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Oklahoma City residents continue to be more satisfied with their community than most Americans who live in big cities.
GOBankingRates recently published 20 Cities Where Your Paycheck Goes the Furthest. Oklahoma City ranked No. 11.
CoreLogic Inc. set its physical footprint in Oklahoma City Thursday by celebrating its previous purchase of two local property data firms and announcing 5 percent employment growth, with plans for more high-paying jobs to come.
An aerospace manufacturer that produces unmanned aircraft plans to locate its operations center in Oklahoma City and create more than 350 jobs over the next five years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday.
The state of Oklahoma is entering into a partnership with Valkyrie Systems Aerospace, with plans for manufacturing facilities, flight operations and training to take place in Oklahoma City.
The city of Oklahoma City is benefiting from the upswing in the local economy.
Serendipity showed up at the recent Oklahoma BioScience Networking luncheon in the person of Daniel Pullin, dean of the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma.
i2E, a nonprofit that focuses on growing innovative small businesses in Oklahoma and making a positive impact on the state’s economy, is celebrating its 20th year of investing in entrepreneurs to build successful high growth companies in the state. While i2E officially started in 1998, the need for its services was born much earlier. As the state emerged from the oil bust of the 1980s, the need to create a more diversified economy became apparent.
In the heart of downtown OKC’s innovation district, advanced research is producing success stories and good news in an area where people may generally expect the worst. The only comprehensive academic cancer center in the state, experts at the Stephenson Cancer Center are exploring new treatments and making breakthroughs in cancer care through advanced research, clinical trials and a patient-centered approach to treatment—and those breakthroughs are rendering both results and recognition.
The latest unemployment numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics continue to be good news for the Oklahoma City metro economy, and state of Oklahoma as whole.
A nine-month program that focuses on community improvement is coming to Oklahoma City in the fall. The program, which is called The Mine, brings together young professionals who work to improve their community through social entrepreneurship. The Mine is currently looking for 10 fellows for its inaugural Oklahoma City program.
Right now every city in America, big and small, is looking for the same exact thing. Every community is hoping the next Facebook, Google or Amazon is starting up in a garage or co-working space just a couple of blocks away.
Arty Straehla is diversifying his service contracting business with billions of dollars of potential ahead of him. The Mammoth Energy Services Inc. CEO said his contracts with Puerto Rico’s electrical authority have brightened the horizon for continental-U.S.-based work.
On July 30, Cindy Martin walked into the Stillwater Regional Airport to board her American Airlines flight to Dallas. Martin was stunned when airport officials gave her a bag filled with gifts amounting to $1,300. She was the 100,000th passenger to go through the small terminal.
There is an innovative new economic development tool that encourages investments in underserved areas of the community designated as Opportunity Zones. The obvious benefit for investors is tax breaks. The bigger benefit – and exciting potential – is fostering private and philanthropic investment to create positive change and economic opportunity in our city.
One of Oklahoma's fastest-growing companies, Mammoth Energy Services continued to expand in the second quarter, buying up two more companies and securing new contracts throughout the country.
When California-based Kratos Defense and Security Solutions announced plans for a major expansion in Oklahoma City, the head of the company's drone division was clear on why it had chosen Oklahoma.
Piyush Patel has been a sixth-grade teacher, a college professor and the founder and CEO of a $45 million e-learning company.
Piyush Patel is leading Oklahoma City's launch of the Entrepreneurs' Organization Accelerator program, which matches owners and founders of businesses with $250,000 to $800,000 in revenue with members of the organization as mentors, he said.
The digital transformation of daily life has already happened at the consumer level; Paycom is becoming a juggernaut in the tech sector by helping companies catch up, Chief Executive Chad Richison said.
Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software Inc.'s stock jumped 18.5 percent Wednesday, making it the third-biggest gainer on the New York Stock Exchange.
Have you noticed the rise in craft beer breweries in Oklahoma City? Over the past decade, multiple breweries including Twisted Spike Brewing Co., Stonecloud Brewing Co., Anthem Brewing and Prairie Artisan Ales have entered the market alongside longtime brewmasters such as the Bricktown Brewery, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.
The Presbyterian Health Foundation has awarded $3.5 million in new grants to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Inside a science laboratory on the campus of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, teams of students last week attempted to connect syringes to plastic tubing and canisters filled with vegetable oil and coffee grounds.
A sample mixer rotates slowly in a tiny laboratory at Stillwater's XploSafe LLC, turning small vials filled with novel materials that are part of ongoing research and development. It's the latest iteration of some amazing Oklahoma innovation.
In 2009, voters approved a modern streetcar system as part of OKC’s landmark MAPS 3 projects. With the excitement of the first car’s delivery and a well-attended open house, as well as what you might call the “forced discovery” of new routes to familiar locations downtown due to rail construction, OKCitians understandably have plenty of anticipation and questions about the streetcar system.
The city’s airport trust took a major step toward a $115 million expansion of Will Rogers World Airport on Thursday, the first major overhaul since 2006.
Oklahoma City could seek bids as soon as next month for construction of the long-planned, four-gate terminal expansion at Will Rogers World Airport.
Plans are finalized and developers are set to start construction later this year on a $40 million headquarters that will be home to Heartland, the U.S. payments and payroll division for Global Payments.
The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has received a $600,000 grant from The Mary K. Chapman Foundation to support aging research.
Omni Hotels and Resorts has filed a building permit to start construction on a 605-room hotel that will adjoin a new convention center already under construction in the area known as Core to Shore.
Lettuce, pickles and limes aren't the only green things you'll find at a Sonic that opened this month in northwest Oklahoma City.
This Saturday is the unveiling of the newly renovated Red Andrews Park. Located at 720 NW Eighth St., the Midtown park once consisted of a municipal gym, a play area and large parking lot. The unveiling will show a different, more vibrant and interesting park due to a successful public-private partnership.
BancFirst is proceeding with plans for an extensive makeover of Cotter Ranch Tower in anticipation of its $23 million purchase of the bankrupt downtown landmark.
When Joshua Hodgson was 12 years old, he lost his right leg to cancer in an amputation high above the knee. He was fitted with a succession of prosthetic limbs that often were ill fitting and painful.
Traveler numbers are soaring into the summer at Will Rogers World Airport at a rate of more than 10 percent greater than last year, officials said.
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Gov. Mary Fallin were among the dignitaries attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new CACI shared services center in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
The Mine is recruiting.
HoganTaylor accounting firm isn’t getting a much bigger space in its move to Automobile Alley. Rather, the company will use it more efficiently, said Richard Wright, managing partner.
Saturday morning, Weather Decision Technologies received an email from Google: Elon Musk's SpaceX and The Boring Co. needed help.
In entrepreneurship, just like anything else, ratings and rankings are important, if for no other reason than they help shape how we view ourselves. Therefore, it's important to know how Oklahoma stacks up to other states, especially states that are most like us.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation a $2.1 million grant to study multiple facets of the process of cell division.
American Fidelity again made the national Best Workplaces for Millennials list per research consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine. American Fidelity ranked No. 21 on the list.
The new Dr. J.P. (Jack) London SSC is expected to eventually employ 550.
One of the largest accounting firms in Oklahoma and Arkansas, HoganTaylor, is set to move its 75-employee operation in suburban Oklahoma City to the former Mercedes dealership at the gateway to Automobile Alley.
Of the many photographs taken during construction of Oklahoma City's streetcar system, one of the most telling is of two workers in hard hats, on their hands and knees, with a flashlight and measuring tape, checking the gap between a boarding platform and streetcar.
Three students from U.S. military academies have completed biomedical research summer internships at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
First National Center is turning into one of the more unique redevelopments in the history of downtown, with demolition underway on part of the complex while construction has started in the same space.
Rome wasn't built in a day. Nor will Oklahoma City's Innovation District be. But the past month has seen some exciting progress as our community works to create a hub for entrepreneurship.
Echo Energy, a northwest Oklahoma City company, is set to move its 100 employees downtown once it builds out the Parkside Building originally built for SandRidge Energy.
In the last year, Coop Ale Works has spent millions buying larger brewery equipment, including a faster, larger canning line.
At Sweets & Eats, 110 N Robinson Ave., regulars were disappointed Monday to find the restaurant's lasagna blue plate special ran out early, as did their supply of hamburgers. Food trucks, meanwhile, lined up along Sheridan Avenue to provide relief to downtown restaurants scrambling to meet the demand of thousands of new patrons.
Will Williams started his one-man, Oklahoma City-based storage solution business two years ago, and a work crew just finished installing his tallest sale yet — 35-foot-tall shelving for the University of Arkansas.
At a time when cable and satellite carriers like AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Dish, and more are having challenges in their core businesses, Jeff Weber, CEO of zone·tv, sees a huge opportunity in cable and satellite TV.
Two recent milestones in the Innovation District indicate that we are well on our way to creating a premier global destination for innovation in Oklahoma City.
After graduating from Heritage Hall in 2016, Paige Miles left Oklahoma City for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The Navy recruited a volleyball player who wants to be a medical doctor.
Katy Evans Boren has been named president and CEO of Oklahoma City's innovation district, the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation said Friday.
Dozens of civic, business and hospitality leaders gathered Friday to mark the start of construction of the biggest single civic project in Oklahoma City history — a $288 million convention center just south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
About 40 Oklahoma companies joined more than 16,000 people from 74 countries at the BIO International Convention in Boston last week.
American Airlines launched two new nonstop flights from Will Rogers World Airport to Philadelphia International Airport this week.
Abbvie, one of the biggest sponsors of this year's BIO International Convention, has direct ties to OKC's Pure MHC.
OKBio does a lot more networking at the BIO International Convention than usual as more people realize how many amazing scientific and commercial opportunities await in OKC!
OKC's Moleculera Labs and Lipid Biologics represented startups in OKC at the BIO Internation Convention in Boston this year.
Southwest Airlines will begin offering daily nonstop service between Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C.'s, Ronald Reagan National Airport in November.
Amazon has signed a construction contract and lease agreement to pay more than $246,000 in rent annually for its fulfillment center near the Will Rogers World Airport.
Southwest Airlines will operate Oklahoma City’s first direct flight to Washington, D.C., this fall, Managing Director Juan Suarez said Thursday.
The state’s largest wind farm operator is settling into downtown. Enel Green Power North America leased nearly 1,700 square feet of office space in the Robinson Renaissance building in Oklahoma City’s Central Business District.
An Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist, Dr. Jose Alberola-Ila, received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a novel population of cells that appear to be protective against influenza.
Manufacturing activity in a region that includes Oklahoma continues to expand, setting a record composite index level for the second consecutive month, a regional survey said Thursday.
The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI), the national network that serves those involved in technology-based economic development, recently announced a list of the most active technology-based economic development funds in the U.S. and Canada.
Streetcar testing moved onto downtown Oklahoma City streets Monday, beginning six months of trials leading up to the start of service in December.
Bankrate crunched the numbers, and by weighing factors like income versus the cost of necessary living expenses like groceries and mortgage payments, Bankrate found that OKC is the 10th best city for building a savings fund in.
University of Oklahoma professors Helen Zgurskaya and Valentin Rybenkov and their colleagues are addressing the need for new antibiotics that can fight infections caused by the multi-drug resistant bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, considered an urgent threat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Courtney Andrews completed her freshman year in college while in high school and prepared for her challenging field of study through the advanced engineering program at Meridian Technology Center.
The fight against cancer in Oklahoma took a giant leap forward last week with the announcement that the Stephenson Cancer Center has become a National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center. NCI-designated Cancer Centers represent only the top 2 percent of Cancer Centers nationwide.
