director of the National Institutes of Health, called it the “most significant undertaking” in the history of science. Reading the body’s genetic blueprint, he said, “will be judged by history as more significant than even splitting the atom or going to the moon.”

Boeing to bring up to 900 jobs to OKC

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Boeing will consolidate the majority of its defense services and support-related activities from Washington state to other locations in the U.S. as part of efforts to improve the competitiveness of its Boeing Defense, Space & Security unit.

ACM@UCO grows up, touts student success

Kathryn McNutt // Monday, September 29, 2014

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma is growing up.

Grant renewals bring $14.2 million to OMRF programs

Staff Reports // Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The National Institutes of Health has renewed five research grants for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Bio Matters: Oklahoma researcher on quest to cure sickle cell disease

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Then a professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Broyles was advancing a novel approach to curing a devastating genetic blood disorder called sickle cell disease, which afflicts about 100,000 Americans and an estimated 50 million people worldwide.

Cities Want Young Families to Play and Stay

Anne Marie Chaker // Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Oklahoma City is remapping the city in its $1 billion bid to engage families. It is replacing a 4.5-mile stretch of highway that once awkwardly divided the downtown with a pedestrian- and bike-friendly "boulevard," which will accommodate four lanes of motor-vehicle traffic.

Carrying water: Ozarka makes a splash by moving all bottling in-house

Molly Fleming // Thursday, July 31, 2014

In the bottled water industry, the product’s clarity is important. Ozarka Water CEO Steve Raupe has invested in his Oklahoma City-based company to help customers clearly see where the water is bottled and sourced.

Improving technology boosts Oklahoma's CNG market

Adam Wilmoth // Friday, July 25, 2014

As technology advances, price often drops while quality improves. Oklahoma City entrepreneur Ron Peeler hopes that trend will continue in the market for compressed natural gas vehicles and the equipment that fills them with fuel.

Biotechnology conference allows Oklahoma firms to shine

Scott Mecham // Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BIO International is the world’s largest biotech gathering, and the scope and scale of this event was startling.

Leaders from Across the State Share Oklahoma's Bioscience Story with the World

Thursday, June 26, 2014

More than 70 scientists, business leaders, educators and economic development officers from across the state of Oklahoma will take the best of Oklahoma bioscience to San Diego in order to garner interest in Oklahoma’s bioscience industry at the 2014 BIO International Convention, June 23-26. This delegation will spend four days promoting the accomplishments of the Oklahoma bioscience sector and meeting with potential business partners.

Paycom projects growth at Oklahoma City headquarters

Brianna Bailey // Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Paycom Software Inc. has been hiring new employees in Oklahoma City at such a rapid pace that the company recently built a 90,000-square-foot addition to its headquarters on Memorial Road — effectively doubling the size of its offices.

GE to partner with Devon to test new technology

Adam Wilmoth // Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Devon Energy Corp. has become one of the first companies to take advantage of GE Corp.’s new global technology center in Oklahoma City.

Bio Matters: Oklahoma bioscience connections figure in California business news

Jim Stafford // Thursday, May 8, 2014

Breaking business news out of California a few weeks ago turned out to be a big Oklahoma story, although for Oklahomans, the news was sort of like losing your keys only to later discover them in their usual spot.


LaunchOklahoma opens tech startup funding spin-off of VentureSpur

Staff Reports // Friday, April 25, 2014

The new LaunchOklahoma program is a dedicated Oklahoma business accelerator and spin-off of the VentureSpur accelerator, which has launched 11 high-tech startup firms in the last two years.

Otologic developing sound solution to hearing loss

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Imagine if there was a drug that a soldier could swallow immediately after an explosion that would prevent or heal hearing loss.

‘Barn’ transformation to feature co-working space

Molly M. Fleming // Thursday, February 27, 2014

Should people ask for something, it seems, eventually the Plaza District will receive it.

Hobby Lobby to open 70 stores in 2014

Staff // Thursday, February 6, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. plans to open 70 new stores this year.

FIRST Robotics is programmed to spark interest

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Xavier Zwirtz first got into robots at a 4-H meeting.

Kimray to build new headquarters in Oklahoma City

Jay F. Marks // Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kimray Inc. plans to move its headquarters to a spacious new campus at Britton and Eastern, the equipment manufacturer announced Thursday.

Cytovance Biologics Breaks Ground on GMP Warehouse and Manufacturing Operations Facility

Jodie Gutkowski // Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cytovance Biologics, Inc., a leading full-service contract manufacturer of mammalian and microbial biologics, broke ground on an expansion facility to contain both manufacturing operations and GMP warehousing. The multi-million dollar capital investment project is being built by Capstone Construction and is expected to be completed by June 2014.

Bio Matters: Scientist's career path goes from farm to pharmaceuticals

Jim Stafford // Friday, January 17, 2014

Russell Rother was a farm boy growing up in Watonga and worked on the family's dairy operation. You can still hear western Oklahoma in his voice.

Bio Matters: Oklahoma's Altheus Theraputics reaches Phase 2 trial for drug therapy

Jim Stafford // Sunday, January 5, 2014

There is a pioneering quality to Oklahoma City-based Altheus Therapeutics and the milestones the company has achieved in advancing a new drug therapy for a painful condition known as inflammatory bowel disease.

Startup moves from New York to OKC

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SIVI Corp., which is developing an educational software platform called LaunchLeader, has closed a $340,000 round of investment and relocated its headquarters from New York City to Oklahoma City.

Forbes: Invest in OKC Housing

Monday, December 30, 2013

Looking to buy a home? According to Forbes, Oklahoma City should be near the top of your list.

OMRF researcher probes aging process

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Friday, December 27, 2013

Holly Van Remmen spends her days trying to unlock the answers to the aging process. She doesn’t know if she’ll ever find the fountain of youth, but she thinks she can ask better questions about how cells are damaged in the aging process.

GE Selects Oklahoma City Site for New Global Hub of Oil & Gas Technology Innovation

Todd Alhart // Friday, December 6, 2013

GE (NYSE: GE) today announced the selection of a site in Downtown Oklahoma City for the company’s first-ever Global Research Center dedicated to Oil & Gas technology. GE’s new Center will create 130 high-tech jobs and is expected to have a direct and indirect economic impact of $13 million on the state and local economies.

GE to build research facility east of downtown Oklahoma City

Adam Wilmoth // Thursday, December 5, 2013

General Electric's $110 million Oil and Gas Technology Center has found a home east of downtown Oklahoma City near the University Research Park, GE executives said Thursday.

Accele Biopharma founder lured to Oklahoma by life science potential

Jim Stafford // Sunday, December 1, 2013

The North Carolina drawl in Clayton Duncan's voice is straight out of Chapel Hill, but at a recent luncheon he addressed an audience of Oklahoma City's bioscience leaders as an Oklahoman.

Oklahoma support, investment seeds Altheus Therapeutics

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Altheus Therapeutics Inc. is an Oklahoma homegrown example of a startup bioscience company doing drug commercialization right.

OMRF receives $23.8M to study blood coagulation

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Monday, November 25, 2013

The scientist is a member of the Coagulation Biological Laboratory at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and is part of a collaboration to study how blood clots. He said he hopes his latest research project will lead to a drug that helps prevent the leading cause of death among people ages 5 to 55, traumatic injury.

BioMatters: Norman lab creates early diagnostic test for Cryptococcus

Jim Stafford // Sunday, November 3, 2013

Every day, around the world, about 2,000 people die from a fungal disease known as Cryptococcus. Yet I had never heard of it until I met Sean Bauman.

Oklahoma summit creates winning mix of entrepreneurial 'how-to,' networking

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, October 22, 2013

When it comes to building a vibrant, self-sustaining entrepreneurial economy, there's the “how,” and then there's the “what” — how do you do it, and what it takes to succeed.

Terex to upgrade Oklahoma City operations

Jay F. Marks // Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Equipment manufacturer Terex Corp. plans to invest about $40 million to upgrade its Oklahoma City facility. The company will add new machinery and other equipment at its local manufacturing plant, where it could add as many as 1,500 new jobs by 2017.

School district boasts largest enrollment since late '70s

Tim Willert // Saturday, October 12, 2013

More students are attending Oklahoma City Public Schools than at any time in the past 35 years, district officials reported this week.

