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Applications open for ‘Idea Accelerator’ program in OKC

Journal Record Staff // Monday, May 16, 2022

A program to encourage innovative business ideas is building momentum in Oklahoma.

Midwest City positioned for economic growth

Kathryn McNutt // Monday, May 16, 2022

Midwest City – the center of commerce for the east metropolitan area for decades – is poised for significant growth this year.

Rose State focuses on aerospace, cybersecurity, industry needs

Jennifer Sharpe // Monday, May 16, 2022

Rose State College’s Tanenbaum Aerospace and Cybersecurity Center appears poised to meet the workforce demands of industry and local companies and the academic needs of students pursuing aerospace and cybersecurity education.

Tribes work closely with local communities, EDOs

Staff Reports // Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Tribal governments have a long history of partnering to enhance economic development in Oklahoma.

Onward OKC another example of the power of partnership

Roy Williams // Friday, May 6, 2022

Last month, five of the largest CareerTech centers in the Greater Oklahoma City metro announced the formation of Onward OKC, a new compact designed to allow for better, more streamlined access to training for both businesses and employees alike.

OKC biotech front-and-center as BIO 2022 approaches

Chamber Staff // Thursday, May 5, 2022

Oklahoma City has steadily – and intentionally – transformed itself into an emerging bioscience and biotechnology player over the last few decades, garnering attention from across the nation and globe.

gBETA Oklahoma City Startup Accelerator announces spring cohort

Staff Reports // Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The startups were recruited from the greater Oklahoma City area and represent a wide variety of industries and verticals, ranging from auto racing safety equipment to fintech data visualization.

OKC a finalist for federal biotech money

Kathryn McNutt // Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Partners working to expand the biotechnology industry in central Oklahoma met Monday with a U.S. Economic Development Administration official who quizzed them about their process.

Fueling the film industry

Erick Perry // Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Chamber forum in March focused on the fast-growing film industry in Oklahoma. Panelists Co-CEO of Prairie Surf Media, Rachel Cannon; EVB and Head of Finance at Prairie Surf Media, Tanya Ruby; and President of Region Track Inc. and economist, Mark Snead, PH.D. each added detail to the discussion.

Talk of the town: First National Center redefines OKC’s epicenter

Erick Perry // Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Following more than four years of work on one of the state’s largest restorations to date, the First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City has re-opened, bringing back a feeling of home for many downtown denizens.

Builders + Backers makes impact in OKC with first cohort

Marcus Elwell // Monday, April 25, 2022

The innovative program wants to show everyone they have the potential to be an entrepreneur.

OKC named among top 25 'best cities for young professionals'

Nate Fisher // Friday, April 22, 2022

Policygenius recently analyzed 250 cities on a variety of factors, including economic health, income, number of "fun" businesses, population of 20-34s and more to determine the top cities for young professionals in 2022. OKC ranked in the top 10% of all cities examined.

CREC: Many commercial projects in the pipeline

Kathryn McNutt // Friday, April 22, 2022

Manufacturing and distribution facilities are leading the way when it comes to commercial development projects coming online in Oklahoma City.

Health care construction continues to surge around OKC metro

Chamber Staff // Thursday, April 21, 2022

Driving around Oklahoma City the last couple of years, you may have noticed new health care facilities popping up throughout the metro.

State attracting more film, TV production, officials say

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Oklahoma’s film and television industry has witnessed growth following passage of legislation to enhance production incentives, according to the state’s Department of Commerce.

This Midwestern company weathered the pandemic with digital creativity

Scott Meacham // Monday, April 18, 2022

When we talk about entrepreneurs and startup companies we use words like visionary, determined, energetic, and pivot. All those adjectives and more apply to the unstoppable team at Monscierge.

Drinkware company Simple Modern expanding in OKC; measures success differently than most

Chamber Staff // Monday, April 11, 2022

Simple Modern recently announced it was expanding its manufacturing footprint and moving some of its overseas production to Oklahoma City.

OKC named among 'most affordable places to buy a new home'

Nate Fisher // Friday, April 8, 2022 recently looked at the median sales prices of newly constructed homes in more than 500 metro areas. Oklahoma City came in at #3 on the list.

Happily ever after in OKC

Jim Stafford // Thursday, April 7, 2022

Founded in Seattle, the company discovered geographic advantages and funding for growth in Oklahoma City.

OMRF awarded $18.5 million for autoimmune disease research, tapped to lead nationwide effort

Staff Reports // Thursday, April 7, 2022

The National Institutes of Health has selected the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation to lead a nationwide public-private partnership aimed at developing more effective treatments for autoimmune diseases.

NASA Armstrong, Researcher and Vigilant Aerospace Win NASA’s Commercial Invention of the Year Award

Staff Reports // Wednesday, April 6, 2022

NASA has announced this week that the technology licensed to Vigilant Aerospace and used in the company’s FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid and airspace management product has won NASA’s Commercial Invention of the Year 2021 award.

How collaboration can lead to innovation: A conversation with General Genomics

Innovation District Staff // Wednesday, April 6, 2022

In the rearview are days when Oklahoma City’s key sectors – academia, aerospace, bioscience, energy, healthcare, manufacturing and research – worked solely in silos, and on the road ahead lie opportunities for those industries to cross, merge and collaborate, giving the city a future at becoming a stable, international competitor in the ever-changing global economy.

Oklahoma Aviation Academy prepares for takeoff in Norman

Journal Record Staff // Monday, April 4, 2022

An acronym known to pilots and many others in aviation – CAVU, meaning “ceiling and visibility unlimited” – may be appropriate to employ in describing students in Norman who soon will be involved in the district’s new Oklahoma Aviation Academy.

OKC Film Incentive Program looks to boost film industry, other investments

Chamber Staff // Friday, April 1, 2022

More large-budget film and TV productions may be coming to Oklahoma City, thanks to a new film incentive program that the Oklahoma City Council approved March 15.

Aerospace industry flies high at Oklahoma Capitol

Janice Francis-Smith // Thursday, March 31, 2022

With both the largest military aircraft maintenance facility and the largest commercial aircraft maintenance facility, Oklahoma is poised to become the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center of the world, according to officials celebrating AERO Oklahoma Day at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

Company plans to bring hundreds of jobs to Norman

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, March 31, 2022

An international company’s plan to open a customer care center in Norman will bring hundreds of new jobs to the city and a potential direct and indirect payroll impact in the range of $50 million annually, officials said Wednesday.

Company to bring ‘wind worker’ training to OKC

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, March 31, 2022

Enel Green Power North America announced plans Wednesday to expand its presence in Oklahoma City with a training center for “wind workers.” The company also said it has launched construction of its planned “Seven Cowboy” wind project in Kiowa and Washita counties.

Carvana celebrates opening of brand-new Oklahoma City Inspection Center

Chamber Staff // Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Carvana, a Fortune 500, national e-commerce platform retailer specializing in the buying and selling of automotive vehicles, celebrated the opening of its Oklahoma City inspection center.

Advanced Call Center Technologies selects Norman for expansion

Jeff Elkins // Wednesday, March 30, 2022

A Philadelphia-based company that provides customer relationship management programs for businesses nationwide is bringing up to 1,000 new jobs to Norman with an expansion into the city.

Funding to advance imaging center, research at OU

Staff Reports // Wednesday, March 23, 2022

The University of Oklahoma has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to establish the Oklahoma Center of Medical Imaging for Translational Cancer Research.

Oklahoma economy on the rebound in 2022 per Outlook

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, March 22, 2022

According to the Greater OKC Economic Forecast, Oklahoma is on pace to return to pre-pandemic payroll levels by mid-2022.

OKC incentives to support film, TV productions

Kathryn McNutt // Tuesday, March 22, 2022

A new local pay-for-performance incentive for large-budget film and television productions won approval from the Oklahoma City Council after language supporting small local filmmakers was added to the original resolution.

Delta announces nonstop service from OKC to NYC's LaGuardia Airport

Staff Reports // Friday, March 18, 2022

Delta Airlines recently announced that it will begin nonstop service from Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport to New York City’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) beginning June 6, 2022.

Q&A with new OMRF President Dr. Andrew Weyrich

Harve Allen // Wednesday, March 16, 2022

VeloCity staff recently visited with OMRF’s new president Dr. Andrew Weyrich to learn more about him, both professionally and personally, and to hear his thoughts about OMRF and his new role there.

OKC ranked No. 2 for lowest cost of living among large cities

Eric Long // Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Oklahoma City ranked No. 2 for Lowest Cost of Living among all reporting large cities over 500,000 population. The C2ER Annual Cost of Living Index for Oklahoma City in 2021 was 86.5.

OKC council approves film incentive aimed at boosting economy through movie, TV productions

Jana Hayes // Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Production companies will have financial incentive to film movies and television shows in Oklahoma City after the city council approved a new bond program Tuesday.

Paycom ranks among World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022

Staff Reports // Monday, March 14, 2022

Chamber member Paycom Software, Inc. has been named to Fast Company's "World's Most Innovative Companies" list for 2022. Paycom is the only HR and payroll technology company to make the global list and the only Oklahoma-based company in the Enterprise category, ranking seventh.

2022 Greater OKC Outlook predicts a strong year for the local economy

Chamber Staff // Friday, March 11, 2022

In addition to recovering some jobs in the energy sector and sustaining growth in aerospace, the metro area is likely to add jobs in business services, retail trade, health services, and financial services among others.

Breeze Airways Announces Nonstop Service to Nashville International Airport

Staff Reports // Thursday, March 10, 2022

Breeze Airways announced today that it will begin nonstop service from Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport to Nashville International Airport in Nashville, TN (BNA) beginning June 3, 2022, on their new Airbus A220 aircraft for $99 one-way.

2021 was a big year for company relocations and expansions in OKC

Chamber Staff // Friday, March 4, 2022

In 2021, 110 Chamber-assisted companies announced plans for the creation of 4,740 jobs with an annual average salary of $45,962.

Motorists now ‘On Broadway’ after I-235/I-44 opening celebration

Staff Reports // Friday, March 4, 2022

Transportation officials raised the curtain Thursday afternoon on the last major act that will significantly impact traffic at the I-235/I-44 interchange, which puts motorists back “On Broadway” after three years of construction.

OK's tribal nations play vital role in global aerospace sector

Innovation District Staff // Thursday, March 3, 2022

Oklahoma holds a unique place in the global aerospace industry; Not only does it have the key assets needed to advance aerospace technology, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and solar-powered aircraft technology, but it also has the deep-rooted investment of a highly trained and specialized workforce base – the Native American community.

OKC again named among 'best places to live and work as a moviemaker,' moves up in rankings

Nate Fisher // Wednesday, March 2, 2022

MovieMaker magazine's annual list included Oklahoma City at No. 13 among big cities to live and work as a moviemaker in 2022 due to a variety of factors, moving up two slots from last year.

OSU research leads to increased biofuel production

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, February 24, 2022

Research conducted by an Oklahoma State University professor could lead to revolutionary changes in the way biofuels are produced, resulting in big cost savings for industry and benefits for the environment.

Loveworks Leadership launches statewide youth entrepreneurship program

Staff Reports // Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Through the statewide Business Boot Up program, kids across Oklahoma can try their hand at entrepreneurship by starting their own businesses.

Kroger fulfillment network expands to Oklahoma City

Staff Reports // Tuesday, February 22, 2022

America's largest grocery retailer announced it will offer more Americans delivery through the addition of a spoke facility in Oklahoma City. The project is expected to bring up to 191 new full-time jobs to the region.

Support of film/TV production industry in OKC a great opportunity to further diversify economy

Roy Williams // Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Film/TV production is just the kind of cutting-edge creative industry that not only makes sense economically, but also benefits both our workforce as well as our perception, and attracts new investment and attention in multiple ways.

Oklahoma City named a top city for creatives

Perrin Clore Duncan // Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The arts serve a crucial role in activating culture and community. Oklahoma City was recently named by Thrillist as one of the nation’s “Great American Cities for Creatives (That You Can Actually Afford to Live In)”

OKC resources help our small businesses

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Oklahoma City has launched many different resources and support services for small businesses over the past couple of years to help business owners with advice, road maps, and in some cases, funding for startup and existing businesses.

Simple Modern to open manufacturing facility in OKC

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Simple Modern, a provider of premium drinkware and consumer products to retail partners like Amazon, Target and Sam’s Club, has announced plans to open a multimillion-dollar manufacturing facility in Oklahoma City.

Mack: CareerTech a model for other states

Marcie Mack // Monday, February 14, 2022

Oklahoma is home to one of the best CareerTech networks in the nation. CareerTech officials in other states regularly point to Oklahoma as an example of what a CareerTech system should embody.

gBETA OKC update: Second cohort applications now available

Chamber Staff // Monday, February 14, 2022

After a successful first cohort of startups, gBETA Oklahoma City, developed by nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor and supported by the Chamber, the Inasmuch Foundation and other community partners, is now accepting applications for the second cohort.

Strong job growth projected for OKC metro in 2022

Chamber Staff // Thursday, February 10, 2022

Anticipated job growth for Oklahoma City reflects an expectation of a strong start to the year and continued demand for labor that should result in job counts exceeding pre-pandemic levels.

Bridge Impact Center transforming NE OKC's STEAM scene

Innovation District Staff // Thursday, February 10, 2022

Dreaming big and daydreaming are two different things. One propels us toward our goals, and the latter can distract us from them. Marcus Jackson knows each state-of-mind well enough to have one change his life and the other change his community.

Idea Accelerator among new startup-focused programs in OKC

Chamber Staff // Monday, February 7, 2022

“Support for entrepreneurship is a key component of Forward OKC VI and likewise is imperative to OKC’s continued economic success,” said Jeff Seymour, Chamber executive vice president of economic development.

Study: OKC a great place for startups

Kathryn McNutt // Monday, February 7, 2022

Oklahoma City is an extremely attractive place for business owners and entrepreneurs, according to a new study that ranks it the 12th-best city for startups among the largest U.S. metro areas.

First National close to finish line

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, January 26, 2022

This spring will be an exciting time for Oklahoma City, Gary Brooks and the team at Cornerstone Development as they bring one of our most significant and iconic landmarks, the First National Center, to life again, 90 years after it first opened.

Oklahoma City named as one of the 100 most-loved destinations around the world

Staff Reports // Tuesday, January 25, 2022

For the first time ever, destinations around the world have been ranked by Tourism Sentiment Index to uncover those that are most-loved. These top destinations made the list according to consumer sentiment – what people really feel. Being named in the rankings means Oklahoma City has earned the love and an impressive Tourism Sentiment Score® during one of the toughest years the tourism industry has faced.

Oklahoma ranks No. 2 nationally as most desirable place to invest in oil or gas

Eric Long // Friday, January 21, 2022

The Fraser Institute recently released its 2021 Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey, and Oklahoma ranked in the top 10.

Cultivating Coders creating hope for underserved residents; Chamber looks to expand program

Chamber Staff // Thursday, January 20, 2022

Cultivating Coders is a nonprofit that works with mostly minority and lower-income students to teach them computer coding, a highly desirable skill in today’s business world.

OKC Council approves deal for Innovation Hall

Kathryn McNutt // Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Construction is set to begin this spring on a MAPS 4 project expected to create jobs and encourage more diversification of the local economy.

Grady County ranks No. 2 for top small counties in the U.S. for talent attraction

Eric Long // Friday, January 14, 2022

Grady County, a county in the Greater OKC region, was propelled 814 spots up to No. 2 for talent attraction due to a 118% increase in migration.

Recent Signify Health and Consumer Cellular announcements point to attractiveness of OKC and our workforce

Chamber Staff // Thursday, January 13, 2022

Within the last month, two major new job announcements have each indicated a common reason for their choice of Oklahoma City as a great place to expand: the quality of our local workforce.

10 OKC Entrepreneurs Begin National Accelerator Program to Turn Ideas into Reality

Staff Reports // Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Sponsored by Heartland Forward with partner Builders + Backers, the program is brought to the OKC community by the the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Inasmuch Foundation.

Oklahoma ranks #11 for best states for manufacturing

Perrin Clore Duncan // Friday, January 7, 2022

Site Selection Group recently ranked Oklahoma as the 11th best state in the nation for manufacturing, encouraging companies to consider our state as a place to get the most out of an investment in manufacturing.

O’Connor: Looking ahead at significant development projects

Cathy O'Connor // Thursday, January 6, 2022

The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City is looking forward to several highly impactful projects that will kick off in 2022.

2021 brought multiple new opportunities to OKC, more to come in 2022

Perrin Clore Duncan // Tuesday, January 4, 2022

In 2021, Oklahoma City saw impressive growth and brought in multiple new opportunities for employment, including the opening of the OKC Convention Center.

O’Connor: OKC realized huge successes in 2021

Cathy O'Connor // Monday, January 3, 2022

While the last two years have had tremendous challenges, we’ve also seen positive transformation and accomplishments in 2021 that will have a lasting impact on Oklahoma City jobs, economic development and quality of life.

DOD grant for OSU aims to increase more engineers from underrepresented populations

Chamber Staff // Thursday, December 23, 2021

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Oklahoma State University’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) a $6 million grant to develop education programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for economically disadvantaged or underrepresented students.

OG&E ranks among top business service providers on customer engagement

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Top human behavior and analytics advisory firm Escalent named OG&E a 2021 Business Customer Champion. The firm recognized 29 utility companies, noting that OG&E’s customer engagement scores on recent surveys position them as a best-in-class provider, signifying that business customers value the relationship and view and consider the utility a trusted energy adviser.

OKC a finalist for EDA Challenge program; will receive $500,000 planning grant

Staff Reports // Thursday, December 23, 2021

Oklahoma City is one of 60 finalists for the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s $1 billion “Build Back Better Regional Challenge” and will receive a $500,000 EDA planning grant to grow Oklahoma’s biotech innovation cluster with the aim of making the region’s biotech sector more globally competitive. The Oklahoma City Economic Development Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) supporting foundation of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, is the lead applicant for the Challenge grant.

Shrum: A watershed moment for OSU, Oklahoma

Kayse Shrum // Thursday, December 23, 2021

Since its inception in 1890, Oklahoma State University has tackled societal problems and shared the knowledge gained with the state and beyond. Through the generosity of Harold Hamm and Continental Resources – who have committed a combined $50 million to launch the Hamm Institute for American Energy at Oklahoma State University – we will again employ our land-grant values of research, extension and instruction.

$50M gift to OSU a game-changer for energy security

Kathryn McNutt // Thursday, December 16, 2021

A $50 million gift to Oklahoma State University will change the trajectory of energy security in the United States as it prepares the next generation of industry leaders, OSU President Kayse Shrum said at a news conference Wednesday.

Pepetools: born in OKC and sold around the world

Marcus Elwell // Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Pepetools is currently undergoing an impressive expansion in space and workforce to accommodate its thriving ecommerce market. VeloCityOKC recently sat down with the Founder & CEO of Pepetools, Tony Aizenman, to discuss how Pepetools got where it is today.

OKC, Tulsa regions among finalists for major federal cash infusions

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Coalitions in Oklahoma City and Tulsa have been named among finalists in a nationwide competition for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to be awarded through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Consumer Cellular announces more than 300 jobs coming to OKC

Staff Reports // Thursday, December 9, 2021

Top rated wireless carrier Consumer Cellular today announced it will bring more than 300 full-time and part-time jobs to Oklahoma City in the coming months.

OU scientist’s research garnering international attention

Lorene A. Roberson // Thursday, December 9, 2021

There’s no doubt that the Sooner State’s investment in the next generation of innovative technology inspires University of Oklahoma scientist Thirumalai “Venky” Venkatesan. As OU’s director for the Center for Quantum Research and Technology, he praises Oklahoma for making a commitment to new technology that advances the state’s competitiveness.

OKC's growth reflects community's efforts and investment

Roy Williams // Thursday, December 2, 2021

As we look back 30 years of the MAPS era of Oklahoma City, the transformation is dramatic.

New program in OKC aims to focus on developing ideas, creating more startups

Chamber Staff // Thursday, December 2, 2021

A new program aimed at stimulating entrepreneurial thinking and action is coming to Oklahoma City, and Chamber officials believe it will equip everyday people with the resources they need to solve problems affecting Oklahoma City residents as well as people around the country and world.

OKC’s aerospace trajectory still on target, thanks in part to state’s education system

Chamber Staff // Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Aerospace continues its ascent as one of the top industries in the state of Oklahoma, adding more companies and more jobs to this extremely important ecosystem that has quickly become the state’s second largest industry behind energy. But all of the aerospace and defense entities that call Oklahoma City home may not have fared so well if not for the number of colleges and universities and career technology centers across the region producing the skilled workforce they need to flourish here.

Signify Health selects Oklahoma City as site of new service center

Staff Reports // Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Company will host recruiting event and conduct in-person interviews on December 15, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Edmond.

O’Connor: Kiva making a difference for OKC small businesses

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A year ago, while others were busy with holiday festivities, Maurianna Adams, executive director with Progress OKC, was working late evenings organizing the final logistics for what would be Oklahoma City’s first low-barrier, micro-lending program for entrepreneurs and startups.

Applications now open for Oklahoma City residents to turn ideas into reality through idea accelerator program

Staff Reports // Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Today, Heartland Forward and its partners, Builders + Backers, the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Inasmuch Foundation, announced its bringing Heartland Forward’s groundbreaking Community Growth Program and Toolkit (CGPT), a first-of-its-kind idea accelerator, Pebble Fund and Buildership™ program, powered by Builders + Backers, to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking and action to Oklahoma City. This new cohort of 10 builders in Oklahoma City is part of Heartland Forward’s commitment to funding and supporting 1,000 builders across the heartland by 2023. The program was successfully piloted in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Oxford, Mississippi this summer. 

OKC metro ranks No. 6 nationally for overall housing affordability

Eric Long // Friday, November 19, 2021

Among U.S. metros with more than 1 million population, Oklahoma City ranked 6th for the least expensive homes among the largest metros.

National meeting for economic developers in 2022 a huge win for OKC

Chamber Staff // Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Oklahoma City Convention Center is quickly approaching its first birthday, and it has already landed a major economic development conference for 2022 that Chamber officials say could be a springboard to more large meetings at the state-of-the-art conference.

NewView aims to improve web’s accessibility

Kathryn McNutt // Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Digital access is increasingly important as technology becomes more and more a part of everyday life and business. It is even more critical for people with disabilities who cannot access information available to others.

OU startup Bison Underground wins Musk Foundation prize

Heide Brandes // Tuesday, November 16, 2021

An Oklahoma startup created a mere three months ago by University of Oklahoma current and former students was one of the winners of Elon Musk’s Musk Foundation XPrize $5 Million Carbon Removal Student Competition.

Three Oklahoma tech cos form partnership to benefit cattle ranchers

Staff Reports // Thursday, November 11, 2021

Oklahoma-based technology companies LandScout, AgBoost and SmartStock recently announced a partnership to integrate their agricultural software platforms. The alliance was formed to benefit cattle ranchers and livestock producers both statewide and across the nation.

OSU wins $6M grant to spark STEM career ambitions

Kathryn McNutt // Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Oklahoma State University officials announced Monday a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense will fund transformational STEM education programs for K-12 students in Oklahoma City and across the state.

Oklahoma City is continuing to make headlines

Roy Williams // Thursday, November 4, 2021

Our history books will look back at 2021 as a time when we made major leaps forward, particularly in our rise as a visitor destination.

OKC Innovation District wins 'Outstanding Innovation District' award

Staff Reports // Wednesday, November 3, 2021

The Oklahoma City Innovation District was recently named the Association of University Research Parks’ (AURP) Outstanding Innovation District of the Year for 2021.

OK first in U.S. to support Aero & Defense Industry through Sustainment platform

Staff Reports // Wednesday, November 3, 2021

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce’s Aerospace & Defense Team recently announced a partnership with Sustainment Technologies, Inc., an Oklahoma-based software company. In doing so, Oklahoma is the first state in the nation to provide Sustainment’s technology to all stakeholders involved in the state’s aerospace & defense sector.

American Airlines offers a brand-new nonstop flight from OKC to NYC

Perrin Clore Duncan // Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Today, a new American Airlines nonstop flight to New York City’s LaGuardia airport begins at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport.

Rose State receives $1.3 million from Tanenbaum family for aerospace, cybersecurity facility

Staff Reports // Friday, October 29, 2021

A donation ceremony was held on Thursday, Oct. 28, at Chamber member Rose State College (Rose State) where Glenna and Dick Tanenbaum delivered a $1.3 million check for the Tanenbaum Aerospace and Cybersecurity Center. The $1.3 million donation will go towards naming rights to the new facility, program equipment and furnishings.

Oklahoma students are going super sonic

Innovation District Staff // Monday, October 25, 2021

What happens when more than 300 students representing 70+ universities in 20 countries on five continents begin working together to achieve one goal? A spark happens. A spark that turned into Project Boom -- an initiative started in Oklahoma with the goal of being the first student group to break the sound barrier with a remote-controlled aircraft.

Chickasaw Nation unveils plans for development of an expansive resort-style destination development adjacent to First Americans Museum in OKC

Staff Reports // Thursday, October 21, 2021

OKANA Resort includes riverfront hotel, spa, outdoor adventure lagoon, amphitheater, indoor waterpark, restaurants, Native American Marketplace and retail outlets.

Greater OKC has five out of the top six fastest-growth counties in OK

Eric Long // Friday, October 15, 2021

The Oklahoma City metro grew by more than 170,000 people over the last decade, growing by 14%.

Oklahoma City ranks among the top ten most affordable cities in the nation for homeownership

Perrin Clore Duncan // Friday, October 15, 2021

Oklahoma City is one of the most affordable cities in the United States for homeownership, according to RealtyHop’s Housing Affordability Index.

Connect and collaborate in Oklahoma City’s Innovation District

Perrin Clore Duncan // Friday, October 15, 2021

Oklahoma City’s Innovation District is an epicenter for collaboration, innovation, opportunity, and economic growth.

Oklahoma’s rising aerospace industry to be showcased in Europe

Journal Record Staff // Friday, October 15, 2021

Oklahoma will stake a claim as the “MRO Capital of the World” when the state is showcased this month at a major international aerospace trade show planned in Amsterdam.

American Airlines now offering nonstop service to Austin-Bergstrom International and La Guardia

Staff Reports // Thursday, October 14, 2021

American Airlines launched new nonstop service from Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) making it the highest number of departures from OKC.

The heart inside OKC's innovation bloodline

Innovation District Staff // Wednesday, October 13, 2021

“Anyone who can put America’s Olympic Headquarters for rowing and kayaking in the middle of the Great Plains has the drive to be proactive and creative. We have got a confluence of assets in Oklahoma City, and if we push our beneficence and do it in a sophisticated, community-lifted way, no one will be able to catch us.”

MAPS 4 projects ready to begin after implementation plan approved

Chamber Staff // Monday, October 11, 2021

A major milestone for MAPS 4 was met in September when the City Council gave its approval to the MAPS 4 Implementation Plan, the roadmap or guiding document on how the city will implement or execute the program.

M-D Building Products have been innovating from OKC for more than a century

Marcus Elwell // Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Since 1920, M-D Building Products has been manufacturing a diverse array of products including door and window weatherstrip, caulk, aluminum and vinyl custom extrusions and flooring accessories. Over its century of success, M-D Building Products has maintained its roots as a family-run, privately held business headquartered in Oklahoma City.

Connex Oklahoma database connects manufacturers with supply chain resources

Staff Reports // Thursday, September 23, 2021

The tool allows Oklahoma manufacturers to connect, find alternate suppliers, explore production capabilities, and view their supply chain visually. It also helps manufacturers identify single-supplier risks, and find opportunities for diversification in their supply chain.

