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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Skydweller chooses OKC

Skydweller Aero, a next-generation aerospace company, has chosen Oklahoma City as its U.S. corporate headquarters.

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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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OKC now 25th- largest city in the U.S.

Since 2010, Oklahoma City has grown by more than 12%. Oklahoma City has moved past Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Portland, Las Vegas and Baltimore in population.

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Heartland announces more jobs for OKC

As Heartland Payments nears completion on their downtown OKC headquarters, the company announced it will be hiring an additional 400 workers.

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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

OK County Small Business + Nonprofit Grants applications open Nov. 23

Staff Reports // Monday, November 23, 2020

Oklahoma County has launched a new program to provide support for businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. The goal of this new program is to quickly put funding into the hands of small business owners and nonprofits to provide stabilization and help retain jobs in central Oklahoma.

The cutting edge of lighter, stronger

Steve Metzer // Monday, November 23, 2020

Entrepreneurs with ties to Stillwater and Oklahoma State University have earned the attention of manufacturers in multiple industries for their product designed to lighten composite materials while also increasing their strength.

Film Industry’s broad growth promises bright future for state

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The October Chamber Forum discussed the growing opportunities in the television and film industry.

Stitchcrew Demo Day: meet some of OKC's most exciting startups

Marcus Elwell // Monday, November 16, 2020

StitchCrew will introduce Oklahoma City to its latest batch of companies at its Demo Day Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.

OKC ranks among top cities in small business environment

Chamber Staff // Monday, November 9, 2020

Oklahoma City is considered a top city to work in small business.

Metro Tech launches apprenticeship program

Chamber Staff // Monday, November 9, 2020

Recruiting skilled workers is high priority for businesses. Metro Tech offers a solution for businesses to recruit, train and retain highly-skilled workers through a new apprenticeship program launched this month.

Manufacturing ‘game changer’: Oklahoma commerce officials tout portal

Steve Metzer // Friday, November 6, 2020

An online “supply chain portal” to be launched soon by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce should help manufacturers make connections and possibly land new contracts with others in commerce in the state and around the globe.

Chamber develops initial entrepreneur survey

Justin Tinder // Thursday, November 5, 2020

The annual survey is designed to track entrepreneur development in OKC.

O’Connor: OKC readies new site for growing industrial needs

Cathy O'Connor // Thursday, November 5, 2020

The Urban Land Institute recently published an economic forecast for 2021 and beyond. Its findings, with data trends over the past 10 years as well as the economic predictions, generally align with what we’ve seen and are experiencing in Oklahoma City. The economic forecast shared good news for industries hardest hit by COVID-19: retail, hospitality and tourism, predicted to rebound in 2021.

OKC rapidly becoming a film set

Janice Francis-Smith // Thursday, November 5, 2020

The hum of generators providing power to houses along the quiet streets of the Mesta Park historic preservation district became commonplace in the days following the ice storm. But at a charming old green house on 19th Street, the generator was joined by a trailer, a few orange cones at the curb, and then a few folding tables in the driveway. During the day and into the night, a crew of about 50 people moved quietly and efficiently about the property and another house directly across the street.

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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 #1 city worth moving to if you want to launch a business, and a Top 10 fastest-growing cityTop 10 for recession recovery, and a Top 10 job growth ranking.  The #1 city for tech growth among its peers.  A "must-visit destination in 2016" 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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