Oklahoma leads in manufacturing growth

Richard Mize // Monday, October 7, 2013

National Manufacturing Day was an observance Friday in factories across the country, but in Oklahoma City it was more of an actual celebration.

Rolls-Royce awarded $49 million contract to set up engine plant at Tinker

Steve Lackmeyer // Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rolls-Royce is set to open a new engine depot services plant at Tinker Air Force Base in 2015.

Biotech firm poised to expand in Oklahoma City

Brianna Bailey // Tuesday, October 1, 2013

With the help of a National Institutes of Health grant to develop new drug-discovery instruments and private equity investment, Oklahoma City-based biotech company SensiQ Technologies is poised for expansion.

OU alumni named fellows for inaugural Venture for America class

Staff Reports // Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Scott Lowe, a native of Muskogee and alumnus of OU's Center for Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW), didn't expect to graduate from OU and be working for a startup in Detroit.

Oklahoma City manufacturing firm seeks to grab dominant share of world's coffee roaster market

Brianna Bailey // Friday, September 27, 2013

US Roaster Corp. owner Dan Joliff has just one small goal — to one day become the leading manufacturer of coffee roasters in the world.

Attorney: Bright future for biotech in Oklahoma

Will Pedranti // Monday, September 23, 2013

Americans born in 2008 can expect to live 78.1 years. That's an increase of a full decade since 1950 and a staggering increase of 30 years since 1900. Unfortunately, as they age into those bonus years, their bodies will suffer from more conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases.

Bio Matters: OU scientist turns 'sugar science' into commercial ventures

Jim Stafford // Sunday, September 8, 2013

Long before he enrolled as a Harvard undergraduate student out of a Baltimore high school, Paul L. DeAngelis knew what he wanted to pursue as a career. Not the work of a stock broker. Or athlete. Or an actor.

GrowOKC Fund to provide $2 million for local small businesses

Staff Reports // Thursday, August 29, 2013

A partnership between the City of Oklahoma City and i2E Inc. has expanded the financing options by $2 million for Oklahoma City-based small businesses seeking capital to grow their ventures and create new jobs.

Oklahoma City-based COARE Biotechnology awarded $220K grant

Staff Reports // Thursday, August 29, 2013

Oklahoma City-based COARE Biotechnology Inc. has been awarded a $220,099 grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop a new treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Oklahoma City biotech firm to begin sickle cell anemia drug trial

Staff Reports // Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corp. is enrolling patients in a Phase 2 trial of a drug designed to treat sickle cell disease.

Executive Q&A: A Welcome Chance to Return to Oklahoma

Paula Burkes // Sunday, August 18, 2013

When Ponca City native Chris Scully completed his graduate degree here in the mid-1990s, he found most of his job prospects were out of state.

Stone: Oklahoma 'A-OK' with taking jobs from California

Renzi Stone // Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Oklahoma is big enough to matter, but small enough to get things done. A decade ago, as a twentysomething looking to start my own public relations/marketing agency, I felt like I could live anywhere in the United States. I had worked for a Washington D.C., public affairs shop, but I saw what the rat race and the long slog to the top looked like. I wanted the proverbial blue ocean, where I could differentiate myself, and where I could make a difference now.

VentureSpur hopes to spark startup growth in Oklahoma City

Brianna Bailey // Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Determined to take their startup company to the next level, entrepreneurs Nicholas Seet and Ashok Kamal are living out of an RV in Oklahoma City for the next 12 weeks while participating in local business accelerator VentureSpur.

Oklahoma 'angel' investor group growing

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, July 30, 2013

As a serial entrepreneur with three previous life science companies to his credit, Craig Shimasaki raised millions of dollars of investment capital for his past ventures. He's successfully pitched business concepts to individual investors, venture capital groups and fund managers.

Job, revenue growth of i2E clients is sweet music to our ears

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, July 30, 2013

At the beginning of every calendar year, i2E distributes an Economic Impact and Client Satisfaction Survey to our existing clients.

OCAST selects research fund recipients

Associated Press // Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology is doling out more than $3.6 million to support 17 applied research projects.

Oklahoma City's Centek triples employee projections

Adam Wilmoth // Friday, June 21, 2013

Less than 12 months after establishing its North American headquarters in Oklahoma City, the oil-field equipment manufacturer has far outpaced its projections.

Back to Business Initiative Connects Tornado-Damaged Companies to Resources

Kaylee McDaniel // Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Greater Oklahoma City Back to Business Initiative launched in in order to support the businesses in Moore and south Oklahoma City damaged by recent tornados on May 20. The initiative, which is a partnership between the City of Oklahoma City, the City of Moore, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Moore Chamber of Commerce, will allow physically-damaged businesses to report their needs following the storm and get connected with resources to help them return to business.

General Electric is bringing its focus on energy to Oklahoma

Jay F. Marks // Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Those in the know in Oklahoma’s energy sector have long been familiar with General Electric’s role in the industry.

i2E-managed funds step into venture capital void for Oklahoma startups

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, April 2, 2013

There used to be a lot of discussion about the necessity and appropriateness of state-funded and directed venture capital programs.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation gets $7.8 million grant

Greg Elwell // Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A new $7.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will help five Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists jump-start new projects over the next five years, support institutional core facilities, and pay for renovations to an animal facility.

Innovators: i2E Inc. – Showcasing Oklahoma entrepreneurs

Brian Brus // Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Business opportunities are growing for Oklahoma entrepreneurs at the upcoming annual South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals in Texas. Josh O’Brien, i2E Inc. spokesman, said the deadline for entries in the first stage of an elevator pitch contest managed by the nonprofit business support agency is Feb. 6. Finalists will try to convince investors of the brilliant profitability of their ideas March 11 before a live audience at The 512 Bar in Austin for prizes worth $10,000. The event is sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, a partnership between i2E and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

Oklahoma entrepreneur enjoys sharing his vision with students

Rex Smitherman // Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dr. Craig Shimasaki, president and CEO of Moleculera Labs Inc., serial entrepreneur and adviser to multiple teams in Oklahoma's collegiate business plan competition, the Governor's Cup, says vision begins with the way we look at the world.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation researcher gains lupus grant

Don Mecoy // Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Lupus Foundation of America has funded a $110,000 grant for an Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist to study the role of a specific protein.

Pipe project starts development of Will Rogers airport's east side

Jennifer Palmer // Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Miles from Airport Road and the side of Will Rogers World Airport most travelers see, workers have begun laying pipe for a series of utility projects that will pave the way for future development on the airport's east side.

Quad/Graphics rolls out new press, creates jobs in Oklahoma City

Jennifer Palmer // Wednesday, September 26, 2012

With the press of a button Tuesday, Gov. Mary Fallin fired up the newest printing press at Quad/Graphics' Oklahoma City plant and essentially created 120 jobs.

Oklahoma City-based Selexys Pharmaceuticals wins investment, strikes $665 million deal

Don Mecoy // Friday, September 21, 2012

In what promises to be the biggest bioscience firm deal in state history, Oklahoma City-based Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corp. has struck an agreement that could lead to the company\\\'s acquisition for up to $665 million.

Green: Hobby Lobby to keep growing

Brianna Baileyh // Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Same-store sales at Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. are up about 9 percent this year and the company will have about 520 stores across the country by the end of the year, CEO David Green said Tuesday at the Idea Exchange, an event sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Innovators: Design Intelligence Inc.

Brian Brus // Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Norman-based Design Intelligence Inc. has designed its first unmanned aerial vehicle for nonmilitary applications, company President James Grimsley said.

GM deal an example of brownfield success

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Thursday, May 24, 2012

When the military closes a facility, it can often come with lots of contamination, making redevelopment difficult. In the case of the old General Motors plant in Midwest City, the military wanted to make sure it didn’t purchase contaminated commercial property.

Five state companies make Inner City 100

Staff Reports // Friday, May 11, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Fortune Magazine selected five Oklahoma companies for the 2012 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest-growing inner city companies in the country.

Oklahoma City Named Least-Costly City by KPMG Study

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Oklahoma City was named the least-costly city to do business among 13 midsized U.S. cities according to a study by KPMG LLP. Oklahoma City had a cost index of 95.5, representing business costs 4.5 percent below the U.S. national baseline of 100.0

Survey Finds OKC One of the Best Cities for Jobs in 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Manpower Group, an employment service firm, recently surveyed 18,000 employers across the country and tabbed Oklahoma City fourth in the their "Best City for Jobs in Spring of 2012". The metro area had a net employment outlook of 20 percent for the second quarter. In total, 24 percent of the OKC companies surveyed expected to increase hiring in the Spring.