O’Connor: Momentum continues for OKC entrepreneurs

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Next week, Oklahoma City will launch another resource for local entrepreneurs. gBeta Oklahoma City will start a seven-week mentorship program to help five startup companies identify and secure resources for fundraising, company organization, marketing, e-commerce and other customer acquisition plans. The free program is created by the national startup accelerator gener8tor. Participating entrepreneurs will be mentored and coached by investors, seasoned founders and subject matter experts who will provide programming for learning sessions and pitch development. The program received high interest, with a number of startups applying.

Carvana plans to build Inspection and Reconditioning Center in Oklahoma City

Staff Reports // Friday, September 17, 2021

Carvana, the fastest-growing auto retailer in the U.S., announced plans to open an Inspection and Reconditioning Center (IRC) in Oklahoma City, helping the company address increased demand and bringing a projected 350+ new jobs to OKC.

Will Rogers World Airport welcomes first visitors to new terminal expansion

Staff Reports // Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Will Rogers World Airport recently hosted a sneak peak of the completed terminal expansion projects in the east concourse.

CareerTech powers state’s economy

Marcie Mack // Monday, September 13, 2021

Oklahoma CareerTech touches and improves the lives of Oklahomans in many ways. Through more than 426,000 enrollments, the CareerTech system provides education and training for individuals and companies in myriad specialized and customized opportunities.

Skydweller Aero achieves new heights in funding

Journal Record Staff // Friday, September 10, 2021

Skydweller Aero Inc. continues to attract financial backing as it accelerates wide-ranging possibilities for solar-powered aircraft.

gBETA preparing for Sept. 30 launch

Chamber Staff // Thursday, September 9, 2021

gBETA Oklahoma City, a free program by nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor, is set to launch on Sept. 30. The program is designed to take five early-stage startups from various industries and for seven weeks surround them with mentors, followed by targeted programming focused on fund raising, customer acquisition, e-commerce and ways to deliver the product or services.

OMRF scientist co-leading COVID booster vaccine trial

Staff Reports // Thursday, September 2, 2021

The National Institutes of Health has begun a clinical trial to assess the antibody response to an extra dose of an authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine in people with autoimmune disease who did not respond to an original COVID-19 vaccine regimen.

Q&A with Wheeler Bio’s Jesse McCool: Innovating how emerging biopharmas do business from right here in OKC

Marcus Elwell // Thursday, September 2, 2021

Last month, the formation of Wheeler Bio was announced by Oklahoma City investor Christian Kanady and scientist Dr. Jesse McCool. VeloCityOKC recently sat down with McCool, who serves as the CEO and co-founder of Wheeler Bio, to discuss plans for the company and its potential impact on Oklahoma City’s growing bioscience sector.

OKC named top city for young families

Perrin Clore Duncan // Wednesday, September 1, 2021

To identify the best cities in the nation for young families, Insurify scored locations based on real estate market hotness and inventory, diversity in local school districts, access to parks and outdoor recreational facilities, and residential and road safety.

Meacham: Plug-and-play differentiates successful entrepreneurs from everyone else

Scott Meacham // Wednesday, September 1, 2021

In the information technology world, one of the great goals of design bears the moniker of “plug-and-play.”

New solar company plans 75 jobs in Oklahoma City

The Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, August 24, 2021

EightTwenty, a new energy services company, announced plans on Monday to establish a headquarters in northeast Oklahoma City and to create 75 jobs over the next two years.

Center for Biomedical Data Sciences planned at OMRF

The Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, August 24, 2021

A planned data center at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation will bring greater cutting-edge analytic knowledge and support to hundreds of researchers seeking to better understand and treat conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

Catching up with OMRF: New NIH grant, research connects gut health and ability to heal, Griffin named president of int'l research org

Staff Reports // Monday, August 23, 2021

A grant to investigate the link between viral infection and autoimmunity, new published findings from an OMRF scientist connecting gut health with healing ability and the announcement that an OMRF scientist has been named president of the North American Vascular Biology Organization highlight recent news from the Innovation District's Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Q&A with the president of DeatschWerks, David Deatsch

Perrin Clore Duncan // Friday, August 20, 2021

We sat down with David Deatsch, the president of Chamber member DeatschWerks to hear more about his business and experience as an entrepreneur in Oklahoma City. An Oklahoma native, David has turned his passion for cars into a career, creating jobs and opportunity for the community.

OSU’s Aerospace Institute reaching for local stars

Kathryn McNutt // Thursday, August 19, 2021

Oklahoma State University announced the formation of the Oklahoma Aerospace Institute for Research and Education at a news conference Wednesday at OSU’s new building in Oklahoma City’s Innovation District.

OSU students contributing to NASA quest to explore Venus

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, August 19, 2021

Students from Oklahoma State University are playing a part in the exploration of Venus.

gener8tor announces new director for Oklahoma City startup accelerator

Staff Reports // Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Arts and business advocate Selena Skorman will run a brand-new accelerator program designed to improve access to capital for Oklahoma City startups.

Rose State and Southeastern Oklahoma State Univ announce aerospace partnership

Staff Reports // Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Chamber member Rose State College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University have developed a partnership to create a path for students to complete their two-year Enterprise Development Associate in Arts with an Aviation Emphasis at Rose State and continue on to Southeastern to complete a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management in the areas of Production & Operations, Safety or Business.

Census reveals double-barreled boost for OKC

Kathryn McNutt // Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The 17.4% leap in Oklahoma City’s population over the past decade proves the city is “doing things right,” Mayor David Holt said Monday.

Love's Travel Stops moves Texas manufacturing, distribution center to El Reno

Jack Money // Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Love’s Travel Stops is rolling additional jobs into El Reno after relocating a tire remanufacturing/distribution center from Texas.

OKC bioscience companies developing technologies to save lives, grow business

Chamber Staff // Friday, August 13, 2021

Two Oklahoma City startups are working to improve the lives of people who suffer from various health conditions through technologies they are developing in their Oklahoma City labs.

Census: Oklahoma City adds 100K residents

Jana Hayes // Friday, August 13, 2021

Oklahoma City is one of only 14 American cities where the population grew by more than 100,000 between 2010 and 2020, as almost two-thirds of Oklahoma counties were losing residents.

Kiva USA building bridges for many OKC small businesses

Chamber Staff // Thursday, August 12, 2021

Several locally owned small businesses are singing the praises of a national lending program established in Oklahoma City recently that is designed to help underrepresented small business owners gain access to capital they typically might have difficulty obtaining.

Donation boosts rocket research at Oklahoma State

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, August 12, 2021

Rocket research being conducted at Oklahoma State University was thrust forward recently by a donation received from a Texas aeronautics company.

O’Connor: Land use plan provides guide for Innovation District

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The goals of the Innovation District are to develop a place where innovation and entrepreneurship flourish and where people can congregate, collaborate and network to share ideas, leading to new companies, inventions and technology breakthroughs. This 1.3-square-mile area now has a land use plan to better guide future development.

Tinker's Kirkland sees local support continuing to fuel base's mission

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Retirement is just weeks away for Tinker’s current commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, Lt. Gen. Gene Kirkland, but that does not necessarily mean he is taking it easy or resting on his laurels.

Moore Norman Technology Center launching aerospace technician program

Christian Tabak // Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Moore Norman Technology Center has its eyes set on a burgeoning state industry as the career tech institute launches a new program for aspiring aerospace trainees.

Oklahoma ranks no. 13 for best run city in America

Eric Long // Friday, August 6, 2021

Among the 150 largest U.S. cities, Oklahoma City was ranked as the 13th best run city.

O’Connor: Continued partnership drives OKC’s economy

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

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

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

Chamber Staff // Friday, July 23, 2021

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

Tinker expanding to allow for security, growth

Kathryn McNutt // Friday, July 23, 2021

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

Investment aims to produce more engineers in Oklahoma

Journal Record Staff // Friday, July 23, 2021

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

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

Staff Reports // Thursday, July 22, 2021

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

Bio research, development in OKC on rise with new company

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, July 22, 2021

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

Oklahoma City's MMAC completes major transition for shared services

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, July 20, 2021

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

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

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, July 20, 2021

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

OKC rank among top cities for tech talent growth

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, July 15, 2021

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

United Dynamics expands to downtown OKC

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

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

O’Connor: Land swap positions OKC to attract large employer

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Some of our biggest property deals are high-profile and recognized by the public as having great potential to impact our economy – the Omni Hotel is a great example. Other property deals are less noticed by the public but have a significant impact on Oklahoma City’s ability to draw outside investment, large headquarters and hundreds or even thousands of jobs.

Jeff Bezos picks OSU alum and female aerospace pioneer to launch with him

Marcia Duncan // Friday, July 2, 2021

Sixty years after acing astronaut tests but barred because she was a woman, Oklahoma State University alum Wally Funk will rocket into space alongside Jeff Bezos in just three weeks.

Meacham: Oklahoma has long exhibited the DNA of entrepreneurship

Scott Meacham // Thursday, July 1, 2021

Of the nearly 3 billion base pairs in the human genome, about 99% are the same in every human being — however, it is the sequence of these DNA pairs that makes each of us who we are genetically.

O’Connor: Kiva making a difference for small businesses in Oklahoma

Cathy O'Connor // Thursday, July 1, 2021

In January, Progress OKC launched the Kiva lending program in Oklahoma. It’s a low-barrier micro-lending program for entrepreneurs and startups that typically have difficulty accessing capital. Traditional lenders such as banks may require credit history, collateral, citizenship and financial performance verification that can create barriers for startups, especially for women and minorities.

Gener8tor’s gBeta program will foster growth for Oklahoma City’s startups

Perrin Clore Duncan // Monday, June 21, 2021

The gener8tor startup accelerator program, gBeta, will bring more opportunities to innovative early-stage companies in Oklahoma City. A collaboration between the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and six other local organizations helped make this program possible.

Oklahoma Ranks No. 3 for Economic Outlook

Eric Long // Monday, June 21, 2021

Oklahoma ranked 3rd in the United States for its economic outlook and legislative policies.

‘Cool factor’ sells Podchaser CEO on OKC

Jim Stafford // Monday, June 21, 2021

As co-founder and CEO of Podchaser, a podcast discovery venture that bills itself as the “IMDB for podcasts,” Bradley Davis built a distributed business in which employees can live and work virtually anywhere in the world.

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

Cynthia Reid // Thursday, June 17, 2021

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

Rose State College Provides Aerospace Opportunity To Engineers

Staff Reports // Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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

OKC lab at forefront of cell research

Kathryn McNutt // Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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

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

Harve Allen // Thursday, June 10, 2021

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

‘Preaccelerator’ program announced to benefit OKC entrepreneurs

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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

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

Staff Reports // Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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

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

Dale Denwalt // Friday, June 4, 2021

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

New Startup Accelerator Announced in Oklahoma City

Staff Reports // Thursday, June 3, 2021

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

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

Staff Reports // Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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

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

Perrin Clore Duncan // Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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

Iron Horse economic driver on OKC’s doorstep

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Looking around the metro, signs of economic life continue to percolate. The travel, hospitality and energy sectors are pulling themselves off the mat, and our state looks to emerge from the trials of the last year stronger than before. Look at the latest sales tax returns for Oklahoma City. Collections were up 38% compared to 2020, setting a record of $47.1 million.

Oklahoma City named top city where people spend the least on housing

Perrin Clore Duncan // Friday, May 28, 2021

SmartAsset has named Oklahoma City as the top city where people spend the least on housing in a recent study of the nation’s 50 largest cities.

Oklahoma City’s regional manufacturing industry thriving according to April’s Chamber Forum

Perrin Clore Duncan // Thursday, May 27, 2021

April’s Chamber Forum Event covered OKC's regional manufacturing industry, featuring Kevin Barber, Tim Frisby, Mark Layton, and Jeff Seymour as panelists. Attendees learned about the major initiatives, programs, and current issues that impact Oklahoma City’s business climate, economy, and community within the manufacturing sector.

Gov. Kevin Stitt signs new Oklahoma film incentive bill into law

Brandy McDonnell and Carmen Forman // Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Kelley Gann was celebrating the news that an Oklahoma film she produced won a national award when she got word she will likely get the chance to make even more movies in her home state. 

Breeze Airways to bring service to OKC, Tulsa

Journal Record Staff // Monday, May 24, 2021

Breeze Airways has announced new nonstop service between Oklahoma City and Tampa, New Orleans and San Antonio and also between Tulsa and the same destinations.

Meacham: 'Unicorns' aren't a myth in the startup world. Here's how to spot them

Scott Meacham // Monday, May 24, 2021

Oklahoma and i2E scored another first in innovation and entrepreneurship in April when Alkami Technology, our state’s and our firm’s first “unicorn,” debuted on the Nasdaq (ALKT). 

Future of rapid transit in OKC metro one step closer following bill passage

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Commuter rail service in the Oklahoma City metro is one step closer to becoming reality following passage of Chamber-supported legislation that grants limited tort liability protections for any future commercial operator of the rail line. The measure, Senate Bill 967, was recently signed by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and will become law on Nov. 1, 2021.

M-D Building Products acquires Cardinal Aluminum

Staff Reports // Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Oklahoma City-based M-D Building Products, Inc., a family-owned company involved in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a range of residential and commercial weatherization, flooring, caulking, and specialty extrusion products, has acquired the assets of Louisville-based Cardinal Aluminum Co. and its subsidiaries, Cardinal Architectural and Designer Moulding.

Behind-the-scenes researchers work to improve wheat at OSU

Journal Record Staff // Friday, May 14, 2021

Helping farmers in Oklahoma and around the world grow wheat to flourish despite challenges that might range from stripe rust to greenbug infestation involves a sizable team of federal and state researchers and extension educators working in collaboration at Oklahoma State University.

Oklahoma City ranks No. 3 for overall housing affordability

Eric Long // Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Among U.S. metros with over 1 million population, Oklahoma City ranked third for the lowest percentage of severely cost burdened middle-income households.

BRT system speeding to OKC

Kathryn McNutt // Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The city’s first rapid transit bus route – which runs mainly along Northwest Expressway and Classen Boulevard – will pass within one-half mile of 91,000 jobs and 45,000 residents.

Oklahoma City's public art ranked best in country by USA Today

Steve Lackmeyer // Monday, May 10, 2021

Oklahoma City's public art, ranging from historic to abstract sculptures to rotating murals in the Plaza District, is the best in the country as ranked by readers of USA Today.

OKC warehouse, distribution sector thriving

Journal Record Staff // Monday, May 10, 2021

The health of Oklahoma City’s warehouse and distribution sector was reflected in recent data published by labor market analytics firm Emsi.

5-megawatt solar expansion at Choctaw Nation/OG&E Solar Energy Center announced

Staff Reports // Friday, May 7, 2021

Oklahoma Gas and Electric will expand its Choctaw Nation/OG&E Solar Energy Center in Durant by an additional 5-megawatts (MW), bringing the total solar capacity to 10 MW. OG&E will construct, own and operate the additional 5MW expansion, which is expected to come online by the end of 2021.

O’Connor: OKC working hard to support food, beverage industry

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Good news for the food and beverage industry. On Monday, the SBA opened applications for its new Restaurant Revitalization Fund. It will provide $28.6 billion to offset COVID-related revenue losses by restaurants, bakeries, bars, breweries, food trucks and caterers across the country. Funds can be used to help with payroll, insurance, mortgage or rent, utilities, construction of outdoor seating and other business operating expenses.

Restaurant fund to help businesses clear final pandemic hurdles

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Bakeries, bars and other businesses that provide food or drink in Oklahoma and across the nation may benefit from a new Restaurant Revitalization Fund that officially opened on Monday.

Aerospace industry in OKC has added more than 6,600 jobs since 2015

Marcus Elwell // Tuesday, April 27, 2021

According to a new report issued by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, employment in the sector has grown by 6,640 jobs, or 18%, since the last report in 2015.

TokenEx grows in OKC, offers tech that protects sensitive information through ‘tokenization’

Jim Stafford // Monday, April 26, 2021

“You can't find anything better than Oklahoma City, as far as the people, location and office space, as well as the commitment back to technology in the area. What we found is that Oklahoma City is very technology-forward."

Student innovators, entrepreneurs rise in Love’s competition

Journal Record Staff // Monday, April 26, 2021

Student innovators from Oklahoma showcased projects to improve everything from emergency wound care for injured horses to flight efficiency in unmanned aerial vehicles during the 2021 Love’s Entrepreneur Cup competition.

Oklahoma aerospace company developing solar-powered drone that could fly for months without landing

Dale Denwalt // Monday, April 26, 2021

Imagine an aircraft that can remain in the sky for months without having to land and refuel.

Better Streets, Safer City program makes progress

Chamber Staff // Friday, April 23, 2021

In addition to resurfaced trails, new bike lanes and sidewalks, drivers are also experiencing smoother trips on Oklahoma City streets these days, thanks to voter approval of a Chamber-led campaign in 2017 to make city roads better and safer.

Experts needed to help in OKC’s economic recovery

Marcus Elwell // Friday, April 23, 2021

Officials are now looking for local experts to help fill a crucial role in Oklahoma City’s economic recovery through the OKC Small Business Continuity Program. Local professionals or companies selected to provide technical assistance will be paid for their efforts.

American to offer nonstop flights from OKC to NYC

Kathryn McNutt // Friday, April 23, 2021

Long-awaited nonstop flights from Oklahoma to New York City go on sale Saturday following Thursday’s announcement that American Airlines will begin the daily service Nov. 2.

Community investment in biosciences leads to the ultimate “win-win”

Scott Meacham // Wednesday, April 21, 2021

At i2E our mission is to invest in entrepreneurs to build successful high growth companies in Oklahoma. While the world of investing can be complicated, the ultimate goal, like our mission, is pretty straightforward. We are looking to create “win-win” scenarios in our community.

Skydweller takes crucial step in reaching goal of perpetual flight

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Skydweller Aero Inc., an Oklahoma City-based aerospace company developing solar-powered aircraft for defense and commercial industries, announced reaching a milestone on Monday.

OKC healthcare industry jobs increased 12% in the last decade

Chamber Staff // Monday, April 19, 2021

As the Chamber looks forward to the annual State of Health event next month, economist Eric Long provides a review of the region’s healthcare sector and its importance to the region’s economy.

Local companies investing in OKC's future workforce

Laura Nance // Friday, April 16, 2021

Students at a local high school are discovering their true potential and receiving valuable on-the-job experience thanks to more than 50 Oklahoma City-area companies.

Oklahoma City ranks #3 lowest cost of doing business among large metros

Eric Long // Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Moody’s North American Business Cost Review analyzed 53 Metro areas over 1,000,000 people and ranked various costs associated with doing business.

Oklahoma manufacturers get a boost from new $10 million incentive program

Dale Denwalt // Friday, April 9, 2021

As Oklahoma continues its march out of the economically disastrous COVID-19 pandemic, the state Department of Commerce is setting aside $10 million for existing manufacturers to spur investment and innovation.

Innovation District Symposium recap: OK on the forefront of Autonomous Systems Tech

Innovation District Staff // Thursday, April 8, 2021

With this year’s topic centralizing on autonomous system technologies, thought leaders from the public and private sectors as well as industry and academia all came together to discuss global advancements in autonomous systems and to highlight Oklahoma’s position at the forefront of this wave of innovation.

OKC makes recent '10 coolest cities with lowest cost of living’ list

Perrin Duncan // Wednesday, March 31, 2021

With an 86.6 cost of living index combined with an array of attractions, culture, and entertainment, Oklahoma City made PureWow’s top ten list featuring the “coolest cities with the lowest cost of living” in the nation.

Better Streets, Safer City update: 119 resurfaced street miles in 2020

Staff Reports // Wednesday, March 24, 2021

About 119 miles of streets were resurfaced and 21 miles of sidewalk constructed in 2020 with Better Streets, Safer City sales tax funds. The bond-funded portion of the program includes hundreds of millions of dollars more in street resurfacing funds.

Moody's, S&P affirm OKC's AAA bond rating

Staff Reports // Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings have each affirmed the City of Oklahoma City’s top-notch bond rating and stable long-term outlook. It’s the 11th year in a row OKC achieved the highest rating.

Metro-area highway system upgrades continue

Chamber Staff // Friday, March 19, 2021

Motorists can continue to expect construction within several Oklahoma City metro interstate work zones this spring, but with the promise of improved pavement conditions and safety updates along some of the most heavily traveled corridors within the city.

Interview with Chamber's innovation expert Evan Fay: 'Your efforts here will not be marginal'

Marcus Elwell // Friday, March 19, 2021

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

Will Rogers World Airport prepares to open expansion

Chamber Staff // Friday, March 19, 2021

As officials at Will Rogers World Airport work through an unprecedented decline in air travel at the same time they are implementing a significant terminal expansion, we reached out to Mark Kranenburg, OKC's Director of Airports, to get some insight on what is next for the region’s largest airport.

OKC rated No. 1 for lowest cost of living among large cities

Eric Long // Friday, March 19, 2021

Oklahoma City ranks No. 1 for Lowest Cost of Living among all reporting large cities over 500,000 population.

At Martin Bionics, an innovator’s work is never complete

Journal Record Staff // Friday, March 19, 2021

The work of an innovator is never complete.

Aerospace industry producing $11.6 billion impact in Oklahoma City region

Chamber Staff // Monday, March 8, 2021

A new report released by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and RegionTrack shows that the impact of the region’s aerospace industry has grown significantly in the last five years, supporting the production of $11.6 billion in total output of goods and services in 2020.

2021 off to a fast start with pair of job announcements

Chamber Staff // Friday, March 5, 2021

A pair of companies have already announced major projects in Oklahoma City, pointing to a strong year for the local economy.

State of Oklahoma ranks top 10 for lowest tax burden

Eric Long // Thursday, February 25, 2021

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

Oklahoma is ready for the drone industry

Dale Denwalt // Thursday, February 25, 2021

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

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

Nate Fisher // Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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

O’Connor: Small businesses, nonprofits helped through program

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

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

Berry Aviation to add new division in Stillwater

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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

Small business programs launch in Oklahoma

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

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

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

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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

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

Dale Denwalt // Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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

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

Marcus Elwell // Monday, February 8, 2021

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

OKC entrepreneur profile: Ryan Bupp

Marcus Elwell // Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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

Corken to expand with 120 new jobs

Kathryn McNutt // Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Corken Inc. will expand its facility at 9201 N. I-35 Service Rd. and add 120 new jobs by consolidating with Liquid Controls LLC and relocating those operations from Chicago.

Langston University teams up with Google to launch program helping students with digital skills

Perris Jones // Monday, February 1, 2021

Oklahoma's only historically Black university is getting help in their mission to prepare students for the workforce. Langston University is teaming with Google and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Students to be exposed to creative careers in film & TV

Staff Reports // Thursday, January 28, 2021

More than 30,000 middle and high school students across the state will for the first time be treated to an inside view of the careers they can have in the growing Oklahoma film and TV industry through a collaborative endeavor with Junior Achievement (JA), Creative Oklahoma (COK), Maverick Arts, the Oklahoma Film & Music Office (OFMO) and nearly 30 industry professionals.

UCO Expands Customized Workforce Development Solutions with Launch of LX Studio

Staff Reports // Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The University of Central Oklahoma has launched LX Studio, an agency specializing in workforce development solutions for organizations of any type and size. LX Studio is the only agency in the state that provides both customized education strategy to assess a business’s education needs and the actual design of training solutions.

Omni opens with fanfare and 100 guests

Janice Francis-Smith // Wednesday, January 27, 2021

As promised, the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel at 100 W. Oklahoma City Blvd. opened its doors on Tuesday, welcoming 100 guests on its first day in business and ushering in a new era for Oklahoma City’s tourism and entertainment economy.

Sooner State cities rank among top spots for moviemakers

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Oklahoma City and Tulsa made the list of “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2021” announced Tuesday by MovieMaker.

New platform to help kids explore careers in TV, film

Journal Record Staff // Monday, January 25, 2021

The evolving story of movie making and television production in Oklahoma should spark the imaginations and career aspirations of students who will experience a little of the magic themselves this year.

Omni hotel to open; new restaurants will debut

Nate Fisher // Monday, January 25, 2021

As the new 17-story, 605-room Oklahoma City Convention Center headquarter hotel, Omni OKC, prepares to open its doors Tuesday, local residents may find their palates piqued by some of the recently announced food and beverage options that will be available.

Oklahoma entrepreneur invents plant-based ‘Plastix’

Jim Stafford // Friday, January 22, 2021

Her audience sat spellbound for more than an hour recently as Sharina Perry shared her journey into entrepreneurship and her vision for her Oklahoma-based companies centered around developing and distributing her invention, Utopia Plastix.

2020 announcements point to positive outlook for OKC

Nate Fisher // Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Despite the pandemic, OKC saw a number of job-related and company expansion announcements that bode well for our economic future.

OK 'Wonder Grant' returns with focus on virtual education and training

Staff Reports // Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Oklahoma organizations have an opportunity to reinvent the way they train and educate online through a $15k Wonder Grant.

Tech center academy to develop next-generation business leaders

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, January 20, 2021

An academy planned at Francis Tuttle Technology Center should promote the entrepreneurial spirit and skills of a new generation of business leaders in Oklahoma, officials say.

Changing careers? OU launches cybersecurity, coding bootcamps

Dale Denwalt // Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Two educational "bootcamps" are forming at the University of Oklahoma for people interested in cybersecurity and coding careers.

Survey: Oklahoma perfect for energy investment

Janice Francis-Smith // Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Oklahoma is the most attractive jurisdiction for oil and gas investment in North America, according to a recent survey from the Fraser Institute.

Oklahoma company brings high-tech sensors to semi trailers

Dale Denwalt // Thursday, January 14, 2021

Colleges gear up to meet demand for aerospace, cybersecurity workers

The Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Rose State College and Tulsa Community College have been designated as partners in the first Aerospace and Cybersecurity Center of Workforce Excellence in Oklahoma.

CareerTech launches initiative

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, January 12, 2021

More than 16,000 students in 20 technology center districts across Oklahoma are learning more about nontraditional careers through a new Oklahoma CareerTech initiative.

Land acquired for OKC Innovation District project

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, January 12, 2021

A planned 400,000-square-foot development on prime real estate near downtown Oklahoma City will be a place for collaborative innovation by professionals in energy, aerospace and other key industries in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma grooming students for aerospace careers

Chip Minty // Tuesday, January 12, 2021

As many as 10 graduating seniors from Ada High School could walk off the commencement stage this spring with a diploma in their hand and a pilot’s license in their pocket.

Oklahoma grooming students for aerospace careers

Chip Minty // Tuesday, January 12, 2021

As many as 10 graduating seniors from Ada High School could walk off the commencement stage this spring with a diploma in their hand and a pilot’s license in their pocket.

OKC middle-school entrepreneurs expand Wrist World brand

Laura Nance // Friday, January 8, 2021

The team left last February's International Toy Fair with a license to develop AR bands featuring Japanese vocal synthesizer character Hatsune Miku.

SmartAsset: OKC among most livable cities

Nate Fisher // Tuesday, January 5, 2021

According to a recent analysis by SmartAsset, Oklahoma City ranked in the top 25 most livable cities in the U.S., taking into account a variety of factors like unemployment rate, crime, housing costs and more among the 100 largest cities in the nation.

State of Oklahoma ranked among Top 10 for manufacturing

Eric Long // Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Site Selection Group recently ranked the State of Oklahoma as the 10th best state for manufacturing investment in 2020.