Oklahoma has achieved elite status in medical research.
Oklahoma City — Even before Stephenson Cancer Center joined the top 2 percent of cancer hospitals nationwide, its researchers were making a name for themselves to the point of throwing off other scientists' calculations.
OKC’s Hough Ear Institute discovers promising process to regrow hair cells critical to reversing hearing loss
For the 300 million people worldwide who live with disabling hearing loss, few alternatives exist to restore their critical sense of hearing. Hearing aids. Cochlear implants. And little else.
Whether the weather fascinates, frustrates, or frightens, weather is big business for Oklahoma.
Despite their reputation as startup tech hubs, San Francisco and Boston aren’t the only cities where startups can shine. In fact, they’re not even among the best. A new report from personal finance website WalletHub crunched the numbers and found they don’t even crack the top 20, when it comes to the best large U.S. cities to start a business.
The Stephenson Cancer Center of OU has officially been made a National Cancer Institute and joins the ranks of 70 other prestigious NCI cancer centers across the U.S.
The list of alternate additions to the new MAPS 3 convention center falls well within the budget leeway provided by low bids for the main project, City Hall records show.
Bids to build Oklahoma City's new MAPS 3 convention center came in substantially below budget Wednesday, clearing the way for the complex to open by summer 2020.
It’s the end of April and you know what that means: It’s time for our city’s own particular “rite of spring” – the annual Festival of the Arts. The six-day event takes place downtown at Bicentennial Park and is a sensory feast of visual, performing and culinary arts.
We've just completed Oklahoma's 14th annual statewide collegiate business plan competition. Last Thursday evening, as we honored the 2018 Love's Entrepreneur's Cup winners at the traditional celebratory gala, I was struck — as I am every year — with just how impactful this business plan competition is.
Tetherex Pharmaceuticals Inc. has raised $50 million to pay for clinical trials for two of its product applications.
My friend Jay, a videographer for a local advertising firm, works collaboratively with colleagues and clients on advertisements and promotional videos.
If you are a regular reader of these columns, and I hope you are, you can tell that I like history. There are the lessons, of course, and the perspective we gain from looking back. And there are the celebratory moments. There's always an “aha” moment in history, although we may not recognize it at the time.
A California-based property and financial data company has purchased its second technology business in Oklahoma.
The city is searching for a developer to renovate and reuse an 18,761-square-foot building near Boomer Lake.
There’s a lot of science behind Iron Monk’s beer.
It's new and shiny and so cutting edge even young people are drawn to it, they say — just what manufacturers and technology service firms are counting on to supply a future workforce.
Bid packages are out, but upgrades worth $20.3 million at the Softball Hall of Fame Stadium won’t begin until the Women’s College World Series ends in June, project officials said.
An energy center's design is getting some recognition, and its owner, Stillwater Electric Utility, couldn't be happier.
The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation presented Christy Everest with its Board of Directors Distinguished Service Award at its annual honors and awards ceremony Thursday.
Hightower Park and Pioneer Park are likely a mystery to most Oklahoma City residents, but that could change with improvements underway at the two largely unused gathering spots as well as downtown's Kerr Park.
It took the relocation of a major interstate and the vision of Oklahoma City leaders to seize the opportunity for the area of downtown we now refer to as Core to Shore.
The U.S. trucking industry is vital to the nation's economy. Trucks move more than 70 percent of the country's cargo and the industry employs more than 7 million people.
Mick Cornett knew sports could change Oklahoma City's brand — he never dreamed it would happen this way
Mick Cornett wanted to raise Oklahoma City's profile when he first became mayor — and he intended to do it through sports.
Oklahoma Gas and Electric, a subsidiary of OGE Energy Corp., has completed construction of its new, state-of-the-art Mustang Energy Center, near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The odds of any technology startup succeeding are low, but it happens with a good idea, the drive of its founders and capital. What began as an Oklahoma State University engineering research project is now a growing venture with a product, eager customers and financiers who have invested more than $1.35 million in Plasma Bionics.
Kenneth Knoll, chief operating officer at WeGoLook, has been on i2E's radar since he was a student at the University of Tulsa and led a team that earned first place in the Governor's Cup (now the Love's Cup) collegiate business plan competition.
Todd Vinson doesn’t just know about the coffee beans he’s roasting. He knows the people who grow the beans.
In the Oklahoma City streetcar, Chatoya and Florentino Duarte see possibilities for a city that is easier to navigate and more convenient for everyone.
Late last week Oklahoma City hosted more than 100 international Fulbright grant recipients for an enrichment seminar sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The seminar was titled A City Reinvented: Building an Innovation Ecosystem in Oklahoma and covered the public and private sector roles in building an environment of innovation.
Competition was tight for buyers of Oklahoma City’s latest round of general obligation bonds Tuesday, city Finance Director Craig Freeman said.
Roy Williams reminded city business leaders and civically engaged residents that there’s a 10-year road map to create the Innovation District.
The best ideas for new companies come from people who deeply understand an industry, recognize a problem, and then talk with potential customers.
Oklahoma City oil-field valve manufacturer Kimray Inc. is expanding into the pipeline market.
A day spent inside the Culinary Innovation Center at Sonic headquarters last week offered definitive evidence of how chef Scott Uehlein and his crew keep Sonic on the cutting edge of the quick-service restaurant world.
A wheat variety developed at Oklahoma State University continues to dominate the industry, according to recently released data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
This week the Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge celebrates its 30th anniversary. The organization is hosting a public open house on Sunday, the exact date it opened its doors in 1988.
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists have made a discovery that could open doors to new treatments for multiple sclerosis.
Over the past 50 years, Chickasha-based HSI Sensing has developed a wide array of new applications for a technology invented in the 1930s by a Bell Laboratories engineer. It is called the reed switch.
Oklahoma City is making great strides toward building a healthier and active community through new walking and biking routes.
A company specializing in explosives detection is well on its way to demonstrating how its science also can tackle an ongoing sewage-based nitrogen and phosphorous environmental hazard that plagues ponds, lakes, streams and even the Gulf of Mexico.
CACI International Inc (NYSE: CACI) announced today it will be establishing a Shared Services Center (SSC) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with the expectation of an operational SSC by July 1, 2018. By locating its SSC in Oklahoma City, CACI will be expanding its current business and employee population in the state. Oklahoma City provides cost advantages and high-quality talent to support CACI’s business operations.
An investor-owned contractor that works with the federal government announced late Thursday it plans to expand its presence in Oklahoma City in a way that one local economic development specialist said will bring a "significant" number of new jobs to town.
Twenty years ago, when i2E (first known as the Oklahoma Technology Commercialization Center), came into being there wasn't a startup scene in Oklahoma. The economy was all about oil and gas, and agriculture and commercial real estate. We had no venture capital.
Designs for Oklahoma City's new convention center won the city council's approval on Tuesday, clearing the way for construction to begin and for the building to open in mid-2020.
It's always interesting to me how archetypal change in a state comes about. I'm talking of change that is so far-reaching and ultimately disruptive that it bores deep into a state's DNA and puts that state on a different path.
Something that makes Oklahoma City an interesting place to live and visit is our unique districts. These areas of the city have high local ownership and investment, and in some cases, a notable history or concentration of culture. They also have significant economic impact on the rest of the city.
The status quo is always hard to overcome. I've been saying that a lot lately as our state battles through the budgetary issues that are dragging us down the rabbit hole. It's a frustrating, dangerous time, that has left many of us shaking our heads.
MAPS 3 is entering its homestretch with the momentum and money to finish the job. Oklahoma City's unique formula for success is the collaboration of city government, the business community, world-class consultants and contractors, and a cadre of local volunteers. It is a testament to public teamwork. As a result, the goals established almost a decade ago are now well within our sights.
One of the gates being planned at Will Rogers World Airport will be bigger than others have been so far in Oklahoma City, Director Mark Kranenburg said Thursday.
Oklahoma City's first streetcar was unloaded onto the rails near the streetcar maintenance garage downtown on Tuesday morning.
How to go about repairing your credit, reducing your student loan debt or obtaining the best mortgage loan now is available to you through a locally produced app.
In the recent Brookings Institution report, the health industry was recognized as a major industry in our region. One of the major contributors to this is the bioscience industry.
Sixteen critical street resurfacing projects are the first projects to be funded by the MAPS for streets sales tax extension approved by voters in September.
In writing this series of columns, it has been enjoyable and informative to consider current innovation in Oklahoma in the context of innovation and inventors from our history. I like history as a teacher, and from readers' comments, so do you.
iThemes, a leader in WordPress plugins announced that it has been acquired by Liquid Web, the market leader in managed hosting services to SMB’s and the designers, developers and agencies who create for them.
According to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s 2018 Economic Forecast, the Oklahoma City metro economy is now on a steady recovery path, ushering in a period of growth after a slight downturn in the oil and gas sector. Oklahoma City returned to positive job growth in 2017 with about 6,900 jobs, or 1.1 percent job growth, being added during the year.
Last week, Oklahoma City announced exciting news in the aviation industry.
During an interview last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Russell recalled his initial conversations about Oklahoma with representatives of a California company that was looking to expand.
It appeared in mid-2017 that Oklahoma was on its way to being the nation's No. 2 wind power state in the nation. On Tuesday, a market report released by the American Wind Energy Association confirmed it happened.
Oklahoma is getting its first original equipment aerospace manufacturing company.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is moving some operations to Oklahoma City, state officials said Friday.
More companies are interested in the city now than they were a couple of years ago.
Erika Lucas and the Oklahoma City Thunder are teaming up to help propel two dozen tech entrepreneurs this year.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, an organization that knows a little something about successful launches, on Thursday unveiled an initiative designed to boost technological innovation through local entrepreneurship.
The retail industry continues evolving in the digital age, but one Oklahoma-based company is expanding its national presence thanks in large part to old-fashioned in-person service.
M-D Building Products will have more places to distribute its products after acquiring a Washington-based company.
M-D Building Products has acquired Seattle-based company Morse Industries and its assets, the Oklahoma City company reported Monday.
Oklahoma City is getting some brotherly love, nonstop.
Let's say a storm is brewing in southwest Oklahoma. Lightning flashes. Clouds are spinning. A tornado warning is issued.
A monthly forum sponsored by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber took flight Wednesday as about 150 of its members and guests heard from representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center.
The Federal Aviation Administration wants to be on your radar.
New images released Tuesday show Oklahoma City's first two streetcars outside the manufacturing plant where they are being prepared for shipment.
Innovation drives everything. Without innovation, we wouldn't have entrepreneurs, startup companies, or job and wealth creation. And we wouldn't have shopping carts.
Will Rogers World Airport set a record for passenger traffic in 2017, nearing the 4 million mark.
McDonald’s plans to roll out more fresh beef products beyond the Quarter Pounder creates a business opportunity for Oklahoma beef producers, said Ed Sanchez, Lopez Foods chief executive.
Dustin Crossfield wants to be the first customer of Oklahoma tech startup firms.
The city’s Spokies bicycle-sharing program will expand again this spring with the installation of three new bike stations after a record year of rentals in 2017.
Last week, we saw the first images of the Oklahoma City Omni Hotel based on actual design. True to Omni’s reputation of building exquisite hotels, the Oklahoma City design promises to be a piece of downtown architecture that we will be proud of.
A new Oklahoma company has raised $1.5 million to develop a way to keep opioids out of the wrong hands.
Tons more sand is coming to the Kingfisher area by the end of the month.
The first glimpse of designs for the 17-story Omni to be built next to the city's new convention center shows the hotel will front the future downtown boulevard with restaurants and bars designed also to draw visitors at the future Scissortail Park.