New 'venture accelerator' firm aims to jump-start startups

Don Mecoy // Thursday, February 2, 2012

VentureSpur, a firm designed by three entrepreneurs who returned to their roots to nurture early-stage companies seeking to mature and attract capital, launched Wednesday in downtown Oklahoma City.

Quality Jobs Program boosts its numbers

D. Ray Tuttle // Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The state’s Quality Jobs Program is close to topping last year’s figures, and the program is just halfway through the 2012 fiscal year.

Will Rogers World Airport traffic up

Brian Brus // Friday, January 13, 2012

Passenger traffic through Will Rogers World Airport for 2011 was up almost 3 percent over the previous year, Oklahoma City airport officials reported Thursday.

Oklahoma City-based Selexys Pharmaceuticals completes first-phase testing on sickle cell drug

Paula Burkes // Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Oklahoma City's Selexys Pharmaceuticals biopharmaceutical company announced Monday that the drug it has developed to treat sickle cell anemia was successful in its first phase of human testing.

Oklahoma City Ranked No. 1 for Economic Security

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

MetroTrends released their annual Report Card on Economic Security and Oklahoma City was at the top of the class. The publication gave OKC an "A" and ranked it as the Best Metro in the U.S. for economic security. In the write up, the metro's area diverse economy was lauded, as well as the stable housing market.

Texas Oil-Field Services Company Moves to Oklahoma City

Jay F. Marks // Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Another energy company has moved into downtown Oklahoma City.
Flogistix LP, a leading oil and natural gas services provider, announced Monday it has opened its corporate headquarters at City Place, 204 N Robinson Ave.

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Launches New

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber announced the launch of a new, with a refreshed design and more interactive features for Chamber members.

Edmond #1 on CNBC's "10 Perfect Suburbs" List

Thursday, September 1, 2011
What makes a perfect suburb? We’re not talking about suspicious “Stepford Wives” perfect. No, for this list, we consulted Location, Inc., the data and analysis company and creator of the consumer reference site NeighborhoodScout .

Oklahoma Companies Fare Well in Heading to Market

Jay F. Marks // Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The stock market has been kind in 2011 to Oklahoma companies looking to go public.

OKC Appears Ahead of Regional Peers on Creative Cities International's "Vitality Index"

Linda Lees // Wednesday, July 20, 2011
In a new study by Creative Cities International, Oklahoma City appears ahead of regional peers Kansas City, Houston, San Antonio and Tulsa in this first-ever attempt to take "a new look at what makes exciting cities - big or small - work, weighting cultural data equally with information on trends, costs, and demographic data."

Oklahoma City Named 2nd-Best Place to Start a Small Business

Friday, July 1, 2011

Along with an affordable cost of living and a high concentration of local investors, The Fiscal Times explains OKC's exciting environment for emerging companies as easy-to-succeed for entrepreneurs with a bevy of groundbreaking incentives alongside a strong economy, an expanding population, great "quality of life, revitalized downtown, and cultural activities, along with a talented workforce."

OKC’s Entrepreneurial Community to Host Special Event at Oklahoma’s Buffalo Lounge at South by Southwest Festival

Marcus Elwell // Friday, March 4, 2011
Entrepreneurs from Oklahoma City’s interactive community will come together to host OpenBeta 6 as part of Oklahoma’s presence at the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival taking place in Austin, TX this month.  

Manufacturers pledge to create 641 jobs

Susan Simpson // Thursday, November 4, 2010
Two makers of oil field and natural gas processing equipment pledge to create 641 new jobs over the next decade as part of the state's Quality Jobs program.

OKC Retailer Named a Harper’s Bazaar Style Leader

Monday, October 18, 2010
“Harper’s Bazaar” today announced Balliets, Oklahoma City’s premier women’s retailer, has been named a “Harper’s Bazaar Style Leader”.

Balliets joins the prestigious group of the best specialty stores in America, as chosen by the magazine’s editors and other important industry figures. 

Tinker group sees benefits from moving MRO work in-house

April Wilkerson // Monday, October 4, 2010
Tinker group sees benefits from moving MRO work in-house

An American City That's Getting It Right

Bob O'Brien // Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Normally we use this space to offer up examples of investment success.

But given the crises that local governments have been facing, — including declining tax rolls, rising demand for services, and widening budget gaps – we decided to shine the spotlight on a city that is defying the national trends.

So hats off to Oklahoma City.

Export figures place city among top 100

Staff Reports // Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The Oklahoma City area produced $3.9 billion in exports in 2008, ranking it 63rd among the nation's 100 largest metro areas, according to a new report by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

Experts at the Oklahoma Aerospace Summit say the U.S. has the capability to become more energy conscious and more efficient

Heide Brandes // Monday, June 21, 2010

Worldwide, the craving for energy continues to increase, and the U.S. Department of Defense is one of its major consumers.

Strong Job Growth Continues in Oklahoma City

Monday, June 7, 2010
Oklahoma City landed at #11 on New Geography's "2010 Best Cities for Job Growth" list. With both recent and long-term upward trends in job growth, Oklahoma City continues to batter the recession - rather than the other way around.

Firm Expanding into 101K of Industrial Space

Ben Johnson // Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Folsom, Calif.-based company will occupy space at 7501 SW 29th St. in the Will Rogers Business Park north of the Will Rogers World Airport, about one mile south of Reno Avenue off Council Road. The deal is for six years.

Bringing Low Business Costs to the Big Leagues: Oklahoma City #1 on KPMG Business Cost Survey

Dennis Cauchon // Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Among U.S. metros of 1 million population or greater, Oklahoma City has the lowest business costs.

2010 Innovation South Awards

Friday, February 26, 2010

SB&D’s Innovation South Awards recognize what we believe are the most innovative programs, initiatives and projects in economic development in the South the previous calendar year. The Innovation Awards honor outstanding achievements by economic development agencies, utilities, public/private partnerships and government initiatives that truly embrace innovation in a way to further job generation and capital investment in the American South. Here are our winners for the 2009 calendar year.

Most-admired CEOs

Jessica Mitchell // Thursday, February 18, 2010

Outstanding leadership. Integrity. Commitment. Executives with these traits overflowed Thursday night in a room filled with the top minds of Oklahoma's business and nonprofit communities at The Journal Record's inaugural Oklahoma's Most-admired CEOs event.

Tissue maker has Oklahoma City plans

Debbie Blossom // Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Georgia-based company that makes private-label tissue products will open a new plant in Oklahoma City in June, the company's first facility in the Southwest.

Cellu Tissue Holdings, Inc. to Open 325,000 sq. ft. Facility in Oklahoma City

Jill Harrison // Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cellu Tissue Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: CLU), a manufacturer and converter of tissue products for the private-label and away-from-home industries, will open a 325,000 sq. ft. facility at 50 N. Council Rd. in June 2010.

Cellu Tissue Holdings Inc. leases manufacturing space in OKC

Pamela Grady // Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cellu Tissue Holdings Inc., a manufacturer and converter of tissue products for the private label and away-from-home industries, leased a 325,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 50 N Council Road.

Startup Weekend- From Idea to Launch in 54 Hours

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour startup event that provides the networking, resources, and incentives for individuals and teams to go from idea to launch. Startup Weekend’s motto: Build Community. Start Companies. No Talk. All Action.

Green standard: OMRF building earns kudos for sustainability

Tom Lindley // Wednesday, February 10, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY – The human sustainability experts at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have learned a lot lately about saving both the environment and some green.

Developers making headway in Midtown

Tom Lindley // Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Saving buildings is hard work these days, but that doesn’t mean Midtown revivalists have given up their quest.

Oklahoma City-based US Fleet Tracking to work Super Bowl, Winter Olympics

Stephen Carradini // Thursday, February 4, 2010

Oklahoma City's US Fleet Tracking will provide GPS support for the 2010 Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, 2010 Winter Olympics, and 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Paycom launches hiring initiative

Don Mecoy // Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Paycom just keeps growing.

Angel investors give companies wings to fly

Tom Walker // Tuesday, January 26, 2010

All new companies start with an idea. When angel investors put their money into a company, they give that idea a chance to generate a business. These businesses generate revenue. That revenue generates jobs. Those jobs create revenue for Oklahoma.