Generation USA workforce program considering OKC launch

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Generation USA, an organization built to help close the skills gap present across the United States, is considering launching a program in Oklahoma City focused on information technology, customer service and back-office career training, hiring and long-term mentorship.

OKC's downtown film studio launches production

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, January 5, 2021

A $160,000 CARES Act grant is helping launch a non-profit job training program to meet an increasing demand for workers needed to produce films in Oklahoma.

Wrist World launches expanded game with virtual Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku

Dale Denwalt // Tuesday, January 5, 2021

A group of Oklahoma teens who launched their own augmented reality game last year have teamed up with Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku, who will be a playable character in their game, Wrist World.

Oklahoma City developers thrilled to reveal plans for ambitious R&D center

Richard Mize // Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Aviation, aerospace, bioscience and energy research and development are planned for a mixed-use project "focused on collaborative innovation" — in Oklahoma City's Innovation District — revealed Tuesday by two of the city's leading developers, Gardner Tanenbaum and Robinson Park Investments.

Local aviation leaders discuss Oklahoma City’s future as an aerospace hub

Marcus Elwell // Friday, December 18, 2020

Top executives from the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, Kratos and Skydweller recently participated in a webinar to discuss why Oklahoma City has been successful as an aerospace hub.

First National renovation a special project to Brooks as well as to OKC

Nate Fisher // Thursday, December 17, 2020

With the majority of progress invisible to the public, Gary Brooks recently gave an update on the exciting renovation of the First National Center via a virtual tour.

North Star Scientific to Open Aerospace Manufacturing Operation in Oklahoma City

Staff Reports // Wednesday, December 16, 2020

North Star Scientific (NSS) Corporation, a Hawaii-based company, has announced plans to expand to Oklahoma City. The company plans to start operations in January with approximately five employees and will ramp up to 40 jobs once its manufacturing site is fully operational.

Small Business Trade and Export Assistance Funds Available

Staff Reports // Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Applications are now available to assist small businesses with funding for export promotion and training through the State Trade Export Promotion Grant (STEP) program administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has been awarded $326,800 in STEP grant funding which will be used to provide training opportunities, research & market entry reports, and reimburse participant companies for approved activities associated with attending trade events, trade missions, website translation and international marketing initiatives for companies across Oklahoma.

Oklahoma County relief program reports results

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The Oklahoma County Small Business and Nonprofit Grants reported preliminary results of its funding, totaling nearly $14.7 million.

OMRF discovery ignites search for patients with skeletal disorder

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, December 16, 2020

For Broken Arrow’s Madison Cain, Santa needs to leave only one thing under the tree in 2020: a new Bitty Baby.

Inventing a better prosthetic Inventing a better prosthetic

Heide Brandes // Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Jay Martin, founder of Martin Bionics of Oklahoma City, used his knowledge of robotics and his experience working on “Iron Man” suits for NASA to create what he calls a quality-of-life changer for amputees.

Innovation District puts spotlight on students' work with unmanned systems

Marcus Elwell // Monday, December 14, 2020

The showcase will highlight student research projects on unmanned, autonomous system technologies and allow for meaningful interaction with the students to gain a better understanding of their research.

Experts: Aerospace is booming in Oklahoma

Janice Francis-Smith // Friday, December 11, 2020

This is the most exciting time in history for the aerospace industry in Oklahoma, according to a panel of experts who spoke during the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s State of the Aerospace Industry online event held Thursday.

Cultivating Coders to launch adult coding camp next month

Marcus Elwell // Friday, December 11, 2020

Participants will leave the program with skills for web development employment.

Small business relief available for Pottawatomie County businesses

Staff Reports // Thursday, December 10, 2020

Shawnee Forward Inc, in collaboration with Pottawatomie County, the City of Shawnee and the City of Tecumseh, have announced a Small Business Relief Fund grant program of $155,000 to help meet the urgent needs of small businesses in Pottawatomie county impacted the COVID-19 virus.

O’Connor: New program provides critical capital for small businesses

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, December 9, 2020

One of the biggest obstacles for entrepreneurs and startups is finding access to capital. Young or small companies can go bust if the founders can’t find funding for equipment, supplies or workers needed to generate revenue. Finding traditional capital can be especially difficult for business owners with no credit score or a score below 650.

Film company gets long-term lease at Cox Center

Janice Francis-Smith // Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Prairie Surf Media will get eight years to use the Cox Center as a soundstage for film production, according to the terms of the lease agreement approved by the Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday.

Kratos successfully lands contract worth more than $37 million for drone made in Oklahoma

Jack Money // Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’ Valkyrie XQ-58A is helping Oklahoma’s growing aerospace industry soar.

OKC has unofficial ambassador to the world in Monscierge founder Marcus Robinson

Jim Stafford // Friday, December 4, 2020

Marcus Robinson traveled the world as he evangelized the hospitality industry on behalf of Oklahoma City-based Monscierge and the software platform it built to enhance hotel guest and staff communications.

Amazon Announces New Fulfillment Center in Oklahoma City

Staff Reports // Thursday, December 3, 2020

New one million square-foot site to create over 500 new, full-time jobs

Rapids: the Olympic story on the Oklahoma River grows

Chamber Staff // Wednesday, December 2, 2020

OKC’s roaring whitewater course is engineered for elite athletes in kayaks and thrill-seekers aboard rafts.

Commerce Department certifies 9 Centers for Workforce Excellence

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Nine Centers for Workforce Excellence have been certified in Oklahoma under the Oklahoma Works Together program.

Tech jobs in OKC: Rural Sourcing grows 20% in 2020

Staff Reports // Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Rural Sourcing has found great tech talent in OKC and is actively working with schools and coding boot camp programs to train the next generation of developers. With a high quality of living in OKC, the firm has also been able to recruit talent to the city.

Workforce tax credit gives state competitive edge

Justin Tinder // Monday, November 30, 2020

Promoting both the momentum and the growth of the aerospace industry has been a top priority of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber for many years.

Biotech in OKC: synergies spark achievement

Chamber Staff // Monday, November 30, 2020

OKC’s bio boom began with promising science and the infrastructure to support success. Characteristic pioneer spirit and an entrepreneurial bent help explain its current leap to the forefront as a biotech player.

OSU joins partners to create supersonic unmanned aircraft

Journal Record Staff // Monday, November 30, 2020

A group of student researchers from Oklahoma State University’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology is collaborating with a group of students from around the world looking to break the sound barrier with an unmanned aircraft.

OKC expands aid to small businesses through Kiva Hub agreement

Staff Reports // Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber helped facilitate the City’s participation via the National League of Cities’ City Innovation Ecosystems program.

New grants help central Oklahoma economy

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Oklahoma County Small Business and Nonprofit Grants opened Monday with an enthusiastic response from businesses and nonprofits across central Oklahoma. The goal of the program is to quickly put funding into the hands of small business owners and nonprofits to provide stabilization and help retain jobs in central Oklahoma. The grants are possible through $15 million in CARES Act funding, allocated by our Oklahoma County commissioners and administered by the Oklahoma Industries Authority.

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

Staff Reports // Monday, November 23, 2020

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

The cutting edge of lighter, stronger

Steve Metzer // Monday, November 23, 2020

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

Film Industry’s broad growth promises bright future for state

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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

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

Marcus Elwell // Monday, November 16, 2020

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

OKC ranks among top cities in small business environment

Chamber Staff // Monday, November 9, 2020

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

Metro Tech launches apprenticeship program

Chamber Staff // Monday, November 9, 2020

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

Manufacturing ‘game changer’: Oklahoma commerce officials tout portal

Steve Metzer // Friday, November 6, 2020

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

Chamber develops initial entrepreneur survey

Justin Tinder // Thursday, November 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

OKC rapidly becoming a film set

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

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

Francis Tuttle Danforth Campus to focus on entrepreneurship

The Journal Record Staff // Monday, November 2, 2020

When Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s new Danforth Campus opens in August it will focus on creativity, innovation and the development of ideas to promote entrepreneurs.

Amazon continues OKC expansion, additional jobs offered for holidays

Richard Mize // Monday, November 2, 2020

Amazon didn't wait around for its $80 million, 1-million-square-foot expansion — announced in March as the exploding coronavirus kept people home and shopping online — to keep expanding in Oklahoma City.

Biotech in OKC: driven by discovery

Chamber Staff // Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The bioscience industry of discovery has discovered OMRF. Given its exciting findings and the remarkable array of resources it offers the pharmaceutical world, the institution has long since transcended its Oklahoma roots - i.e. the ‘O’ in OMRF.

OMRF receives $3.7 million for autoimmune disease research

Staff Reports // Friday, October 23, 2020

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation $3.7 million to continue research on Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease.

OKC startup Cage announces full integration with Adobe Photoshop

Chamber Stff // Thursday, October 22, 2020

Building off the success of their recent Cage for XD launch, today we’re thrilled the company announced the availability of their Cage plugin for Adobe Photoshop.

Prairie Surf Media to transform Cox Conv. Center into motion picture, television studio

Chamber Staff // Thursday, October 22, 2020

Oklahoma City-based Prairie Surf Media was granted the rights to establish Prairie Surf Studios in the Cox Convention Center, which will house the largest clear-span soundstages in the Midwest.

OMRF receives $1.2 million to study diseases of aging

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, October 22, 2020

The National Institutes of Health has awarded two grants totaling $1.2 million to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for research on age-related decline in mobility and health.

Downtown OKC studios could provide big boost to local film biz

Steve Lackmeyer // Thursday, October 22, 2020

Kerry Myers got her start in the Oklahoma City film community but is now living in Albuquerque and recently completed a second season working in set decorations for the series “Better Call Saul.”

Tinker AFB: America's largest air defense depot

Chamber Staff // Thursday, October 15, 2020

Tinker Air Force Base is the heartbeat of the U.S. Air Force mission, sustaining operations around the world. Its presence is critical not just to Oklahoma, but to the defense of our nation.

OSU engineering classes to start fall 2021 in DISCOVERY building

Molly Fleming // Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Oklahoma State University is planning to use the Baker Hughes Energy Innovation Center building in the Innovation District for research, engineering classes and activities connected to the OKC business community as it fills the workforce with ready-to-hire engineers. Classes are expected to start in fall 2021.

Oklahoma remains a sought-after housing destination

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Oklahoma ranked as the 4th most affordable state for home ownership.

OMRF receives $2.2 million to study protein's role in reproduction, cancer

Staff Reports // Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation $2.2 million to study a cellular protein’s role in reproduction and cancer.

OKC company gets ‘smart’ on tractor-trailers

Heide Brandes // Monday, October 5, 2020

What is the point of having a smart, technology-based truck if the trailer is still lagging behind?

Air Force partners with OSU to advance engineering research

Chamber Staff // Friday, September 25, 2020

The United States Air Force and Oklahoma State University have agreed to a five-year partnership that will develop cutting-edge research projects and create new educational opportunities for students and service members. The partnership will be enhanced by the cooperative engineering programs opening of OSU Discover building in the Innovation District.

OSU students design and build innovative engine for drones

Dale Denwalt // Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Joshua Johnsen and his team of fellow aerospace engineering students are relatively new to the world of drone design, but their collaboration has produced engine technology that could eventually power drones and other aircraft.

Kratos grows OKC drone production as it competes for massive Air Force contract

Dale Denwalt // Friday, September 18, 2020

Kratos Defense, a manufacturer of military tactical and training drones, expanded its footprint in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance offers career advancement online tool

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is now offering an online tool that provides a career advancement “road map” for manufacturing workers across the state.

Launch Metro OKC platform brings local entrepreneurial resources to one place

Marcus Elwell // Monday, September 14, 2020

Launch Metro OKC, which went live on Aug. 12, was built to service every aspect of the entrepreneur ecosystem. Users can find everything from educational content, connections with mentors, community discussions, events calendars and a whole lot more.

Air Force's newest refueling tanker arrives in Oklahoma for maintenance

Dale Denwalt // Monday, September 14, 2020

Maintenance crews at Tinker Air Force Base welcomed their first KC-46 mid-air refueling tanker Thursday.

Clubhouse Trailers led by pair of entrepreneurial savvy ‘Band Dads’

Jim Stafford // Monday, September 14, 2020

Drew Taylor and Jeff Hadley describe themselves as the ultimate “band dads,” although in reality they are savvy entrepreneurs guiding phenomenal growth of their Edmond-based business called Clubhouse Trailers.

State of Oklahoma ranks in Top 10 for highway bridge conditions

Eric Long // Friday, September 4, 2020

In 2004, Oklahoma was ranked 49th in the nation for highway bridge conditions.

OMRF brain tumor drug receives rare disease designations from the FDA

Adam Kemp // Thursday, September 3, 2020

A “game changing” drug for treating two different types of cancer has been given the green light by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

OKC finds new ways to be developer-friendly

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Oklahoma City has always been an easy place to do business. For developers and construction companies, Oklahoma City just got a little friendlier.

Stillwater company raises $1 million to produce high-tech materials

Dale Denwalt // Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Stillwater's MITO Material Solutions recently closed a $1 million funding round, which will help it complete a pilot project and fully enter the market with its nano-additive products.

First OKC Cultivating Coders camp hailed as big success

Molly Fleming // Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Students spent 8 weeks learning computer coding, then showed off their new skills in a presentation on Friday. The Chamber is seeking a partner to help bring the camp to OKC again.

OU Health Sciences Center earns record high in grants

Journal Record Staff // Monday, August 31, 2020

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center earned a record high $190 million in federal and state awards during state fiscal year 2020, a milestone that advances research and other strategies to improve health and well-being among Oklahomans.

OKC-based Spiers New Technologies keeps electric vehicles on road with pioneering battery remanufacturing services

Jim Stafford // Friday, August 28, 2020

“Remanufacturing sort of originated in Oklahoma, and it was with Fred Jones. So, in a way it’s interesting that we, pioneers in battery remanufacturing, also started in Oklahoma.”

OU Receives $20 Million Grant to Lead Inaugural National Science Foundation Artificial Intelligence Institute

Press Release // Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The University of Oklahoma is leading a National Science Foundation AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography that is being hailed as a “historic milestone in environmental science.”

Stillwater company lands contract for devices that detect harmful chemicals

Dale Denwalt // Thursday, August 20, 2020

A local technology company received a $2.47 million defense contract for its chemical-sensing wearable badges.

OKC desirable location of recent college graduates

Chamber Staff // Friday, August 7, 2020

Oklahoma City is ranked ninth in places to start employment after graduation.

PHF awards $4.6 million in new research grants

Molly Fleming // Friday, August 7, 2020

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation were the recipients of the grants money. One of the research project involves a closer look at COVID-19 an its affects on people living with multiple sclerosis.

Baker Hughes donates Energy Innovation Center building to OSU

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Oklahoma State University has formed a technology collaboration with Baker Hughes that included the donation of the Baker Hughes Energy Innovation Center in the Innovation District east of downtown Oklahoma City to OSU.

Kratos' Skyborg contract to bring work to Oklahoma City, California

Jack Money // Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Kratos landed another defense contract that will bring additional work to its Oklahoma City manufacturing center.

Kratos awarded $400 Million 5-year IDIQ contract for U.S. Air Force Skyborg development

Staff Reports // Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Work under the program award will be performed at secure Kratos manufacturing and production facilities located in Oklahoma and California over the next 60 months.

Job demand to increase as Tinker’s KC-46 campus build moves forward

Justin Tinder // Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Tinker's new construction project is the single-largest build since the 1940s.

Baker Hughes donates OKC Energy Innovation Center to Oklahoma State University

Jack Money // Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Oklahoma State University is getting a new home in Oklahoma City it will use to boost its engineering students’ research opportunities.

Scissortail Park earns national and regional engineering awards

Staff Reports // Thursday, July 23, 2020

The park, a crown jewel of Oklahoma City’s MAPS 3 program, earned national and regional engineering awards this month.

Despite virus setbacks, aerospace industry expects growth

Steve Metzer // Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Oklahoma has not escaped this year’s severe turbulence in the aerospace industry, aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the state seems to be managing better than most, several industry executives said Monday.

OKC’s CareerTech system is providing retraining opportunities during the pandemic

Marcus Elwell // Monday, July 20, 2020

To help employees or job seekers who need to pivot their skills to a new industry, Oklahoma’s expansive CareerTech system is already on the frontlines of helping retool and retrain Oklahoma’s workforce.

Boeing expanding presence in OKC

Staff Reports // Friday, July 17, 2020

Boeing OKC started construction on a new high-bay addition at its facility, where the work inside is expected to create the need for more engineering positions in support of its B-52 modernization and sustainment efforts. The project is expected to be completed in 2021’s second quarter.

The University of Central Oklahoma launches online Workforce Advantage Professional Certificate

Marcus Elwell // Friday, July 17, 2020

This fall, The University of Central Oklahoma will launch its Workforce Advantage program online through its UCO Downtown campus.

Oklahoma grants $13.9M to local businesses

Carmen Forman // Friday, July 17, 2020

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce distributed $13.9 million in grants to 667 Oklahoma businesses last week as part of the governor's push to help local businesses with federal stimulus money.

OKC creates collaboration to provide relief

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The city of Oklahoma City launched a Resident Support Program this week to support individuals affected by COVID-19. It’s an example of what our city does best: collaborate and work together to stretch resources and expand reach.

OKC researchers in forefront of vaccine search

Janice Francis-Smith // Monday, July 13, 2020

A local research firm is putting Oklahoma City at the forefront of the historic effort to create a vaccine for COVID-19 in record time.

New Boeing building will house B-52 fuselage, wing for modernization project

Dale Denwalt // Friday, July 10, 2020

Boeing broke ground on a new high-bay lab facility for its B-52 modernization and sustainment efforts in Oklahoma City.

Film/Television production industry readies for return

Justin Tinder // Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Last year a record 39 film and television productions took place in the state. The productions generated $75 million for the state economy.

SIP attracts aerospace company to OKC

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Skydweller Aero Inc. has announced that it will establish its corporate headquarters and engineering operations in Oklahoma City, with testing and integration in Ardmore. Skydweller will increase its operations to 120 aerospace engineering and field technician jobs in Oklahoma by 2024.

Cultivating Coders launches its first OKC computer coding camp

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Cultivating Coders is partnering with Millwood Public Schools and Metro Tech Academy’s Springlake campus to offer its free eight-week all-virtual training camp to 20 students, ranging in age from 15 to 18 years old.

Aevus Precision Diagnostics founded as OKC company because of city’s low-cost, business friendly environment

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Oklahoma City made its introduction to the co-founders of Aevus Precision Diagnostics through a magazine’s list of top U.S. cities in which to start a business.

Responding to opportunity: Young man’s entrepreneurial dream leads to Oklahoma

Chip Minty // Tuesday, July 7, 2020

When Martin Lien was in second grade, he liked to charge his classmates $2 a pop to decorate their erasers with tattoos. At the time, it was just a way to earn money for candy, but the young Norwegian national later realized he had a passion for free enterprise.

OSU, drone contractor launch internship program

Oklahoma Department of Commerce // Tuesday, July 7, 2020

A new internship program at Oklahoma State University’s Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI) is taking flight.

Skydweller to headquarter in Oklahoma City

Justin Tinder // Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A cutting-edge aerospace startup is set to bring 120 top-tier engineering positions to Oklahoma City by 2024.

Skydweller Aero picks OKC, Ardmore for HQ, testing

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Skydweller Aero Inc. on Tuesday said it will establish its corporate headquarters and engineering operations in Oklahoma City and testing and integration in Ardmore.

Take a deep dive into OKC’s visual arts community

Marcus Elwell // Friday, June 26, 2020

One thing that always surprises newcomers, visitors and sometimes even long-time locals about Oklahoma City is the depth, passion and diversity of the metro’s visual arts community.

Summer camp opens to teach kids first steps in tech

Dale Denwalt // Friday, June 26, 2020

A new full-day summer camp for children has opened in Edmond, allowing attendees to learn coding, 3D printing, robotics and other activities in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Business Relief Program grant applications begin June 26

Chamber Staff // Wednesday, June 24, 2020

A new state aid program will help businesses overcome economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

OKC ranked first for PPP approval rate, disbursements

Justin Tinder // Tuesday, June 23, 2020

OKC businesses were quick to take advantage of federal funding relief.

Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup overcomes pandemic to conduct virtual competition

Staff Reports // Thursday, June 11, 2020

Student entrepreneurs from college campuses across Oklahoma pitched winning business plans online to virtual panels of judges in the recent Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup competition that awarded $158,000 in cash prizes and scholarships.

OMRF uncovers clues for lupus risk in African Americans

Journal Record Staff // Monday, June 8, 2020

African Americans are roughly five times more likely to suffer from the autoimmune disease lupus as European Americans.

OU College of Medicine awarded $11M to study infections

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine has been awarded an $11 million federal grant to create the Oklahoma Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunity, a hub for research into many types of infections and how the immune system recognizes and destroys them, or succumbs to them.

OMRF receives $2.1 million to study heart disease OMRF receives $2.1 million to study heart disease

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Jasimuddin Ahamed has received a $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

MAPS 3 surplus funds will aid in additional capital improvements

Chamber Staff // Wednesday, May 27, 2020

OKC’s conservative budgeting has resulted in extra MAPS funds.

Francis Tuttle, OU to expand aerospace class offerings with new courses

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, May 26, 2020

To stay ahead of the demand for talent in the aerospace industry, two schools are expanding their curriculum by creating additional courses designed to produce students whose expertise will further cement the state as a national leader.

Oklahoma City now nation's 25th largest city

Randy Ellis // Friday, May 22, 2020

Oklahoma City is now the 25th largest city in the United States, according to the latest annual population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Expansion continues in downtown OKC

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, May 20, 2020

While we are facing what may be a worldwide economic downturn, Oklahoma City’s economic development planning, investment in our city and efforts to diversify our economy are paying off. A look at new development and investment in and around the central business district shows we haven’t skipped a step.

Hough Ear Institute, partners developing breakthrough treatments for hearing loss

Justin Tinder // Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Hough Ear Institute has escalated its efforts to aid people facing new obstacles as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heartland to add 400 jobs to its downtown workforce

Steve Lackmeyer // Monday, May 18, 2020

Heartland, already set to fill up its new downtown headquarters with 550 employees, is adding another 400 who will be moving into the Mideke Building in Bricktown.

Construction flying forward at Will Rogers World Airport

Molly Fleming // Friday, May 15, 2020

This is the most recent addition at WRWA in 12 years. The $89 million project will add 133,022 square feet to the existing 410,000 square-foot airport terminal, with 43,473 square feet being renovated.

Energy chemicals supplier pivots operation to meet sanitizer demand

Jack Money // Friday, May 15, 2020

Big problems aren’t insurmountable.

Stephenson developing app for cancer patients during COVID-19

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, May 14, 2020

An oncologist and a mobile health researcher at Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine are creating an app that will monitor the well-being of patients with cancer during the COVID-19 outbreak.

‘Amazing’ news: Costco back office would create 1,044 jobs in OKC

Janice Francis-Smith // Monday, May 11, 2020

A $3 million tax incentive package to support Costco Wholesale Corp.’s plan to open an office in Oklahoma City will be taken up by city officials next week. The project is estimated to generate a total economic impact of more than $772 million over the next seven years.

Understanding patient needs

Scott Meacham // Monday, May 11, 2020

A most difficult and heart-rending aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic is that COVID patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities are so alone. Quarantine is mandatory. No outside visitors. Not friends, family, or even next of kin. A patient’s only human contact is with “strangers” wearing face masks and shields, gloves and surgical gowns, booties and other protective gear.

Costco eyeing Oklahoma City for back office operation

Chamber Staff // Friday, May 8, 2020

Costco Wholesale Corporation is considering Oklahoma City as the site for their next back office operation. 

Costco in talks with city to hire 1,000 for new operations center

Steve Lackmeyer // Friday, May 8, 2020

A much-needed economic boost is about to come to Oklahoma City as Costco is in talks with the city and state to open an operations and customer care center that would add more than 1,000 jobs over the next three years.

OKC metro home to state's top 8 high schools

Molly Fleming // Monday, May 4, 2020

Eight of the Top 10 high schools in Oklahoma are in the Greater Oklahoma City metro, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 ranking.

OKC Small Business Continuity Program plans disbursement

Justin Tinder // Monday, May 4, 2020

An aid program to quickly put funding into the hands of Oklahoma small business owners so they may better retain employees during economic instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, has reached over 600 since its launch on March 31. The high number of requests for funding and technical assistance through the Oklahoma Small Business Continuity Program exceeded the $5.5 million that was initially available in the program.

MaxQ swiftly responds to coronavirus crisis with a pivot

Dale Denwalt // Monday, May 4, 2020

Great ideas and great companies don't go away during times of crisis. Many just require a little more nurturing.

Examples of innovation are everywhere

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, April 29, 2020

In a time marked by significant change and uncertainty, it is encouraging to look around at the examples of innovation. Oklahomans are incredibly responsive to challenges, and every day I hear stories of how businesses have changed the way they provide goods and services and even their manufacturing focus, to protect and help others.

Martial arts manufacturer pivots to masks

Steve Metzer // Friday, April 24, 2020

It shouldn’t be surprising that a business focused on martial arts would fight back fiercely when confronted by an adversary like the coronavirus.

Kratos wins $19 million in new drone contracts

Dale Denwalt // Thursday, April 23, 2020

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions recently won contract awards to build 21 jet-powered target drones, which the company manufactures in Oklahoma City.

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Universities brainstorm new safety designs

Dale Denwalt // Thursday, April 23, 2020

As the nation works to alleviate the widespread shortage of protective gear and critical equipment for health care workers and first responders, the 3D printing community, which includes manufacturers, researchers and hobbyists is stepping in to help.

Interior work under way at OKC Convention Center

Molly Fleming // Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Oklahoma City Convention Center is expected to be complete this fall. Events at the new venue are booked into 2024.

OSU receives NASA award to study weather for drones

Dale Denwalt // Wednesday, April 22, 2020

NASA awarded a team of Oklahoma State University researchers $5.2 million over the next four years to study low-level wind and turbulence forecasting.

OKC industry leaders continue advances in bio-tech

Marcus Elwell // Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Recent ground-breaking discoveries made by Oklahoma City-based researchers have continued to help the city grow into a major player in the bioscience and technology marketplace.

Love's Cup not slowing

Scott Meacham // Monday, April 20, 2020

This year is the 16th year of the widely acclaimed Love's Entrepreneur’s Cup statewide collegiate business plan competition. From day one, the vision for Love's Cup (formerly the Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup) has been to give college and university students the opportunity to simulate the real world of researching a market, writing a business plan and making a presentation to potential investors. We want them to see how rewarding and exciting entrepreneurship can be but also introduce them to the skills required to succeed in the corporate world.

Take a look inside the new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

Molly Fleming // Monday, April 20, 2020

The Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center is ready to welcome guests to its new home when it's safe. The center is looking forward to hosting a grand opening.

OU launches Aerospace and Defense graduate programs

Staff Reports // Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Both programs are designed specifically to develop the managerial and leadership skills of the A&D workforce, including those without a business education.

Bond agencies award OKC top rating

Justin Tinder // Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The City cemented its lofty status among rating agencies with its conservative approach to revenue and financial resilience.

OU Medicine announces partnership with Mayo Clinic to find COVID-19 treatment

Kayla Branch // Monday, April 13, 2020

OU Medicine announced Thursday it is partnering with the Mayo Clinic to carry out a new clinical trial to assist with treatment of the sickest COVID-19 patients.