The beginning of a new year is a perennial opportunity to celebrate past accomplishments and look ahead to upcoming projects. Thanks to Oklahoma City residents, our city has several reasons to do both.
The Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation a four-year, $400,000 grant.
The holiday season is a time of hope, optimism, and belief in all possibilities and, for some, even the belief in impossibilities.
The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has started the first-ever lupus prevention study.
Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City is on track to have a record travel year.
Four months after Oklahoma City voters approved an ambitious $777 million plan to invest in eight quality-of-life projects, proceeds from the MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects) 3 1-cent sales tax began to flow into city coffers.
The Boeing Co.’s engineers are upgrading several 1970s-era aircraft with a modern navigation system.
On the afternoon before Thanksgiving two years ago, Mike Schuster was working as a consultant for a roofing company in Blanchard. Just finish up the numbers for this last job, he told himself, and you can call it quits for the holiday weekend.
City leaders were marking a milestone in the depot's transformation to serve passenger rail, the MAPS 3 streetcar and, down the road, commuter and light-rail.
Nearly a decade later, OKC has come to embrace the startup culture and is now a thriving ecosystem for entrepreneurs.
This week I heard an inspiring story from Saravan Kumar, Ph.D., CEO of MaxQ Research, a portfolio company that received an i2E-led investment in July.
Bank of Oklahoma employees will end their year packing their offices in preparation for a move in 2018.
When an email from the National Institutes of Health landed in his inbox on the eve of spring break last March, Wei R. Chen, Ph.D., refused to open it.
The Stephenson Cancer Center has received clearance to prepare to offer a promising new cell therapy treatment for leukemia.
There have been multiple articles recently in the national press about how the middle of country is gaining attention as a source of promising technology deals. Big-name investors, including Steve Case, billionaire co-founder of AOL, are in the hunt.
The newly restored Santa Fe Station, once a hub for Oklahoma City rail passengers and soon to be Oklahoma City’s new intermodal transit hub, will be the site of a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 7. The event marks the city’s progress toward providing and supporting mixed modes of transportation.
The oral facial surgery (OFS) practice on the second floor of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center had a different name before Paul Tiwana joined partners Steven Sullivan and Kevin Smith on the OU Health Sciences Center campus.
ViaAir will launch nonstop flights between Oklahoma City and Austin, Texas, beginning Jan. 18, the airline said Wednesday.
A former tissue-paper manufacturing facility will soon have a new tenant.
It's been almost a year since WeGoLook, the world's first gig economy platform for enterprise customers, sold an 85 percent interest to Crawford & Co. for more than $36 million.
Pretty much anything that flies — excluding drones but including rovers on the moon — has hydraulic or fuel line parts made at a manufacturing plant just south of town on Highway 81/S 4 Street.
Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. officials on Friday dedicated the company's newest power generator and renamed the site the Mustang Energy Center.
Oklahoma City's Moleculera Labs Inc., an autoimmune neurobiology company, said Monday that a key patent has been issued covering the company's method of identifying whether someone's neurologic or psychiatric symptoms could be caused by an autoimmune dysfunction.
Oklahoma is no longer, as our state's namesake musical once declared, a brand-new state. But, having joined the union a mere 110 years ago, we are still relatively young.
Mercy is building a $150 million, six-story hospital tower. The 228,000-square-foot building will have 72 inpatient beds and about seven intensive care unit beds.
Things are flying high at the Will Rogers World Airport. On Wednesday, Frontier Airlines begins serving Oklahoma City with nonstop flights to Denver and Orlando, Florida. Nonstop to San Diego begins April 9. The airline joins six other carriers, providing even more choices for travelers and bringing more people to Oklahoma City.
Scientists don't yet know why some 1.5 million Americans have lupus, an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own healthy tissues. Symptoms surface mostly in women ages 16 to 34 and vary from rashes and joint pain to deadly organ failure.
It's always exciting to be engaged at the core of Oklahoma's entrepreneurial community. One of the highlights is hosting the annual Entrepreneurial Summit.
After years of helping small oil and natural gas producers prevent and minimize spills, Yukon resident Jeremy Bird found a better way to make the leaks stop.
Oklahoma continues to be a good place to start and grow an entrepreneurial business, a recent analysis by the Kauffman Foundation shows.
It's been almost 20 years since i2E first began providing business expertise and funding to Oklahoma's emerging small businesses.
Oklahoma's i2E Inc. recently led a $1.34 million investment round in Digital Six Laboratories, Inc., an Oklahoma City-based developer of engineered wireless software and components for commercial and industrial markets.
A 2016 study done by RegionTrack in cooperation with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, for example, estimates the base's 24,000 workers (about 18,000 civilian) generated about $2.2 billion in goods and services while earning about $1.5 billion in wages in 2015.
Tinker Air Force Base and The Boeing Co. share a long history, and the future remains bright as the aerospace giant continues to add to its presence at the base.
A buzz of activity surrounds a KC-135 aerial refueling tanker, which sits atop secure jacks on the shop floor in Building 3001 at Tinker Air Force Base.
A total of $24.5 million was awarded to Oklahoma-based contractors through the Supply Chain Management Wing in fiscal year 2017.
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber doesn't use shouting newspaper ads to keep Tinker open. It travels to the Pentagon each year to remind the Air Force of the base's importance and works to link more companies to Tinker.
It is easy to understand why Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County chipped in millions of dollars in early 2015 to help the U.S. Air Force acquire land it needs to maintain its newest aerial refueling tanker.
Running an installation as large and complex as Tinker Air Force Base requires a variety of purchases and services, and a large portion of the dollars spent stay in Oklahoma.
The 513th Air Control Group and the 507th Air Refueling Wing had a $136 million impact on the area last year.
Increased passenger capacity and a strengthening local economy has Oklahoma City airline traffic on its way to record numbers, Will Rogers World Airport officials said.
About 900 trees have already been transferred to Oklahoma City, waiting to be planted downtown in the new Scissortail Park next year.
TBS Factoring Service was founded in 1968 as Truckers Bookkeeping Service, which offered over-the-road truck drivers permitting and fuel tax reporting services. In 1998, it expanded those services by offering insurance and compliance reviews and audits.
TBS Factoring Service and its affiliated companies have a new Oklahoma City home, and it's celebrating its move with an open house at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Six months after opening, the first MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Center has been embraced by the community
Due to the rising popularity of pickleball — a racquet sport that combines the elements of tennis, badminton and pingpong — among members of the first Oklahoma City MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Center, Healthy Living OKC leaders decided to complete a minor gymnasium improvement project.
There is a big change ongoing in the nation's cattle industry. It is called genetic profiling.
Scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have discovered how mutations in one specific gene can cause two distinct and rare diseases.
The Stillwater Regional Airport will receive a $4.5 million grant from the federal government to reconstruct two taxiways, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday.
A local researcher and his staff discovered a marker that can improve diagnoses for patients with a rare bleeding disorder.
Sean Akadri said he wants his clients to refine livestock herds using a strategy that helped improve the Oakland Athletics baseball team. The entrepreneur and founder of Agric-Bioformatics is advancing software for improving animal genetics, pitching to ranchers and potential customers. Oklahoma Farm Bureau commodities coordinator Todd Honer said that the AgBoost Software could be beneficial for ranchers with 20,000 head of cattle as well as those who may have two or three.
An Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist has discovered the role of a specific protein in a cell division process called mitosis.
The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority recently released its 56th-annual report, which highlights the authority's efforts over the past year to revitalize several areas of the city.
Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software Inc. ranked No. 2 on Fortune magazine's 2017 100 fastest-growing companies, the company said Tuesday.
Oklahoma City voters approved a sales tax increase to add police and firefighters on Tuesday, and gave elected leaders the tools they sought to address deteriorating streets.
There are nearly 9,000 people living downtown. And with the streetcar line starting to run in 2018, the density is expected to increase, especially with another 5,100 apartment units coming online.
The combination of the Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River and upcoming construction of a new convention center are being credited for landing an annual trade show that will start next year with an expected $2.5 million annual impact for Oklahoma City.
A University of Central Oklahoma dean has received the first and only National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grant (R01) awarded to a nonresearch institution in Oklahoma, UCO officials have announced.
Over the last year, Progentec Diagnostics, a startup that is focused on developing breakthrough diagnostics, has made significant progress on a diagnostic test to identify patients at increased risk for flare in lupus.
More than $600 million is spent on arts in the metro area annually, according to a study recently presented to the City Council by the nonprofit Oklahomans for the Arts.
Red Andrews Park is one of several parks in Oklahoma City that are getting makeovers.
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation researcher and University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center student Christopher Hoover has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein-National Research Service Award.
Machines are moving, orders are up, and employment is steady in the central U.S.
Oklahoma City's Economic Development Trust on Tuesday authorized its staff to begin negotiating a formal agreement with a regional airline to open a maintenance center here.
Kathy Sivils discovered a gene important to a not-well-known autoimmune disease.
Sandip Patel’s work-team collaboration software has made the jump from startup novelty seven years ago to industry mainstay with a massive upgrade, he said.
Fewer emails and meetings, and streamlined communications among team members, are among features of a new version of Cage, a project management application for creative industries developed in Oklahoma City.
Does anyone in your life suffer from hearing loss?
Amanda and Ryan Smith can go days without driving, an almost unheard of feat for a family of means in Oklahoma City, where commuting by car is the near universal norm.
The City Council approved without discussion Tuesday a $45 million public investment in the redevelopment of the long-vacant First National Center downtown.
Economic incentives, the continued growth of military-related aviation missions and the hard work of local, state and regional economic development specialists and educators are showing results when it comes to the economic impact of the aerospace and aviation industries to Oklahoma's economy.
Let's say that you roll into the local gas station, insert the nozzle of the gas pump into your vehicle and begin filling the fuel tank. Just as the tank is topped off and you are about to take the nozzle out of the car, your phone rings with an important call.
Steve Montgomery, CEO of Digital 6 Laboratories, started “messing around with electronics” in the third grade when transistors were common, highly integrated circuits were not, and people were still using tubes in radios.
A million square feet here and a million square feet there, and pretty soon you're talking about — Hobby Lobby, which just started yet another nearly 1 million-square-foot warehouse near its corporate headquarters.
Amazon’s sorting center and FedEx Ground’s new distribution warehouse knocked on the city’s door rather than being recruited.
Sooner Investment, one of central Oklahoma's largest commercial and retail developers, is working with broker Don Hayes on plans to convert the Producers Cooperative Cotton Mill south of Bricktown into a mix of housing, retail and offices.
On the manufacturing floor here at GF Central Plastics, a giant yellow arm with a claw-like “hand” surges forward, grips a length of plastic tubing, lifts it high into the air before swiveling and inserting it precisely into a slot.
The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has signed a collaboration agreement with GSK for the discovery, development and commercialization of therapies to prevent organ damage and death caused by conditions such as acute pancreatitis, lung injury and trauma.
The Bricktown loop of the new downtown streetcar system is just weeks away from track completion, officials said Monday.
A year ago, Spiers New Technologies had about 40 employees. Today that number is close to 60, and the young company continues to grow more than 100 percent a year.
Construction on a new six-story Mercy Hospital is expected to begin later this year beside the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South in Oklahoma City.
On Tuesday, July 18, City Council approved a deal with Omni Hotels to develop a headquarters hotel that will support the MAPS 3 Convention Center.
According to a new report from the Federal Reserve, manufacturing is back on the rise with growth in all areas, including employment, which hit its highest number since December of 2014.
State leaders remain vigilant about making the economy more diverse and as business-friendly as possible.