Hitachi breaks ground on $15M expansion project

Tom Lindley // Monday, January 25, 2010

NORMAN – Gov. Brad Henry was happy to report that, for a change, bad news and the wind aren’t all that is sweeping down the plains these days.

Association recognizes honorees

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Two individuals and a community organization will be honored Thursday at the annual Evening of Excellence, presented by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Alumni Association. The black-tie dinner will be at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, starting with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m.

First lady commends OKC diet initiative

Friday, January 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday highlighted Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett’s “This City Is Going on a Diet” initiative in a speech to a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington.

Not named in 'Extraordinary Measures' film, Oklahomans' efforts still are gaining attention local research served as inspiration but wasn't credited

Brandy McDonnell // Friday, January 22, 2010

The movie "Extraordinary Measures” features big-name stars, precocious child actors and life-and-death family drama "inspired by true events.”

Oklahoma City ranks in "100 Best Places to Work” with three high-ranking businesses

Don Mecoy // Friday, January 22, 2010

Fortune magazine’s latest "100 Best Places to Work” list provides more evidence that Oklahoma City has joined the ranks of big-league cities.

Downtown OKC releases strategic plan

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. on Wednesday released a 10-year strategic plan.

Downtown Oklahoma City group envisions growth

STEVE LACKMEYER // Thursday, January 21, 2010

Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. is reorganizing its staff as it enters a second decade as operator of the downtown business improvement district.

Great places to work: Okla. companies get high marks

Tom Lindley // Thursday, January 21, 2010

Judging by Fortune magazine's new job satisfaction survey, it's apparently not as hard to get up in the morning and go to work in Oklahoma City.

Air Force contract adds Oklahoma City jobs, services

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Oklahoma City-based Delaware Resource Group has been awarded a Command and Control training contract by the U.S. Air Force, company officials said Tuesday.

Hitachi to add Norman jobs

Debbie Blossom // Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hitachi Computer Products America Inc. on Monday said it will expand its Norman facility with the construction of a new distribution center.

Oberstar tours highway construction sites

M. Scott Carter // Friday, January 8, 2010

The United States should continue funding transportation investments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for another six years, the chairman of the U.S. House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said Monday afternoon.

Construction rental company to open in OKC

Friday, November 20, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - A Volvo Rents construction equipment rental company is scheduled to open in Oklahoma City on Jan. 1, and the local franchisee plans to open other sites in Tulsa and Wichita, Kan.

Facilities form partnership

Thursday, November 19, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY – The relationship between ProCure Proton Therapy Center and Integris Health is official.

Integris opens $100M cancer center in Oklahoma City

Susan Simpson // Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma opened Wednesday as a $100 million center bringing together experts in research, care, prevention and treatment.

Study: Marketing Oklahoma economically benefits state

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Oklahoma secretary of commerce told a House committee Nov. 17 that right now is the best time to market Oklahoma.

Commerce official: Southern part of state to continue economic growth

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The southern portion of Oklahoma - near Ardmore, south to Texas - will see an influx of jobs, families and economic opportunities over the next decade, an official with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce said this week.

Workshop: Partnerships key to bioscience success

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - A small bioscience company may make a revolutionary discovery that could alter the treatment course for a deadly disease.

Oklahoma City-based company signs up to create 90 quality jobs

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Oklahoma City-based Equipment Technology Inc. is planning to add 90 jobs during the next several years after joining the state's Quality Jobs program.

Capital West becomes Geary Securities

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - Capital West Securities took up its new identity as Geary Securities on Monday, company President Keith Geary said.

Once-decrepit Oklahoma City street blooms into retail, restaurant area

Steve Lackmeyer // Saturday, November 14, 2009

Just three years ago, the stretch of NW 9 just east of Broadway was a blighted mess lined with boarded up houses masked by overgrown brush and trees and homeless folks living in parked cars.

Oklahoma metro areas see growth in ’09 ranking

Laurie Winslow // Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fewer job losses, lower foreclosure rates and benefits gained from the energy sector are some factors that helped both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas rise in their rankings on the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities 2009 index.

Medical research partnership workshop offered in Oklahoma

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A workshop to help Oklahoma health researchers create partnerships with investors and pharmaceutical companies is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Conference Center, 655 Research Pkwy., Suite 100.

State ranked in top 25

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Site Selection magazine has placed Oklahoma at No. 18 on its Top Business Climate for 2009 list.

Oklahoma research scientists develop new tool

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Scientists at Oklahoma City biopharmaceutical company Pure Protein LLC have achieved a breakthrough that could have substantial applications for the $37 billion autoimmune disease market, transplantation, infectious diseases, cancer and other new disease targets, the company said.

Best Places' rankings validate state efforts

Tom Walker // Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Oklahoma City and Tulsa recently were ranked among the best places to launch a new business by editors at Fortune Small Business magazine in conjunction with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Quest Diagnostics to build $16 million medical lab

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Quest Diagnostics is a $7 billion company with laboratories across the country. But Chief Executive Officer Surya Mohapatra is the first to say the company's upcoming expansion in Oklahoma City is an exception to its current operations.

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center named best place to work by The Scientist magazine

Susan Simpson // Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Magazine's readers place Health Sciences campus at No. 4 among academic workplaces.

Oklahoma City,Tulsa make list of strong U.S. cities

Debbie Blossom // Saturday, October 24, 2009

A survey of the country's strongest metro areas has put Oklahoma's two largest cities in the spotlight.

What Makes Oklahoma City Recession-Proof?

Scott Simon // Saturday, October 24, 2009 has touted Oklahoma City as recession-proof. Other headlines from this year read "Oklahoma City Wins in Jobless Figures," "Economists Say State Could Dodge Downturn," "Economic Climate Leaves Clear Skies Ahead for Oklahoma." NPR's Scott Simon travels to Oklahoma City to discover why this town is considered to have such a stable economy.

One of the Top 5 Strongest Metro Economies

Friday, October 23, 2009
Recognizing our strong housing market and gross metropolitan product along with low unemployment rates, Oklahoma City landed at #3 on BusinessWeek's "Forty Strongest U.S. Metro Economies" list.

Jack in the Box plans to open four Oklahoma City-area locations

Pamela A. Grady // Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fast-food retailer Jack in the Box said Oct. 22 it is planning to expand its presence in the Oklahoma market by opening four Oklahoma City-area corporately owned locations along with two in the Tulsa area.

Profile ranks Oklahoma City best for startups

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Oklahoma City has another feather in its cap.

Even in the toughest of economies, the metro area has scored a victory in being picked as the top large city in which to launch a small business.

Legacy for Life likes life here in Oklahoma

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The state's cost of doing business, its economy and its appealing spot in the middle of the country enticed a Florida company to relocate to Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma's startup deal pipeline is flowing

Tom Walker // Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I felt a sense of Oklahoma pride as 300 professional fund managers and economic development officers from across the nation gathered in our state last month for the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds annual conference...

The three-day conference focused on the significance of making angel capital and seed funds available to entrepreneurial startup companies.

For Oklahoma, this national conference was a huge success - attendance, speakers, topics covered and especially increased visibility for Oklahoma on the investing landscape...

It all goes to show that the deal flow pipeline in Oklahoma remains strong and is attracting national attention from savvy investors.

Fortune magazine names OKC as best place to launch business

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fortune Small Business magazine and The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will release a list Oct. 14 that names the 2009 list of the 50 best places in the United States to launch a business. Topping the list is Oklahoma City as the top large city.

Incentives for Oklahoma companies wanting to increase operations continue to grow

Debbie Blossom // Saturday, October 10, 2009

The bundle of business incentives available from the state's Commerce Department for companies that want to increase operations, add jobs or expand infrastructure is growing, even amid a recession that has cut into many companies' bottom line.

Oklahoma's i2E Wins Global Praise for State Startup Aid

Jay Marks // Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Oklahoma City-based i2E Inc. has earned international acclaim for its efforts to grow entrepreneurial businesses.
Tuesday, the company received an excellence award at the International Economic Development Council conference in Reno, Nev.

30 jobs expected in Oklahoma from KC-10 work

Debbie Blossom // Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The U.S. Air Force's new nine-year contract with Northrop Grumman Corp. for contractor logistics support for its KC-10 Extender refueling tanker aircraft should create about 30 jobs in Oklahoma.

