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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North Star to OKC

North Star Scientific to open aerospace manufacturing operation in OKC.

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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

State of Oklahoma ranks top 10 for lowest tax burden

Eric Long // Thursday, February 25, 2021

Oklahoma ranks as the 7th-lowest tax burden state in the nation.

Oklahoma is ready for the drone industry

Dale Denwalt // Thursday, February 25, 2021

Oklahoma is one of the top states ready to accommodate the drone industry, according to an analysis by researchers at George Mason University.

OKC named among 'underappreciated American cities you should totally move to'

Nate Fisher // Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Thrillist's recent piece highlighted a number of cities that offer "comfort, culture, or verve" but "minus the wall-to-wall people, soul-sucking traffic jams, and wallet-draining cost of living."

O’Connor: Small businesses, nonprofits helped through program

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A few weeks ago, I shared stories about how The Study, Swiss Cleaners and ReMerge responded to COVID-19 with creativity and used funding and technical assistance from the Small Business Continuity Program to help meet some of the challenges brought on by the pandemic. There are hundreds of similar success stories – small businesses and nonprofits that have changed, dramatically or ever so slightly, to better communicate, reach out, encourage sales and preserve their business.

Berry Aviation to add new division in Stillwater

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, February 23, 2021

A Texas-based aviation company, Berry Aviation Inc., has announced plans for a new Autonomous and Unmanned Aviation Division in Stillwater.

Small business programs launch in Oklahoma

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Oklahoma businesses still need our help and JPMorgan Chase has made an investment to help small businesses in our state. Progress OKC and the Tulsa Economic Development Corp. are using that support to launch programs to help business owners and entrepreneurs, especially those in underserved communities, as they fight to recover from the COVID-19 economic downturn.

Q&A with Mark Beffort: bold innovation district development 'needs to happen'

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Just before the end of December, two of the region’s biggest developers announced the biggest project of the year. Gardner Tanenbaum and Robinson Park Investments are teaming up to build a 2.7-acre development at the Innovation District.

'You want to be part of something, part of a movement, part of a growth story.'

Dale Denwalt // Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Oklahoma isn't Silicon Valley, and it sure isn't Austin. But a number of business owners are recognizing the state's growing reputation as a legit hub for tech entrepreneurs.

Interview with Chamber's innovation expert Evan Fay: 'We need to be a bridge builder'

Marcus Elwell // Monday, February 8, 2021

Recently, VeloCity sat down with Evan Fay, manager of innovation and entrepreneurship for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Fay is the Chamber’s point person when it comes to connecting with entrepreneurs in OKC.

OKC entrepreneur profile: Ryan Bupp

Marcus Elwell // Wednesday, February 3, 2021

OKC entrepreneur Ryan Bupp founded Quest to Learn to help make learning fun.

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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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