Frontier Airlines is returning to Oklahoma City, offering flights from Will Rogers World Airport to Denver, San Diego and Orlando, Florida.
Frontier Airlines will offer flights from Oklahoma City to Denver and Orlando, Florida, with dates beginning Nov. 1. Nonstop service to San Diego will start in the spring of 2018. Other destinations also will be available through connecting flights.
More than 30 research and clinical projects, as well as scientific equipment and a researcher recruitment package, will be funded from $3.73 million in grants announced Monday by Oklahoma City's Presbyterian Health Foundation.
The grants will go to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. The grant award categories include seed projects, bridge funding, scientific equipment and recruiting assistance.
Technology in the workplace has allowed people the flexibility of working virtually anywhere. We found several new ways people are on the job, sometimes while being out of the office.
Oklahoma City is home to several thriving districts, and a new one is on the horizon. Located just east of the downtown area, this future hub for innovation is expected to offer more than just a place to work.
Ten years ago the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce saw a problem, that Oklahoma's most talented students took jobs out of state after graduation. So, the chamber started InternOKC, a program designed to entice them to stay.
Have a brilliant idea and want to get your new product or service on the market? i2E is a nonprofit ready to help set you on your path to entrepreneurship.
Saravan Kumar is giving the blood transport industry an upgrade from beer coolers. The CEO of Stillwater-based manufacturer MaxQ Research LLC is making insulated boxes that keep blood and blood products chilled to a specific temperature range.
As a veteran computer security specialist, Teresa Rule calls out poor “cyber hygiene” when she sees it.
Often, that's at client companies that contract to have cyber security assessments conducted by Rule's Oklahoma City-based business, RNT Professional Services.
For instance, cyber security professionals from RNT once walked into a client's office and discovered passwords had been printed with label makers and stuck to computer monitors.
The search for a new site for a proposed soccer stadium has resumed and Oklahoma City Energy owner Bob Funk Jr. confirms the Wheeler Park area is emerging as a top candidate among several being considered.
Against a backdrop of children flying kites and tossing Frisbees, Mayor Mick Cornett said Thursday the new downtown park will be a canvas for Oklahoma City, continually reimagined by future generations.
Downtown Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 downtown park will be known as Scissortail Park. The name was revealed Thursday at a ceremony marking the start of park construction.
Developers of First National Center are preparing to start conversion of two-thirds of the building into a 680-space garage in September as negotiations advance with Oklahoma City for tax increment financing assistance.
The parking is part of a $230 million redevelopment that would convert the original 1931 Art Deco tower into housing and a hotel, while the 1957 and 1972 additions built to the east of the tower will be converted into a garage with retail on the ground floor.
SAN DIEGO — When Tom Kupiec looked to either side, he saw more than a pair of fellow Oklahomans joining him at a small conference table on the floor of the San Diego Convention Center.
Amtrak officials said strong public response to their recent trip through the Oklahoma City metro affirmed interest in re-establishing a passenger line from Texas to Missouri and Kansas.
Gary Brooks, already tasked with bringing downtown's art deco jewel, First National, back to life, is still recovering from an open house last week where thousands got a last glimpse and trusted the developer with some of their precious possessions.
SAN DIEGO — University of Oklahoma Venture Fellow Blake Hopiavuori reflected upon the end of a long day combing the massive BIO 2017 biotechnology show here as he sat in the OKBio pavilion late Tuesday afternoon.
When the 2017 BIO exhibition hall opened on Tuesday, more than 40 Oklahomans discussed the possibilities of drug development in the Sooner state with visitors to the OKBIO booth.
Oklahomans answer the question: Why are you in San Diego at the BIO show?
OKLAHOMA CITY – A few years ago, the Oklahoma Arts Council started funding the planning process for Alva’s cultural arts district.
From 2012 to 2015, the council distributed $25,000 to Freedom West Community Development Corp., the entity that applied for the money.
The three-block-long and three-block-wide district, which centers around the Woods County courthouse, is anchored by Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
A new chemotherapeutic drug is being developed to treat liver cancer.
New York City-based biomedical acceleration and development company Q BioMed Inc. has entered into a final licensing agreement with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology. The agreement gives Q BioMed global exclusive rights to market and develop the new drug, according to a media release.
OKLAHOMA CITY – OU Medical Center is expanding its Oklahoma City hospital complex to address rising demand.
The organization will soon remodel an existing building and eventually build a tower with more operating rooms, more in-patient beds, and more services.
A hospital contractor filed a building permit last week for the first renovation phase. Kris Wallace, OU Medical Center chief operating officer, said she’s excited to begin the expansion project because the hospital system has been near or above capacity for a few years.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Renderings from Perkins+Will show the new eight-story patient tower with construction slated to begin later this year at the OU Medical Center complex.
The estimated 550,000-square-foot building is planned to be connected to the existing building on the north side where the current emergency room parking is at 700 NE 13.
OKLAHOMA CITY – One local entrepreneur wants the next generation to go west.
Tommy Yi is one of the co-founders of StarSpace46, 1141 W. Sheridan Ave, a coworking space for local entrepreneurs. He plans to develop the area around his business with local leaders into an urban area similar to the Plaza District or Midtown.
Oklahoma City's Paycom Software Inc. is rubbing elbows with some elite technology firms.
The payroll and human resources software company was ranked fourth on Forbes magazine's 2017 Fast Tech 25, a list of America's fastest-growing publicly traded technology companies.
If you live in Oklahoma City and are thinking about starting a business, you're in the right place at the right time, a study suggests.
WalletHub, a website that offers its users free credit scores, free credit reports and credit improvement services, has released a list of the 10 cities it says are the best place for starting a business.
Scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have made an important discovery that may point to how colon cancer develops.
The new finding, published in the scientific journal eLife, could lead to new pathways for drug development for colorectal cancers.
OKLAHOMA CITY - A rapid series of changes are set to begin next week at the future BOK Park Plaza that will begin with removal of the tower crane that was used to erect the 27-story tower.
The crane went up in November 2015 and has punctuated the skyline ever since.
As Ray Shaik and a car full of elementary age children navigated the long stretch of interstate highway between St. Louis and Oklahoma City toward school and home in 2011, they showed that neither a whiteboard nor a black marker are required for effective brainstorming.
Shaik and the children were returning from a world robotics competition in St. Louis where Shaik had served as the voluntary coach for the Oklahoma team.
Oklahoma City is riding a national trend of urban areas pressing forward with economic development when state leadership falters.
MAPS 3 continues to inspire civic pride through economic growth, cultural expansion and an improved quality of life. The $777 million project is a testament to the confidence our city leaders put in the people of Oklahoma City; the approved 1-cent sales tax that funds the projects debt-free is evidence of the voters' foresight.
Most of this legislative session has been dedicated to talking about the budget. And part of the discussion has centered on gross production taxes, a conversation that leads invariably to talking about the importance of the oil and gas industry as an economic driver.
"We see a very bright future for the company. There's a lot of upside to the marketplace," Yockel said. "We have a loyal workforce with lots of institutional knowledge. We want to build on that expertise and move it forward. We're very excited about what the future looks like for us down the road."
US Roasters is located in a 20,000-square-foot building built in 1928 as a bicycle factory just west of downtown Oklahoma City. Today, US Roasters is an innovative manufacturing business that designs and builds roasters for both the coffee and cocoa bean roasting businesses.
A bill extending three specific tax initiatives designed to keep Oklahoma's aerospace economy flying is headed to Gov. Mary Fallin's desk.
The winners of an annual competition evaluating the innovations and business plans of some of Oklahoma's brightest graduate and undergraduate college students were made this month at the 2017 Love's Entrepreneur's Cup competition.
Immune therapy research developed by University of Oklahoma College of Medicine scientist William Hildebrand, Ph.D., has taken a significant step toward becoming a therapeutic that could one day help cancer patients.
The Oklahoma River is one of the best representations of the public-private approach to community investment that started with the passage of the original MAPS initiative in 1993.
Seated next to each other on a stage Tuesday morning at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation were the alpha and omega of Oklahoma City's Selexys Pharmaceuticals.
Imaging. It's the ability to create a visual representation of something we cannot simply view with the naked eye.
Once again, the city of Oklahoma City has earned the highest bond ratings possible from two of the nation’s most respected financial rating services. The city’s general obligation bonds received an AAA rating from Standard & Poor’s and an Aaa rating from Moody’s Investor Service, indicating extremely strong creditworthiness.
A new energy efficiency project at Tinker Air Force Base is expected to save more than $626 million in energy and operational costs at the Air Logistics Complex.
RSM associates gathered at The Journal Record to discuss why the national company chose to come to Oklahoma City, what makes the city a good fit for the company and what the firm has to offer its clients.
At more than $130 million, the park is among the three biggest MAPS 3 projects.
There is more than oil and gas or oceans of saltwater that energy exploration companies bring to the surface when they drill deep into the earth.
The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has received a five-year, $1.7 million grant to look at how DNA replicates itself. The results could lead to new information about how cancer and birth defects develop.
Crews are installing rail and pouring concrete this week on Joe Carter Avenue in Bricktown for the MAPS 3 streetcar.
For the seventh year in a row, the City of Oklahoma City has earned the highest bond ratings possible from two of the nation’s most respected financial rating services.
His name is Dr. William Canfield. He was a scientist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and his research led to the drug that saved Megan's life.
Oklahoma is experiencing a wave of suds sweeping the state as craft breweries pop up across the state.
Innovation. It's at the heart of entrepreneurial success.
It's a challenge to transport blood. The same is true for donor organs and tissue.
Low-cost carrier Allegiant will offer twice-weekly nonstop seasonal flights to Los Angeles from Oklahoma City, the company said Tuesday.
Before the Thunder, before Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant and the NBA Finals, before hotels on virtually every corner and new downtown apartments rising by the month, before the Boathouse District, before the canal and all the restaurants and the art museum and the renovated Civic Center, before Devon Tower, Oklahoma City built a baseball park in Bricktown.
And hasn't been the same since.
On Saturday, the curtains will rise for the first show at the renovated Tower Theatre.
Construction on the rail line for the Oklahoma City streetcar recently broke ground, marking another major MAPS 3 milestone. Many of us are eager to have another transit option in and around downtown Oklahoma City, but streetcar service offers more than mobility, it fuels economic growth.
The future was on Mayor Mick Cornett's mind Tuesday as city leaders, merchants and others formally marked the beginning of two years of downtown streetcar line construction.
“Transform the way guests connect.” That headline from the Monscierge homepage says it all.
Boeing Aerospace-Operations, Defense, Space and Security in Oklahoma City was awarded a 10-year, $983 million contract for engineering support services at Tinker Air Force Base.
Tinker Air Force Base's beginnings and its history since provide it a firm foundation for the future as it continues to support U.S. war fighters and its allies across the globe into the 21st century, one of its top leaders said Monday.
A nearly 100-year-old company is expanding its headquarters with new construction and additional employees.
Holly Van Remmen is looking to genetically modified mice for clues to help stem a universal, age-related affliction.
OKC is a top-ten city for housing affordability among big cities, according to urban policy consutancy Demographia.
Although the First National Building has been on the downtown scene for almost a century, many Oklahomans have never been able to get a close look at what the historic building has to offer.
Call it a happy accident. Courtney Griffin didn’t intend to study a new cell death type called necroptosis in her Oklahoma City lab, but the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist stumbled across a protein that destroys blood vessels, which can lead to heart disease.
There have been numerous failures throughout the history of public works initiatives, with different major U.S. cities subject to bureaucracy, graft and poor design. And then there's the program in Oklahoma City.