Only American Unguator suppliers look to expand their operation

Friday, October 2, 2009

A piece of German technology sold by a Norman pharmaceutical company has sparked the need for expansion into the city's business park.

New York audience hears of Oklahoma's pluses

Max Nichols // Friday, October 2, 2009

New York business leaders were encouraged to "discover the global and economic momentum in Oklahoma" Tuesday evening during a reception at the 21 Club in New York by the Oklahoma Fast Forward Team.

Oklahoma Wind Supply Chain Workshop set for October 15

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Find out how your manufacturing business can become part of the emerging wind industry supply chain.

New Report Provides Roadmap to Grow Oklahoma's Aerospace Industry

State News Service // Monday, September 28, 2009

Protecting and enhancing Oklahoma's current aerospace industry and providing new opportunities to increase competitiveness are the focus of a new strategic report recently released by Oklahoma Aerospace Industry Partners.

Oklahomans tell Europe about state’s energy

Jay F. Marks // Friday, September 25, 2009

State government and business officials are half a world away this week in an effort to attract new business to Oklahoma.

State study calls for strengthening aerospace sector

D.R. Stewart // Friday, September 25, 2009

Oklahoma needs to mount a cooperative effort to retain and expand the aerospace industry, a state study has found.

Conference brings it home

Brian Brus // Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The presence of 300 venture capitalists in Oklahoma City this week is a rare opportunity to draw national attention to local business investment opportunities, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President Roy Williams said.

ProCure Proton Therapy Center opens to treat cancer patients

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cancer patients have a new option for treatment. Monday, the Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma ProCure Proton Therapy Center opened for patients.

AARP names Oklahoma City's Express to best employer list

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Express Employment Professionals was recently named one of AARP's Best Employers for Workers Over 50 for the second year in a row, according to Robert A. Funk, founder and CEO of Express.

Group plans conference

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The National Association of Seed and Venture Funds conference in Oklahoma City is Sept. 14-16 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

Open House Attracts Air Force, Community Leaders

Brandice J. Armstrong // Friday, September 4, 2009

Air Force leaders, Oklahoma state, county and local community officials gathered at Tinker Air Force Base Aug. 17 to celebrate the installation's newest addition, Bldg. 9001 in the Tinker Aerospace Complex.

Oklahoma City wins in jobless figures

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Oklahoma City's 5.9 percent jobless rate for July remains the best in the country from a list of 372 metro areas with a population greater than 1 million, the Labor Department reported Tuesday.

OKC's love affair with Southwest.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The long record of a close relationship between Oklahoma City and Southwest Airlines continues.

Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack to speak in OKC

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be the keynote speaker at the National Association of Seed Venture Funds annual conference on Sept. 14-16 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City.

Job searches easier in Oklahoma City

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Oklahoma City is among the 10 best cities in America to find a job, according to a new list released Tuesday in U.S. News Media Group's "Best Places" series.

Oklahoma situated well for rail line

Julie Bisbee // Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Transportation high-speed route would include Tulsa, Oklahoma City

Study shows residents' approval of Oklahoma City services

Bryan Dean // Monday, August 24, 2009

Oklahoma City residents are happy with their local government and getting happier, according to a recent survey.

Jobs may land in Stillwater

Debbie Blossom // Friday, August 21, 2009

A "no" vote on a new proposed contract between Mercury Marine and its 580 hourly union workers in Fond du Lac, Wis., would mean the company would look to move its manufacturing operations to Oklahoma.

New hospital could benefit heart of Oklahoma City's south side

Debbie Blossom // Friday, August 21, 2009

Months before it opens, Oklahoma Heart Hospital South at the crossroads of Interstate 240 and Sooner Road is already at landmark status.

Chamber to receive Tinker bond cash

Bryan Dean // Thursday, August 20, 2009

Oklahoma County commissioners voted Wednesday to help fund the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's efforts to bring jobs to Tinker Air Force Base.

New life for former GM plant in Okla

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tinker Air Force Base officials gave political and business leaders and the media a look Monday at the new addition to the Tinker Aerospace Complex inside the shuttered General Motors Assembly Plant.

Q&A with Deidre Ebrey: Moore shopping center boasts no shortage of retailers

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In the Shops at Moore, anchored by J.C. Penney, there are several new retailers opening this fall including Rue 21, Sally Beauty and Ooh La La (an accessories store.)

Celebrating the small victories

Monday, August 17, 2009

The industrial real estate sector in Oklahoma City is facing significantly decreased sales volume. But even in a tight market, some deals are happening.

Conference to focus on potential for seed capital investing

Friday, August 14, 2009

The potential for seed capital investing has never been stronger, even in the current down economy, said Steve Mercil, vice chairman of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds.

Oklahoma City defies recession

Dennis Cauchon // Wednesday, August 12, 2009

When an auto plant closes, it's usually bad news for the local economy.

Oklahoma's economy to grow, execs say

Debbie Blossom // Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Mid-America Business Conditions index economic outlook from Creighton University Forecasting Group said its monthly survey of supply managers and business executives suggests the region’s economy is expanding for the first time in almost a year.

Q&A with Sandy Pratt: Oklahoma to feel growth of wind energy expansion

Jay F. Marks // Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wind energy seems to be a leading contender to replace fossil fuels in the future. Are Oklahoma businesses equipped to support it?

Oklahoma City has Lowest Unemployment Rate in Nation 6 of 10 Months since Recession was Declared in September

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Oklahoma City has had the lowest unemployment rate of any large metro (metro with population of 1 million or more) six out of the 10 months since the recession was declared in September 2008. The other four months the unemployment rate ranked a close 2nd in the nation.

Business in Oklahoma is A-OK, report shows

Debbie Blossom // Saturday, August 1, 2009

When it comes to the cost of living, the Sooner State beats out the rest of the nation, a new survey from says.

After Decades in Decline Plaza District Sees Revival

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, July 29, 2009

After spending a decade as a reporter covering everyone from the mayor to the governor, Janice Francis-Smith cashed in her savings and teamed up with her sister to open a coffee shop.

Foreign trade zones offer local link to global business

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tucked away at Oklahoma's waterways, air traffic hubs and industrial parks are its foreign trade zones, those U.S. Customs duty management programs that are boosting the state into playing a bigger and better role in the global economy.

Apex Global Partners, Inc. Expands Operations and Opens New Office in Oklahoma

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Apex Global Partners(AGP) expands its Employee Benefits Operations, appoints Brad Williams as Director of Oklahoma Business Development, and opens new office in Oklahoma City.

Walking devices made in Oklahoma City to improve prosthetics' performance

Debbie Blossom // Thursday, July 9, 2009

Days after moving into new offices in the Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park, officials with OrthoCare Innovations introduced two devices designed to help amputees walk better. What's more, they will be manufactured in Oklahoma City.

ProCure launches its proton therapy center in Oklahoma City

Dusty Somers // Thursday, July 9, 2009

Oklahomans seeking cancer treatment Wednesday got another option with the opening of the $120 million ProCure Proton Therapy Center at 5901 W Memorial Road in Oklahoma City.

OCU plans for expansion

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Oklahoma City University is planning a $9.4 million building expansion to its nursing school.

OCU ranked among 'Great Colleges to Work For'

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Oklahoma City University has been ranked among the best colleges to work for in the nation for the second consecutive year, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education's "2009 Great Colleges to Work For" report.

Marquee revamp conveys sign of Uptown's progress in Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The smashed marquee at the Tower Theater is gone and the letters are back in place - a hint that renovations are finally getting under way at the Uptown landmark.

Big Truck Tacos Plans to Drive 'Street Food with a Twist' to After-Hours Scene

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Three seasoned chefs with resumes at some of Oklahoma City's finest restaurants are teaming up . . . to start a taco truck.

Better Than OK

Ben Johnson // Wednesday, July 1, 2009

In the depths of the most severe national recession in decades, Oklahoma's largest city will soon sprout a new office tower surpassing anything built since the 1980s.

Jasco plans warehouse expansion

Kelley Chambers // Monday, June 29, 2009

Steve Trice knew it wouldn't take long for his company to outgrow its space. Trice, president and CEO of Jasco Products Co., founded the company in 1975.

Military funds to promote prosthetics in Oklahoma

Staff Reports // Sunday, June 28, 2009

Eight million dollars of a $10 million request was approved to create an Oklahoma City prosthetics technology center.

