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

OíConnor: Continued partnership drives OKCís economy

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Oklahoma City’s support of Tinker Air Force Base has been constant since it began in 1941 after a group of Oklahoma City businessmen, led by Edward K. Gaylord, Wilbur E. Hightower, Tom Braniff, Frank Buttram and Stanley Draper, learned that the War Department was considering the central United States as a location for a maintenance and supply depot. They offered a 480-acre site with an option for 960 additional acres of land.

Q&A with the Chamber's Jeff Seymour and Evan Fay on gBETA coming to OKC

Chamber Staff // Friday, July 23, 2021

Nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor along with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and several Oklahoma City-area partners recently announced they will offer two annual gBETA pre-accelerator programs in OKC beginning in October to help accelerate the growth of startup companies in OKC.

Tinker expanding to allow for security, growth

Kathryn McNutt // Friday, July 23, 2021

Tinker Air Force Base will expand to the east to encompass 220 acres of land acquired by the Oklahoma Industries Authority, officials announced Thursday, stating the expansion will enhance base security and allow for mission growth.

Investment aims to produce more engineers in Oklahoma

Journal Record Staff // Friday, July 23, 2021

The rising aerospace industry and others in Oklahoma will generate demand for more than 3,000 new engineers annually in coming years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tinker expansion plan to enhance safety, create opportunities for future mission growth

Staff Reports // Thursday, July 22, 2021

Officials of the Oklahoma Industries Authority and Greater Oklahoma City Chamber announced a plan today to facilitate Tinker’s ability to enhance security and safety, while also creating an opportunity for future mission growth.

Bio research, development in OKC on rise with new company

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, July 22, 2021

The formation of a new biomanufacturing company, Wheeler Bio, on Wednesday illustrates the continuing emergence of Oklahoma City as a center of biomedical research and development.

Oklahoma City's MMAC completes major transition for shared services

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Oklahoma City’s FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center continues to grow in stature as a leading shared service provider to federal agencies across the country, having just completed a major transition to bring financial and procurement services for the Office of Personnel Management into its system.

New drug manufacturer, hotel to anchor $240 million OKC innovation district development

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, July 20, 2021

A start-up pharmaceutical manufacturer with a reported potential to employ thousands is set to anchor a $240 million mixed-use development being built next year at the gateway to Oklahoma City’s innovation district. 

OKC rank among top cities for tech talent growth

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, July 15, 2021

Aerospace and other technology-driven industries are having more of an economic impact in Oklahoma, as indicated in a new report that reflects the rising status of Oklahoma City and Tulsa as tech hubs.

United Dynamics expands to downtown OKC

Janice Francis-Smith // Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Flanked by state and federal officials, executives for aerospace company United Dynamics on Tuesday held a ribbon-cutting event for their new office space inside Leadership Square, 211 N. Robinson Ave. in downtown Oklahoma City.

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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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