Chalk up WeGoLook, LLC's deal with Crawford & Co. as another success story for i2E and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
Most of us have probably read to ourselves, our children or our grandchildren that all-time favorite, "The Little Engine that Could." This simple tale has been teaching the value of optimism and hard work to millions of young (and old) readers for more than a hundred years.
The “exit” is the holy grail for any startup, especially for a biotechnology company.
A global pharmaceutical company will pay up to $665 million for an Oklahoma City research firm that recently completed a large trial of a drug that treats pain among those with sickle cell disease.
A new public-private partnership between one of the world's premier aircraft engine makers and the U.S. Air Force is adding about 30 new jobs worth a payroll of about $2.5 million annually to Tinker Air Force Base's Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex.
Alex Pezold had few expectations as he sat with his team from Oklahoma City's TokenEx watching the countdown of the 2016 Metro 50 Award winners by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
Tommy Yi, self-confessed nerd, can be forgiven the subtle "Star Trek" reference when explaining why 1741 W Sheridan, a full mile west of the nearest downtown skyscraper, is a great place for tech startups to take off.
Once upon a time, there was a popular juggler who appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. He spun plates on tall flexible posts, five at a time. It was great fun to watch him keep the plates spinning as he raced from post to post.
Over the past decade, Oklahoma City-based Delaware Resource Group has grown from a small aerospace operation founded by the Busey family to employing more than 650 people worldwide.
Two test wells drilled deep underground and a well simulation towering five stories above highlight the advanced research capabilities of GE's Oil and Gas Technology Center, which the global technology company celebrated Wednesday morning.
Less than three months after moving into the new GE Oil and Gas Technology Center in Oklahoma City, researchers already have developed tools and processes to make the energy industry more efficient, researchers said at the facility's grand opening Wednesday.
As U.S. manufacturers and distributors continue to expand their operations, they often look for under-the-radar places—cities and areas that have either recently emerged as logistics and distribution center hubs, or are about to—as they consider the long-term effects of their developments.
Let's say that you are slowly going blind, the victim of a progressive eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy. There is treatment that can prevent blindness, and your choice is between an injection directly into the eye or an eyedrop twice a day, which costs a fraction of the injection.
Vogue recently highlighted a handful of cities in the heartland that are must-visit destinations.
Gather yourself before walking into DRG's new corporate headquarters — and not because you might catch the cutting edge of mission- critical air defense training and logistics.
The sprawling 2.6 million-square-foot facility in southeast Oklahoma City is a hub for aerospace jobs.
Sean Akadiri is searching for 1,500 cow hair samples and $2.5 million to scale up his business. The Agric-Bioformatics president and CEO needs DNA to scale up his genetic data management company from a beta-testing phase.
Dr. Courtney Houchen is a step closer to advancing a treatment for pancreatic cancer. The chief medical adviser and co-founder of COARE Biotechnology received in July a $2 million grant from the Small Business Innovation Research program.
Contractors will bid soon on building the downtown streetcar line, one of the single biggest MAPS 3 construction projects.
Oklahoma City showed well in Business Facilities' July/August 2016 "Metro Rankings" issue, coming in at #1 for best quality of life, in addition to top-10 finishes in the "lowest cost of business" and "best cost of living" categories.
In 1946, DNA was just a collection of letters. Genes were nicknames for those with the given name Eugene. And the first biotechnology company wouldn't be born for another three decades.
It's exciting when a young Oklahoma company signs up Fortune 500 companies as customers — Hyundai Motor Co., Ritchie Bros., the world's largest industrial auctioneer, eBay Motors and JPMorgan Chase.
It's even more exciting when that young Oklahoma company is at the leading edge of a monumental shift in the way the world works. That's the story of WeGoLook, a company that started in 2009 and in June hired its 100th employee.
Boeing opened its new engineering, research and development lab facility last month in Oklahoma City. The lab will design, test and apply modernization technologies for legacy aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster III and the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).
Altimeter Software has a very straightforward elevator pitch: “Helping Your People Achieve Their Goals.”
Glass is starting to go up on the BOK Park Plaza tower as work continues on the 27-story tower and two adjoining parking garages.
Tinker Air Force Base broke ground on its KC-46A Sustainment Complex on July 26, ushering in the next generation of the Air Force’s aerial refueling aircraft. The Complex is located on 158 acres of land formerly owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. The Chamber spearheaded several months of negotiations for Tinker to acquire the land, which was finalized in early 2015.
Paycom Software Inc. saw its earnings grow by 76 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period last year.
Meanwhile, the company said it would begin building a fourth building at its Oklahoma City headquarters to accommodate continued growth.
Oklahoma City -- EMBARK unveiled Bermuda Green, Clear Sky Blue and Redbud as the colors for the brand identity of the MAPS 3’s Oklahoma City Streetcar. Three color palettes were revealed to show each of the six streetcars painted with a saturated, tonal color palette.
Increasingly, other business investors are coming to the same conclusion that Oklahoma is the place to be. Financial advisor website WalletHub announced recently that Oklahoma now boasts the sixth-lowest overall tax burden in the nation.
Boeing recently opened a new engineering, research and development lab facility in Oklahoma City that will design, test and apply modernization technologies for legacy aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster III and the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).
Gov. Mary Fallin and leaders at Boeing celebrated the dedication of the aerospace giant's new facility in southeast Oklahoma City on Friday morning, with Fallin touting tax credits she said helped make the expansion possible.
The State of Oklahoma and the Greater Oklahoma City region continue to build its aerospace industry according to the Greater Oklahoma City Region Aerospace Industry Survey and Economic Impact Assessment, a report being released this month by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and Region Track. From early aircraft testing and manufacturing to its more recent distinction as a major hub for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft, Oklahoma remains a key component of the U.S. aerospace infrastructure. The Greater Oklahoma City region serves as the center of aerospace activity in the state and continues to attract significant aerospace industry development.
Details on how streetcar service is shaping up are included in a memo to city council members and in a document seeking proposals from private companies to operate the system.
The Oklahoma City streetcar is to begin service in November 2018.
Streetcars will traverse the central business district on a five-mile “main line” linking Midtown and Bricktown.
An Oklahoma City-based startup company has qualified for up to $1.9 million in state incentives over the next 10 years through the Oklahoma Quality Jobs program, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce said Thursday. Spiers New Technologies, Inc. re-manufactures batteries for use in electric cars and other alternative forms of energy.
TUTTLE — Distiller Ricky Sowers first became fascinated with making his own alcohol as a home-schooled teenager learning about the chemistry of ethanol.
The 2016 BIO International Convention set a record for partnering meetings — 35,700 in four intense days. Numerous biotechnology entrepreneurs from Oklahoma were right in the thick of all that business-building activity.
An Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist has discovered that certain sugars produced by the body play an important role in the development of colitis and, ultimately, colon cancer. The new finding could potentially lead to therapies for ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and colon cancer.
NORMAN — Tom Rose walked into a conference room recently at Norman's Advanced Processing Technology Inc. (AvPro) carrying what resembled a large dorsal fin from a great white shark.
Rose actually had his arms wrapped around the vertical stabilizer for an airplane, fabricated entirely from composite materials instead of aluminum.
An Oklahoma nonprofit focused on developing the state's technology sector will finally have a space to call home when a new co-working space opens in Oklahoma City.
An Oklahoma cancer researcher may have found the secret to preventing cervical cancer.
Dr. Doris Benbrook, a researcher at the Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City, has developed a drug that she believes will halt the spread of cervical cancer.
After a year of rapid growth, desks have been crammed into nearly every usable corner of the startup company WeGoLook's downtown Oklahoma City office.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Employment in Oklahoma’s aerospace and defense industries is rising, according to state data. Long-term demand from government and commercial clients will grow over the next decade, said Acorn Growth Cos. CEO and Managing Partner Rick Nagel.
Development is ongoing for many projects downtown. New towers are being added to the Oklahoma City skyline, housing and hotel amenities are increasing, and new space is coming to host major expos and events downtown.
Seated in an office just across N Lincoln Boulevard from the state Capitol complex, Adam Payne turns from his guests to type a word into a scientific database.
“Curcumin.” Instantly, links to almost 9,000 scholarly articles on curcumin are returned from the keyword search on PubMed, the National Institutes of Health massive database of scientific research.
Ryan Dennis, M.D., the founder of Linear Health Sciences, is an Oklahoma physician who grew up on a pig farm in Macomb, OK. He attended the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics and received his medical degree from the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Now, he has founded an Oklahoma company that has developed a break away IV for hospital patients.
Sean Akadiri crossed the floor of the OKBio exhibition booth at the 2016 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) convention here and touched a large video screen.
For University of Oklahoma graduate student Amanda Curtis, the 2016 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) show required some unique multi-tasking skills.
Oklahoma City's Max Doleh brought a new online concept that connects buyers and sellers of biotechnology services to San Francisco on Tuesday amid the world's largest biotechnology conference that is designed just for that purpose.
A Utah-based credit repair company is bringing 500 jobs to Oklahoma City, filling office space on W. Reno Avenue.
About $7.4 million recovered from incentives to redevelop the historic Skirvin Hotel will go toward buying land for a new downtown hotel, the City Council decided Tuesday.
A new resident of Choctaw, Sheryl Zayic doesn‘t mind the roar of planes going to and from Tinker Air Force Base. In fact, to her, there's nothing more beautiful than sitting in her backyard and — against a “drop-dead gorgeous Oklahoma sunset” — watching an AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) plane fly over.
A tiny pacemaker that requires no surgery to be implanted, nor leads to operate, has become the first such device to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
A fast-growing Oklahoma City startup named WeGoLook has established itself as a pioneering crowd-sourcing business trailblazer, creating a market where there literally wasn't one before.
OKLAHOMA CITY – A film festival highlighting unmanned aerial aircraft will help establish Oklahoma as a growing hub of drone development, organizer Ersin Demirci said.
The inaugural U.S. Drone Film Festival is scheduled for April 30 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Demirci said several hundred people have already confirmed their attendance. The event attracted more than 180 short film submissions from 44 countries.
It's a rare moment that the leaders and scientists of Oklahoma's bioscience industry can come together to share the collaborative spirit that is such a part of who they are and what they are creating. The annual OKBIO Summit and BioScience Awards dinner is one of those moments.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Questions like, “What’s the wingspan of a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker?” and “How tall is the McDonnell-Douglas KC-10?” may sound like bar trivia.
They are actually queries that architect Philip McNayr and his aviation team at Frankfurt-Short-Bruza architecture firm have to frequently answer when designing hangars and other aviation-related facilities.
Cytovance Biologics Inc. will start construction of its new 30,000-square-foot manufacturing plant next quarter.
Two properties sold Monday for hotel development in Bricktown with another set to sell Thursday is a sure indicator the energy downturn is not slowing down growth in the state's premier urban entertainment district.
The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust on Tuesday approved an additional $1.2 million in job creation incentives to Paycom Software Inc.
After spending more than a decade prowling the skies above southwest Asia, the U.S. Air Force's fleet of B-1 Lancers is coming off the front lines to Oklahoma for much-needed upgrades.
The Pegasus, a militarized version of the Boeing 767, is intended to replace the Air Force's aging tanker fleet and will be serviced at Tinker Air Force Base while flight crews for the new plane will train at Altus Air Force Base.
Allegiant Air has announced nonstop service from Oklahoma City to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
There's some good coverage on the Innovation District and OKC's entrepreneurialism and renaissance from Innovation magazine this month.
That's the story of Progentec Diagnostics, a startup that is focused on developing breakthrough diagnostics. The firm's initial focus is on developing a diagnostic test to identify patients at increased risk for flare in lupus, an incurable autoimmune disease that afflicts 1.5 million patients in the U.S.