Oklahoma City, Tulsa rank high in housing markets

Richard Mize // Saturday, June 27, 2009

The good news is that a real estate forecast put Oklahoma City and Tulsa among the housing markets with the "best expected performance" over the next year. The so-so news is that means home prices aren't expected to drop, according to Local Market Monitor in Cary, N.C., which released its latest Home Price Index for more than 300 markets this week.

Hotel planned near OKC cancer center

Kelley Chambers // Friday, June 26, 2009

The ProCure Proton Therapy Center is set to open in northwest Oklahoma City in July.

Oklahoma urged to welcome wind industry’s builders

Randy Ellis // Friday, June 26, 2009

International manufacturers of wind energy components are lining up to spend billions of dollars on new U.S. manufacturing sites within the next five years.

Williams: Celebrating Tinker AFB

Roy Williams, Guest Columnist // Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tinker Air Force Base and the state of Oklahoma have enjoyed a successful partnership since 1940 when word spread that the U.S. Air Force was interested in building a depot in the Midwest. 

Stabil Drill opens Oklahoma City facility

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Stabil Drill, a Superior Energy Services company specializing in bottom hole assembly rental tools, has opened its new facility in Oklahoma City. President and CEO Sammy Russo made the announcement June 24.

Closed GM plant seen as opportunity for Tinker

Heather Caliendo // Friday, June 19, 2009

Sitting adjacent to Tinker Air Force Base, the former General Motors plant is now the Tinker Aerospace Complex.

Okla.’s role in wind power to be topic at conference

David Page // Friday, June 19, 2009

Oklahoma has the potential to be a major player in the nation's wind power industry with capacity to not only provide power within the state and region but to export power to other parts of the country.

Oklahoma City’s Film Row District’s redevelopment takes shape

Pamela A. Grady // Thursday, June 18, 2009

During the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Realtors bus tour June 18, real estate brokers and business owners saw the progress of the historical Film Row District's renovation in the 700 block of West Sheridan and Lee avenues.

Bricktown area gets sweeter for visitors

Staff Reports // Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bricktown visitors will have a new place to satisfy their sweet tooth when Bricktown Candy Co. opens Friday. The shop will sell many kinds of bulk candy - chocolate, sours, bubble gum, licorice, hard candy, jaw breakers and more - plus bottled soft drinks.

Aerospace urged to up ante for recruitment

D.R. Stewart // Thursday, June 18, 2009

U.S. and Oklahoma aerospace companies must begin thinking about their work force requirements five to 10 years in the future because the industry no longer has the romance and allure it held 40 years ago, industry leaders said Wednesday.

Hobby Lobby plans to open 25 stores; Moore to be one site

Kelley Chambers // Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hobby Lobby is on track to open 25 new stores this year around the country, and will begin work this summer on construction of a new store in Moore.

In recession, state faring well

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, June 17, 2009

More than a year ago, Forbes magazine dubbed Oklahoma City the most recession-proof city in the nation. The city is experiencing the effects of the depressed economy, but a new report out today indicates Oklahoma's two major cities are holding their own against the worst of the national recession.

Fractured economic climate has aerospace industry in a 'tailspin'

Heather Caliendo // Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A fractured global economic climate is just one of the issues facing the aerospace industry. "We are struggling to adapt our environment to the evolving industry," said Maj. Gen P. David Gillett, commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base. "Nonetheless there is no whining allowed and we continue to meet our mission," he said.

OKC-area discount grocery chains compete by selling delicacies

Kelley Chambers // Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Even discount grocery stores need a strategy in tough economic times. As many grocery shoppers are watching every dime, discount chains are ramping up efforts to keep shoppers coming through the doors.

Pharmaceutical company secures seed money, grants for drug development

Brian Brus // Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Selexys Pharma-ceuticals recently secured $3.5 million in venture capital seed money and an equal amount in grants, including the largest Small Business Innovation Research grant ever to an Oklahoma company, Chief Executive Scott Rollins said Monday.

California reporter sees the modern truth of Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Today's business cover story — a reversal of "The Grapes of Wrath" — marks a triumphant moment at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, but is mostly newsworthy because of its initial audience: thousands of Californians.

Finding a California dream in Oklahoma’s heartland

Phillip Reese // Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fleeing the Great Depression and a drought unprecedented in American history, a vast wave of Oklahomans and Texans dubbed "Okies" loaded everything they could onto crowded vehicles during the 1930s and headed west for California. Today, in huge numbers, their grandchildren are moving back.

ProCure Proton Therapy Center set to open in July

Heather Caliendo // Monday, June 15, 2009

When ProCure Proton Therapy Center opens in July, Ed Bertels said it will help put Oklahoma health care in the national limelight.

Research fund’s slow start still holds promise for state

The Oklahoman Editorial // Monday, June 15, 2009

Millions of dollars are riding on Paul Risser’s homework assignment. But that’s not all. As a member of the board that will decide where to invest proceeds from the EDGE research endowment, Risser and fellow board members are helping the state create a more prosperous future.

Air quality preventive measures will save money later

Brian Brus // Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is trying to convince business operators that minor preventive measures in air quality now will save a lot of money later.

Q&A with John Wood

Dusty Somers // Thursday, June 11, 2009

Devon works with city to build a better downtown

Q: The city hired consultant and author Jeff Speck to do a walkability study downtown. How are the results of that study being incorporated into planning on the new Devon Energy world headquarters?

Clean-energy jobs in Oklahoma climbing, Pew study shows

Rod Walton // Thursday, June 11, 2009

Oklahoma's mix of clean-energy businesses, including wind and geothermal efforts, grew by 6.8 percent from 1998 to 2007, the study concluded. The overall job growth rate statewide was 2.4 percent for the same period.

Being Independent

Dave Rhea // Wednesday, June 10, 2009
"I am glad you told me that, because now I want to come and shoot in Oklahoma City," said film director Paul Osborne. He was responding to Gov. Brad Henry’s signing of Senate Bill 318 into law last week, which increases the Oklahoma film enhancement rebate to 37 percent cash back on production companies' expenditures in the state, according an Oklahoma Film & Music Office press release.

Q&A with Mark Vanlandingham

Don MeCoy, Business Writer // Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Clean air is expected to become a much bigger issue later this summer. The central Oklahoma area is dangerously close to failing to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's ozone standard, also known as receiving a non-attainment designation. The status of the air quality in the metropolitan area not only has an impact on the health and welfare of our citizens, but also on our capacity to pursue economic development projects for the area. It also impacts our overall quality of life and our image.

Cytovance on Track to Grow Even Further at Oklahoma City's PHF Research Park

Alex Philippidis // Friday, June 5, 2009
An expansion announced in May by Cytovance Biologics within the Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park in Oklahoma City is the first step in the contract biologics manufacturer growing large enough to move into its own building at the tech campus within three to five years, foundation President Mike Anderson told BioRegion News this week.

Oklahoma City Most Cost Effective Large City in the United States according to fDi Magazine

Thursday, June 4, 2009
Oklahoma City is the most cost effective large city in the United States according to fDi Magazine's annual North America Cities of the Future report. Oklahoma City also ranks as the third most cost effective city in North America. fDi Magazine categorizes large cities as those with populations between 500,000 and 1 million.

GM plant's loss in '06 eased economic harm

Jennifer Palmer // Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Oklahoma City experienced the pain of losing a General Motors production plant three years ago, in a healthier economy when there was a more optimistic job outlook.

Chesapeake, Devon praised

Randy Ellis // Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Two Oklahoma City-based energy corporations are among the winners of 2008 excellence awards issued by Oil and Gas Investor magazine.

OKC feels economic boon from The Lion King

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Drawing thousands of guests, Disney's The Lion King is being credited for brining more than $17 million to Oklahoma City hotels, restaurants and retail outlets.

McClain County inks deal for commercial development

Thursday, May 21, 2009
An 830-acre development will bring $1.5 billion to McClain County by 2021.

Oklahomans spread the word about state's future in biofuels

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Steve Rhines had been at the exhibition hall of the BIO 2009 conference in Atlanta for only a few minutes before he started fielding questions about Oklahoma's switchgrass.

Fourth biotech company comes from scientist's lab

Jim Stafford // Thursday, May 21, 2009
The fertile mind of University of Oklahoma scientist Dr. Paul DeAngelis has yielded a sugar-based compound that is the basis of a fourth life sciences company.

