No. 3 Lowest Cost of Doing Business

Oklahoma City now has the third lowest business costs among major metros in the U.S. according to Moody's.

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COVID-19 Resources

To help businesses implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations, the Chamber has compiled a list of resources that can help employers navigate the challenges ahead.

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Aerospace industry in OKC produces $11.6 billion annually

OKC's new aerospace study estimates there are 291 public and private sector firms employing 43,250 workers in the region. Read the full study.

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Art in OKC

Bold, experimental, collaborative and fearless, our modern-day artists are very much in the tradition of the early settlers of our city, and the indigenous peoples who have called Oklahoma home for centuries before that.

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Aerospace

Soaring to ever-higher heights. Read the full story of aerospace in OKC.

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Key Industries

The Greater Oklahoma City area was settled at the shot of a gun at the famous Land Run of 1889, bringing thousands of homesteaders from around the world to stake their claim to acres of opportunity. That same entrepreneurial spirit is embedded in our state and in the character of our people.

This spirit of growth combined with our ability to successfully collaborate on issues of importance has fostered economic diversification and steady and sustainable growth. This can best be seen in our major industry clusters:

Recent News

Behind-the-scenes researchers work to improve wheat at OSU

Journal Record Staff // Friday, May 14, 2021

Helping farmers in Oklahoma and around the world grow wheat to flourish despite challenges that might range from stripe rust to greenbug infestation involves a sizable team of federal and state researchers and extension educators working in collaboration at Oklahoma State University.

Oklahoma City ranks No. 3 for overall housing affordability

Eric Long // Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Among U.S. metros with over 1 million population, Oklahoma City ranked third for the lowest percentage of severely cost burdened middle-income households.

BRT system speeding to OKC

Kathryn McNutt // Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The city’s first rapid transit bus route – which runs mainly along Northwest Expressway and Classen Boulevard – will pass within one-half mile of 91,000 jobs and 45,000 residents.

Oklahoma City's public art ranked best in country by USA Today

Steve Lackmeyer // Monday, May 10, 2021

Oklahoma City's public art, ranging from historic to abstract sculptures to rotating murals in the Plaza District, is the best in the country as ranked by readers of USA Today.

OKC warehouse, distribution sector thriving

Journal Record Staff // Monday, May 10, 2021

The health of Oklahoma City’s warehouse and distribution sector was reflected in recent data published by labor market analytics firm Emsi.

5-megawatt solar expansion at Choctaw Nation/OG&E Solar Energy Center announced

Staff Reports // Friday, May 7, 2021

Oklahoma Gas and Electric will expand its Choctaw Nation/OG&E Solar Energy Center in Durant by an additional 5-megawatts (MW), bringing the total solar capacity to 10 MW. OG&E will construct, own and operate the additional 5MW expansion, which is expected to come online by the end of 2021.

O’Connor: OKC working hard to support food, beverage industry

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Good news for the food and beverage industry. On Monday, the SBA opened applications for its new Restaurant Revitalization Fund. It will provide $28.6 billion to offset COVID-related revenue losses by restaurants, bakeries, bars, breweries, food trucks and caterers across the country. Funds can be used to help with payroll, insurance, mortgage or rent, utilities, construction of outdoor seating and other business operating expenses.

Restaurant fund to help businesses clear final pandemic hurdles

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Bakeries, bars and other businesses that provide food or drink in Oklahoma and across the nation may benefit from a new Restaurant Revitalization Fund that officially opened on Monday.

Aerospace industry in OKC has added more than 6,600 jobs since 2015

Marcus Elwell // Tuesday, April 27, 2021

According to a new report issued by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, employment in the sector has grown by 6,640 jobs, or 18%, since the last report in 2015.

TokenEx grows in OKC, offers tech that protects sensitive information through ‘tokenization’

Jim Stafford // Monday, April 26, 2021

“You can't find anything better than Oklahoma City, as far as the people, location and office space, as well as the commitment back to technology in the area. What we found is that Oklahoma City is very technology-forward."

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A River's Rise

In many ways, the story of the Oklahoma River and the modern-day renaissance of Oklahoma City go hand-in-hand. The river and Oklahoma City had many ups and downs during their first century before the original MAPS program jump started an unprecedented rebirth for both. You can read more about the rise of the Oklahoma River here.

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Greater Oklahoma City

The most livable community in the U.S. and a Top 10 coolest city with lowest cost of livingThe easiest place in North America to do business and a Top 10 job growth ranking.  The No. 1 place for startups to expand.  A "must-visit destination in 2020" and one of the best places for young adults to thriveThe list of reasons you should locate your business in Oklahoma City is growing - almost as quickly as the list of reasons why people love living here.  In Greater Oklahoma City, we understand that partnership among business, government, EDOs and civic leaders is integral to our success. Let us introduce you to the thriving 10-county region that is greater Oklahoma City: a city that has rediscovered its strengths - and redefined itself for the future; and to the regional economic development partnership that is here to help you create success.

Meet our region

The cost of living and residential real estate pricing in the OKC area were significantly lower than in other cities being considered as potential locations... Employees who have moved here from California, Arizona and Colorado have mentioned the lower cost of living, lack of traffic congestion, Bricktown, good schools, and friendly people as reasons they are very happy with their decision.
Neal Krueger, President and CEO of AAA Oklahoma/South Dakota
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This wasn't just an economic development initiative. This was a joining of a corporation with real people and a real community and a real sense of partnership.
Brenda Hudson, Director of SMB Services for Dell Inc.
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This was the most unique thing I have ever been involved in, in my 32 years of Air Force service. I have never dealt with a Chamber like this before. They were so aggressive and responsive. They were going to make it happen. You sensed it. It was extremely rewarding for me to be able to deal with people of that caliber.
Debra Walker Tune, former Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Logistics
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We found the city and the state to be flexible and easy to work with in helping us understand and maximize the financial incentives for locating the [AAA] center here in OKC.
Neal Krueger, President and CEO of AAA Oklahoma/South Dakota
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Our diverse properties and sites offer variety and solutions that bring you the environment, access and employment base you seek.

Finding the perfect real estate option for your relocation or expansion is easy to do in Greater Oklahoma City. With a combination of affordability, availability and flexibility there is an option that meets your needs. The region boasts numerous Certified Site and Site Ready locations, ample greenfield sites, and unique brownfield redevelopment sites.

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Top Resources

You have a lot to consider as you prepare to relocate or expand to Oklahoma City. We offer the following information to help you explore your opportunities. View all of our resources.

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