Greater Oklahoma City has five out of the top 10 fastest-growth counties in the state

Eric Long // Monday, April 13, 2020

From 2018-2019, five counties from the Greater Oklahoma City region were among the top 10 fastest-growing counties in Oklahoma.

Share about Small Business Continuity Program

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, April 8, 2020

We all know and love a small business, or someone who works for one, that is negatively impacted by COVID-19. Maybe it’s our favorite restaurant, pub, retailer or hairdresser. For those wondering how to help, you can connect the business owners you know with a new, COVID-19 disaster relief fund, the Small Business Continuity Program (

OKC named to top 10 capital cities list

Justin Tinder // Friday, April 3, 2020

WalletHub, a personal financial website based in Washington, D.C., placed Oklahoma City in its top 10 for best state capital cities in which to live.

Prairie Wolf Spirits making hand cleaner

Molly Fleming // Wednesday, April 1, 2020

To date, Prairie Wolf Spirits has given more than 1,000 gallons to first responders, emergency medical staff and other groups that work with people daily, such as the Oklahoma City Police Department. The facility can produce about 15,000 bottles daily, ranging in size from four to 16 ounces.

Edmond Chamber providing grants to local businesses

Janice Francis-Smith // Wednesday, April 1, 2020

On Wednesday morning, Edmond businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for grants of up to $5,000 made available by the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce and the Edmond Economic Development Authority.

OKC approves $5.5M relief package for businesses

Janice Francis-Smith // Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Small businesses in Oklahoma City may receive financial assistance by the last week of April from the $5.5 million OKC Small Business Continuity Fund program approved by the Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday. An online application portal will be made available for businesses to apply beginning April 6.

Mathis Brothers produces medical masks at mattress factory

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Oklahoma City-based furniture retailer Mathis Brothers has begun producing cloth face masks in its mattress factory.

OKC creates program to help small businesses

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, April 1, 2020

As our community responded to COVID-19 and began practicing social distancing, it was clear this crisis would reduce, or even eliminate, revenue for many businesses. Fortunately for businesses located here, when there’s a crisis, Oklahoma City jumps into action.

Stiilwater company producing a new chewing gum product that promotes relaxation

Paula Burkes // Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Bubble Calm is a functional chewing gum with natural active ingredients that promote relaxation.

Take a quick virtual tour of the OKC Omni Hotel

Nate Fisher // Monday, March 30, 2020

Need a quick diversion? Sure you do! As the Omni continues to near completion, this quick video tour gives a glimpse of what's to come. Hang in there everyone, and know that better things are on the horizon!

i2E continues connection with MaxQ Research

Scott Meacham // Monday, March 23, 2020

i2E's connection to MaxQ Research, a Stillwater company that creates validated packaging systems for blood and other biologics, actually began with the 2012 Governor's Cup, now the Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup, Oklahoma’s statewide collegiate business plan competition sponsored by Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores. MaxQ was one of the competing business plans.

Francis Tuttle grows aviation, aerospace services

Paula Burkes // Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Francis Tuttle’s Workforce and Economic Development team works with aerospace organizations in Oklahoma to assess their workforce needs, then quickly create targeted training programs to fill the gap. The curriculum is either specified to a company’s detailed job description/analysis or, many times, to more generic, regionally needed skills.

OKC-based SendaRide expands beyond Oklahoma

Scott Meacham // Monday, March 9, 2020

Successful startups are all about vision and passion and great ideas. They are also about attaining metrics that lead to positive cash flow and attract investment.

Q&A with Cage founder Sandip Patel

Marcus Elwell // Friday, March 6, 2020

Through Cage, the Oklahoma native is trying to help creative teams solve their biggest challenge and gain more of their most precious resource: time.

Commercializing space: Langston University research could lead to longer missions

Daisy Creager // Thursday, March 5, 2020

NASA has entered a new phase of achieving its goals of commercializing space, visiting Mars and returning to the moon, and an Oklahoma university is helping it get there.

New mobile pit stop service delivers gas, basic car care

Dale Denwalt // Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Two Oklahoma City entrepreneurs are trying to ease the hassle of filling up by bringing gasoline to your car.

Oklahoma City ranks No. 1 among best cities for tech companies to expand

Eric Long // Thursday, February 27, 2020

Oklahoma City offered the best balance for all 5 categories.

Kratos will build 12 combat drones in OKC this year

Dale Denwalt // Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions announced it has begun production plans to manufacture its Valkyrie unmanned combat aircraft in Oklahoma City.

A medical breakthrough: Pill to restore hearing loss moves closer to market

Janice Francis-Smith // Monday, February 24, 2020

After years of research, Hough Ear Institute President and CEO Dr. Rick Kopke took a moment Thursday evening to say thanks and to celebrate.

HostBridge Technology bridges gap between legacy mainframes, emerging mobile technologies

Jim Stafford // Thursday, February 13, 2020

Don’t look for a sign in downtown Stillwater advertising the presence of HostBridge Technology, which has maintained its headquarters just off Main Street for two decades.

Paycom founder rides innovation to success

Chip Minty // Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Who says you can’t build a billion-dollar tech company in Oklahoma City?

Startup markets to moms who need flexible job

Dale Denwalt // Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Suma, a startup that matches moms with employers, officially launched Tuesday with 300 women already on its platform.

Biotech company acquires hearing loss drug discovered by Hough Ear Institute scientists

Staff Reports // Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A pill to restore natural hearing moves one step closer to market as Otologic Pharmaceutics has entered into an agreement with Oblato Inc.

Attention entrepreneurs, get your applications in for Rise of the Rest

Marcus Elwell // Monday, February 10, 2020

On April 22, one OKC-based entrepreneur will go home with $100,000 of seed money at the Rise of the Rest Road Trip event. Applications are due Feb. 24.

Soaring to ever higher heights in OKC

Marcus Elwell // Friday, February 7, 2020

Since the early days of flight, aviation has been embedded in Oklahoma City’s DNA. Now you can learn all about Oklahoma City’s aviation story: from its pioneers to the biggest names in the business who have turned aviation into one of the region’s most dynamic economic drivers.

Daily flights from OKC to NYC begin this year

Dale Denwalt // Friday, January 31, 2020
Oklahomans will have an option for direct flights to New York this year when American Airlines adds a daily route to and from Oklahoma City. The daily flights between Will Rogers World Airport and LaGuardia Airport will

The ins and outs of regional economic development with Richard Clements

Marcus Elwell // Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Richard Clements has spent more than 35 years of his life dedicated to helping bring jobs to his home state of Oklahoma. We recently sat down with Clements to discuss the Partnership, the advantages of regional economic development and more.

Momentum continues in the Innovation District

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The goals of the Innovation District have been clear from the start. This will be a place where innovation and entrepreneurship can flourish, where interaction can happen and ideas can develop, and where people can congregate, collaborate and network to share ideas, leading to new companies, inventions and breakthroughs in technology.

Paycom will join S&P 500

Dale Denwalt // Thursday, January 23, 2020

Paycom Software Inc. has been selected for inclusion in the S&P 500, becoming the fifth Oklahoma business on the widely followed index of large U.S. publicly traded companies.

FTZ helps businesses gain advantage

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, January 22, 2020

As Oklahoma City grows its manufacturing and distribution industries, having the Foreign Trade Zone program as a key strategic economic development tool specific to import and export industries helps us compete with other major cities to encourage businesses to establish and retain operations in our market.

Oklahoma City named a Millennial boomtown

Scott Meacham // Sunday, January 19, 2020

Millennials (those born between about 1982 and 1996) have overtaken Baby Boomers as the largest generation in the U.S. labor force — that’s one-in-three of workers or people looking for work.

OCU Online Business Program ranked among highest in U.S.

Staff Reports // Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The U.S. News & World Report announced today Oklahoma City University is ranked 41st in the country for Best Online Business Programs (non-MBA), specifically recognizing the online master’s programs in Energy Management and Energy Legal Studies. The Meinders School of Business has been on the list for six consecutive years.

OKC is making all the best lists

Molly Fleming // Tuesday, January 14, 2020

We know you’ve grown to love OKC, but you’re not the only one. The city is continuing to catch the attention of some big names. Most recently, “Travel + Leisure” listed Oklahoma City as one of its 50 places to travel in 2020. We’re on the same list as international cities, such as Addis Adaba in Ethiopia and Beijing, China. Other U.S. cities on the list include Ashville, North Carolina, Boston and Big Island, Hawaii. There are more international destinations than U.S, so we’re definitely excited to make the cut.

FAA OKC cuts ribbon on Customs and Border Protection test tower

Staff Reports // Thursday, January 9, 2020

For over ten years the two organizations have had an Interagency Agreement in place which allows the FAALC and FAA Academy to provide essential logistics, engineering and training support to CBP.

2020 brings more development opportunities

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The beginning of a new year gives us the opportunity to look ahead to upcoming projects and their potential impact on our city. And thanks to Oklahoma City residents, the passage of MAPS 4 will also help to buoy our economy and fund public projects that have great potential to spur private development and investment.

Urban Air Mobility safety studied at OKC's FAA facility

David McCollum // Monday, December 30, 2019

The safe incorporation into the National Airspace of UAM, Urban Air Mobility is being developed at the FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center here in Oklahoma City.

Bakery Bling moving headquarters to OKC

Janice Francis-Smith // Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust has agreed to provide up to $400,000 in incentives to the company in exchange for the jobs created.

Student-created game-system company auditioning for Shark Tank

Molly Fleming // Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Students from the organization Loveworks created an augmented-reality game system, which starts with a wristband. In the metro, the bands are sold at OnCue Express stores.

Governor is enthusiastic about Oklahoma's aerospace sector

David McCollum // Monday, December 16, 2019

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is more than just a Federal Aviation Agency-certificated pilot. He’s a big-time cheerleader and recruiter for Oklahoma’s aerospace economy.

Digital technology and services company opens OKC office

Chamber Staff // Wednesday, December 11, 2019

TTEC Holdings, Inc., a leading digital global customer experience technology and services company focused on the design, implementation and delivery of transformative solutions for many of the world’s most iconic and disruptive brands, recently hosted a grand opening of its Oklahoma City facility.

MAPS 4 passes by landslide margin

David Dishman // Wednesday, December 11, 2019

It was a landslide, among those who voted.

Kratos: If it's tactical, it will be built in OKC

Dale Denwalt // Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Kratos Defense has plans to build more than just its Firejet and Valkyrie unmanned aircraft in Oklahoma City.

OMRF lab tackles complex mysteries of anthrax

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Read the word “anthrax” and it likely will conjure up images of envelopes filled with deadly white powder in your mind. Or soldiers on the front lines in the Middle East in full protective gear as they face potential weaponized anthrax attacks.

Oklahoma startup aims to change creative collaboration

Scott Meacham // Sunday, December 8, 2019

It is exciting when Oklahoma startups set out to change industries. That’s the story of Cage, an Oklahoma City company with customers from around the world.

Scientists share research, tour cancer center at OKC conference

Jim Stafford // Saturday, December 7, 2019

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and the NCI-Designated Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC) delivered an academic double feature for about 200 cancer research scientists who attended the recent 2019 END2Cancer conference at the Samis Education Center on the OUHSC campus.

Sickle cell drug with OKC roots going to market soon

Molly Fleming // Friday, December 6, 2019
Dr. Rodger McEver and his teams at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Selexys did not set out to create a drug that could be used by sickle cell disease patients. Rather, McEver was studying a protein that’s

After pivot to clinical care, Martin Bionics plans six offices nationwide

Dale Denwalt // Sunday, December 1, 2019

R&D World Magazine has recognized Oklahoma City-based Martin Bionics in its annual list of the Top 100 innovative technologies, alongside prestigious national research laboratories and tech companies.

Boeing staff in OKC will manage NATO's $1 billion AWACS upgrade

Dale Denwalt // Thursday, November 28, 2019

Boeing Oklahoma City will manage NATO's $1 billion AWACS surveillance aircraft modernization program.

A homegrown biotech success story

Dr. Stephen Prescott // Sunday, November 24, 2019

When Novartis announced earlier this month that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved the company’s new drug to treat sickle cell anemia, the press release didn’t mention Oklahoma. But it should have.

MAPS program spurs $7 billion in investment in Oklahoma City

Chamber Staff // Thursday, November 21, 2019

Public investment through the MAPS program has triggered substantial private sector investment.

Sickle cell treatment cleared for use derived from OKC researcher's discoveries

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A new drug that treats sickle cell disease based on discoveries by Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Rodger McEver is now cleared to be used at hospitals and clinics.

Falling in love with eye research

Scott Meacham // Sunday, November 17, 2019

When Younghwa “Henry” Shin, Ph.D., a co-founder and CEO of Excitant Therapeutics, entered graduate school at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), his interest was neuroscience.

Film, music industries investing more in Oklahoma Film, music industries investing more in Oklahoma

Steve Metzer // Friday, November 15, 2019

It might be said that the film industry is a rising star in Oklahoma. The state has been the site of filming for more than 30 movies and television shows in 2019 alone.

Tinker Air Force veterans tapped by Boeing

Daisy Creager // Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Close proximity to Tinker Air Force Base has proven to be advantageous for Boeing Oklahoma City for more than the shared aircraft sustainment workload between the two.

Infrastructure improving thanks to Better Streets/Safer Cities work

Molly Fleming // Tuesday, November 12, 2019

It’s been more than two years since Oklahoma City residents approved the Better Streets, Safer City projects, which were backed by bonds and two sales tax initiatives.

OU Medicine expects to complete medical tower in fall 2020

Steve Metzer // Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A major milestone was reached Wednesday at the site of the largest hospital expansion in Oklahoma history.

Better Streets, Safer City public safety update

David McCollum // Wednesday, November 6, 2019

On Sept. 12, 2017, Oklahoma City voters approved 13 bond propositions and two sales tax initiatives known as the Better Streets, Safer City projects.

Opportunities for investing in OKC

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, October 30, 2019

In December 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a program known as opportunity zones. The purpose is to provide tax incentives, as well as temporary tax deferral on capital gains, when investors reinvest gains in opportunity zone funds. In return, the money is used for investment in qualifying census tract communities, also known as opportunity zones.

Pro-Pipe LLC breaks ground on Iron Horse Industrial Park site

Staff Reports // Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Tribal leaders, Congressional representatives and local officials welcomed Canadian firm Pro-Pipe USA LLC to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, for the pipeline manufacturer’s groundbreaking ceremony at Iron Horse Industrial Park.

Oklahoma City’s resident satisfaction ratings among the best in U.S.

Staff Reports // Monday, October 28, 2019

From coast to coast, there aren’t many people as happy with their hometown as Oklahoma City residents are with theirs.

Oklahoma moves up in teacher-pay rankings

Molly Fleming // Monday, October 28, 2019

Oklahoma is now ranked 34th in teacher pay, moving up 15 stops from its previous ranking. This puts the average teacher salary above educators in several other surrounding states, including Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas.

Pegasus a significant investment

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A ribbon-cutting last week opened the new KC-46A Pegasus’ maintenance campus, the single-largest construction project on Tinker Air Force Base since the 1940s.

KC-46 hangar ready for use at Tinker AFB

Dale Denwalt // Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The first hangar built specifically for the U.S. Air Force's new KC-46 Pegasus mid-flight refueling tanker is open and ready to receive the aircraft.

First of 14 KC-46 hangars now ready for new USAF tanker

David McCollum // Monday, October 21, 2019

Ribbon-cutting marks opening of two of the new KC-46A Pegasus’ maintenance hangars, part of the single-largest construction project to hit Tinker Air Force Base since the 1940s.

Diabetes research startup thrives in Oklahoma

Scott Meacham // Sunday, October 20, 2019

When I set out last week to write about Aevus Precision Diagnostics, it was because this early stage startup has a compelling concept for tackling Type 2 diabetes (T2D).

2019 Metro 50 profile: The Right Strategy Group

Jennifer Sharpe // Friday, October 18, 2019

“We are a fun work environment where you don’t ever do the same thing day after day,” Partner Jackson Lisle said.

Oklahoma City is ranked North America's no. 1 easiest city to conduct business in

Chamber Staff // Friday, October 18, 2019

A study called "Doing Business North America" by Arizona State University ranked OKC the no. 1 city where it's the easiest to conduct business in.

KC-46A campus to create 1,300 jobs at Tinker

Dasiy Creager // Friday, October 18, 2019
Tinker Air Force Base completed the first of 14 hangars on a 158-acre campus designated as the future maintenance hub for the KC-46A Pegasus. Construction began on the KC-46A Tanker Sustainment Campus in August 2016 and is

Big changes underway at OKC's airport

David McCollum // Thursday, October 17, 2019

Whether you are just picking up friends or family or you're flying to one of the 28 non-stop destinations served from Will Rogers World Airport, you can’t miss the fact that big changes are under way.

Kratos expanding drone production in OKC

Dale Denwalt // Monday, October 14, 2019

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has ramped up production of its Firejet unmanned aircraft at its Oklahoma City facility and has plans to expand production there next year.

Spiers New Technologies to expand EV battery business

Steve Metzer // Friday, October 11, 2019

An Oklahoma City company that occupies a unique place globally in the electric and hybrid vehicle industry has invested in a new location and is planning to expand, potentially to more than double its current size.

Drone technology company partners with OSU

Staff Reports // Friday, October 11, 2019

Oklahoma City-based Vigilant Aerospace has cooperated with Oklahoma State University to complete an 18-mile autonomous unmanned aircraft flight utilizing FlightHorizon 2, its unmanned traffic management system, for airspace situational awareness and deconfliction.

2019 Metro 50 profile: Fuse3 Solutions

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, October 10, 2019

Ryan Albee and Adam Giddens started Fuse3 Solutions in 2013 after working together twice previously.

OMRF researchers get $1.3 million grant to study age-related diseases

Dale Denwalt // Thursday, October 10, 2019

Two Oklahoma researchers will receive more than $1 million for aging research, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation said Wednesday.

West OKC growth fuels Westgate Park development

Molly Fleming // Wednesday, October 9, 2019

With the west side of the metro continuing to grow, Gardner Tanenbaum Holdings is starting construction on Westgate Park. An apartment community is also planned for the site at Sara Road and Reno Avenue.

Company aims to radically improve lupus care

Scott Meacham // Sunday, October 6, 2019

Lupus is chronic autoimmune condition with devastating effects. The disease is difficult to diagnose. Its course is unpredictable. There is no cure and few FDA-approved medications. Patients who have lupus live with its impact for the rest of their lives.

Scissortail Park the hub of new development

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Scissortail Park, Oklahoma City’s new urban oasis, had a successful opening weekend. Crowds enjoyed concerts, fireworks, food trucks, family activities and strolling through the great lawn. The park is the centerpiece that connects downtown to the shore of the Oklahoma River and brings residents, visitors and downtown workers to relax, grab a bite to eat, connect and enjoy our city.

Oklahoma City's Scissortail Park a hit for first round of visitors during its grand opening

Adam Kemp & Josh Dulaney // Monday, September 30, 2019

Sitting on their blanket in the grassy shade of a sound booth, sisters Judy Fitzpatrick and Linda Farner were ready to rock Friday with Kings of Leon at the grand opening of Scissortail Park.

OKC-based Simergent develops alternative dialysis treatment

Scott Meacham // Sunday, September 29, 2019

Kidney dialysis is a life-saver for patients with end-stage renal disease.

Dobson Technologies expands fiber network

Staff Reports // Thursday, September 26, 2019

Dobson Technologies is expanding their enterprise solutions in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area with dedicated fiber builds in the downtown central business district and surrounding areas.

MAPS 3 Convention Center more than half-way complete

Molly Fleming // Thursday, September 26, 2019

The MAPS 3 Convention Center is approximately 65% complete. Currently, the exhibit hall's concrete is being poured.

Clubhouse Trailer Company named 2019 Metro 50 winner

Molly Fleming // Tuesday, September 24, 2019

At the 2019 Metro 50 Awards, Clubhouse Trailer Company was named as the metro's fastest-growing privately-held company. The ranking is based the company's percentage of annual growth between 2016 and 2018.

OrderMatic CEO appreciates OKC's talent, community

Molly Fleming // Tuesday, September 24, 2019

“To me, Oklahoma City has a very community-based ecosystem. It’s somehow in our DNA to help look out for others in the business community regardless of the quid-pro-quo benefit.”

Materials startup awarded $1.1 million to develop product

Dale Denwalt // Tuesday, September 24, 2019

MITO Material Solutions produces a nano-additive that helps make composite materials tougher, lighter and more durable.

Cage raises grant from Adobe Fund for Design

Dale Denwalt // Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Cage, a media collaboration and project workflow software company based in Oklahoma City, has been selected for a grant by the Adobe Fund for Design.

Stephenson testing drug for prostate cancer patients

Journal Record Staff // Monday, September 23, 2019

Men who are diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer usually opt for active surveillance – a monitoring of their cancer over time without undergoing treatments that would cause side effects. In many men, the cancer never grows and poses no threat, but in others, the cancer begins to grow and treatment is necessary.

New 'Meet in OKC' video updates popular 'flyover' imagery

Nate Fisher // Friday, September 20, 2019

Remember the cool "3D Fly-Through" video released last summer at the MAPS 3 Convention Center groundbreaking that had everyone talking?

New BRT line expected in 2023, could include city’s first park and ride

Ben Felder // Friday, September 20, 2019

A faster and more frequent bus ride to downtown is coming.

Wiley Post Airport adds a new facility

David McCollum // Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The facility will join Valair Aviation and Atlantic Aviation as FBOs at the airport.

OMRF research on skeletal diseases, blood vessels funded by NIH

Dale Denwalt // Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $3.6 million to researchers at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

OU Medical Center making history with new patient bed tower

Molly Fleming // Thursday, September 12, 2019

One of the largest hospital expansion projects in the nation and the largest hospital expansion project in Oklahoma history, the OU Medicine patient bed tower, is coming into the skyline. Construction started in November 2017 and the $364 million, 456,000-square-foot tower is slated to be finished in 2020.

OMRF scientist uncovers clues about age, muscle loss

Ryan Stewart // Tuesday, September 10, 2019

New findings from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have revealed clues that could lead to strategies to combat age-related muscle loss.

Ripe for investment: Mayors convene in OKC to discuss opportunity zones

Steve Metzer // Monday, September 9, 2019

Mayor David Holt had a unique opportunity to showcase the city Thursday and Friday when mayors of Los Angeles, Cincinnati and other major metros met here for a gathering of leaders of Accelerator for America.

Coding boot camps give a second life to future software devs

Dale Denwalt // Sunday, September 8, 2019

Brayden Robbins started his first coding internship after struggling to find his path in life.

Midtown's Monarch Building nears completion

Molly Fleming // Thursday, September 5, 2019

Lingo Construction Services, Inc. will move into The Monarch Building in October. The other tenant, Ackerman McQueen, plans to move in by year’s end.

Oklahoma is ready for Blockchain for Business

Richard Cornelison // Wednesday, September 4, 2019

As a utility economic developer, I’m the last person you might suspect to be leading the blockchain charge in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. However, after more than 24 years in the utility industry, it’s exactly where I find myself, organizing the first Blockchain for Business in Oklahoma conference. I couldn’t be more excited about this event. My goal is to elevate the discussion and educate our industries about the potential applications and use cases of blockchain technologies.

Career tech funding in Oklahoma boosted by $19M

Steve Metzer // Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Oklahoma continues to ramp up its investment in career training, including at the Moore Norman Technology Center, where new chief executive Brian Ruttman said there’s room for growth in programs that ready people for careers in everything from health care to auto repair.

Production of aircraft to resume after 20 years

Daisy Creager // Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Commander Aircraft Corp. announced Thursday plans to expand its presence in Norman with an $8 million facility to bring into production a single-engine aircraft that has not been made since 2002.

Commander Aircraft expanding Norman facility

Dale Denwalt // Friday, August 30, 2019

A longtime general aviation aircraft manufacturer announced plans Thursday to expand its Norman facility.

Interstate 235/I-44 interchange construction improving Oklahoma City's infrastructure

Molly Fleming // Thursday, August 29, 2019

While traffic can still maneuver through the Interstate 235/I-44 interchange both ways, drivers will soon start seeing the $105-million project coming to life closer to the road. It was the single largest dollar-amount contract in state history at the time it was awarded.

‘Cobot’ co-workers: Rose State College to offer course on robotic technology

Daisy Creager // Thursday, August 29, 2019

Rose State College is elevating the discussion about automation in the manufacturing industry through forums and a collaborative robotics training course to help fill a need highlighted by the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance.

STEM centers open at 33 schools

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, August 29, 2019

Baseball Hall of Fame member Cal Ripken Jr. joined business and community leaders in Oklahoma City on Tuesday to commemorate a partnership between the district, the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation that placed a STEM Center at 33 elementary schools.

Stephenson Cancer Center Awarded $10.8 Million Grant to Expand Clinical Trials

Staff Reports // Wednesday, August 28, 2019

With this multimillion-dollar NCI grant, the Stephenson Cancer Center continues its status as a Lead Academic Participating Site in the National Clinical Trials Network.

University of Oklahoma collaborates with other scientists to improve geothermal well drilling efficiencies

Jack Money // Sunday, August 25, 2019

Thermally activated smart shape memory polymers could help plug drilling-related problems with geothermal wells.

Greater OKC Chamber President comments on MAPS 4 projects package

Chamber Staff // Friday, August 23, 2019

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is pleased to see the inclusive MAPS 4 projects list that will be considered by the city council for a public vote. Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President and CEO Roy Williams said the package of projects is the right combination of what the city needs to keep moving forward.

MAPS 4 goes to the council

William Crum // Friday, August 23, 2019

Mayor David Holt says the outline for MAPS 4 he will present to the city council on Tuesday “takes MAPS and the power of MAPS out to the neighborhoods and into people’s daily lives.”

Boulevard opening creates new development opportunities

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Monday’s opening of the Oklahoma City Boulevard was the next step in the grand vision for the aesthetic and economic potential of Oklahoma City. The realignment of I-40, once a barrier to connections between downtown and the Oklahoma River, opened land and possibilities to grow in the area we now refer to as Core to Shore.

AGS expands again in OKC

Molly Fleming // Tuesday, August 20, 2019

AGS manufactures slot machines in Oklahoma City, which are sent nationwide. The expansion makes the company the majority tenant at 5500 W. Reno Ave.

OMRF awarded research grants totaling $48 million

Steve Metzer // Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Federal grants worth millions of dollars earned by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation represent more than investments in cutting-edge science to advance treatment of diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, lawmakers and OMRF leaders said Monday.

OU researchers developing smart AC system that could lower bills by 40%

Daisy Creager // Tuesday, August 20, 2019

University of Oklahoma researchers have partnered with Oklahoma Gas and Electric, EcoBee, Ideal Homes and others to create a heating and cooling system that saves money and energy while making customers more informed about their electricity bill.

Oklahoma researchers win major grant to continue autoimmune, anthrax studies

Dale Denwalt // Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Two grants worth up to $48 million will allow Oklahoma researchers to continue their work on autoimmune diseases and anthrax exposure.

Paycom No. 6 on Fortune’s list of fastest-growing companies

Journal Record Staff // Monday, August 19, 2019

Paycom Software Inc., a provider of comprehensive, cloud-based human capital management software, is No. 6 on Fortune magazine’s 2019 100 Fastest-growing Companies list of domestic and foreign publicly traded companies.

Southwest adding nonstop flight from OKC to Nashville

Brian Brus // Monday, August 19, 2019

Southwest Airlines is adding a daily, nonstop route from Will Rogers World Airport to Nashville, Tennessee, on Jan. 6, officials announced.