Teavana coming to Penn Square

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Teavana, "the heaven of tea," will open June 12 at Penn Square Mall.

Entrepreneur beats odds to take top business honor

Debbie Blossom // Thursday, May 21, 2009
A small-business owner from Oklahoma City who overcame personal and business challenges to lead her environmental remediation firm to success has been named the 2009 National Small Business Person of the Year.

Shopping Centers meeting proves a success for state

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, May 20, 2009
China is a no show at this year's International Council of Shopping Centers conference, and the world power's preleased space is testimony to the devastation that has hit the retailing and commercial development world.

Oklahoma draws biofuel interest at BIO 2009

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The exhibition hall at the BIO 2009 trade show had been opened for only a few minutes Tuesday morning when a visitor to the Oklahoma booth inquired about switchgrass as a biofuel alternative.

Oklahoma gets chance to brag during biotech trade show

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, May 19, 2009
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.

Downtown continues quest for grocery store

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The weather was cold and rainy, and turnout, while not horrible, wasn't up to last year's inaugural downtown housing tour.

Delta Dental of Oklahoma, U.S. Cellular take top Best Places to Work in Oklahoma honors

Friday, May 15, 2009
OKCBiz presented the top 30 companies with awards at the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in Oklahoma reception and dinner May 15 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

State delegation to attend biotechnology conference

Thursday, May 14, 2009
Nearly 70 delegates from Oklahoma's bioscience industry plan to attend the BIO 2009 International Convention in Atlanta May 18-21.

Jasco Products shows growth despite economy

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, May 13, 2009
At Jasco Products Co., it's hard to ignore the numbers - or the sprawling business campus on the southeast corner of Memorial Road and Santa Fe just west of the Broadway Extension.

New Bricktown saloon to offer customers a howling good time

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Construction is nearing completion and auditions are scheduled for next month as the Coyote Ugly Saloon prepares to bring its dancing bartenders to Bricktown. 

Oklahoma City-based DigiTouch creates concierge network

Brian Brus // Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Ashley Amend is creating a network of digital concierges to connect the country's hotel lobbies, sports arenas, shopping malls and other public outlets through her Oklahoma City-based company.

Main Street: Core to shore proposals taking a step forward

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Last week, some of Oklahoma City's most recognized architects pitched their best visions for a new "central park" that city leaders hope will anchor the area known as "Core to Shore."

Kellogg plans to move into new warehouse in Oklahoma City

Richard Mize // Saturday, May 9, 2009
Kellogg Co., the cereal giant, is going against the grain with a new warehouse in north Oklahoma City.

Creative Oklahoma director eyes world forum in 2010

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
In Tom Searls' job, he might be rubbing elbows with the Flaming Lips one day and touting creative approaches for economic development to business leaders the next.

LEGO builds on toy’s success with launch of Oklahoma store

Jennifer Palmer // Wednesday, May 6, 2009
LEGO building products, the colorful interlocking blocks, seem to be making a comeback.

Developer still growing despite economic climate

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, May 5, 2009
When Jeff Penner set out to develop a string of hotels along the Oklahoma River two years ago, the economy was buzzing and occupancy was riding along a five-year boom.

Business jet industry remains steady at OKC's Wiley Post Airport

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Despite the stormy economy, the business jet industry continues to fly at Wiley Post Airport.

Plaza District works to improve image

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Redevelopment in Oklahoma City's Plaza District continues nearly a decade after Lyric Theatre took a chance on the ailing area.

Half Price Books heading to Oklahoma City

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Texas-based used-book store chain Half Price Books will open its first Oklahoma store May 21.

One step closer with grant

by Brian Brus // Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corp. will soon be establishing a new laboratory and taking a big step closer to commercialization of a new Crohn's disease treatment, thanks to a nearly $300,000 grant from OCAST, Chief Executive Scott Rollins said.

Building up the inner Oklahoma City may be one bite away

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Oklahoma City leaders spent millions trying to revive the inner city. They tore down hundreds of buildings, eliminated entire streets and came up with every scheme imaginable to bring people back downtown.

Chesapeake tops job list

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Chesapeake Energy Corp. has been named to Outside magazine's second annual "Best Places to Work" list.

Air Force makes use of GM plant

Steve Lackmeyer // Sunday, April 26, 2009
The old General Motors plant in southeast Oklahoma City is looking less and less like a car factory as the Air Force proceeds with its conversion of the property into a maintenance facility.

Environment-friendly city boosts resources, growth

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Why bother to go green?

Director lays out plans for a better Bricktown

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Organizers of last week's first "State of Bricktown" seemed to go out of their way to reinforce questions I threw at them regarding the impression the district makes on visitors.

All aboard!

Monday, April 20, 2009
Building roads, building bridges, building railroads. All are long-term investments in the economic recovery.

These Walls: Scott Sabolich Prosthetics & Research

Kelley Chambers // Monday, April 20, 2009
At Scott Sabolich's building there are S's and curves everywhere.

Bricktown merchants hold talks on future

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Bricktown leaders did some strutting Wednesday, unveiling a new Web site, plans for free wireless Internet and a campaign for the charity group Limbs for Life.

Leaders, officials gather to discuss Bricktown district

Pamela A. Grady // Wednesday, April 15, 2009
State leaders, city officials and Oklahoma City leaders gathered in Bricktown April 15 to talk about the district’s future.

Oklahoma City Penn Square Lessons Give It 5.6% Jobless Rate

Vivien Lou Chen // Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Oklahoma City has plenty of experience with banking crises. That's helping it avoid most of the fallout from this one.

Oklahoma travel market grows, despite economy

Julie Bisbee // Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The economic downturn may be slowing some parts of Oklahoma's economy, but the state's travel and tourism market is seeing growth.

What's the story behind a name?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Deep Deuce is a fascinating, steeped-in-history area, but do you know how it got its name? What about the Mesta Park neighborhood?

Edmond’s Pelco named to Quality Leadership 100 list

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Quality Magazine has named Edmond’s Pelco Products, Inc. to its Quality Leadership 100, the company said today.

Oklahoma metro areas following trends of decentralization

Laurie Winslow - Tulsa World // Tuesday, April 7, 2009
As with most major metropolitan areas in the country, the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas saw a drop in the share of jobs downtown between 1998 and 2006, according to a report released Monday by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Proton therapy center to bring alternative cancer treatment to OKC

Bian Brus // Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Oklahoma is a market ready for an alternative to photon cancer treatments, ProCure Proton Therapy Center President Ed Bertels said.

Acorn Growth expands with latest acquisition

Debbie Blossom // Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Midwest City-based aerospace investment company Acorn Growth Cos. has purchased a West Coast company that makes composite aircraft components and structures.

Oklahoma City gets top credit rating

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Elite score from Standard & Poor's will help with street and bridge projects.

Retailers follow downtown housing growth; gourmet market to open in Deep Deuce area of OKC

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
As Brenda Craiger worked to sell downtown condominiums, people kept asking when retailers were coming. Now she has an answer.

Oklahoma City, Tulsa make Forbes' Best Places list

Assosciated Press // Monday, March 30, 2009
Oklahoma City ranks 12th and Tulsa is 47th on Forbes' list of "Best Places for Businesses and Careers."

Tinker, others to get $74M in stimulus funds

Chris Casteel // Monday, March 30, 2009
Tinker Air Force Base will get more than $44 million in federal stimulus funds to make a variety of repairs and improvements.

Nanotech opportunities abound in Oklahoma

Thomas Kupiec // Sunday, March 29, 2009
Researchers across Oklahoma and the United States are focusing on creating new nanotechnology applications in today's market. Nanotechnologies are products that focus on control, synthesis and characterization of particles less than 100 nanometers.

With stimulus, forecast looks good for Oklahoma City company

Debbie Blossom // Saturday, March 21, 2009
The new federal stimulus bill is expected to directly influence business at one longtime Oklahoma City manufacturer that has for almost 90 years produced products aimed at making homes more weather-resistant.

State of Oklahoma unveils new Web sites

Friday, March 20, 2009
The State of Oklahoma announced new Web sites for Economic Development Generating Excellence and Open Books, the state's official transparency portal.

City heat pump plant to expand operations

Randy Ellis // Friday, March 20, 2009
While many U.S. manufacturers are cutting back, an Oklahoma company has bold plans to do the opposite.

