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

United Dynamics to expand to OKC, form partnership with Osage Nation

Cynthia Reid // Thursday, June 17, 2021

Greater OKC Chamber member United Dynamics, a company founded 28 years ago in Tecumseh/Shawnee, is expanding its footprint in the region, establishing an engineering center in downtown Oklahoma City and announcing a new partnership with the Osage Nation.

Rose State College Provides Aerospace Opportunity To Engineers

Staff Reports // Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Rose State College (Rose State) is providing an opportunity for engineers to enter the second-largest industry in Oklahoma – aerospace. Through a partnership with Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT), Rose State’s Aerospace and Cybersecurity Center of Workforce Excellence – along with its sister program at Tulsa Community College – is offering an Oklahoma Aerospace Expansion Program (Oklahoma A-XP) for engineers seeking to bridge their skills in the aerospace field.

OKC lab at forefront of cell research

Kathryn McNutt // Tuesday, June 15, 2021

A new laboratory capable of screening people for immune system disorders is identifying future health problems while there still is time to take preventive action.

Bioscience ‘rock stars’ moving to OKC indicates city’s rise in sector

Harve Allen // Thursday, June 10, 2021

Just within the last few months, several industry-leading researchers and professionals from various bioscience hubs such as Boston, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area have pulled up stakes and have made the move to Oklahoma City. Others are not far behind.

‘Preaccelerator’ program announced to benefit OKC entrepreneurs

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, June 8, 2021

A nationally ranked business startup accelerator called gener8tor will contribute to the early-stage growth of companies in Oklahoma City.

Aerospace and Cybersecurity Center of Workforce Excellence to offer aerospace training to O&G engineers

Staff Reports // Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Starting June 22, Oklahoma's Aerospace and Cybersecurity Center of Workforce Excellence will offer unique aerospace training to Oklahoma's oil and gas engineers, enabling them to pursue careers in the aerospace field in Oklahoma.

These college students built an RC airplane designed to break the sound barrier

Dale Denwalt // Friday, June 4, 2021

This airplane, designed and built by college students, goes fast.

New Startup Accelerator Announced in Oklahoma City

Staff Reports // Thursday, June 3, 2021

Nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Inasmuch Foundation, Square Deal Capital, American Fidelity, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and Love’s Travel Stops have formally announced a new partnership to help accelerate the growth of startup companies in Oklahoma City. Starting in the Fall of 2021, they will offer two annual gBETA “pre-accelerator” programs for entrepreneurs through this collaboration.

OMRF, Harvard receive $4.1 million to study genetic causes of lupus

Staff Reports // Tuesday, June 1, 2021

OMRF physician-scientist Patrick Gaffney, M.D., and Harvard researcher Jason Buenrostro, Ph.D., received a five-year grant to study how the DNA of people with lupus differs from those without the condition.

More than a paint store, HIS Paint making an impact on the OKC community

Perrin Clore Duncan // Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Chamber member HIS Paint is a locally owned manufacturing company that produces paint for residential and architectural usage. They are also well-known for their production of industrial coatings for everything from oil & gas to aerospace, but you may not know as much about their second-chance employment efforts and paint recycling program.

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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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