TierPoint LLC has completed what they describe as Oklahoma's largest commercial data center at its 15-acre campus in northwest Oklahoma City.
When scientist Swapan Nath first started studying lupus, he thought his team might find a gene or two involved with the disease.
Deep in the heart of a test laboratory at Stillwater's Frontier Electronic Systems sits an imposing piece of equipment that looks as if it could have played a role on a space voyage.
Listen to the chatter of economic development professionals or academic campus leaders, and a familiar theme emerges. It centers around a mission to encourage people from disparate disciplines or neighboring businesses to talk to each other on a regular basis.
A “white-tablecloth restaurant” and community space are likely to be a part of the main lobby of the future 27-story BOK Park Plaza being built downtown.
Oklahoma City to work with Google Fiber to explore bringing OKC residents ultra-high speed Internet access
Mayor Cornett announced that Oklahoma City will begin working with Google Fiber to explore the possibility of building a brand new superfast broadband network in the city.
That's why the vision of Oklahoma City as an innovation district is so exciting. “The idea is that metropolitan areas across the world are becoming the places where economies are being built,” said Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Oklahoma City Chamber.
Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott today announced the establishment of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking, a collaboration between the Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces. The initiative is made possible through a gift from Brookings trustee Robert M. Bass and his wife, the philanthropist Anne T. Bass.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It affects millions of people worldwide, causing pain and joint dysfunction — cruelly impacting mobility and quality of life.
Three years ago, Oklahoma City resident Glenn Forester's wife asked him to make her a gin and tonic using a tonic syrup recipe, and Forester started to experiment with different ingredients and flavors.
Jackson Jandreau graduated from Putnam North High School this past spring and is now a freshman engineering student at Oklahoma State University.
The state's largest bank announced Thursday it is going to consolidate its Oklahoma City operations and become the name anchor tenant in a 27-story tower being built at 499 W Sheridan Ave.
Foreign investment in Oklahoma should help the state’s biotech industry expand, said patent attorney Mike LaBrie.
i2E Inc. and Accele Venture Partners recently closed a $600,000 follow-on investment in Synereca Pharmaceuticals, a portfolio company of Accele Biopharma, an Oklahoma City-based biotechnology accelerator.
Oklahoma startup Driven Analytics is taking automotive diagnostics a giant step further by using all that data to provide car owners real-time information specific to their vehicle usage.
The Boeing Co. broke ground on a new $80 million facility in southeast Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Boeing is breaking ground on a new $80 million lab and research facility just across the street from its current campus.
Dirk Spiers, president of Spiers New Technologies Inc., has a compelling vision for Oklahoma.
Creating a startup in bioscience is different than creating a startup in any other industry.
Last month, I went to Philadelphia. And despite what W.C. Fields may have led folks to believe, it most definitely was not closed.
It’s in fashion these days for startup companies to choose clever names — names with upper and lower case letters in places you don’t expect them to be, or names that signify something about the company’s product or service to the entrepreneurs starting the business, but nothing at all to the rest of us.
As one of the world’s seven global aerospace hubs, Oklahoma is home to the largest military and commercial aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations in the United States, according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
The Oklahoma City-based startup Who’s On My Wifi hopes to use crowd funding to raise $50,000 to make a simpler, more secure wireless router that integrates with its security software.
The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust on Wednesday gave the green light for the city to begin negotiations with Boeing Co. and Paycom Software Inc. on a combined $7.2 million in economic development incentives to create 1,323 new jobs.
Paycom Software Inc. plans to hire 423 new workers, build a $14 million new building and spend $2 million on new equipment at its rapidly growing headquarters on Memorial Road.
Headquarters of the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases (OCRID) is a humble office deep in the heart of McElroy Hall on the Oklahoma State University campus.
The regional competition, which continues Saturday, pits 61 teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The majority of teams are from Oklahoma and have names like Sprockets, Cyborg Tigers and Robot Mafia.
The Cunningham Panel is the result of more than a decade of research, funded in part by Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, led by University of Oklahoma professor Dr. Madeleine Cunningham, Moleculera co-founder.
My voice was raspy as I stepped into the 11th-floor office of Robert Welliver, M.D., at the University of Oklahoma Children’s Physicians tower on the Oklahoma Health Center campus. My nose was runny. I coughed as I sat down.
BP, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, is preparing to open what would be one of its first satellite offices in the Pontiac Building on Automobile Alley.
Historic Agreement Between Oklahoma City/Tinker AFB to Create Thousands of Jobs, Millions in Investment, Potential for More Partnership
Tinker Air Force Base officials announced today the acquisition of 158 acres of land on the west side of the base to stand up a depot maintenance facility for the Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus.
As he pursued a master’s degree in Biochemistry in his native India, Kumar Sripathirathan was drawn to the library at the American consulate in the city of Chennai along India’s southeast coast.
The young Indian student was a regular visitor to the library. There he discovered books and journals by American authors that sparked both his scientific interest and his curiosity about the United States.
Oklahoma is building a reputation nationwide as a place where discoveries in bioscience lead to groundbreaking solutions that can have a real impact on people’s lives.
A partnership between Tinker Air Force Base and San Diego, Calif.-based General Atomics Aeronautical will bring to the metro area the first repair shop in the nation where privately manufactured drones will be repaired by a government entity.
In compiling a list of "10 Great Cities for Starting a Business," Kiplinger put Oklahoma City first on the list.
It seems that Oklahoma’s current “cool” has a lot to do with the software industry. Over just the last few years, at i2E we have seen explosive growth in the number of software/IT companies that are coming through our doors seeking assistance and/or funding.
It all sounded pretty nifty. After investing billions of dollars and more than a decade’s worth of work, scientists in 2003 announced they’d completed mapping the human genome. Francis Collins, now the director of the National Institutes of Health, called it the “most significant undertaking” in the history of science. Reading the body’s genetic blueprint, he said, “will be judged by history as more significant than even splitting the atom or going to the moon.”
Boeing will consolidate the majority of its defense services and support-related activities from Washington state to other locations in the U.S. as part of efforts to improve the competitiveness of its Boeing Defense, Space & Security unit.
The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma is growing up.
The National Institutes of Health has renewed five research grants for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Then a professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Broyles was advancing a novel approach to curing a devastating genetic blood disorder called sickle cell disease, which afflicts about 100,000 Americans and an estimated 50 million people worldwide.
Oklahoma City is remapping the city in its $1 billion bid to engage families. It is replacing a 4.5-mile stretch of highway that once awkwardly divided the downtown with a pedestrian- and bike-friendly "boulevard," which will accommodate four lanes of motor-vehicle traffic.
In the bottled water industry, the product’s clarity is important. Ozarka Water CEO Steve Raupe has invested in his Oklahoma City-based company to help customers clearly see where the water is bottled and sourced.
As technology advances, price often drops while quality improves. Oklahoma City entrepreneur Ron Peeler hopes that trend will continue in the market for compressed natural gas vehicles and the equipment that fills them with fuel.
BIO International is the world’s largest biotech gathering, and the scope and scale of this event was startling.
More than 70 scientists, business leaders, educators and economic development officers from across the state of Oklahoma will take the best of Oklahoma bioscience to San Diego in order to garner interest in Oklahoma’s bioscience industry at the 2014 BIO International Convention, June 23-26. This delegation will spend four days promoting the accomplishments of the Oklahoma bioscience sector and meeting with potential business partners.
Paycom Software Inc. has been hiring new employees in Oklahoma City at such a rapid pace that the company recently built a 90,000-square-foot addition to its headquarters on Memorial Road — effectively doubling the size of its offices.
Devon Energy Corp. has become one of the first companies to take advantage of GE Corp.’s new global technology center in Oklahoma City.
Breaking business news out of California a few weeks ago turned out to be a big Oklahoma story, although for Oklahomans, the news was sort of like losing your keys only to later discover them in their usual spot.
The new LaunchOklahoma program is a dedicated Oklahoma business accelerator and spin-off of the VentureSpur accelerator, which has launched 11 high-tech startup firms in the last two years.
Imagine if there was a drug that a soldier could swallow immediately after an explosion that would prevent or heal hearing loss.
Should people ask for something, it seems, eventually the Plaza District will receive it.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. plans to open 70 new stores this year.
Xavier Zwirtz first got into robots at a 4-H meeting.
Kimray Inc. plans to move its headquarters to a spacious new campus at Britton and Eastern, the equipment manufacturer announced Thursday.
Cytovance Biologics, Inc., a leading full-service contract manufacturer of mammalian and microbial biologics, broke ground on an expansion facility to contain both manufacturing operations and GMP warehousing. The multi-million dollar capital investment project is being built by Capstone Construction and is expected to be completed by June 2014.
Russell Rother was a farm boy growing up in Watonga and worked on the family's dairy operation. You can still hear western Oklahoma in his voice.
There is a pioneering quality to Oklahoma City-based Altheus Therapeutics and the milestones the company has achieved in advancing a new drug therapy for a painful condition known as inflammatory bowel disease.
SIVI Corp., which is developing an educational software platform called LaunchLeader, has closed a $340,000 round of investment and relocated its headquarters from New York City to Oklahoma City.
Looking to buy a home? According to Forbes, Oklahoma City should be near the top of your list.
Holly Van Remmen spends her days trying to unlock the answers to the aging process. She doesn’t know if she’ll ever find the fountain of youth, but she thinks she can ask better questions about how cells are damaged in the aging process.
GE (NYSE: GE) today announced the selection of a site in Downtown Oklahoma City for the company’s first-ever Global Research Center dedicated to Oil & Gas technology. GE’s new Center will create 130 high-tech jobs and is expected to have a direct and indirect economic impact of $13 million on the state and local economies.
General Electric's $110 million Oil and Gas Technology Center has found a home east of downtown Oklahoma City near the University Research Park, GE executives said Thursday.
The North Carolina drawl in Clayton Duncan's voice is straight out of Chapel Hill, but at a recent luncheon he addressed an audience of Oklahoma City's bioscience leaders as an Oklahoman.
Altheus Therapeutics Inc. is an Oklahoma homegrown example of a startup bioscience company doing drug commercialization right.
The scientist is a member of the Coagulation Biological Laboratory at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and is part of a collaboration to study how blood clots. He said he hopes his latest research project will lead to a drug that helps prevent the leading cause of death among people ages 5 to 55, traumatic injury.
Every day, around the world, about 2,000 people die from a fungal disease known as Cryptococcus. Yet I had never heard of it until I met Sean Bauman.
When it comes to building a vibrant, self-sustaining entrepreneurial economy, there's the “how,” and then there's the “what” — how do you do it, and what it takes to succeed.
Equipment manufacturer Terex Corp. plans to invest about $40 million to upgrade its Oklahoma City facility. The company will add new machinery and other equipment at its local manufacturing plant, where it could add as many as 1,500 new jobs by 2017.
More students are attending Oklahoma City Public Schools than at any time in the past 35 years, district officials reported this week.
National Manufacturing Day was an observance Friday in factories across the country, but in Oklahoma City it was more of an actual celebration.
Rolls-Royce is set to open a new engine depot services plant at Tinker Air Force Base in 2015.
With the help of a National Institutes of Health grant to develop new drug-discovery instruments and private equity investment, Oklahoma City-based biotech company SensiQ Technologies is poised for expansion.
Scott Lowe, a native of Muskogee and alumnus of OU's Center for Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW), didn't expect to graduate from OU and be working for a startup in Detroit.