Parts of Oklahoma hit population growth spurt

Paul Monies // Thursday, March 19, 2009
Counties around the state's two largest cities and a section of south-central Oklahoma are among the fastest-growing areas of the state, according to census population estimates to be released today.

Oklahomans bid for 'green collar' jobs in France

Ron Jenkis // Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Oklahoma officials are in Marseilles, France, trying to interest wind power companies to bring "green collar" jobs to the state.

New Bricktown businesses add their cheers for Big 12

Steve Lackmeyer // Friday, March 13, 2009
Four new Bricktown businesses -- a restaurant, two bars and a hotel -- were aiming to open well before this week's Big 12 basketball tournament.

Come take a walk downtown; OKC looks to become pedestrian-friendly

Friday, March 13, 2009
As thousands of people move about downtown Oklahoma City on foot to-and-from basketball games this week, a streetscape plan for the city shows that the ways pedestrians get around downtown need improvement.

Downtown events bring out-of-town bucks to local restaurants, hotels

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Last week The Buzz could barely brew coffee fast enough to meet demand.

Will Rogers World Airport officials look ahead for continued growth

Brian Brus // Tuesday, March 10, 2009
A dismal economy will not keep Will Rogers World Airport from taking a longer perspective -- 20 years out -- for continued growth, Airport Director Mark Kranenburg said.

Oklahoma City University eyes downtown for law school site

Kelley Chambers // Friday, March 6, 2009
The Oklahoma City University law school has roots downtown, and may one day be headed back there to stay.

3 Oklahoma companies join Fortune's most admired list

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Three Oklahoma companies have been named to Fortune magazine's list of 363 "World’s Most Admired Companies."

Okla. keeps steady hand in recession

Kelley Chambers // Wednesday, March 4, 2009
If the lunch entree at this year's Commercial Real Estate Council's Forecast was any prediction of the days ahead, those in the business expect things to be OK in Oklahoma City in 2009.

Chesapeake moving jobs to Oklahoma City

Randy Ellis // Friday, February 27, 2009
Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. Thursday announced it plans to downsize its Charleston, W.Va., regional corporate headquarters to a field office and move many of the top jobs to Oklahoma City.

OrthoCare alliance in OKC to get millions in U.S. Defense Department research funds

Brian Brus // Thursday, February 26, 2009
OrthoCare Innovations LLC has formed a multi-agency alliance to tap into millions of dollars in U.S. Defense Department funds for prosthetics research, manufacturing and commercialization in Oklahoma City, executives said Wednesday.

OKC-based Paycom continues expansion

Kelley Chambers // Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Chad Richison expects to stay plenty busy in 2009. While layoffs and bankruptcies abound, Richison said he will increase his work force by nearly 20 percent before the first leaves turn orange in autumn.

Henry promotes funding for EDGE program

Steve Lackmeyer // Friday, February 20, 2009
Gov. Brad Henry urged a gathering of civic and business leaders Thursday at the annual Greater Oklahoma City Chamber chairman’s breakfast to support a permanent funding for the EDGE economic development endowment fund even as the state grapples with a $900 million hole in its budget.

Bricktown heads to Vegas

Thursday, February 19, 2009
Jim Cowan hopes Bricktown can hit the jackpot in Las Vegas.

Bargain hunters continue to enjoy stores' discounts

Jennifer Palmer // Thursday, February 19, 2009
As the nation slid into a recession, discounts on merchandise of 50 to 75 percent became commonplace.

Retail market making comeback in Auto Alley

Kelley Chambers // Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Oklahoma City's Automobile Alley -- that mile of Broadway Avenue from NW Fourth Street to NW 13th Street -- was once home to 56 of the city's first 92 auto dealerships.

Downtown OKC groups pitch canal extension plan

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Momentum is building behind the scenes for an extension of the Bricktown Canal that would bring the waterway to the Myriad Gardens.

Central Park area integral to Core to Shore project

Marie Price // Monday, February 9, 2009
A foundational component of the Core to Shore project is to establish a public-space Central Park area, plans for which are still fluid, which would serve as a series of gathering and recreational spaces for all ages.

Core to Shore: What's there now

Kelley Chambers // Monday, February 9, 2009
When Russell Claus looks south of downtown Oklahoma City he sees the future.

Core to Shore: New developments expected to sprout up

Kelley Chambers // Monday, February 9, 2009
The city of Oklahoma City wants a large park south of downtown. What will sprout up around that park remains to be seen.

Mapping Core to Shore

Brian Brus // Monday, February 9, 2009
When MAPS-3 finally shows up on voting ballots -- before the end of the year, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said -- the temporary sales tax issue will likely represent a wide range of projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

So far, Oklahoma City remains afloat despite national economic crisis

Steve Lackmeyer and Don Mecoy // Friday, February 6, 2009
After spending the past several months working real estate deals in Florida, local broker Gary Gregory sees an economic map that has almost the entire country under water with just a few visible islands of relative prosperity.

Major Oklahoma utilities plan to supply 10 percent of their electricity from turbines

Randy Ellis // Friday, February 6, 2009
Public Service Co. of Oklahoma Thursday announced it has signed long-term agreements to buy about 198 megawatts of wind energy from two new wind farms planned for western Oklahoma.

Bricktown warehouse set to begin a new purpose

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, February 4, 2009
One of Bricktown's oldest properties is undergoing the transformation from a warehouse to offices and retail as Standley Systems looks to make the building its new Oklahoma City hub.

Colorado manufacturing plant moving to Oklahoma

Kelley Chambers // Monday, February 2, 2009
A company that produces products and software for the natural gas industry moved its corporate office to Oklahoma City last year and in April plans to relocate its manufacturing plant from Colorado to Oklahoma.

Oklahoma governor seeks EDGE funding

Monday, January 26, 2009
Governor Brad Henry announced Jan. 26 a plan to boost funding for the EDGE research endowment by earmarking various state interest and investment earnings for the fund.

Four Oklahoma companies among Fortune top 100 list

Debbie Blossom // Friday, January 23, 2009
Four Oklahoma companies were included in Fortune magazine's latest list of the top 100 companies to work for.

Four Oklahoma-based companies named to best-places-to-work list

Brian Brus // Friday, January 23, 2009
When employees tried to explain what made their company one of the four Oklahoma businesses to be listed Thursday in Fortune’s annual 100 Best Companies to Work For, they immediately cited their co-workers - "the people."

Enviable place to be

Friday, January 23, 2009
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett gave his 2009 State of the City address on Jan. 15.

Strong Oklahoma home values praised

Richard Mize // Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Oklahoma City and Tulsa remain among the nation's Top 25 strongest housing markets despite the slowdown and recent price weakening, said this week.

Mayor Cornett calls for large central park, mass transit upgrades

Brian Brus // Friday, January 16, 2009
It's time for Oklahoma City to take the next step in establishing long-lasting cultural changes by creating a large central park near downtown and improving the public mass transit system, Mayor Mick Cornett said Thursday.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says MAPS leads to resiliency

Bryan Dean // Friday, January 16, 2009
Mayor Mick Cornett used his State of the City address Thursday to talk about MAPS 3, praise the city’s economy and reflect on the year in which we became a big-league town.

Tax district aims to lure employers to Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Sunday, January 11, 2009
J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Boeing represent the dreams of economic recruiters across the country -- companies that were enticed to move their corporate headquarters.

Oklahoma leaders pushing continued marketing

Steve Lackmeyer // Friday, January 9, 2009
The country may be stuck in a dire recession, but local marketing professionals were told Thursday now is the time for Oklahoma City to raise its profile with tourists and convention planners.

Downtown OKC Inc. hires new president

Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Jane Jenkins on Tuesday was named president of business improvement district Downtown OKC Inc. Jenkins, the chairwoman of the International Downtown Association, will begin her duties as president in March.

Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. president praised for state ties

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Jane Jenkins will be the fourth president of Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. and is the first hired through a national search.

Being Independent

Dave Rhea // Wednesday, December 31, 1969
“I am glad you told me that, because now I want to come and shoot in Oklahoma City,” said film director Paul Osborne. He was responding to Gov. Brad Henry’s signing of Senate Bill 318 into law last week, which increases the Oklahoma film enhancement rebate to 37 percent cash back on production companies’ expenditures in the state, according an Oklahoma Film & Music Office press release.
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