Innovation District to have positive impact

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Last week, the Land Use and Strategic Development Plan for the Oklahoma City Innovation District was introduced. The plan addresses key considerations identified through community engagement with nearly 500 area residents, employees, workers, business owners, students and others who frequent the district.

Land use and strategic development plan for Innovation District introduced

Staff Reports // Thursday, August 1, 2019

A planning team led by Perkins + Will (P+W) has determined the types of development necessary for Oklahoma City’s Innovation District to become an even bigger economic development driver.

Website connects developers, businesses, investors

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Opportunity zones represent a new way to invest in the Oklahoma City renaissance. This week, we are unveiling the website to market our opportunity zones to potential projects, businesses and investors.

Amazon taking applications for 1,500 OKC jobs

Christian Tabak // Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Amazon is accepting applications for more than 1,500 full-time warehouse assistant positions at the company’s first Oklahoma City-based fulfillment center, which will be opening in the coming weeks.

App developer brings company home to Norman

Kaelan Deese // Sunday, July 28, 2019

An Emmy-winning journalist turned CEO and public speaker, Brad McMullan recently brought his mobile technology company back to his hometown of Norman. His provides mobile app development and mass texting services and has clients in all 50 states — including 48 state governments.

UAS Safety Summit brings latest techniques to public safety community

Cynthia Reid // Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Earlier this month, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber joined the FAA, Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, OSU-OKC and Rose State University in hosting a two-day UAS Safety Summit for Oklahoma’s public safety and government operator community. The event drew attendees from across the state.

Beer boom in OKC: Mayor, senator, brewers explore proof of city's economic growth within brewing industry

David Dishman // Sunday, July 21, 2019

Oklahoma City’s economic development can be measured in many ways, but I’d like to suggest a new one — beer brewing barrelage.

Nodecraft CEO's new plan would shake up gaming industry

Dale Denwalt // Saturday, July 20, 2019

Jonathan Yarbor's business plan could upend part of the multiplayer game market and revenue stream.

OKC’s newest park draws closer to opening day, big events planned

Chamber Staff // Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Some have called it the Central Park of Oklahoma City. It’s Scissortail Park, a $132 million park located near downtown.

Help wanted: TTEC Holdings establishing customer center in OKC

Brian Brus // Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A business complex in west Oklahoma City with as much square footage as the Devon corporate tower spread horizontally has secured a major anchor tenant, officials said.

OKC-based industrial control panel manufacturer doubles space, looks to add jobs

Molly Fleming // Monday, July 15, 2019

OSCO Controls is getting more room to grow and add more jobs with its new space at 7100 SW 44th St.

TTEC to open new Humanify Customer Engagement Center in Oklahoma City

Staff Reports // Monday, July 15, 2019

350 new licensed insurance and customer care associate positions will support our local economy.

Love's expansion in The Village to include former Hertz reservations center

Steve Lackmeyer // Sunday, July 14, 2019

When Hertz first decided to build a new worldwide reservations center near the corner of Hefner Road and Pennsylvania Avenue in 1977, the announcement was greeted with excitement over the chance to add hundreds of jobs to the operation that opened a few years earlier at Lincoln Plaza.

American Fidelity named among best workplaces for millennials

Staff Reports // Thursday, July 11, 2019

American Fidelity Assurance Co. has been named to Fortune magazine's list of Best Workplaces for Millennials for the third consecutive year in a row.

New tax credit available to certain information technology employees

Paula Burkes // Wednesday, July 10, 2019

HB 2759 created an Oklahoma credit against income taxes for certain qualified and certified employees involved in the software or cybersecurity business.

Remembering Bricktown visionary at district's 40th anniversary

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The 20th anniversary of the Bricktown Canal on Saturday was a worthy moment to celebrate, and thousands came out for the festivities and to see improvements completed along the waterway, including new colorful lighting at the Walnut Avenue bridge.

ODOT creates office for mass transit

Christian Tabak // Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation announced Monday the formation of the new Office of Mobility and Public Transit, which will focus on coordinating statewide efforts to expand Oklahoma’s public transportation infrastructure.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric customers paid the lowest retail rates in the country for electricity in 2018, report states

Jack Money // Friday, June 28, 2019

Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s retail electricity rates in 2018 were lowest in the country among major investor-owned utilities, a report issued this month states.

Startup's tech watches you blink to make roads safer

Dale Denwalt // Wednesday, June 26, 2019

An Oklahoma City-based startup hopes its wearable tech will be used to improve safety in the transportation industry.

Pratt & Whitney announces OKC expansion

Molly Fleming // Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The 100 jobs at Pratt & Whitney are likely the beginning of aviation-related announcements in 2019 and into 2020.

OSU-OKC expands partnership with Amazon

Adam Kemp // Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sitting inside the dark classroom with his computer screen illuminating his face, Chris Willis is back in school learning how to power his tech startup.

Pratt & Whitney to expand in Midwest City

Christian Tabak // Thursday, June 20, 2019

A multimillion-dollar investment by aerospace company Pratt & Whitney will fund a major expansion of its Military Aftermarket Services business in Midwest City, company officials said Wednesday.

Aircraft engine manufacturer plans to expand in OKC

Dale Denwalt // Thursday, June 20, 2019

Aerospace company Pratt & Whitney will expand its military aftermarket services in Oklahoma, it announced during an international air show and industry event in Paris.

The Bricktown canal in its 20th year: a symbol of OKC's renaissance

Kennedy Parker // Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bricktown canal with a special celebration on Saturday, June 29.

Scissortail Park opens in 100 days

Molly Fleming // Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The $132-million Scissortail Park north side will celebrate its grand opening in 100 days, with a live concert on the newly-named Love’s Travel Stops Stage and Great Lawn.

Third phase of refueling tanker's training facility won by Yukon company

Dale Denwalt // Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Yukon design-builder SGS LLC has won a Phase 3 contract to finish construction on a training facility at Altus Air Force Base.

StarSpace46: OKC's hub for innovation

Marcus Elwell // Tuesday, June 18, 2019

StarSpace46 opened in the fall of 2016 and in a short time has quickly grown into Oklahoma City’s largest coworking space. However, simply calling StarSpace46 a coworking space sells the venture drastically short. StarSpace46 has become the central hub for the metro’s burgeoning tech and startup scene.

OKC’s air service is really taking off

Roy Williams // Monday, June 17, 2019

With the recent American Airlines announcement that non-stop service to Miami from OKC begins later this year, 24 destination cities now have such flights. Non-stop markets are important to businesses and open the gates for new business opportunities.

OKC promotes aerospace industry in Paris

Marcus Elwell // Thursday, June 13, 2019

Not long after the Wright Brothers changed history with their first flight in 1903, the Paris Air Show has been the center of the aviation world every other summer. First held in 1909, the Paris Air Show is the largest aerospace exhibition in the world. Like years past, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber will head to Paris from June 17 to 23 as part of an effort to promote the industry in our state with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

Stephenson Cancer Center unveils ‘revolutionary’ new treatment

Steve Metzer // Thursday, June 13, 2019

A “serial killer” compared to a mythological fire-breathing beast is about to be unleashed to cut down millions of cancer cells in patients treated at the Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine.

Revolutionary treatment offered to cancer patients in Oklahoma

K.S. McNutt // Thursday, June 13, 2019

A revolutionary treatment that turns T cells into "serial killers" to attack tumors is now available to cancer patients in Oklahoma.

Biotech family business grew out of local shed

Scott Meacham // Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Sean and Scott Bauman, CEO and chief operating officer of biotechnology company IMMY, literally grew up in the family business.

OKC is ranked among the best cities for serial entrepreneurs

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, June 11, 2019

OKC was recently ranked among the top cities for entrepreneurs that have “started three or more businesses prior to the one they run today.”

Will Rogers airport to receive more than $9 million in federal grants

Dale Denwalt // Saturday, June 8, 2019

Will Rogers World Airport will receive more than $9 million in federal grants to make improvements throughout the airport.

Oklahoma’s bioscience prowess busy making a difference worldwide

Kevan Goff-Parker // Saturday, June 8, 2019

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Manager of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Evan Fay said he believes some people may be caught off-guard by Oklahoma’s growing bioscience prowess.

OSU’s Unmanned Systems Research Institute addresses drone challenges

Jim Stafford // Thursday, June 6, 2019

Dozens of drones-in-development occupy benches in the design laboratory at Oklahoma State University’s Unmanned Systems Research Institute. Drones with fixed wings that fly like an airplane. Drones with rotors that hover like a helicopter. Drones with tiny jet engines.

OSU delegates share future bioscience innovations with leaders

Kevan Goff-Parker // Thursday, June 6, 2019

Three Oklahoma State University researchers this week have been connecting face-to-face with some of the world’s top bioscience companies during the 2019 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia.

Delegation Sharing Oklahoma’s Good News Bioscience Story at BIO International Convention

Kevan Goff-Parker // Wednesday, June 5, 2019

More than 40 Oklahoma bioscience and industry experts from a wide array of fields are busy telling global industry leaders about the state’s successes in the bioscience sector during the BIO International Conference held Tuesday through Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s reaffirm OKC Utilities’ triple-A bond ratings

Staff Reports // Friday, May 31, 2019

The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust (OCWUT) has again earned the highest possible ratings from S&P Global Ratings (Standard & Poor’s) and Moody’s, two of the nation’s most respected financial rating agencies.

Tinker Air Force Base: a look inside the fence line

Chamber Staff // Friday, May 24, 2019

If you’ve driven east on I-40 from downtown OKC or east on I-240 from I-35, you have seen the highway signs that point to Tinker Air Force Base. You may have even seen a massive B-52 bomber take to the skies. Or maybe you’ve seen, heard and felt the thunderous roar of an F-16 (or two) fighter as it seemingly leaps off the runway and climbs high into the Oklahoma skies.

Beer business booming for Oklahoma

David Dishman // Friday, May 24, 2019

As Oklahomans open a can or bottle of their favorite cold one this Memorial Day, a new economic impact survey shows just how much support the industry provides.

New software engineer tax credit passes

Chamber Staff // Thursday, May 23, 2019

Legislation to address an extensive statewide shortage of qualified software and cybersecurity engineers has been sent to the Governor. HB 2759 would provide a tax credit up to $2,200 annually for qualifying employees who receive a degree from an accredited institution, or $1,800 annually for qualifying employees who are awarded a certificate from a technology center.

Boeing lands contract to modernize USAF Bomber fleet

Chamber staff // Tuesday, May 21, 2019

U.S. aerospace giant Boeing has been awarded a $14.3 billion contract to modify, modernize and test weapons systems on B-1 and B-52 bombers, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

SYNQ3 plans to hire 350 additional OKC employees

Staff Reports // Tuesday, May 14, 2019

When SYNQ3 Restaurant Solutions opened their Oklahoma City branch in October 2018, the CEO, Steve Bigari, projected that the company would hire 300 OKC-based telecommute employees in 2019.

American Airlines to offer direct flight to Miami

Brian Brus // Monday, May 13, 2019

American Airlines will offer a daily direct flight from Will Rogers World Airport to Miami International Airport beginning in December, officials said recently.

JetSet announces major expansion at Wiley Post Airport

Daisy Creager // Monday, May 13, 2019

Bethany-based aviation company JetSet announced Thursday the construction of a new 33,000-square-foot fixed-base operator facility and plans for construction of a pilot training program and aircraft maintenance facility at Wiley Post Airport in Bethany.

OMRF reports more effective lupus treatments

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, May 8, 2019

New research from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is taking physicians closer to personalized treatment solutions for patients suffering from lupus.

OKC-based Progentec Diagnostics refines test to predict future lupus flares

Jim Stafford // Monday, May 6, 2019

Five patients are waiting to see their doctor, each displaying different symptoms. One has a bright rash on her face. Another is suffering from arthritis. Still another has kidney failure, while the fourth patient suffers from heart problems and the fifth is fatigued all the time.

Life science investment boosts Oklahoma

Scott Meacham // Monday, May 6, 2019

At i2E, we like to invest in life sciences companies. About 40 percent of our portfolio is in therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices. We recognize the abundant opportunity for these types of startups in Oklahoma, and we have developed the staff, expertise and partnerships to commercialize technologies in the sector.

Johnson Controls Expands Norman, Oklahoma Facility

Staff Reports // Thursday, May 2, 2019

Johnson Controls officially opened its state-of-the-art Rooftop Center of Excellence in Norman, Okla., during a grand opening event in April which included a ribbon-cutting led by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The 900,000-square-foot facility will serve as the flagship location for the design, manufacturing and testing of HVAC rooftop units. The Norman facility has been a part of the community for nearly 50 years and was recently named one of 2018 Industry Week “Best Plants” for its safety and commitment to employee empowerment and growth.

Rural Sourcing opens for business in OKC

Staff Reports // Thursday, May 2, 2019

Yesterday, Rural Sourcing (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, opened a new development center in Oklahoma City. This marks the fifth development center for the company. As it continues its mission to bring technology jobs onshore and to middle America, RSI is providing opportunities for thousands of Americans to build careers in technology.

RSI settles into new home in Rock Island Plow Building

Daisy Creager // Thursday, May 2, 2019

Atlanta-based software developer Rural Sourcing Inc.’s Oklahoma City office is now at 60 of its planned 150 employees and has moved into its new location in the Rock Island Plow Building.

IT company hopes to keep tech jobs in OKC

Dale Denwalt // Thursday, May 2, 2019

Information technology company Rural Sourcing Inc. is aggressively hiring 90 technology workers for its new office space in Bricktown, the Rock Island Plow Building.

Cancer research gets $10.8 million grant for expansion

K.S. McNutt // Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine announced Wednesday the expansion of its clinical trials program, thanks to a $10.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.

Training America’s workforce from OKC

Marcus Elwell // Wednesday, April 24, 2019

SafetySkills is a tech start-up company who provides online health and safety training to more than 23,000 organizations world-wide.

Brookings report highlights economic success

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, April 24, 2019

When economic success is measured on a national scale, factors such as U.S. gross domestic product, expanding jobs, falling unemployment, and rising stock prices are good indicators of our country’s economic well-being. But there are other factors, such as inclusion and growth, that provide a more in-depth picture of how healthy our economy is.

Entrepreneur competition benefits students, Oklahoma

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, April 23, 2019

This is the competition’s 15th year. Hundreds of Oklahomans are involved. A dedicated cadre of business leaders, investors, public sector officials, as well as entrepreneurs from Oklahoma’s innovation economy, come together to create this amazing competition and attend the awards dinner.

New Brookings report gives OKC high marks

David McCollum // Thursday, April 18, 2019

A new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program explores the local realities of America’s economic progress, illuminating how metropolitan economies are performing today and over the past decade. Beyond the headlines of the nation’s rising GDP, low unemployment rate and stock market performance, the report finds that truly inclusive economic growth remains rare in metro America.

Kratos will build 'wingman' drone in OKC

David Denwalt // Thursday, April 18, 2019

At 30 feet long, the Valkyrie looks the part of a fighter jet and could be fitted with armament to support combat missions, and Kratos Defense officials said Wednesday it will be built in Oklahoma City.

Airport expansion another sign that OKC is really taking off

David McCollum // Wednesday, April 17, 2019

It’s been quite a year for the aviation sector in Oklahoma City. With the opening of Sky West Airlines’ new maintenance hangar at Will Rogers World Airport, the groundbreaking of a manufacturing facility by Kratos Defense and Security Systems, the addition of several non-stop destinations from OKC and the continuing construction of the KC-46A maintenance campus at Tinker Air Force Base, the sky really is the limit when it comes to the number-two economic sector in the state.

DOD awards $14.3 billion bomber service contract to Boeing

Daisy Creager // Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tinker Air Force Base will be the site of research and evaluation of the B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleets through a contract awarded to Boeing by the Department of Defense.

OMRF scientist receives $5.9 million grant

Staff Reports // Wednesday, April 17, 2019

An Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist recently received a $5.9 million grant to study new ways to control the kind of bleeding that occurs during aneurysms.

New Oklahoma Entrepreneur Mentoring Program (OKEMP) launches

Staff Reports // Thursday, April 11, 2019

Creative Oklahoma has chosen five promising entrepreneurs to be the first included in its inaugural Oklahoma Entrepreneur Mentorship Program (OKEMP), an initiative licensed from and modeled after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Venture Mentoring Service.

Making the permitting process easier

Marcus Elwell // Monday, April 8, 2019

Navigating city hall when it comes to permitting and code can be intimidating to even the most seasoned developer or entrepreneurs in Oklahoma City. Enter Jane Ward, a 25-year-plus veteran of City Hall, as Oklahoma City’s development center liaison. In a position that was created late in 2018, Ward is here to help advocate for developers, businesses and individuals as they go through the permitting process with the city.

Baker Hughes opens Motor Center of Excellence at its supercenter in north Oklahoma City

Jack Money // Thursday, April 4, 2019

Baker Hughes on Wednesday celebrated the opening of a new division in Oklahoma City.

OKC makes progress on Scissortail Park

Brian Brus // Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Heavy rains have given the Scissortail Park a significant lead on filling its central pond for the quickly approaching opening this fall, MAPS 3 project manager David Todd said.

Officials mark start of $89M OKC airport terminal expansion

Journal Record Staff // Monday, April 1, 2019

City leaders, contractors and airport stakeholders gathered Friday to formally launch the Will Rogers World Airport terminal expansion.

OKC airport begins work on expanded terminal, new gates

Dale Denwalt // Monday, April 1, 2019

Construction has begun at Will Rogers World Airport to expand the terminal and add four gates.

OKC lab receive expanded patent

Staff Reports // Thursday, March 28, 2019

Moleculera Labs Inc., an Oklahoma City-based autoimmune neurobiology company, said Wednesday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has expanded the intellectual property protections covering the company’s Cunningham Panel, adding human serotonin receptors 5HT2A and 5HT2C to the covered molecular targets.

Anixter building $11M warehouse in south OKC

Molly M. Fleming // Wednesday, March 27, 2019

An infrastructure-systems company is expanding its Oklahoma City presence in a big way.

Innovation Hub closes gaps for Oklahoma entrepreneurs

Jennifer Sharpe // Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tony Wheedn, founder of BaseConnect, an Oklahoma company that offers a social networking app for military personnel and their families, attributes much of the company’s success to the Tom Love Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma.

Cleared to land, Tinker AFB prepares for KC-46 sustainment

David McCollum // Monday, March 25, 2019

With deliveries of the KC-46 Pegasus to the U.S. Air Force from manufacturer Boeing underway again, the first of 14 maintenance hangars for the aircraft are nearing completion at Oklahoma City’s Tinker Air Force Base.

Another brewery coming to Norman

Molly M. Fleming // Monday, March 25, 2019

Norman will soon be home to a fourth brewery as the state’s craft beer industry continues to grow.

Airport expansion brings travelers, economic growth

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Passengers and airport visitors recently have begun seeing temporary, protective walls erected around the ticketing and baggage claim levels of Will Rogers World Airport.

Funding available in Oklahoma for each step of development

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, March 19, 2019

I always tell every new company that I talk to: You have to crawl before you walk and walk before you run. The same thing applies to the capital path.

Safer Streets, Better OKC projects update

David McCollum // Monday, March 18, 2019

On Sept. 12, 2017, Oklahoma City voters approved 13 bond propositions and two sales tax initiatives known as the Better Streets, Safer City projects.

Global exposure: Love’s logo featured on Thunder game jerseys

Molly M. Fleming // Monday, March 18, 2019

It was a common love of innovation that drove the Oklahoma City Thunder to expand its partnership with Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores.

Black Brick Development brings upscale, urban micro-community to Edmond

Press Release // Monday, March 18, 2019

Black Brick Development, an Edmond-based development group, recently announced plans for the Boulevard Quartette, Edmond's first upscale, urban micro-community.

Subcontractor for KC-46 program opens office in Midwest City

Daisy Grant // Friday, March 15, 2019

Cobham Mission Systems, a U.K.-based aerospace company, announced Thursday the opening of an office in Midwest City as it continues to support the KC-46 program at Tinker Air Force Base.

Noble Research Institute workers honored

Staff Reports // Friday, March 15, 2019

Two agricultural experts affiliated with the Noble Research Institute recently were honored by organizations involving their fields, institute officials said.

Thunder finds jersey sponsor close to home

David Dishman // Friday, March 15, 2019

If Russell Westbrook or Paul George break the internet on Saturday while viciously dunking over the Splash Brothers, Boogie, Draymond or He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named — an Oklahoma City-based business is going to capitalize.

Construction on Convention Center, Omni Hotel and Scissortail Park is on schedule

David McCollum // Wednesday, March 13, 2019

With construction of three major MAPS3 projects underway, the downtown skyline is dotted with cranes, concrete piers, steel beams and new structures.

Cross Timbers joins Brewers Union

Molly M. Fleming // Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Cross Timbers Brewing Co. co-owners Matt Starbuck and Brenton Johnson had operating at the Brewers Union in their business plans.

OMRF findings shed light on maintaining muscle

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A new discovery at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation could fundamentally change how scientists study age-related muscle loss.

Renovation set for former Cain's Coffee buliding

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A full renovation is starting up on the one-time downtown home of Cain’s Coffee with plans including conversion of the upper floors into offices and hopes of attracting a ground-floor restaurant.

Expansion of Will Rogers World Airport begins

Brian Brus // Friday, March 8, 2019

The first temporary barriers are going up to detour passenger traffic through Will Rogers World Airport during a $62 million expansion project to add a new concourse and gates.

Thunder Launchpad selects 11 startups

Journal Record Staff // Friday, March 8, 2019

The Thunder Launchpad has selected its third batch of Oklahoma-based technology startups to enter the 12-week accelerator.

Frenzy Brewing Co. set for public launch

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A new craft brewer is set to enter the public.

Moody's affirms OKC's AAA bond rating

Chamber Staff // Monday, March 4, 2019

We’re always talking about how especially fantastic OKC is to live in from a financial perspective—it’s one of the top 15 cities where high quality, low-cost living is very achievable and the housing market is ranked as the third most affordable in a survey of over 300 cities—and now for the ninth year in a row, OKC’s municipal financial management has resulted in the highest bond rating by Moody’s Investor Service. 

Oklahoma is becoming a growing center for robotics research

Mike Coppock // Monday, March 4, 2019

Oklahoma is becoming fertile ground for cutting-edge research in industrial robotics and artificial intelligence, led by Baker Hughes GE in Oklahoma City and Oklahoma State University’s Research Center in Stillwater.

Space race program still benefits Oklahoma

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, February 26, 2019

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing — the NASA mission that made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin the first human beings to walk on a planetary body that wasn’t Earth.

OKC's housing market ranks as the third most affordable

Chamber Staff // Monday, February 25, 2019

One of the things we’re the most proud of here in Oklahoma City is how affordable it is to live here. Play around with the cost of living calculator on A Better Life if you don’t believe us. There’s never a shortage of lists and studies being published about how affordable OKC is, and today yet another fantastic study joins that list. In this year’s International Housing Affordability Survey by Demographia, OKC’s housing market ranked as the third most affordable in 309 cities across eight countries (in four continents!).

Researchers develop new way to eat peanut butter

Marcus Elwell // Monday, February 25, 2019

The days of scooping peanut butter straight out of the jar with a spoon may be nearing an end.

Myriad Botanical Gardens among top 10 public parks

Chamber Staff // Friday, February 22, 2019

Parks may be meant for fun and games, but here in OKC we take how we craft and maintain our parks—how we craft and maintain our fun and games—very seriously. Whether it’s the current construction of the highly anticipated Scissortail Park, the beloved Myriad Botanical Gardens, or even the recently polished Kerr Park (we can see it from our building!), you don’t even need to be in OKC to see just how much we love our parks. In fact, recently the Minneapolis Star Tribune took notice of this when they named the Myriad Botanical Gardens one of the top 10 public parks to visit.

Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center helps OKC's economy soar

David McCollum // Thursday, February 21, 2019

When you think of the FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC), located on the west side of Will Rogers World Airport, you naturally think of it as the home to the FAA Academy, right? The place that trains the nation’s air traffic controllers, the men and women who keep aircraft safely spaced as we fly the friendly skies.

O’Connor: Districts are a great investment

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Thriving, unique commercial districts add immense value, celebrate our cultural diversity and support Oklahoma City’s economic development efforts.

1 Million Cups OKC aims to caffeinate entrepreneurship

Marcus Elwell // Tuesday, February 19, 2019

It has been said that one of the most vital ingredients of a successful startup is pretty simple: coffee. A cup of coffee with peers or mentors have led to countless connections and solutions for entrepreneurs with “that next great idea.”

Economic growth projected to continue, report finds

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, February 19, 2019

According to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s 2019 Economic Forecast, the Oklahoma City metro economy is expected to continue its growth after a healthy year in 2018. Positive Oklahoma City metro job growth in 2019 is expected to increase by 2.1 percent or 13,600 jobs. However, a modest slowdown in activity could be forthcoming and the state and local economies are vulnerable to national uncertainties. If national conditions weaken in the second half of 2019, this could result in a noticeable drag on local and state forecasted growth.

NBA player Ekpe Udoh sees promise in hydroponic farming

Brian Brus // Thursday, February 14, 2019

Utah Jazz basketball player Ekpe Udoh revealed the motivation behind his new business venture to area high school students at the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City campus Thursday.

OKC's Opportunity Zones provide incentives for investment

David McCollum // Wednesday, February 13, 2019

An Opportunity Zone is a designation created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 allowing for certain investments in lower income areas to have tax advantages. The purpose of this program is to put capital to work that would otherwise be locked up due to the asset holder's unwillingness to trigger a capital gains tax.

Beef jerky company owner chasing bigger market share

Molly M. Fleming // Tuesday, February 12, 2019

J.R. Towe wants a bigger slice of the beef jerky market.

Investing in Edmond: New commercial construction remains high

Molly M. Fleming // Tuesday, February 12, 2019

In the last nine years, Edmond has seen nearly $40 million in private money put into its downtown.

Innovation sparks success for local battery firm

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, February 12, 2019

For a young company, it’s never easy and the hard work is never over. It’s a long, difficult battle full of fits and starts and failure before success.

Coolgreens to add locations beyond state lines

Molly M. Fleming // Monday, February 11, 2019

The new Coolgreens menu is anticipated to help the Oklahoma City-based restaurant company expand outside state lines.

Coworking space for women fosters community

Jennifer Sharpe // Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Treasury, which opened in November 2018, is Oklahoma City’s first coworking office space exclusively for women. Owners Hannah and Brian Schmitt were inspired by other national women’s coworking spaces such as The Riveter and The Wing.

New public art projects commissioned

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, February 6, 2019

If you only think of monuments when you hear the term “public art,” you need to schedule a public art tour of Oklahoma City. Since adoption in 2009 of an initiative that requires 1 percent of the construction budget for public projects to be spent on public art, Oklahoma City’s public art scene has significantly changed. There are now dozens of murals, sculptures and art installations across the city.

Madhopper joins Brewers Union

Molly M. Fleming // Friday, February 1, 2019

A brewing business with culinary flair has joined the Brewers Union and will start selling beer on Saturday.

OKC becomes a "gigacity"

OKC becomes a "gigacity" // Friday, February 1, 2019

It's well-known among politicians, investors and entrepreneurs that the Internet — and access to it — is an economic engine. It helps connect Americans to education and government services. It serves as a platform for new ideas and companies that wind up changing the world. And it reduces costs for consumers and businesses everywhere.