US Roaster Corp. owner Dan Joliff has just one small goal — to one day become the leading manufacturer of coffee roasters in the world.
Americans born in 2008 can expect to live 78.1 years. That's an increase of a full decade since 1950 and a staggering increase of 30 years since 1900. Unfortunately, as they age into those bonus years, their bodies will suffer from more conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases.
Long before he enrolled as a Harvard undergraduate student out of a Baltimore high school, Paul L. DeAngelis knew what he wanted to pursue as a career. Not the work of a stock broker. Or athlete. Or an actor.
A partnership between the City of Oklahoma City and i2E Inc. has expanded the financing options by $2 million for Oklahoma City-based small businesses seeking capital to grow their ventures and create new jobs.
Oklahoma City-based COARE Biotechnology Inc. has been awarded a $220,099 grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop a new treatment for pancreatic cancer.
Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corp. is enrolling patients in a Phase 2 trial of a drug designed to treat sickle cell disease.
When Ponca City native Chris Scully completed his graduate degree here in the mid-1990s, he found most of his job prospects were out of state.
Oklahoma is big enough to matter, but small enough to get things done. A decade ago, as a twentysomething looking to start my own public relations/marketing agency, I felt like I could live anywhere in the United States. I had worked for a Washington D.C., public affairs shop, but I saw what the rat race and the long slog to the top looked like. I wanted the proverbial blue ocean, where I could differentiate myself, and where I could make a difference now.
Determined to take their startup company to the next level, entrepreneurs Nicholas Seet and Ashok Kamal are living out of an RV in Oklahoma City for the next 12 weeks while participating in local business accelerator VentureSpur.
As a serial entrepreneur with three previous life science companies to his credit, Craig Shimasaki raised millions of dollars of investment capital for his past ventures. He's successfully pitched business concepts to individual investors, venture capital groups and fund managers.
At the beginning of every calendar year, i2E distributes an Economic Impact and Client Satisfaction Survey to our existing clients.
The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology is doling out more than $3.6 million to support 17 applied research projects.
Less than 12 months after establishing its North American headquarters in Oklahoma City, the oil-field equipment manufacturer has far outpaced its projections.
The Greater Oklahoma City Back to Business Initiative launched in in order to support the businesses in Moore and south Oklahoma City damaged by recent tornados on May 20. The initiative, which is a partnership between the City of Oklahoma City, the City of Moore, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Moore Chamber of Commerce, will allow physically-damaged businesses to report their needs following the storm and get connected with resources to help them return to business.
Those in the know in Oklahoma’s energy sector have long been familiar with General Electric’s role in the industry.
There used to be a lot of discussion about the necessity and appropriateness of state-funded and directed venture capital programs.
A new $7.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will help five Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists jump-start new projects over the next five years, support institutional core facilities, and pay for renovations to an animal facility.
Business opportunities are growing for Oklahoma entrepreneurs at the upcoming annual South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals in Texas. Josh O’Brien, i2E Inc. spokesman, said the deadline for entries in the first stage of an elevator pitch contest managed by the nonprofit business support agency is Feb. 6. Finalists will try to convince investors of the brilliant profitability of their ideas March 11 before a live audience at The 512 Bar in Austin for prizes worth $10,000. The event is sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, a partnership between i2E and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
Dr. Craig Shimasaki, president and CEO of Moleculera Labs Inc., serial entrepreneur and adviser to multiple teams in Oklahoma's collegiate business plan competition, the Governor's Cup, says vision begins with the way we look at the world.
The Lupus Foundation of America has funded a $110,000 grant for an Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist to study the role of a specific protein.
Miles from Airport Road and the side of Will Rogers World Airport most travelers see, workers have begun laying pipe for a series of utility projects that will pave the way for future development on the airport's east side.
With the press of a button Tuesday, Gov. Mary Fallin fired up the newest printing press at Quad/Graphics' Oklahoma City plant and essentially created 120 jobs.
In what promises to be the biggest bioscience firm deal in state history, Oklahoma City-based Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corp. has struck an agreement that could lead to the company\\\'s acquisition for up to $665 million.
Same-store sales at Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. are up about 9 percent this year and the company will have about 520 stores across the country by the end of the year, CEO David Green said Tuesday at the Idea Exchange, an event sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Norman-based Design Intelligence Inc. has designed its first unmanned aerial vehicle for nonmilitary applications, company President James Grimsley said.
When the military closes a facility, it can often come with lots of contamination, making redevelopment difficult. In the case of the old General Motors plant in Midwest City, the military wanted to make sure it didn’t purchase contaminated commercial property.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Fortune Magazine selected five Oklahoma companies for the 2012 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest-growing inner city companies in the country.
Oklahoma City was named the least-costly city to do business among 13 midsized U.S. cities according to a study by KPMG LLP. Oklahoma City had a cost index of 95.5, representing business costs 4.5 percent below the U.S. national baseline of 100.0
Manpower Group, an employment service firm, recently surveyed 18,000 employers across the country and tabbed Oklahoma City fourth in the their "Best City for Jobs in Spring of 2012". The metro area had a net employment outlook of 20 percent for the second quarter. In total, 24 percent of the OKC companies surveyed expected to increase hiring in the Spring.
VentureSpur, a firm designed by three entrepreneurs who returned to their roots to nurture early-stage companies seeking to mature and attract capital, launched Wednesday in downtown Oklahoma City.
The state’s Quality Jobs Program is close to topping last year’s figures, and the program is just halfway through the 2012 fiscal year.
Passenger traffic through Will Rogers World Airport for 2011 was up almost 3 percent over the previous year, Oklahoma City airport officials reported Thursday.
MetroTrends released their annual Report Card on Economic Security and Oklahoma City was at the top of the class. The publication gave OKC an "A" and ranked it as the Best Metro in the U.S. for economic security. In the write up, the metro's area diverse economy was lauded, as well as the stable housing market.
Flogistix LP, a leading oil and natural gas services provider, announced Monday it has opened its corporate headquarters at City Place, 204 N Robinson Ave.
Along with an affordable cost of living and a high concentration of local investors, The Fiscal Times explains OKC's exciting environment for emerging companies as easy-to-succeed for entrepreneurs with a bevy of groundbreaking incentives alongside a strong economy, an expanding population, great "quality of life, revitalized downtown, and cultural activities, along with a talented workforce."
OKC’s Entrepreneurial Community to Host Special Event at Oklahoma’s Buffalo Lounge at South by Southwest Festival
Balliets joins the prestigious group of the best specialty stores in America, as chosen by the magazine’s editors and other important industry figures.
Normally we use this space to offer up examples of investment success.
But given the crises that local governments have been facing, — including declining tax rolls, rising demand for services, and widening budget gaps – we decided to shine the spotlight on a city that is defying the national trends.
So hats off to Oklahoma City.
Experts at the Oklahoma Aerospace Summit say the U.S. has the capability to become more energy conscious and more efficient
Worldwide, the craving for energy continues to increase, and the U.S. Department of Defense is one of its major consumers.
The Folsom, Calif.-based company will occupy space at 7501 SW 29th St. in the Will Rogers Business Park north of the Will Rogers World Airport, about one mile south of Reno Avenue off Council Road. The deal is for six years.
SB&D’s Innovation South Awards recognize what we believe are the most innovative programs, initiatives and projects in economic development in the South the previous calendar year. The Innovation Awards honor outstanding achievements by economic development agencies, utilities, public/private partnerships and government initiatives that truly embrace innovation in a way to further job generation and capital investment in the American South. Here are our winners for the 2009 calendar year.
Outstanding leadership. Integrity. Commitment. Executives with these traits overflowed Thursday night in a room filled with the top minds of Oklahoma's business and nonprofit communities at The Journal Record's inaugural Oklahoma's Most-admired CEOs event.
A Georgia-based company that makes private-label tissue products will open a new plant in Oklahoma City in June, the company's first facility in the Southwest.
Cellu Tissue Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: CLU), a manufacturer and converter of tissue products for the private-label and away-from-home industries, will open a 325,000 sq. ft. facility at 50 N. Council Rd. in June 2010.
Cellu Tissue Holdings Inc., a manufacturer and converter of tissue products for the private label and away-from-home industries, leased a 325,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 50 N Council Road.
Startup Weekend is a 54 hour startup event that provides the networking, resources, and incentives for individuals and teams to go from idea to launch. Startup Weekend’s motto: Build Community. Start Companies. No Talk. All Action.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The human sustainability experts at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have learned a lot lately about saving both the environment and some green.
Saving buildings is hard work these days, but that doesn’t mean Midtown revivalists have given up their quest.
Oklahoma City's US Fleet Tracking will provide GPS support for the 2010 Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, 2010 Winter Olympics, and 2010 World Equestrian Games.
Paycom just keeps growing.
All new companies start with an idea. When angel investors put their money into a company, they give that idea a chance to generate a business. These businesses generate revenue. That revenue generates jobs. Those jobs create revenue for Oklahoma.
NORMAN – Gov. Brad Henry was happy to report that, for a change, bad news and the wind aren’t all that is sweeping down the plains these days.
Two individuals and a community organization will be honored Thursday at the annual Evening of Excellence, presented by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Alumni Association. The black-tie dinner will be at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, starting with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday highlighted Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett’s “This City Is Going on a Diet” initiative in a speech to a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington.
Not named in 'Extraordinary Measures' film, Oklahomans' efforts still are gaining attention local research served as inspiration but wasn't credited
The movie "Extraordinary Measures” features big-name stars, precocious child actors and life-and-death family drama "inspired by true events.”
Fortune magazine’s latest "100 Best Places to Work” list provides more evidence that Oklahoma City has joined the ranks of big-league cities.
Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. on Wednesday released a 10-year strategic plan.
Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. is reorganizing its staff as it enters a second decade as operator of the downtown business improvement district.
Judging by Fortune magazine's new job satisfaction survey, it's apparently not as hard to get up in the morning and go to work in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City-based Delaware Resource Group has been awarded a Command and Control training contract by the U.S. Air Force, company officials said Tuesday.
Hitachi Computer Products America Inc. on Monday said it will expand its Norman facility with the construction of a new distribution center.
The United States should continue funding transportation investments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for another six years, the chairman of the U.S. House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said Monday afternoon.
OKLAHOMA CITY - A Volvo Rents construction equipment rental company is scheduled to open in Oklahoma City on Jan. 1, and the local franchisee plans to open other sites in Tulsa and Wichita, Kan.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The relationship between ProCure Proton Therapy Center and Integris Health is official.
The Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma opened Wednesday as a $100 million center bringing together experts in research, care, prevention and treatment.
The Oklahoma secretary of commerce told a House committee Nov. 17 that right now is the best time to market Oklahoma.
The southern portion of Oklahoma - near Ardmore, south to Texas - will see an influx of jobs, families and economic opportunities over the next decade, an official with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce said this week.
OKLAHOMA CITY - A small bioscience company may make a revolutionary discovery that could alter the treatment course for a deadly disease.
Oklahoma City-based Equipment Technology Inc. is planning to add 90 jobs during the next several years after joining the state's Quality Jobs program.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Capital West Securities took up its new identity as Geary Securities on Monday, company President Keith Geary said.
Just three years ago, the stretch of NW 9 just east of Broadway was a blighted mess lined with boarded up houses masked by overgrown brush and trees and homeless folks living in parked cars.
Fewer job losses, lower foreclosure rates and benefits gained from the energy sector are some factors that helped both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas rise in their rankings on the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities 2009 index.
A workshop to help Oklahoma health researchers create partnerships with investors and pharmaceutical companies is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Conference Center, 655 Research Pkwy., Suite 100.
Site Selection magazine has placed Oklahoma at No. 18 on its Top Business Climate for 2009 list.
Scientists at Oklahoma City biopharmaceutical company Pure Protein LLC have achieved a breakthrough that could have substantial applications for the $37 billion autoimmune disease market, transplantation, infectious diseases, cancer and other new disease targets, the company said.
Oklahoma City and Tulsa recently were ranked among the best places to launch a new business by editors at Fortune Small Business magazine in conjunction with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Quest Diagnostics is a $7 billion company with laboratories across the country. But Chief Executive Officer Surya Mohapatra is the first to say the company's upcoming expansion in Oklahoma City is an exception to its current operations.
Magazine's readers place Health Sciences campus at No. 4 among academic workplaces.
A survey of the country's strongest metro areas has put Oklahoma's two largest cities in the spotlight.
Forbes.com has touted Oklahoma City as recession-proof. Other headlines from this year read "Oklahoma City Wins in Jobless Figures," "Economists Say State Could Dodge Downturn," "Economic Climate Leaves Clear Skies Ahead for Oklahoma." NPR's Scott Simon travels to Oklahoma City to discover why this town is considered to have such a stable economy.
Fast-food retailer Jack in the Box said Oct. 22 it is planning to expand its presence in the Oklahoma market by opening four Oklahoma City-area corporately owned locations along with two in the Tulsa area.
Oklahoma City has another feather in its cap.
Even in the toughest of economies, the metro area has scored a victory in being picked as the top large city in which to launch a small business.
The state's cost of doing business, its economy and its appealing spot in the middle of the country enticed a Florida company to relocate to Oklahoma City.
I felt a sense of Oklahoma pride as 300 professional fund managers and economic development officers from across the nation gathered in our state last month for the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds annual conference...
The three-day conference focused on the significance of making angel capital and seed funds available to entrepreneurial startup companies.
For Oklahoma, this national conference was a huge success - attendance, speakers, topics covered and especially increased visibility for Oklahoma on the investing landscape...
It all goes to show that the deal flow pipeline in Oklahoma remains strong and is attracting national attention from savvy investors.
Fortune Small Business magazine and The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will release a list Oct. 14 that names the 2009 list of the 50 best places in the United States to launch a business. Topping the list is Oklahoma City as the top large city.
The bundle of business incentives available from the state's Commerce Department for companies that want to increase operations, add jobs or expand infrastructure is growing, even amid a recession that has cut into many companies' bottom line.
Oklahoma City-based i2E Inc. has earned international acclaim for its efforts to grow entrepreneurial businesses.
Tuesday, the company received an excellence award at the International Economic Development Council conference in Reno, Nev.
The U.S. Air Force's new nine-year contract with Northrop Grumman Corp. for contractor logistics support for its KC-10 Extender refueling tanker aircraft should create about 30 jobs in Oklahoma.
A piece of German technology sold by a Norman pharmaceutical company has sparked the need for expansion into the city's business park.
New York business leaders were encouraged to "discover the global and economic momentum in Oklahoma" Tuesday evening during a reception at the 21 Club in New York by the Oklahoma Fast Forward Team.
Find out how your manufacturing business can become part of the emerging wind industry supply chain.
Protecting and enhancing Oklahoma's current aerospace industry and providing new opportunities to increase competitiveness are the focus of a new strategic report recently released by Oklahoma Aerospace Industry Partners.
State government and business officials are half a world away this week in an effort to attract new business to Oklahoma.
Oklahoma needs to mount a cooperative effort to retain and expand the aerospace industry, a state study has found.
The presence of 300 venture capitalists in Oklahoma City this week is a rare opportunity to draw national attention to local business investment opportunities, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President Roy Williams said.
Cancer patients have a new option for treatment. Monday, the Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma ProCure Proton Therapy Center opened for patients.
Express Employment Professionals was recently named one of AARP's Best Employers for Workers Over 50 for the second year in a row, according to Robert A. Funk, founder and CEO of Express.
The National Association of Seed and Venture Funds conference in Oklahoma City is Sept. 14-16 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.
Air Force leaders, Oklahoma state, county and local community officials gathered at Tinker Air Force Base Aug. 17 to celebrate the installation's newest addition, Bldg. 9001 in the Tinker Aerospace Complex.
Oklahoma City's 5.9 percent jobless rate for July remains the best in the country from a list of 372 metro areas with a population greater than 1 million, the Labor Department reported Tuesday.
The long record of a close relationship between Oklahoma City and Southwest Airlines continues.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be the keynote speaker at the National Association of Seed Venture Funds annual conference on Sept. 14-16 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City is among the 10 best cities in America to find a job, according to a new list released Tuesday in U.S. News Media Group's "Best Places" series.
Transportation high-speed route would include Tulsa, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City residents are happy with their local government and getting happier, according to a recent survey.
A "no" vote on a new proposed contract between Mercury Marine and its 580 hourly union workers in Fond du Lac, Wis., would mean the company would look to move its manufacturing operations to Oklahoma.
Months before it opens, Oklahoma Heart Hospital South at the crossroads of Interstate 240 and Sooner Road is already at landmark status.
Oklahoma County commissioners voted Wednesday to help fund the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's efforts to bring jobs to Tinker Air Force Base.
Tinker Air Force Base officials gave political and business leaders and the media a look Monday at the new addition to the Tinker Aerospace Complex inside the shuttered General Motors Assembly Plant.
In the Shops at Moore, anchored by J.C. Penney, there are several new retailers opening this fall including Rue 21, Sally Beauty and Ooh La La (an accessories store.)
The industrial real estate sector in Oklahoma City is facing significantly decreased sales volume. But even in a tight market, some deals are happening.
The potential for seed capital investing has never been stronger, even in the current down economy, said Steve Mercil, vice chairman of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds.
When an auto plant closes, it's usually bad news for the local economy.
A Mid-America Business Conditions index economic outlook from Creighton University Forecasting Group said its monthly survey of supply managers and business executives suggests the region’s economy is expanding for the first time in almost a year.
Wind energy seems to be a leading contender to replace fossil fuels in the future. Are Oklahoma businesses equipped to support it?
Oklahoma City has Lowest Unemployment Rate in Nation 6 of 10 Months since Recession was Declared in September
Oklahoma City has had the lowest unemployment rate of any large metro (metro with population of 1 million or more) six out of the 10 months since the recession was declared in September 2008. The other four months the unemployment rate ranked a close 2nd in the nation.
When it comes to the cost of living, the Sooner State beats out the rest of the nation, a new survey from CNBC.com says.
After spending a decade as a reporter covering everyone from the mayor to the governor, Janice Francis-Smith cashed in her savings and teamed up with her sister to open a coffee shop.
Tucked away at Oklahoma's waterways, air traffic hubs and industrial parks are its foreign trade zones, those U.S. Customs duty management programs that are boosting the state into playing a bigger and better role in the global economy.
Apex Global Partners(AGP) expands its Employee Benefits Operations, appoints Brad Williams as Director of Oklahoma Business Development, and opens new office in Oklahoma City.
Days after moving into new offices in the Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park, officials with OrthoCare Innovations introduced two devices designed to help amputees walk better. What's more, they will be manufactured in Oklahoma City.
Oklahomans seeking cancer treatment Wednesday got another option with the opening of the $120 million ProCure Proton Therapy Center at 5901 W Memorial Road in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City University is planning a $9.4 million building expansion to its nursing school.
Oklahoma City University has been ranked among the best colleges to work for in the nation for the second consecutive year, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education's "2009 Great Colleges to Work For" report.
The smashed marquee at the Tower Theater is gone and the letters are back in place - a hint that renovations are finally getting under way at the Uptown landmark.
Three seasoned chefs with resumes at some of Oklahoma City's finest restaurants are teaming up . . . to start a taco truck.
In the depths of the most severe national recession in decades, Oklahoma's largest city will soon sprout a new office tower surpassing anything built since the 1980s.
Steve Trice knew it wouldn't take long for his company to outgrow its space. Trice, president and CEO of Jasco Products Co., founded the company in 1975.
Eight million dollars of a $10 million request was approved to create an Oklahoma City prosthetics technology center.
The good news is that a real estate forecast put Oklahoma City and Tulsa among the housing markets with the "best expected performance" over the next year. The so-so news is that means home prices aren't expected to drop, according to Local Market Monitor in Cary, N.C., which released its latest Home Price Index for more than 300 markets this week.
The ProCure Proton Therapy Center is set to open in northwest Oklahoma City in July.
International manufacturers of wind energy components are lining up to spend billions of dollars on new U.S. manufacturing sites within the next five years.
Tinker Air Force Base and the state of Oklahoma have enjoyed a successful partnership since 1940 when word spread that the U.S. Air Force was interested in building a depot in the Midwest.
Stabil Drill, a Superior Energy Services company specializing in bottom hole assembly rental tools, has opened its new facility in Oklahoma City. President and CEO Sammy Russo made the announcement June 24.
Sitting adjacent to Tinker Air Force Base, the former General Motors plant is now the Tinker Aerospace Complex.
Oklahoma has the potential to be a major player in the nation's wind power industry with capacity to not only provide power within the state and region but to export power to other parts of the country.
During the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Realtors bus tour June 18, real estate brokers and business owners saw the progress of the historical Film Row District's renovation in the 700 block of West Sheridan and Lee avenues.
Bricktown visitors will have a new place to satisfy their sweet tooth when Bricktown Candy Co. opens Friday. The shop will sell many kinds of bulk candy - chocolate, sours, bubble gum, licorice, hard candy, jaw breakers and more - plus bottled soft drinks.
U.S. and Oklahoma aerospace companies must begin thinking about their work force requirements five to 10 years in the future because the industry no longer has the romance and allure it held 40 years ago, industry leaders said Wednesday.
Hobby Lobby is on track to open 25 new stores this year around the country, and will begin work this summer on construction of a new store in Moore.
More than a year ago, Forbes magazine dubbed Oklahoma City the most recession-proof city in the nation. The city is experiencing the effects of the depressed economy, but a new report out today indicates Oklahoma's two major cities are holding their own against the worst of the national recession.
A fractured global economic climate is just one of the issues facing the aerospace industry. "We are struggling to adapt our environment to the evolving industry," said Maj. Gen P. David Gillett, commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base. "Nonetheless there is no whining allowed and we continue to meet our mission," he said.
Today's business cover story — a reversal of "The Grapes of Wrath" — marks a triumphant moment at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, but is mostly newsworthy because of its initial audience: thousands of Californians.
Fleeing the Great Depression and a drought unprecedented in American history, a vast wave of Oklahomans and Texans dubbed "Okies" loaded everything they could onto crowded vehicles during the 1930s and headed west for California. Today, in huge numbers, their grandchildren are moving back.
When ProCure Proton Therapy Center opens in July, Ed Bertels said it will help put Oklahoma health care in the national limelight.
Millions of dollars are riding on Paul Risser’s homework assignment. But that’s not all. As a member of the board that will decide where to invest proceeds from the EDGE research endowment, Risser and fellow board members are helping the state create a more prosperous future.
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is trying to convince business operators that minor preventive measures in air quality now will save a lot of money later.
Devon works with city to build a better downtown
Q: The city hired consultant and author Jeff Speck to do a walkability study downtown. How are the results of that study being incorporated into planning on the new Devon Energy world headquarters?
Oklahoma's mix of clean-energy businesses, including wind and geothermal efforts, grew by 6.8 percent from 1998 to 2007, the study concluded. The overall job growth rate statewide was 2.4 percent for the same period.
Quality Magazine has named Edmond’s Pelco Products, Inc. to its Quality Leadership 100, the company said today.