Scissortail Park lake filling up as opening set for September

Steve Lackmeyer // Friday, February 1, 2019

The lake at Scissortail Park is set to be completed and filled this month, and plans are progressing for an opening in late September that will include four days of festivities, including concerts and a parade.

New brewery on Film Row taking beer back to basics

Molly M. Fleming // Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Although west downtown is home to several breweries, the Film Row Historic District is getting its first.

A dip in the Shark Tank

David Dishman // Sunday, January 27, 2019

Tim Todd and Levi Wilson recently pitched television's Shark Tank investors on the idea of buying into their bed-sized tornado shelters.

OKC transformation highlighted in State of the City

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Mayor David Holt recently gave his first State of the City address. Hosted by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the event is an opportunity to reflect on the past year and discuss the city’s trajectory for the next year. As you can imagine, the city’s renaissance and our residents’ continued commitment to invest in our city were highlighted in Mayor Holt’s address.

2018 marks all-time high for passenger traffic at Will Rogers World Airport

Staff Reports // Monday, January 21, 2019

Over 4.3 million travelers flew in and out of Will Rogers World Airport in 2018, setting another all-time record for passenger traffic.

Accolades highlight growth, economic development

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, January 16, 2019

In creating the Opportunity Zone Investment Prospectus, we gathered a lot of data about our city – from demographics and job growth to redevelopment and economic forecasts. We are continually seeing growth and transformation of our city and are proud of the numerous accolades our city has garnered over the past year from around the nation.

Cidery to open in west OKC

Molly M. Fleming // Monday, January 14, 2019

By summer, the city will have two cideries in operation.

OKC airport reports record year for passenger traffic

Brian Brus // Monday, January 14, 2019

Airline passenger traffic grew by more than 10 percent at Will Rogers World Airport last year, municipal airport data shows.

Amid changes, Anthem Brewing Co. grows with OKC's craft beer scene

Nate Fisher // Friday, January 11, 2019

It’s tough to argue with the success and explosive growth of OKC’s craft brewing scene as of late, and don’t think we here at VeloCityOKC HQ haven’t noticed.

Amid changes, Anthem Brewing Co. grows with OKC's craft beer scene

Nate Fisher // Friday, January 11, 2019

It’s tough to argue with the success and explosive growth of OKC’s craft brewing scene as of late, and don’t think we here at VeloCityOKC HQ haven’t noticed.

Opportunity zones bring new investment

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Opportunity zones are a hot topic as of late, and cities across the country are working to find ways to market their opportunity zones to potential investors.

OKC is one of the top 15 cities where high quality, low cost living is very achievable

Chamber Staff // Thursday, January 3, 2019

Depending on where you live, balancing a high quality of life and low costs of living can be a pretty difficult task—but difficult doesn’t mean impossible!

Economic development rings in a prosperous 2019

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Looking back at 2018, there were many reasons to celebrate the economic growth and development in Oklahoma City. This year we can expect to build upon those successes and continue our city’s transformative momentum.

Coworking space opens in OKC’s Midtown

Michael Kinney // Monday, December 24, 2018

Desiree Beckman was missing something. When she moved to Oklahoma City from New York with her family, she didn’t know anyone.

Top OKC economic development successes in 2018

Cathy O'Connor // Monday, December 24, 2018

Transformation was a key word for Oklahoma City in 2018. Major progress on several MAPS 3 projects and supporting public-private developments is completely changing how our downtown functions and feels. These developments, combined with our continued efforts to attract business and create jobs, mark some of our top economic development successes for 2018.

OKC streetcar delivers success

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, December 19, 2018

After more than a decade of discussion, planning, design and construction, the Oklahoma City Streetcar began service Friday morning with a huge celebration. Confetti rained down and a large crowd cheered as Mayor David Holt, City Council members, MAPS 3 staff, advisory board and streetcar subcommittee members and many other people instrumental in this milestone celebrated the streetcar system’s inaugural ride.

OKC ranks No. 3 for lowest cost of doing business among large metros

Eric Long // Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The North American Business Cost Review analyzed 47 metro areas with more than 1 million people and ranked various costs associated with doing business.

Celebrate the launch of the OKC Streetcar

Chamber Staff // Friday, December 14, 2018

The Oklahoma City Streetcar, a voter-approved project funded by the MAPS 3 program, is set to open today after 21 months of construction and testing. The OKC Streetcar, which will cover 5.1 miles with two routes throughout downtown Oklahoma City, represents a new era in local public transit.

Elk Valley Brewing to open in Midtown this month

Steve Lackmeyer // Friday, December 14, 2018

Hudson Avenue in Midtown, long a sleeper stretch of an otherwise vibrant Midtown, is set to start coming back to life with the opening of Elk Valley Brewing later this month.

Let’s ride: OKC streetcar vision comes to life

Brian Brus // Friday, December 14, 2018

The city’s new downtown streetcar system accepted its first riders Friday, setting aside fares for a few weeks to allow for cultural acclimation.

Construction starts on Heartland headquarters

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Civic and business leaders gathered Tuesday to celebrate the start of construction for a $40 million headquarters that will bring hundreds of tech jobs downtown.

Opportunity Zones creates big potential in OKC

Marcus Elwell // Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act established the creation of Opportunity Zones to encourage long-term investments to help revitalize areas with lower median incomes. You can learn more about the ins and outs of Opportunity Zones here. Oklahoma City will have eight Opportunity Zones and those zones offer great development potential in some of the city's key areas.

Heartland Payment to celebrate ground breaking

Chamber Staff // Monday, December 10, 2018

Heartland Payment Systems will celebrate the construction start of their downtown Oklahoma City facility on Tuesday, Dec. 11 with a ground breaking ceremony.

Oklahoma City wins federal grant for bus rapid transit line

William Crum // Saturday, December 8, 2018

Oklahoma City won a federal grant this week for a bus rapid transit line, a new option for commuters between northwest-side neighborhoods and downtown.

OKC wins $14.3 million grant for bus rapid transit system

Brian Brus // Friday, December 7, 2018

Oklahoma City’s first bus rapid transit system will be years in development, city officials said Friday, citing parking lots, dedicated driving lanes and boarding stop concessions as just a few of the unknown details in a BRT corridor about to take shape.

OKC invests $600,000 in trees for Scissortail Park

Brian Brus // Thursday, December 6, 2018

As much of Oklahoma City prepared for a winter storm Thursday, landscape crews were planting about 50 trees in the 70-acre Scissortail Park near the downtown business district.

Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy student flexes STEM muscles in creation of prosthetic hand

Jim Stafford // Thursday, December 6, 2018

Emily Haas flexed her biceps, and the fingers on a purple plastic robotic hand sitting on a table before her flexed as well. She did it again. Biceps flexed. Fingers flexed.

Largest contract in state highway department history approved for I-235/I-44 work

Randy Ellis // Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The interchange between Interstate 235 and Interstate 44 in north Oklahoma City will be reconstructed as a four-level interchange as part of a $105 million contract awarded Monday by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission.

Oklahoma has the lowest unemployment insurance tax, top 10 corporate tax rank

Eric Long // Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Tax Foundation released its 2019 annual report for state tax structures. Making this list isn’t just about having low (or no) taxes, it’s about how clear the tax code is and how effectively it raises revenue in balance with its impact on businesses.

Q&A: SYNQ3 CEO Steve Bigari

Kennedy Parker // Monday, November 26, 2018

SYNQ3 Restaurant Solutions is coming to OKC and bringing 300 flexible, part-time jobs with them.

OKC researchers study cold virus that threatens infants

Meg Wingerter // Thursday, November 22, 2018

A virus that typically causes mild cold-like symptoms might seem like an odd target for researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, but this foe is more dangerous than it might seem.

Oklahoma City manufacturing is cutting edge

David McCollum // Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Close your eyes for a moment. Think about manufacturing. What do you envision? Is it the noise of a factory floor as workers, glistening in sweat, muscle heavy machinery and raw materials into place? Or maybe it’s a line of blue-collar workers, working on an assembly line performing a mind-numbing series of repetitive tasks?

OSU dedicates new Devon Material Lab, leadership program

Staff Reports // Friday, November 16, 2018

Oklahoma State University celebrated the opening of the Devon Energy Material Science Laboratory in a new state-of-the-art building. The Devon laboratory is part of ENDEAVOR, a 72,000-square-foot building with 15 labs, collaborative work spaces and five industry-aligned labs for student projects.

OU Catalyst Programs lead entrepreneurs to successful SBIR grant proposals

Jim Stafford // Friday, November 16, 2018

When Ashton Robinson Cook was 3 years old, a tornado struck the mobile home in which he lived with his mother in Little Rock, Ark. The experience terrified Cook but also stirred a lifelong interest in all things weather.

Tinker AFB selected for B-21 Raider maintenance and sustainment

Chamber Staff // Friday, November 16, 2018

The Air Force announced today that it selected Tinker Air Force Base to coordinate maintenance and sustainment of the B-21 Raider, the next generation long-range strike bomber.

Tinker Air Force Base to be home for maintenance of new stealth bomber

Silas Allen // Friday, November 16, 2018

U.S. Air Force officials have selected Tinker Air Force Base to provide maintenance for the B-21 Raider once the bomber comes online in the mid 2020s, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced Friday.

Harold Hamm Foundation donates $34 million to Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at OU Medicine

Staff Reports // Thursday, November 15, 2018

The University of Oklahoma announced a $34 million dollar gift made to the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center (HHDC) at OU Medicine. The gift from The Harold Hamm Foundation is the largest gift ever made to the HHDC and follows the gift given by Mr. Hamm in 2007 that established the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center with the goal to cure diabetes.

Booz Allen: OKC great place for ‘us to grow’

Molly M. Fleming // Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Oklahoma City was up against Dayton, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., as it vied for 130 new jobs being created by Booz Allen Hamilton, a defense contractor and intelligence firm.

Metro 50 Profile: SJ Innovations

Heide Brandes // Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sacia Johnson, CEO of SJ Innovations LLC, started her business in 2012, but she recently started looking at which market offered the least startup capital. This quest kept leading her back to the government market, where she sees the most success.

OKC company creates online market for precious metals

Brian Brus // Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A new online service launching in Oklahoma is expected to bring holders of cryptocurrencies back to a more tangible investment base.

Booz Allen to add 130 new jobs in Oklahoma City

Russel Ray // Friday, November 9, 2018

To accommodate demands borne from the age of big data, Virginia-based Booz Allen Hamilton said Thursday it will be creating 240 jobs with a payroll of $165 million over the next 10 years in Oklahoma.

Stephenson Cancer Center gets grant to study why tumors come back

Meg Wingerter // Friday, November 9, 2018

Stephenson Cancer Center has received more than $10 million to study why some cancers figure out a way to survive everything modern medicine can throw at them.

Oklahoma City honored as "America's Most Livable City"

Staff Reports // Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The City of Oklahoma City receives the national “America’s Most Livable Community Award,” presented by Partners for Livable Communities (Partners), a Washington-based nonprofit.

Southwest airline lanuches nonstop service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Staff Reports // Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Southwest Airlines has launched its new nonstop flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) from Will Rogers World Airport. The new route provides service to one of the City’s most requested airports.

Drone manufacturer Kratos opens new facility

David McCollum // Monday, November 5, 2018

Oklahoma City re-entered the world of aerospace manufacturing Friday with the ribbon-cutting of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc.’s manufacturing facility on the city’s west side.

Kratos opens production plant

Journal Record Staff // Monday, November 5, 2018

State and community leaders joined executives from Kratos Defense & Security Solutions at a ribbon-cutting for the company’s new 100,000-square-foot unmanned aircraft production facility in the Will Rogers Business Park, 7501 SW 29th St. in Oklahoma City.

Stephenson Cancer Center leads groundbreaking ovarian cancer study

Staff Reports // Friday, November 2, 2018

A physician-scientist at Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine co-directed an international clinical trial that yielded findings considered unprecedented in the field of gynecological cancer. The study's findings were published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Progentec Diagnostics, Inc. Raises Funds to Support Advances in Lupus Detection and Management

Associated Press // Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Progentec Diagnostics, Inc. (“Progentec”), a leader in the development of technological innovations in the field of diagnostics, today announced the completion of a second round of funding led by i2E, along with Chicago-based OCA Ventures and NMC Lifesciences, a leading global healthcare provider. The funding will help bring Progentec’s tool for identifying Lupus flare ups and a biomarker-based disease-activity index closer to commercialization. Technology created by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) is at the core of the platform being developed by Progentec.

Business Bulletin: Joe Hodges, SSM Health St. Anthony

Kaylee Terracina // Tuesday, October 30, 2018

As a native Oklahoman who works at the oldest hospital in Oklahoma, Joe Hodges, regional president of SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Oklahoma City, has a unique perspective on the renaissance that has shaped the Oklahoma City community.

Rural Sourcing to bring 150 technology jobs to Oklahoma City

Press Release // Friday, October 26, 2018

Rural Sourcing, the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, is excited to officially announce that it will open its fifth development center in Oklahoma City. The center will create 150 software development jobs that will provide solutions to its Fortune 1000 and technology clients. This decision equates to over a $7 million dollar investment in the first year into the community and reinforces Rural Sourcing’s mission of creating thousands of jobs in the U.S.

DRG works to expand aerospace in Oklahoma City

David Dishman // Thursday, October 25, 2018

Oklahoma City-based Delaware Resource Group continues to expand its presence around the world while attempting to retain its small-business feel.

Streetcar brings prosperity along route

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, October 24, 2018

It is still more than a month before the Oklahoma City Streetcar system officially begins service, but we are already seeing its economic impact. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber recently presented the results of an investment impact analysis of the streetcar system to the City Council.

Oklahomans play key roles in Amazon growth

David Dishman // Wednesday, October 24, 2018

While reading the newspaper on her phone earlier this year, Erica Stone learned that Amazon sought to hire local entrepreneurs to run logistics businesses.

Norman’s NextThought connects the dots for online learners

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, October 23, 2018

When my daughter enrolled in an online college class, I had an image of her being alone on an island, connected only to the course material by way of a computer, with little interaction from the instructor. And no contact with her classmates.

Business Bulletin: Randy Dickerson and Chris Merideth, Farmers Claims Center

Kaylee Terracina // Wednesday, October 17, 2018

With 1,000 employees at its Oklahoma City location, Farmers Claims Center has a massive impact on the community – and not just in terms of economic influence. According to Chris Merideth, regional legislative affairs manager for Farmers, the company’s focus on volunteerism offers a tangible impact on the Oklahoma City community.

Shipping on up: Second FedEx Ground Station opens in Oklahoma City

David Dishman // Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sometimes, 180,000 square feet just isn't enough.

Energy company latest to develop headquarters on Automobile Alley

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Automobile Alley is set to see another headquarters added to the growing district with plans underway to redevelop two decades-old warehouses and build a new three-story addition.

The Thunder celebrates 10 years of NBA in OKC

Kaylee Terracina // Tuesday, October 16, 2018

October 2018 marks 10 years since the Oklahoma City Thunder played its first game in Oklahoma City, the beginning of Oklahoma City’s status as a big-league city. But bringing the NBA to Oklahoma City is a story that started much earlier than the Thunder’s first game.

Learning more about the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, October 16, 2018

It's always eye-opening to gain a fresh perspective on something you think you know so well.

Metro 50 profile: Angel Heart Boutique

Heide Brandes // Monday, October 15, 2018

As a child, Schayene Silva sold everything she could collect. She would find items, sell them for higher and save the money she made. Now, Silva and her husband, Felipe Resende, are still selling, but at a more sophisticated level.

Streetcar project generates millions in new investment

Brian Brus // Monday, October 15, 2018

The promise of a new streetcar circuit downtown played a key part in about $1.6 billion in investment in downtown businesses since the MAPS 3 project was announced, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President Roy Williams said.

Metro 50 Profile: Monterey Construction

Heide Brandes // Thursday, October 11, 2018

In 2017, Monterey Construction of Norman was struggling with growing pains. From 2014 to 2016, the company had an 800 percent growth in home construction, and President and CEO Chris Edwards knew he had to get a handle on the astronomical growth.

Report highlights transformative projects

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, October 10, 2018

For nearly six decades, the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority has been working with city planners, private developers and residents to revitalize Oklahoma City. OCURA’s recent annual report highlights some of the most visible transformations in the Core to Shore Project Area.

Greater OKC Chamber releases streetcar investment impact study

David McCollum // Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber today released an investment impact analysis on the MAPS3 downtown streetcar project.

Tech company expansion brings flexible jobs

David Dishman // Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A technology company is expanding its presence to Oklahoma City, and plans to bring 300 flexible, part-time jobs to the market.

Celebrate manufacturing in October

Marcus Elwell // Friday, October 5, 2018

October is Manufacturing Month and with more than 41,000 workers, manufacturing makes up around six percent of employment in Greater Oklahoma City. Manufacturing is a vital cog in the economic engine of our region.

Omni groundbreaking highlights continuing downtown development

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, October 3, 2018

On Monday, Omni Hotel leadership, along with city officials and city leaders, officially broke ground on the beautiful 605-room Omni Oklahoma City hotel set to open in early 2021.

American Airlines to offer Washington, D.C., service

David Dishman // Wednesday, October 3, 2018

American Airlines announced it will offer daily flights between Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport beginning Feb. 14.

Omni Hotel breaks ground in Oklahoma City

Kaylee Terracina // Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Oklahoma City’s hospitality industry continued to gain momentum with the Oct. 1 groundbreaking of Oklahoma City’s Omni Hotel, which will serve as the headquarter hotel for the Oklahoma City MAPS 3 Convention Center. Representatives from Omni Hotels & Resorts and the Oklahoma City community were on hand to celebrate the event.

OKC’s DNA Solutions puts forensic science expertise to work identifying criminal suspects, victims

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Welcome to another intriguing episode of CSI — Oklahoma City, where DNA crime scene evidence from all over the world is brought to Oklahoma City-based DNA Solutions for its forensic science expertise.

SJ Innovations, LLC tops Metro 50 list for second consecutive year

Chamber Staff // Thursday, September 27, 2018

For the second year in a row, SJ Innovations, LLC (SJI) was named the fastest-growing privately held company in the Greater Oklahoma City metro at the 2018 Metro 50 Awards. More than 650 people gathered at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on Sept. 24 to celebrate the region’s fastest-growing, privately held companies. Monterey Construction and Angel Heart Boutique rounded out the top three companies honored at the event.

Core to Shore vision beginning to take shape

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, September 26, 2018

We have been talking about and imagining the opportunities for redevelopment and development in the area directly south of the Central Business District since the Core to Shore Development Framework was adopted in 2008. A decade later, we are seeing many of those projects underway.

UCO studio inspires innovation, collaboration

Eriech Tapia // Monday, September 24, 2018

The sound of heavy machinery and construction crews fill the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma, but in the quietest building, construction on the new Innovation Studio has just finished.

SkyWest Airlines celebrates the opening of their Oklahoma City Facility

Marcus Elwell // Friday, September 21, 2018

Yesterday, SkyWest Airlines celebrated the grand opening of their 135,000-square-foot maintenance hangar at Will Rogers World Airport. The facility will create around 100 new, high-paying jobs for the metro.

Business Bulletin: Stacy Eads, Levant Technologies

Kaylee Terracina // Thursday, September 20, 2018

Levant Technologies, LLC, is no stranger to the growing influence of technology on business. In fact, with 15 years of custom website design and app development in its portfolio, you might say that Levant Technologies plays a major role in helping other businesses adapt to technology. Located in Norman, Levant serves 550 customers who are primarily based throughout the state.

Rural Sourcing aims to compete against world from Bricktown

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Rural Sourcing, a software development company, is set to start hiring for its proposed new location in Bricktown later this year with plans to staff up to 150 people or more after three years.

Oklahoma City ranks among top 10 cities for outdoor space

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The word “city” doesn’t always have to evoke images of steel, high rise towers and flashing lights; In OKC’s case, greenery, foliage and flowers go hand-in-hand with our image of a city. After all, with gorgeous green spots woven between our downtown area like the newly renovated Kerr Park and the Myriad Botanical Gardens, it’s hard not to. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that Oklahoma City was recently ranked among the top 10 cities for outdoor space recently.

Software firm’s proposal for Plow Building goes forward

Molly M. Fleming // Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Rural Sourcing Inc. is a fan of restored old buildings even if that means restoring the building itself.

Innovation District accelerating Oklahoma City’s momentum

Cathy O'Connor // Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Innovation is a powerful word. We often think of it as a new idea or new way of doing something, but when we talk about Oklahoma City’s Innovation District, the word takes on a grander meaning – a place, a catalyst, a convergence of people and ideas.

Oklahoma City among top 5 cities with youngest entrepreneurs

Chamber Staff // Thursday, September 13, 2018

You’re never too young to set out on your quest for entrepreneurial glory—especially if you live in one of these cities! Lending Tree recently set out to find the cities with the youngest entrepreneurs: Cities with fewer obstacles to keep you from your dreams of success, mostly cities with more manageable costs and plenty of networking opportunities. Cities like Oklahoma City, which is especially loaded with benefits for millennials like being among the top cities where millennials are most likely to make more money, being one of the best cities for millennial homeownership, and being one of the overall best metros for millennials.

OKC is well represented on Inc. 5000 list

Marcus Elwell // Wednesday, September 12, 2018

In Greater Oklahoma City, entrepreneurial spirit means a little more than starting a business. You could say it is in the DNA of our community dating back to its very founding. Remember, our city is the one that was founded in a single day. With the firing of guns to open the Land Run on April 22, 1889, a city of 10,000 was born out of nothing. Greater Oklahoma City is a metro literally founded by entrepreneurs from all over the country, and even the world.

OU students gain real-world energy experience though new program

Adam Wilmoth // Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Zauaraou Sylla already is using the skills she learned this summer working with a team from Oklahoma City-based Charter Oak Production LLC.

Oklahoma Blood Institute pioneers ‘donor driven’ blood-based cellular therapies

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In a room filled with blood donors at the Oklahoma Blood Institute's (OBI) donation center, Jennifer Chain, Ph.D., pronounces some words that don't easily roll off the tongue. Allogeneic. Autologous. Apheresis.

Summit offers engaging lineup for entrepreneurs

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, September 11, 2018

As regular readers of this column already know, I am a huge advocate of education.

Staying alive: Can an experimental OMRF drug stop Mike Schuster's brain cancer?

Adam Cohen // Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Last month, Sen. John McCain died from glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. The same disease took the life of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Myriad Gardens rank among top 10 urban sanctuaries

Chamber Staff // Monday, September 10, 2018

As much as we love the city part of Oklahoma City, we also love its greener side: The parks, the gardens, the foliage, these beautiful pockets of greenery found in an otherwise urban landscape that some call “urban sanctuaries.” Oklahoma City’s not the only place that takes pride in its urban sanctuaries, though it’s home of one of the best according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who ranked the Myriad Botanical Gardens among the nation’s best in their list of “10 urban parks well worth a visit” thanks to the beauty and progress it represents.

BancFirst closes deal to buy OKC's second-tallest building

Steve Lackmeyer // Saturday, September 8, 2018

The 36-story building formerly known as Cotter Ranch Tower is back in local ownership after 14 troubled years of control by the late Texan James Cotter.

Coworking in OKC

Evan Fay // Thursday, September 6, 2018

Coworking spaces are a critical component of any healthy entrepreneurial economy. Not only do they provide affordable workspace for startups but they also offer a collaborative environment that startups of all shapes and sizes thrive in.

Thunder Launchpad selects "Batch 2" startups

Staff Reports // Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Thunder Launchpad fueled by MidFirst Bank recently announced its second cohort of technology startups to enter the accelerator. A total of eight technology startups have been selected to go through the accelerator program run by StitchCrew in partnership with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The accelerator helps entrepreneurs elevate their businesses through provided education, community support, access to data, network and mentors.

Omni Hotel development making advances

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Now that a section of the Oklahoma City Boulevard between Shields Boulevard and S. Robinson Avenue has opened, you will be able to see the major advances taking place at the Omni Hotel development just south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Jeff Seymour named Executive Vice President for Economic Development

Chamber Staff // Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Last month, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber announced that Jeff Seymour, CEcD, will assume the role of executive vice president of economic development on Sept. 4. Seymour joined the Chamber in 2015 as senior business development manager and was promoted to director of business development in 2017.

Oklahoma's bioscience story takes national stage

Chamber Staff // Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Scientists, business leaders, educators and economic development officers from across the state of Oklahoma took the best of Oklahoma bioscience to Boston to garner interest in one of Oklahoma’s fastest-growing economic sectors. At the 2018 BIO International Convention, the Oklahoma Bioscience Association- and Chamber-led delegation promoted the accomplishments of the Oklahoma bioscience sector and met with potential business partners.

City benefits from leadership, collaboration

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Oklahoma City is regularly visited by representatives and officials from other cities throughout the country who want to understand the secret of our success here. The MAPS program, now in its 25th year, has transformed our city in significant and tangible ways. This program, which allows for major capital improved projects to be funded without debt, is admired by cities nationwide.

OMRF receives $2.8 million grant

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Bob Axtell, Ph.D., has received a four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a rare autoimmune disease called neuromyelitis optica, or NMO.

Local man builds and designs custom food trucks

David Dishman // Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Life dealt Deion Estrada a lemon, but he responded by making more than just lemonade — choosing to build the whole stand instead.

Stillwater’s Quest RTS creates software that keeps big rigs rolling with automated dispatch, billing procedures

Staff // Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Chandler's Acord Transportation dispatches dozens of trucks across Oklahoma each day to transport fertilizers, propane, butane, asphalt, road oils and more.


Jack Money // Tuesday, August 28, 2018

It is taking some time.

Sundance Airport improvements take flight

Molly M. Fleming // Friday, August 24, 2018

Jerry Hunter can’t build jet hangars fast enough.

Final approach: $65 million OK’d for renovation of Will Rogers terminal

Brian Brus // Friday, August 24, 2018

The city Airport Trust approved the final construction plans Thursday for $65.3 million in renovations and expansion of Will Rogers World Airport’s terminal building and related facilities.

Omni closes land deal for convention hotel in downtown OKC

Steve Lackmeyer // Friday, August 24, 2018

Omni Hotels & Resorts closed on its purchase of land from the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority on Thursday, a wedding day of sorts after two years of courting, negotiations and some objections voiced along the way.

Will Rogers terminal expansion gets final go-ahead

William Crum // Friday, August 24, 2018

Will Rogers World Airport is set to grow.

Taking Oklahoma City aviation global

Marcus Elwell // Thursday, August 23, 2018

Every two years, Hampshire, United Kingdom is the epicenter of the aviation world as host of the Farnborough International Airshow. The biennial event attracts a who’s who of aviation giants and rest assured Oklahoma City is right in the middle of it all.

OCCC jumps into deep end with workforce project

Brian Brus // Thursday, August 23, 2018

Oklahoma City Community College has a hole in its campus that’s just the right size for a new Workforce Development Center.

BNSF Railway to build south OKC logistics center

Adam Wilmoth // Thursday, August 23, 2018

Agricultural and industrial companies have a new option to locate along the railroad after BNSF Railway this week unveiled its newest logistics center in the south metro area.

Heartland to build new headquarters in downtown OKC and expand workforce

Marcus Elwell // Wednesday, August 22, 2018

As part of its dynamic growth, Heartland, the U.S. division of Global Payments, recently announced it will move its headquarters to downtown Oklahoma City. The company will expand its workforce by 345 and build a new headquarters to accommodate its growth.

Cultivating placemaking in Kerr Park

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, August 22, 2018

This week, downtown employees, residents and the public attended a kickoff party to celebrate the recent enhancements and reopening of Kerr Park. The improvements were made possible through Downtown OKC Partnership, a Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant and numerous partners and stakeholders. These enhancements add placemaking elements to make the park more people-centric.

Stillwater’s 65-acre industrial park offers parcels for small businesses

Jennifer Sharpe // Wednesday, August 22, 2018

More than half of a land gift to the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce is being used to attract and retain businesses in the area.

Crowds gather at Kerr Park reopening in downtown Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A yearlong effort to bring life back to downtown's rebuilt Kerr Park debuted on Tuesday with crowds treated to free pizza and music — a hint of the programming yet to come after the makeover.

OU Health Sciences Center gets fed money to work with communities

Meg Wingerter // Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The OU Health Sciences Center has received a $20 million grant to fund the work of young researchers interested in Oklahoma communities' health problems.

BNSF debuts Logistics Center Oklahoma City

Staff Reports // Tuesday, August 21, 2018

BNSF Railway (BNSF) today premiered its newest logistics center to customers, local officials and community members at an event in Moore, Okla., near Oklahoma City. Logistics Center Oklahoma City is located within the city limits of both Oklahoma City and Moore and is designed to accommodate manifest and unit train customers in addition to a site for storage.

Oklahoma City's resident satisfaction beats national average // Monday, August 20, 2018

Oklahoma City residents continue to be more satisfied with their community than most Americans who live in big cities.

OKC Ranks among top 20 cities where your paycheck goes further

Eric Long // Friday, August 17, 2018

GOBankingRates recently published 20 Cities Where Your Paycheck Goes the Furthest. Oklahoma City ranked No. 11.

CoreLogic celebrates local acquisitions, new Oklahoma City center

Richard Mize // Friday, August 17, 2018

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.

Aerospace firm to create 350 jobs in Oklahoma

Tim Talley // Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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.

Aerospace company plans to bring operations, jobs to Oklahoma City area

David Dishman // Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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.

Economy hums; Oklahoma City sets sales tax record

William Crum // Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The city of Oklahoma City is benefiting from the upswing in the local economy.

OU researcher, business school dean connect at BioScience Networking event

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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.


Chamber Staff // Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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.


Nate Fisher // Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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.

Metro unemployment rate among best in the country

Marcus Elwell // Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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.

The Mine comes to OKC

Marcus Elwell // Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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.

Homegrown tech success

Marcus Elwell // Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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.

The evolution of Mammoth: Company grows energy services segments

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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.

Traffic growth at Stillwater airport continues

Mike Coppock // Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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.

Investing in success

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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.

Mammoth Energy Services expands operations

Adam Wilmoth // Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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.

Aircraft Production Returns to Oklahoma

Gary Daughters // Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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.

Executive Q&A with Piyush Patel: Successful business owner teaches, gives back

Hannah Pike // Monday, August 6, 2018

Piyush Patel has been a sixth-grade teacher, a college professor and the founder and CEO of a $45 million e-learning company.

Program aims to boost local entrepreneurs

Hannah Pike // Monday, August 6, 2018

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.

Paycom grows as companies embrace technology

Brian Brus // Thursday, August 2, 2018

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 stock soars after second quarter growth

Hannah Pike // Thursday, August 2, 2018

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.

O’Connor: Craft beer scene brewing

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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.

Foundation awards $3.5 million in grants to OMRF, OUHSC

Staff Reports // Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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.

GE Summer Science Academy takes creative approach to academic, engineering challenges

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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.

Innovations carry Stillwater’s XploSafe beyond explosive detection

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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.


Nate Fisher // Monday, July 30, 2018

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.

OKC airport project nearly set to get off the ground

Brian Brus // Friday, July 27, 2018

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's Will Rogers World Airport terminal expansion advances

William Crum // Friday, July 27, 2018

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.

Construction of $40 million downtown Oklahoma City Heartland headquarters to start in late 2018

Steve Lackmeyer // Friday, July 27, 2018

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.

OMRF wins grant for research on aging

Staff Reports // Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has received a $600,000 grant from The Mary K. Chapman Foundation to support aging research.

Omni Hotel construction set to start in September in Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Friday, July 20, 2018

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.

Sonic Corp. franchisee adds sustainability features to northwest Oklahoma City operation

Jack Money // Friday, July 20, 2018

Lettuce, pickles and limes aren't the only green things you'll find at a Sonic that opened this month in northwest Oklahoma City.

Partnership brings park to life

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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 unveils extensive makeover plans for Cotter Tower in downtown Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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.

Oklahoma City’s Martin Bionics pioneers new type of prosthetic socket for amputees

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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.

Air traffic soars at OKC, Tulsa airports

Brian Brus // Monday, July 16, 2018

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.

CACI opens Oklahoma City shared services center with a ribbon-cutting

Staff Reports // Thursday, July 12, 2018

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 comes to OKC

Katelyn Howard // Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Mine is recruiting.

Former dealership proves right spot for HoganTaylor

Molly M. Fleming // Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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.

Norman-based weather company aids in Thai cave rescue

Hannah Pike // Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Saturday morning, Weather Decision Technologies received an email from Google: Elon Musk's SpaceX and The Boring Co. needed help.

Rankings show Oklahoma a great place to start a business

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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.

OMRF gets grant to study cell division

Staff Reports // Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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 chosen best workplace

Staff Reports // Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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.

CACI International celebrates grand opening of OKC shared services center

Staff Reports // Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The new Dr. J.P. (Jack) London SSC is expected to eventually employ 550.

Former downtown dealership to be new home for regional accounting firm

Steve Lackmeyer // Saturday, July 7, 2018

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.

Taking it to the Streets: OKC streetcars will soon move from concept to reality

William Crum // Friday, July 6, 2018

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.

Military students receive science training at OMRF

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Three students from U.S. military academies have completed biomedical research summer internships at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Demolition and construction proceed at First National Center

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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.

Business of Health: Moving forward with OKC’s Innovation District

Stephen Prescott, M.D. // Sunday, July 1, 2018

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 set to move 100 employees to new downtown headquarters

Steve Lackmeyer // Saturday, June 30, 2018

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.

Coop steps up production

Molly M. Fleming // Friday, June 29, 2018

In the last year, Coop Ale Works has spent millions buying larger brewery equipment, including a faster, larger canning line.

This week is a glimpse of downtown OKC, version 3.0

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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.

OKC business sells $2 million in shelves to University of Arkansas

Hannah Pike // Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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.

Analytics unit in Oklahoma aims at smarter way to watch TV

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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.

O’Connor: Progress in the Innovation District

Cathy O'Connor // Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation summer program brings midshipman home to Oklahoma City

Kathryn McNutt // Sunday, June 17, 2018

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.

OKC Innovation District CEO named

Staff Reports // Sunday, June 17, 2018

Katy Evans Boren has been named president and CEO of Oklahoma City's innovation district, the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation said Friday.

Ceremony marks start of construction of OKC's $288 million convention center

Steve Lackmeyer // Saturday, June 16, 2018

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.

O’Connor: Oklahoma shines on global BIO stage

Cathy O'Connor // Tuesday, June 12, 2018

About 40 Oklahoma companies joined more than 16,000 people from 74 countries at the BIO International Convention in Boston last week.


American launches new nonstop flights from OKC to Philadelphia

Hanna Pike // Saturday, June 9, 2018

American Airlines launched two new nonstop flights from Will Rogers World Airport to Philadelphia International Airport this week.

OKC's Pure MHC has connection to BIO sponsor

Jim Stafford // Friday, June 8, 2018

Abbvie, one of the biggest sponsors of this year's BIO International Convention, has direct ties to OKC's Pure MHC.

Meetings with potential partners essential to BIO experience for OKBio group

Jim Stafford // Thursday, June 7, 2018

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!

BIO in Boston

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, June 6, 2018

OKC's Moleculera Labs and Lipid Biologics represented startups in OKC at the BIO Internation Convention in Boston this year.

Southwest to launch nonstop flights between OKC and Reagan Airport in Washington, D.C.

Hannah Pike // Thursday, May 31, 2018

Southwest Airlines will begin offering daily nonstop service between Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C.'s, Ronald Reagan National Airport in November.

Amazon signs lease agreement for massive OKC facility

David Dishman // Thursday, May 31, 2018

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 to start direct flight from OKC to D.C.

Brian Brus // Thursday, May 31, 2018

Southwest Airlines will operate Oklahoma City’s first direct flight to Washington, D.C., this fall, Managing Director Juan Suarez said Thursday.

Wind company plants stake in OKC

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Friday, May 25, 2018

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.

OMRF scientist secures grant to study possible way to improve flu vaccine

NewsOK Staff // Friday, May 25, 2018

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 sets record high in Oklahoma region

David Dishman // Friday, May 25, 2018

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.

Oklahoma gains momentum in startup investments, deals

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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 moves onto downtown Oklahoma City streets

William Crum // Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Streetcar testing moved onto downtown Oklahoma City streets Monday, beginning six months of trials leading up to the start of service in December.

Oklahoma City among top 10 best cities for building your savings

Taylor Tepper // Thursday, May 10, 2018

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.

OU receives $5.7 million NIH grant

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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.

Meridian Technology Center pre-engineering program preparing students for college coursework

Kathryn McNutt // Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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.

It took a major political effort to create Stephenson Cancer Center

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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.

Cancer center gets coveted NCI designation

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Thursday, May 3, 2018

Oklahoma has achieved elite status in medical research.

Stephenson Cancer Center designated among top 2% in US

Meg Wingerter // Thursday, May 3, 2018

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

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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.

Norman-based firm provides weather data to the world

Scott Meacham // Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Whether the weather fascinates, frustrates, or frightens, weather is big business for Oklahoma.

WalletHub calls OKC the best large city to start a business in

Kirsten Korosec // Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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.

Stephenson Cancer Center Earns Prestigious National Cancer Institute Designation

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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.

Convention center bids under budget

Brian Brus // Monday, April 30, 2018

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.

Convention center construction bids beat estimate

William Crum // Thursday, April 26, 2018

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.

Oklahoma City’s rite of spring

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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.

Business plan competition shines because of students, teachers, sponsors

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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.

Oklahoma City-based biotech company raises $50 million for clinical trials

Staff Reports // Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tetherex Pharmaceuticals Inc. has raised $50 million to pay for clinical trials for two of its product applications.

OKC-created Cage eliminates ‘pain points’ for project collaborators

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, April 17, 2018

My friend Jay, a videographer for a local advertising firm, works collaboratively with colleagues and clients on advertisements and promotional videos.

A look back can show the way forward for Oklahoma innovation

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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.

CoreLogic buys second Oklahoma technology company

Brian Brus // Monday, April 16, 2018

A California-based property and financial data company has purchased its second technology business in Oklahoma.

Stillwater explores new life for old power plant

Molly M. Fleming // Monday, April 16, 2018

The city is searching for a developer to renovate and reuse an 18,761-square-foot building near Boomer Lake.

Scientists generate interest, profits in suds

Molly M. Fleming // Monday, April 16, 2018

There’s a lot of science behind Iron Monk’s beer.

Climate control goes high tech in Oklahoma City

Richard Mize // Saturday, April 14, 2018

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.

Softball stadium upgrades to start in June

Brian Brus // Friday, April 13, 2018

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.

Stillwater's Energy Center's design earns recognition, praise

Jack Money // Friday, April 13, 2018

An energy center's design is getting some recognition, and its owner, Stillwater Electric Utility, couldn't be happier.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation presents awards

Staff Reports // Friday, April 13, 2018

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation presented Christy Everest with its Board of Directors Distinguished Service Award at its annual honors and awards ceremony Thursday.

Downtown pocket parks undergoing makeovers

Steve Lackmeyer // Friday, April 13, 2018

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.

Development opportunities in Core to Shore

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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.

Startup launched by OU grads creates software for U.S. trucking industry

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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

Jenni Carlson // Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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 Completes Mustang Energy Center

Area Development News Desk // Monday, April 9, 2018

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.

Investors reward OSU technology entrepreneurs

Journal Record Staff // Thursday, April 5, 2018

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.

One Oklahoman's path from high school entrepreneur to startup exec

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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.

Eôté Coffee hits the black

Molly M. Fleming // Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Todd Vinson doesn’t just know about the coffee beans he’s roasting. He knows the people who grow the beans.

Streetcar open house draws crowd

William Crum // Saturday, March 31, 2018

In the Oklahoma City streetcar, Chatoya and Florentino Duarte see possibilities for a city that is easier to navigate and more convenient for everyone.

Fulbright students explore innovation

Cathy O'Connor // Thursday, March 29, 2018

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.

OKC’s credit rating leads to stellar bond sale

Brian Brus // Thursday, March 29, 2018

Competition was tight for buyers of Oklahoma City’s latest round of general obligation bonds Tuesday, city Finance Director Craig Freeman said.

Chicago-based Perkins+Will to plan Innovation District

Molly M. Fleming // Thursday, March 29, 2018

Roy Williams reminded city business leaders and civically engaged residents that there’s a 10-year road map to create the Innovation District.

Oklahoma startup provides transportation to health care

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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. adds new product line

Adam Wilmouth // Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Oklahoma City oil-field valve manufacturer Kimray Inc. is expanding into the pipeline market.

Sonic leads the way by pushing boundaries even where they shouldn't

Dave Cathey // Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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.

OSU-licensed wheat seeds dominate market

Brian Brus // Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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.

Celebrating OKC’s urban garden

Cathy O'Connor // Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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.

OMRF reports MS research

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists have made a discovery that could open doors to new treatments for multiple sclerosis.

Chickasha's family-owned HSI Sensing pioneers new applications for old technology

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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.

O’Connor: Healthier trails ahead for OKC

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Oklahoma City is making great strides toward building a healthier and active community through new walking and biking routes.

XploSafe of Stillwater gets grant to capture nutrients from wastewater as a fertilizer

Jack Money // Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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 Establishes Shared Services Center in Oklahoma

Friday, March 9, 2018

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.

Federal contractor firm could bring hundreds of jobs to OKC

Jack Money // Thursday, March 8, 2018

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.

i2E celebrates 20 years paving path for Oklahoma entrepreneurs

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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.

City council OKs convention center design

William Crum // Friday, March 2, 2018

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.

I2E evolves from advisory firm to growth engine for Oklahoma companies

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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.

O’Connor: Districts add culture, history, economic impact

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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.

An Oklahoma success story: i2E celebrates 20 years of boosting innovation

Scott Meacham // Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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.

Tom McDaniel: MAPS 3 goals are well within sight

Tom McDaniel // Friday, February 16, 2018

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.

Although none are scheduled, airport prepares for international flights

Brian Brus // Friday, February 16, 2018

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.

Streetcar eased onto the rails in Oklahoma City

William Crum // Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Oklahoma City's first streetcar was unloaded onto the rails near the streetcar maintenance garage downtown on Tuesday morning.

Millennial entrepreneur strives to provide affordable financial advice to all

Paula Burkes // Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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.

O’Connor: Bioscience key to health industry

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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.

OKC sets first MAPS for streets projects

William Crum // Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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.

Innovation is creating a more diverse Oklahoma economy

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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.

After 10 Years, WordPress Products Pioneer iThemes is Acquired by Liquid Web

Press Release // Friday, February 2, 2018

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.

Economy on Steady Path, 2018 Report Finds

Staff // Thursday, February 1, 2018

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. 

OKC flying high with drone industry

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Last week, Oklahoma City announced exciting news in the aviation industry.

Oklahoma had just what drone maker needed

Oklahoma Editorial Board // Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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.

Oklahoma moves into No. 2 spot for wind power capacity in the nation, association says

Jack Money // Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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.

Aerospace manufacturer landing in OKC

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Monday, January 29, 2018

Oklahoma is getting its first original equipment aerospace manufacturing company.

Firm to build jet-powered drones in OKC, bring 350 jobs

Adam Wilmouth // Friday, January 26, 2018

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is moving some operations to Oklahoma City, state officials said Friday.

Corporate interest growing in OKC

Molly M. Fleming // Friday, January 26, 2018

More companies are interested in the city now than they were a couple of years ago.

Thunder VP sees tech accelerator as a slam dunk

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Friday, January 26, 2018

Erika Lucas and the Oklahoma City Thunder are teaming up to help propel two dozen tech entrepreneurs this year.

Thunder announces entrepreneurial initiative

David Dishman // Friday, January 26, 2018

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.

Love's anticipates continued expansion

David Dishman // Friday, January 26, 2018

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 buys Washington-based Morse Industries

Molly M. Fleming // Tuesday, January 23, 2018

M-D Building Products will have more places to distribute its products after acquiring a Washington-based company.

M-D Building Products acquires Seattle business

Staff Reports // Tuesday, January 23, 2018

M-D Building Products has acquired Seattle-based company Morse Industries and its assets, the Oklahoma City company reported Monday.

American Airlines offers flights between OKC and Philadelphia

Jack Money // Friday, January 19, 2018

Oklahoma City is getting some brotherly love, nonstop.

Weather Decision Technologies forecast calls for continued growth

Jim Stafford // Friday, January 19, 2018

Let's say a storm is brewing in southwest Oklahoma. Lightning flashes. Clouds are spinning. A tornado warning is issued.

The FAA's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City soars when it comes to flight safety

Jack Money // Thursday, January 18, 2018

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.

FAA’s Monroney Center adapting to changes in flight

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration wants to be on your radar.

New pictures give the best view yet of Oklahoma City's streetcars

William Crum // Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New images released Tuesday show Oklahoma City's first two streetcars outside the manufacturing plant where they are being prepared for shipment.

Oklahoma City inventor of shopping cart a symbol of local innovation

Scott Meacham // Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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 sets passenger traffic record

Darla Slipke // Friday, January 12, 2018

Will Rogers World Airport set a record for passenger traffic in 2017, nearing the 4 million mark.

Bun and done: How the Archburger will help Oklahoma businesses sizzle

Brian Brus // Thursday, January 11, 2018

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.

OMES, OCAST partner to match tech entrepreneurs with state’s need

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dustin Crossfield wants to be the first customer of Oklahoma tech startup firms.

Spokies bicycle-sharing program expanding

Brian Brus // Tuesday, January 9, 2018

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.

Convention center hotel for everyone

Cathy O'Connor // Tuesday, January 9, 2018

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.

Clear River Enviro raises $1.5 million for RxDestruct

Brian Brus // Friday, January 5, 2018

A new Oklahoma company has raised $1.5 million to develop a way to keep opioids out of the wrong hands.

Solaris to build $40 million rail spur

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Friday, January 5, 2018

Tons more sand is coming to the Kingfisher area by the end of the month.

Design of 17-story Omni hotel unveiled

Steve Lackmeyer // Thursday, January 4, 2018

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.

Another transformative year

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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.

Rapp Foundation gives $400,000 to OMRF for new researchers

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation a four-year, $400,000 grant.

Oklahoma biotech startup seeks to make predictive tests for lupus

Scott Meacham // Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The holiday season is a time of hope, optimism, and belief in all possibilities and, for some, even the belief in impossibilities.

OMRF launches world’s first lupus prevention study

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has started the first-ever lupus prevention study.

Will Rogers World Airport On Track For Record Travel Year

Chris Gilmore // Friday, December 22, 2017

Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City is on track to have a record travel year.

MAPS 3 tax is anticipated to sunset with a $28.5 million surplus

Laura Eastes // Friday, December 22, 2017

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.

$46.3 million Boeing contract will update AWACS

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Boeing Co.’s engineers are upgrading several 1970s-era aircraft with a modern navigation system.

How clinical trials at the Stephenson Cancer Center changed one man’s life

Jim Stafford // Monday, December 11, 2017

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.

Railroad station renovation celebrated

William Crum // Friday, December 8, 2017

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.

Continuing the pioneer spirit, Oklahoma City booms toward a thriving tech community

Laura Eastes // Friday, December 8, 2017

Nearly a decade later, OKC has come to embrace the startup culture and is now a thriving ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

Oklahoma innovation can produce great — and important — products

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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.

BOK readies move to new tower

Molly M. Fleming // Friday, December 1, 2017

Bank of Oklahoma employees will end their year packing their offices in preparation for a move in 2018.

UCO scientist Chen pioneers new approach to cancer treatment

Jim Stafford // Friday, December 1, 2017

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.

Stephenson gets initial clearance for new leukemia treatment

Brian Brus // Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Stephenson Cancer Center has received clearance to prepare to offer a promising new cell therapy treatment for leukemia.

Oklahoma at the heart of new wave of entrepreneurship

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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.

Santa Fe Station on track for modern transportation

Cathy O'Connor // Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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.

OU Health Sciences Center lands nationally recognized craniomaxillofacial surgeon

Paula Burkes // Monday, November 20, 2017

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.

Flights between OKC and Austin, Texas, to take off in January

Staff Reports // Thursday, November 16, 2017

ViaAir will launch nonstop flights between Oklahoma City and Austin, Texas, beginning Jan. 18, the airline said Wednesday.

Solaris Paper to open in former Clearwater building

Molly M. Fleming // Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A former tissue-paper manufacturing facility will soon have a new tenant.

A look at WeGoLook, a local success story

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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.

Former pharmaceutical exec embraces entrepreneurial challenge in Chickasha

Paula Burkes // Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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.

OG&E dedicates new power generator

Adam Wilmoth // Monday, November 13, 2017

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. officials on Friday dedicated the company's newest power generator and renamed the site the Mustang Energy Center.

Moleculera receives patent for diagnostic process

Staff Reports // Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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.

Prescott: An open letter to the Amazon HQ2 site selection team

Steve Prescott // Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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.

Hospitals expand in urban core

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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.

Airport lands economic development

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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.

Renowned Oklahoma researcher Judith James started as OMRF intern — and never left

Paula Burkes // Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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.

Oklahoma is fine place to launch tech startup, entrepreneur says

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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.

Yukon company captures oil-field spills

Adam Wilmoth // Friday, October 27, 2017

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.

An Okie-grown opportunity: State is an attractive place to start, grow a business

Jack Money // Friday, October 27, 2017

Oklahoma continues to be a good place to start and grow an entrepreneurial business, a recent analysis by the Kauffman Foundation shows.

i2E Inc.'s nearly 20 years of supporting Oklahoma's entrepreneurs

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, October 24, 2017

It's been almost 20 years since i2E first began providing business expertise and funding to Oklahoma's emerging small businesses.

OKC-based wireless loT developer Digital Six Labs receives investment round

NewsOK staff report // Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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.

Tinker's Air Logistics Complex helps base's economic impact soar

Jack Money // Monday, October 23, 2017

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, Boeing share long history

Paul Monies // Monday, October 23, 2017

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.

Aircraft repair depot realizes more than $2 billion in savings to taxpayers

Paula Burkes // Monday, October 23, 2017

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.

Supply Chain Management Wing at Tinker Air Force Base responsible for parts that keep planes flying

Kathryn McNutt // Sunday, October 22, 2017

A total of $24.5 million was awarded to Oklahoma-based contractors through the Supply Chain Management Wing in fiscal year 2017.

Tinker's 'a very vital part of the greater Oklahoma City area'

Justin Wingerter // Sunday, October 22, 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.

Taking care of the KC-46A tanker at Tinker Air Force Base is expected to boost Oklahoma's economy

Jack Money // Sunday, October 22, 2017

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.

Local, state businesses vital to Tinker's mission

Josh Wallace // Sunday, October 22, 2017

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.

Tinker units create economic impact

Matt Patterson // Sunday, October 22, 2017

The 513th Air Control Group and the 507th Air Refueling Wing had a $136 million impact on the area last year.

OKC airport en route to record year

Brian Brus // Friday, October 13, 2017

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.

900 trees waiting to take root at Scissortail Park

Brian Brus // Friday, October 6, 2017

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 moves into new digs

Jack Money // Monday, October 2, 2017

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 is in a new home, and it's celebrating.

Jack Money // Friday, September 29, 2017

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

Laura Estes // Friday, September 29, 2017

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.

Oklahoma City's AgBoost brings genetic profiling to small cattle producers

Jim Stafford // Thursday, September 21, 2017

There is a big change ongoing in the nation's cattle industry. It is called genetic profiling.

OMRF researchers identify gene mutation

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have discovered how mutations in one specific gene can cause two distinct and rare diseases.

Stillwater airport receives $4.5 million federal grant

Justin Wingerter // Friday, September 15, 2017

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.

OMRF research could yield more grants

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A local researcher and his staff discovered a marker that can improve diagnoses for patients with a rare bleeding disorder.

Moneyball-based software helps refine livestock herds

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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.

OMRF researchers identify protein

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, September 13, 2017

An Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist has discovered the role of a specific protein in a cell division process called mitosis.

O'Connor: OCURA reports revitalization

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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.

Paycom No. 2 among Fortune's fastest-growing companies

Adam Wilmoth // Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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 approve bond, sales tax measures

William Crum // Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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.

Streetcars, apartments to hike downtown OKC density

Molly M. Fleming // Friday, September 8, 2017

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.

Oklahoma River, future convention center draw new trade show

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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.

University of Central Oklahoma professor awarded grant for groundbreaking cancer research

Staff Reports // Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation a valuable contributor medically — and economically

Scott Meacham // Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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.

Study: Arts boost Oklahoma City economy

Brian Brus // Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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.

O’Connor: Bringing life to underused space

Cathy O'Connor // Thursday, August 31, 2017

Red Andrews Park is one of several parks in Oklahoma City that are getting makeovers.

OMRF-OUHSC student receives NIH grant

The Journal Record Staff // Thursday, August 31, 2017

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.

Regional manufacturing sector reports strong growth

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Friday, August 25, 2017

Machines are moving, orders are up, and employment is steady in the central U.S.

Process begins to bring aircraft maintenance center to OKC

Jack Money // Thursday, August 24, 2017

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.

OMRF scientist discovers Sjögren’s gene

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kathy Sivils discovered a gene important to a not-well-known autoimmune disease.

Creative collaboration finds a home in Cage

Brian Brus // Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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.

OKC-based Cage creative collaboration software launches new platform

Paul Monies // Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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.

Oklahoma discovery could restore hearing with a pill

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Does anyone in your life suffer from hearing loss?

Downtown charter school sees more downtown students

Ben Felder // Friday, August 18, 2017

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.

OKC approves $45 million First National investment

Brian Brus // Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The City Council approved without discussion Tuesday a $45 million public investment in the redevelopment of the long-vacant First National Center downtown.

Aerospace reaches new heights in Oklahoma

Jack Money // Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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.

OKC startup pioneers technology that prevents accidental IV disconnects for hospital patients

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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.

Building technology in Oklahoma, shipping all over the world

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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.

Hobby Lobby is one big arts and crafts project in progress

Richard Mize // Thursday, August 10, 2017

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.

FedEx, Amazon see OKC as prime location

Molly M. Fleming // Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Amazon’s sorting center and FedEx Ground’s new distribution warehouse knocked on the city’s door rather than being recruited.

Cotton mill in Oklahoma City set to be demolished with possibility of housing, retail and offices

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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.

Shawnee firm's 500 people, 30 robotic arms produce fittings for natural gas industry

Jim Stafford // Friday, July 28, 2017

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.

OMRF collaborates with GSK

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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.

Bricktown streetcar loop nearly finished

Brian Brus // Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Bricktown loop of the new downtown streetcar system is just weeks away from track completion, officials said Monday.

Local battery life cycle firm a strong example of innovation, entrepreneurship

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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.

Mercy plans to build new hospital in OKC

Eriech Tapia // Thursday, July 20, 2017

Construction on a new six-story Mercy Hospital is expected to begin later this year beside the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South in Oklahoma City.

Plans for Convention Center Headquarters Hotel Proceed

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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.

Manufacturing Jobs On the Rise

Grant Hermes // Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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.

Attracting New Industries

Alex Cameron // Tuesday, July 18, 2017

State leaders remain vigilant about making the economy more diverse and as business-friendly as possible.

Frontier Airlines returns to OKC, brings new destinations

Abby Bitterman // Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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.

Presbyterian Health Foundation awards $3.7 million in medical research grants

Staff Reports // Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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.

OKC Companies Offer Employees New Ways To Work

Amanda Taylor // Friday, July 14, 2017

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.

OKC Moving Forward With Innovation District

Kelly Ogle // Friday, July 14, 2017

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.

InternOKC Program Helps Recruit And Retain Young Professionals

Lacie Lowry // Friday, July 14, 2017

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.

Nonprofit i2E Helps Hopeful Oklahoma Entrepreneurs

Stan Miller // Friday, July 14, 2017

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.

Kumar’s cool idea: High-tech insulation for biologics

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Thursday, July 13, 2017

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. 

Oklahoma City's RNT Professional Services ensures clients practice good cyber hygiene

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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.

Wheeler Park area emerges as top candidate for soccer stadium

Steve Lackmeyer // Saturday, July 8, 2017

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.

Park will benefit generations to come, Oklahoma City mayor says

William Crum // Friday, June 30, 2017

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.

Scissortail Park is name given to downtown Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 park

William Crum // Thursday, June 29, 2017

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.

Construction set to start at First National in September

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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.

Academia, industry combine to boost Oklahoma’s presence at annual BIO show

Jim Stafford // Friday, June 23, 2017

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 to look at ridership potential

Brian Brus // Friday, June 23, 2017

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.


Memories, artifacts stack up at First National Building in Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Thursday, June 22, 2017

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.

University of Oklahoma Venture Fellows test their market research mission at BIO show

Jim Stafford // Thursday, June 22, 2017

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.

At BIO Show, Oklahomans share their stories with life sciences world

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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.

Oklahoma faces in the BIO crowd

NewsOK Staff // Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Oklahomans answer the question: Why are you in San Diego at the BIO show?

Looking at the big picture: Arts investments provide economic boost, report says

Molly M. Fleming // Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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.

OMRF strikes license agreement for novel liver cancer treatment

Abby Bitterman // Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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.

OU Medical Center to add tower

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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.

Construction on eight-story patient tower to begin this year at OU Medical Center campus

Eriech Tapia // Saturday, June 10, 2017

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.

Yi sees gold in the west: Businessman eyes the next urban district

Kateleigh Mills // Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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 makes Forbes' Fast Tech 25 list

Abby Bitterman // Friday, June 2, 2017

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.

OKC tops WalletHub's list for best places to start a business

Jack Money // Friday, June 2, 2017

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.

OMRF makes new findings related to colon cancer gene

Ryan Stewart // Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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.

27-story BOK Park Plaza topped out in Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Saturday, May 27, 2017

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.

TechJOYnT puts the JOY into tech-based education for Oklahoma children

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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.

Innovating Oklahoma City, the urban way

William Crum // Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Oklahoma City is riding a national trend of urban areas pressing forward with economic development when state leadership falters.

Tom McDaniel: The proof is in the progress on Oklahoma City's MAPS 3

Tom McDaniel // Friday, May 19, 2017

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.

Wishing Tinker a happy 75th

Journal Record Editorial // Monday, May 15, 2017

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.

Local investors buy Shawnee copper tubing plant

Adam Wilmoth // Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"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."

OKC-based US Roasters puts high tech spin on new coffee roasting machines

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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.

Oklahoma aerospace credits poised to fly for another 8 years

Jack Money // Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A bill extending three specific tax initiatives designed to keep Oklahoma's aerospace economy flying is headed to Gov. Mary Fallin's desk.

Love's Entrepreneur's Cup honors Oklahoma college students

Staff Reports // Friday, April 21, 2017

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.

OU research leads to license agreement

News OK Staff Reports // Friday, April 14, 2017

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.

OKC waterfront becomes river of dreams

Steve Lackmeyer // Sunday, April 9, 2017

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.

BioVenture Forum showcases Oklahoma scientific achievements

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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.

This is what an innovation district looks like

Stephen Prescott, M.D. // Monday, April 3, 2017

Imaging. It's the ability to create a visual representation of something we cannot simply view with the naked eye.

OKC gets top credit ratings

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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.

$243 million contract is designed to make Tinker Air Force Base more efficient

Adam Wilmoth // Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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.

Why RSM chose OKC

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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.

Architect predicts park will be 'transformative'

William Crum // Monday, March 27, 2017

At more than $130 million, the park is among the three biggest MAPS 3 projects.

At Oklahoma City’s Phase 2, Big Data translates into big opportunity

Jim Stafford // Friday, March 24, 2017

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.

OMRF scientist receives grant to study cancer triggers, birth defects

Staff Reports // Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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.

Streetcar rail installation begins

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Crews are installing rail and pouring concrete this week on Joe Carter Avenue in Bricktown for the MAPS 3 streetcar.

Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s reaffirm Oklahoma City’s AAA bond rating

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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.

The president salutes OKC biotech, sort of

Stephen Prescott, M.D. // Sunday, March 12, 2017

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 brewing impressive craft beer industry

Mike Coppock // Saturday, March 11, 2017

Oklahoma is experiencing a wave of suds sweeping the state as craft breweries pop up across the state.

Sometimes good ideas come from people just doing their jobs

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Innovation. It's at the heart of entrepreneurial success.

Stillwater biomedical transport packaging firm is a good example of Oklahoma innovation

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It's a challenge to transport blood. The same is true for donor organs and tissue.

Allegiant launching twice-weekly nonstop flights between OKC and Los Angeles

Staff Reports // Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Low-cost carrier Allegiant will offer twice-weekly nonstop seasonal flights to Los Angeles from Oklahoma City, the company said Tuesday.

Civic home run: The Brick launched OKC's renaissance 19 years ago

Berry Tramel // Thursday, February 23, 2017

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.

With new curtains up, renovated Tower Theatre opening

Molly M. Fleming // Wednesday, February 15, 2017

On Saturday, the curtains will rise for the first show at the renovated Tower Theatre.

O’Connor: Streetcar moves economic development forward

Cathy O'Connor // Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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.

Streetcar work begins in Bricktown

William Crum // Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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.

OKC tech firm helps hotels provide hospitality

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, February 7, 2017

“Transform the way guests connect.” That headline from the Monscierge homepage says it all.

Boeing Aerospace awarded contract

Journal Record Staff // Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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 launches 75th anniversary celebration

Jack Money // Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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.

M-D Building Products to expand headquarters, workforce

Molly M. Fleming // Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A nearly 100-year-old company is expanding its headquarters with new construction and additional employees.

OMRF research could help strengthen an aging population

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Holly Van Remmen is looking to genetically modified mice for clues to help stem a universal, age-related affliction.

Demographia: OKC top-ten major market for housing affordability

Monday, January 23, 2017

OKC is a top-ten city for housing affordability among big cities, according to urban policy consutancy Demographia.

Developers discuss plans for historic First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City

K. Queery & Lacey Lett // Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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.

Cell death grant worth $1.74 million Cell death grant worth $1.74 million

Sarah Terry-Coba // Friday, January 6, 2017

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.

Oklahoma City's MAPS is a model public works program

Friday, December 16, 2016

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.

Oklahoma startups are cashing in

Jack Money // Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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.

Modest Oklahoma investments lead to innovation

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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.

Selexys a local success story for entrepreneurship

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The “exit” is the holy grail for any startup, especially for a biotechnology company.

OKC pharmaceutical firm acquired in $665 million deal

Don Mecoy // Monday, November 21, 2016

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.

Tinker opens drone engine maintenance center

Jack Money // Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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.

Data-protection technology spurs growth for OKC’s TokenEx

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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.

StarSpace46 Inc. to launch tech startups in Oklahoma City

Richard Mize // Saturday, October 29, 2016

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.

Oklahoma City’s Max Doleh keeps five tech startups all spinning at once

Jim Stafford // Thursday, October 13, 2016

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.

Oklahoma City-based aerospace company DRG keeps it all in family

Brianna Bailey // Friday, October 7, 2016

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.

GE opens Oklahoma City Oil and Gas Technology Center

Adam Wilmoth // Thursday, October 6, 2016

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.

GE technology center in Oklahoma City already developing more efficient processes in energy

Adam Wilmouth // Thursday, October 6, 2016

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.

Logistics Hotspots: Nine That Shine

Chris Lewis // Monday, October 3, 2016

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.

Trickle-down theory

Jim Stafford // Thursday, September 22, 2016

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: Cities to Visit in the Heartland

Kate Donnelly // Friday, September 16, 2016

Vogue recently highlighted a handful of cities in the heartland that are must-visit destinations.

OKC's DRG soars with new headquarters

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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.

Former GM plant in Oklahoma is now hub for aerospace jobs

Brianna Bailey // Monday, September 12, 2016

The sprawling 2.6 million-square-foot facility in southeast Oklahoma City is a hub for aerospace jobs.

Ag entrepreneur hopes to get the world by the tail

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Friday, August 26, 2016

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.

Millions to go as doctor pursues cancer cure

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Friday, August 26, 2016

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.

Streetcar track construction nears in downtown Oklahoma City

William Crum // Friday, August 26, 2016

Contractors will bid soon on building the downtown streetcar line, one of the single biggest MAPS 3 construction projects.

Business Facilities mag: Oklahoma City boasts #1 quality of life

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation celebrates 70 years

Adam Cohen // Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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.

Oklahoma City's WeGoLook is an innovative business success story

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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 Opens Research Facility in Oklahoma City

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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).

Oklahoma City software company helps customers meet goals

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Altimeter Software has a very straightforward elevator pitch: “Helping Your People Achieve Their Goals.”

BOK Park Plaza tower rising quickly in downtown Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeter // Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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 AFB Breaks Ground on OKC-46A

Friday, August 5, 2016

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 grows earnings, continues to expand OKC campus

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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. 

OKC announces streetcar branding

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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.

Tax Reformer Pilots Oklahoma to New Heights

Ron Starner // Monday, July 25, 2016

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. 

OKC-based Boeing lab to enhance aircraft sustainment capabilities

Monday, July 18, 2016

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).

Governor, company leaders celebrate opening of OKC Boeing facility

Friday, July 15, 2016

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.

OKC Region Continues to Build Aerospace Industry

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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.

OKC Streetcar plans include limited Sunday service

William Crum // Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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.

Oklahoma City startup qualifies for up to $1.9M in state incentives

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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 makes legal moonshine

Brianna Bailey // Wednesday, June 29, 2016

TUTTLE — Distiller Ricky Sowers first became fascinated with making his own alcohol as a home-schooled teenager learning about the chemistry of ethanol.

Oklahoma plays oversized role at major biotechnology convention

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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.

OMRF researcher makes finding on colitis and colon cancer

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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.

Innovations: Norman’s AvPro assures right recipe used to create advance composite materials

Jim Stafford // Monday, June 27, 2016

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.

Co-working space offers a place to grow OKC's technology community

Jesse Pound // Monday, June 27, 2016

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.

$2.2 million grant will fund trials for locally developed cervical cancer drug

Page Jones // Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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.

Oklahoma City startup tech company grows rapidly, hires 100th employee

Brianna Bailey // Monday, June 20, 2016

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.

Still climbing: Aerospace employment grows

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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.

O’Connor: Downtown Oklahoma City continues to transform

Cathy O'Connor // Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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.

Ultra Botanica pioneers use of curcumin as dietary supplement

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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.

Oklahoma School of Science and Math boosts innovation, economy

Scott Meacham // Monday, June 13, 2016

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.

Startup showcases livestock software program

Jim Stafford // Thursday, June 9, 2016

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.

OU intern does triple duty at 2016 biotechnology convention

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, June 8, 2016

For University of Oklahoma graduate student Amanda Curtis, the 2016 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) show required some unique multi-tasking skills.

Oklahoma City businessman unveils new online marketplace at annual Biotechnology conference

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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.

Progrexion to open OKC office

Molly M. Fleming // Friday, May 20, 2016

A Utah-based credit repair company is bringing 500 jobs to Oklahoma City, filling office space on W. Reno Avenue.

Paying it forward: Proceeds from Skirvin deal will help fund convention center hotel

Brian Brus // Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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.

Home for Boeing personnel is where the planes are

Paula Burkes // Sunday, April 24, 2016

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.

World's Smallest Pacemaker Can Be Fitted Without Surgery

Anthony Cuthbertson // Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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.

Dozens of startups are helping build OKC's national reputation

Jim Stafford // Sunday, April 10, 2016

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.

Lights, camera, flight!: Film festival will highlight work of drones

Brian Brus // Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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.

Oklahoma bioscience community gathers to recognize industry growth, leaders

Scott Meacham // Monday, April 4, 2016

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.

Sharing economy: FSB app helps builders design aircraft facilities

Friday, April 1, 2016

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 construction to start next quarter

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cytovance Biologics Inc. will start construction of its new 30,000-square-foot manufacturing plant next quarter.

OKC Central: Hotels keep finding room to build in Bricktown

Steve Lackmeyer // Monday, March 28, 2016

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.

Paycom inks job creation deal with Oklahoma City

Brianna Bailey // Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust on Tuesday approved an additional $1.2 million in job creation incentives to Paycom Software Inc.

Tinkering with B-1 bombers at air base in Oklahoma

Silas Allen // Monday, March 21, 2016

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.

Testing on KC-46 tanker speeding up

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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 adds Oklahoma City route

Brianna Bailey // Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Allegiant Air has announced nonstop service  from Oklahoma City to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 

Innovation magazine on OKC's innovation district & renaissance

Jim Stafford // Thursday, March 3, 2016

There's some good coverage on the Innovation District and OKC's entrepreneurialism and renaissance from Innovation magazine this month.

Innovation & Entrpreneurs: Serial entrepreneurs launch own diagnostics-focused company in state

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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.

New commercial data center is described as largest in Oklahoma

Brianna Bailey // Thursday, February 11, 2016

TierPoint LLC has completed what they describe as Oklahoma's largest commercial data center at its 15-acre campus in northwest Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City researcher helps identify 10 new genes associated with lupus

Jaclyn Cosgrove // Monday, February 1, 2016

When scientist Swapan Nath first started studying lupus, he thought his team might find a gene or two involved with the disease.

Stillwater company's products really are out of this world

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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.

SensiQ Technologies finds spot for making the right connections

Jim Stafford // Monday, December 21, 2015

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.

Downtown uprising is underway as BOK Park Plaza's groundbreaking occurs in downtown Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Thursday, November 19, 2015

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

Thursday, October 29, 2015

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.

Oklahoma City's new innovation district could demonstrate power of place

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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 announcement new initiative for innovation and placemaking

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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.

New Oklahoma company seeks to reduce pain of osteoarthritis

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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.

Oklahoma City tonic maker expands product line

Brianna Bailey // Thursday, September 24, 2015

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.

Innovators & Entreprenuers: Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy prepares students for career

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jackson Jandreau graduated from Putnam North High School this past spring and is now a freshman engineering student at Oklahoma State University.

Oklahoma's largest bank to anchor Oklahoma City's newest tower

Steve Lackmeyer // Thursday, September 10, 2015

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.

Big Bucks in Biotech: Chinese Firm's $206M Purchase of Cytovance Shows Opportunity in Industry

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Friday, August 28, 2015

Foreign investment in Oklahoma should help the state’s biotech industry expand, said patent attorney Mike LaBrie.

Effort to boost effectiveness of antibiotics receives investment

Staff Reports // Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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.

Driven Analytics founder chose Oklahoma over more obvious states

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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.

Boeing breaks ground on $80 million facility in OKC

Brianna Bailey // Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Boeing Co. broke ground on a new $80 million facility in southeast Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Boeing breaks ground on $80M OKC facility

Bill Schammert // Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boeing is breaking ground on a new $80 million lab and research facility just across the street from its current campus.

Oklahoma startup firm remanufactures high-performance batteries

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dirk Spiers, president of Spiers New Technologies Inc., has a compelling vision for Oklahoma.

National biotech industry meeting reflects growth in Oklahoma sector

Scott Meacham // Monday, July 13, 2015

Creating a startup in bioscience is different than creating a startup in any other industry.

Business of Health: Philadelphia story bears similarities to OKC's Innovation District

Stephen Prescott, M.D. // Sunday, July 12, 2015

Last month, I went to Philadelphia. And despite what W.C. Fields may have led folks to believe, it most definitely was not closed.

WeGoLook offers local startup success story in Oklahoma

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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.

Aerospace manufacturer’s production taking off in Stillwater

Dana Wallace // Monday, May 11, 2015

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.

Oklahoma City startup hopes to make Internet security easier

Brianna Bailey // Thursday, May 7, 2015

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.

Oklahoma City approves combined $7.2 million in job incentives for Boeing, Paycom

Brianna Bailey // Thursday, April 30, 2015

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 looks to expand campus, hire 423 new workers

Brianna Bailey // Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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.

Bio Matters: Oklahoma respiratory disease center director builds team of researchers

Jim Stafford // Monday, April 13, 2015

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.

Oklahoma regional robotics competition stresses problem-solving, collaboration

Tim Willert // Monday, March 30, 2015

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.

Oklahoma biotech firm treats child neurologic condition

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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.

University of Oklahoma physician Robert Welliver works to develop vaccine for RSV infections

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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.

New BP subsidiary to open new offices on Automobile Alley

Steve Lackmeyer // Thursday, February 12, 2015

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

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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.

Bio Matters: U.S. publications in India put scientist on road to Oklahoma

Jim Stafford // Sunday, January 25, 2015

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 bioscience firm working to make a major impact on cancer battle

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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.

Drone repair program opens at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma

Staff Reports // Thursday, November 20, 2014

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.


Staff // Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In compiling a list of "10 Great Cities for Starting a Business," Kiplinger put Oklahoma City first on the list.

Hot software sector brings “cool” to Oklahoma

Scott Meacham // Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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.

Business of Health: OMRF's DNA sequencing facility can map complete genome in about a day

Stephen Prescott, M.D. // Monday, October 6, 2014

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 to bring up to 900 jobs to OKC

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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.

ACM@UCO grows up, touts student success

Kathryn McNutt // Monday, September 29, 2014

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma is growing up.

Grant renewals bring $14.2 million to OMRF programs

Staff Reports // Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The National Institutes of Health has renewed five research grants for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Bio Matters: Oklahoma researcher on quest to cure sickle cell disease

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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.

Cities Want Young Families to Play and Stay

Anne Marie Chaker // Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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.

Carrying water: Ozarka makes a splash by moving all bottling in-house

Molly Fleming // Thursday, July 31, 2014

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.

Improving technology boosts Oklahoma's CNG market

Adam Wilmoth // Friday, July 25, 2014

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.

Biotechnology conference allows Oklahoma firms to shine

Scott Mecham // Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BIO International is the world’s largest biotech gathering, and the scope and scale of this event was startling.

Leaders from Across the State Share Oklahoma's Bioscience Story with the World

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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 projects growth at Oklahoma City headquarters

Brianna Bailey // Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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.

GE to partner with Devon to test new technology

Adam Wilmoth // Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Devon Energy Corp. has become one of the first companies to take advantage of GE Corp.’s new global technology center in Oklahoma City.

Bio Matters: Oklahoma bioscience connections figure in California business news

Jim Stafford // Thursday, May 8, 2014

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.


LaunchOklahoma opens tech startup funding spin-off of VentureSpur

Staff Reports // Friday, April 25, 2014

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.

Otologic developing sound solution to hearing loss

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Imagine if there was a drug that a soldier could swallow immediately after an explosion that would prevent or heal hearing loss.

‘Barn’ transformation to feature co-working space

Molly M. Fleming // Thursday, February 27, 2014

Should people ask for something, it seems, eventually the Plaza District will receive it.

Hobby Lobby to open 70 stores in 2014

Staff // Thursday, February 6, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. plans to open 70 new stores this year.

FIRST Robotics is programmed to spark interest

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Xavier Zwirtz first got into robots at a 4-H meeting.

Kimray to build new headquarters in Oklahoma City

Jay F. Marks // Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kimray Inc. plans to move its headquarters to a spacious new campus at Britton and Eastern, the equipment manufacturer announced Thursday.

Cytovance Biologics Breaks Ground on GMP Warehouse and Manufacturing Operations Facility

Jodie Gutkowski // Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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.

Bio Matters: Scientist's career path goes from farm to pharmaceuticals

Jim Stafford // Friday, January 17, 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.

Bio Matters: Oklahoma's Altheus Theraputics reaches Phase 2 trial for drug therapy

Jim Stafford // Sunday, January 5, 2014

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.

Startup moves from New York to OKC

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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.

Forbes: Invest in OKC Housing

Monday, December 30, 2013

Looking to buy a home? According to Forbes, Oklahoma City should be near the top of your list.

OMRF researcher probes aging process

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Friday, December 27, 2013

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 Selects Oklahoma City Site for New Global Hub of Oil & Gas Technology Innovation

Todd Alhart // Friday, December 6, 2013

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.

GE to build research facility east of downtown Oklahoma City

Adam Wilmoth // Thursday, December 5, 2013

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.

Accele Biopharma founder lured to Oklahoma by life science potential

Jim Stafford // Sunday, December 1, 2013

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.

Oklahoma support, investment seeds Altheus Therapeutics

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Altheus Therapeutics Inc. is an Oklahoma homegrown example of a startup bioscience company doing drug commercialization right.

OMRF receives $23.8M to study blood coagulation

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Monday, November 25, 2013

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.

BioMatters: Norman lab creates early diagnostic test for Cryptococcus

Jim Stafford // Sunday, November 3, 2013

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.

Oklahoma summit creates winning mix of entrepreneurial 'how-to,' networking

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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.

Terex to upgrade Oklahoma City operations

Jay F. Marks // Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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.

School district boasts largest enrollment since late '70s

Tim Willert // Saturday, October 12, 2013

More students are attending Oklahoma City Public Schools than at any time in the past 35 years, district officials reported this week.

Oklahoma leads in manufacturing growth

Richard Mize // Monday, October 7, 2013

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 awarded $49 million contract to set up engine plant at Tinker

Steve Lackmeyer // Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rolls-Royce is set to open a new engine depot services plant at Tinker Air Force Base in 2015.

Biotech firm poised to expand in Oklahoma City

Brianna Bailey // Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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.

OU alumni named fellows for inaugural Venture for America class

Staff Reports // Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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.

Oklahoma City manufacturing firm seeks to grab dominant share of world's coffee roaster market

Brianna Bailey // Friday, September 27, 2013

US Roaster Corp. owner Dan Joliff has just one small goal — to one day become the leading manufacturer of coffee roasters in the world.

Attorney: Bright future for biotech in Oklahoma

Will Pedranti // Monday, September 23, 2013

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.

Bio Matters: OU scientist turns 'sugar science' into commercial ventures

Jim Stafford // Sunday, September 8, 2013

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.

GrowOKC Fund to provide $2 million for local small businesses

Staff Reports // Thursday, August 29, 2013

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 awarded $220K grant

Staff Reports // Thursday, August 29, 2013

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.

Oklahoma City biotech firm to begin sickle cell anemia drug trial

Staff Reports // Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corp. is enrolling patients in a Phase 2 trial of a drug designed to treat sickle cell disease.

Executive Q&A: A Welcome Chance to Return to Oklahoma

Paula Burkes // Sunday, August 18, 2013

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.

Stone: Oklahoma 'A-OK' with taking jobs from California

Renzi Stone // Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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.

VentureSpur hopes to spark startup growth in Oklahoma City

Brianna Bailey // Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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.

Oklahoma 'angel' investor group growing

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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.

Job, revenue growth of i2E clients is sweet music to our ears

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, July 30, 2013

At the beginning of every calendar year, i2E distributes an Economic Impact and Client Satisfaction Survey to our existing clients.

OCAST selects research fund recipients

Associated Press // Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology is doling out more than $3.6 million to support 17 applied research projects.

Oklahoma City's Centek triples employee projections

Adam Wilmoth // Friday, June 21, 2013

Less than 12 months after establishing its North American headquarters in Oklahoma City, the oil-field equipment manufacturer has far outpaced its projections.

Back to Business Initiative Connects Tornado-Damaged Companies to Resources

Kaylee McDaniel // Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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.

General Electric is bringing its focus on energy to Oklahoma

Jay F. Marks // Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Those in the know in Oklahoma’s energy sector have long been familiar with General Electric’s role in the industry.

i2E-managed funds step into venture capital void for Oklahoma startups

Scott Meacham // Tuesday, April 2, 2013

There used to be a lot of discussion about the necessity and appropriateness of state-funded and directed venture capital programs.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation gets $7.8 million grant

Greg Elwell // Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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.

Innovators: i2E Inc. – Showcasing Oklahoma entrepreneurs

Brian Brus // Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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.

Oklahoma entrepreneur enjoys sharing his vision with students

Rex Smitherman // Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation researcher gains lupus grant

Don Mecoy // Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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.

Pipe project starts development of Will Rogers airport's east side

Jennifer Palmer // Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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.

Quad/Graphics rolls out new press, creates jobs in Oklahoma City

Jennifer Palmer // Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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.

Oklahoma City-based Selexys Pharmaceuticals wins investment, strikes $665 million deal

Don Mecoy // Friday, September 21, 2012

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.

Green: Hobby Lobby to keep growing

Brianna Baileyh // Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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.

Innovators: Design Intelligence Inc.

Brian Brus // Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Norman-based Design Intelligence Inc. has designed its first unmanned aerial vehicle for nonmilitary applications, company President James Grimsley said.

GM deal an example of brownfield success

Sarah Terry-Cobo // Thursday, May 24, 2012

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.

Five state companies make Inner City 100

Staff Reports // Friday, May 11, 2012

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 Named Least-Costly City by KPMG Study

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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

Survey Finds OKC One of the Best Cities for Jobs in 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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.

New 'venture accelerator' firm aims to jump-start startups

Don Mecoy // Thursday, February 2, 2012

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.

Quality Jobs Program boosts its numbers

D. Ray Tuttle // Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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.

Will Rogers World Airport traffic up

Brian Brus // Friday, January 13, 2012

Passenger traffic through Will Rogers World Airport for 2011 was up almost 3 percent over the previous year, Oklahoma City airport officials reported Thursday.

Oklahoma City-based Selexys Pharmaceuticals completes first-phase testing on sickle cell drug

Paula Burkes // Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Oklahoma City's Selexys Pharmaceuticals biopharmaceutical company announced Monday that the drug it has developed to treat sickle cell anemia was successful in its first phase of human testing.

Oklahoma City Ranked No. 1 for Economic Security

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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.

Texas Oil-Field Services Company Moves to Oklahoma City

Jay F. Marks // Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Another energy company has moved into downtown Oklahoma City.
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.

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Launches New

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber announced the launch of a new, with a refreshed design and more interactive features for Chamber members.

Edmond #1 on CNBC's "10 Perfect Suburbs" List

Thursday, September 1, 2011
What makes a perfect suburb? We’re not talking about suspicious “Stepford Wives” perfect. No, for this list, we consulted Location, Inc., the data and analysis company and creator of the consumer reference site NeighborhoodScout .

Oklahoma Companies Fare Well in Heading to Market

Jay F. Marks // Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The stock market has been kind in 2011 to Oklahoma companies looking to go public.

OKC Appears Ahead of Regional Peers on Creative Cities International's "Vitality Index"

Linda Lees // Wednesday, July 20, 2011
In a new study by Creative Cities International, Oklahoma City appears ahead of regional peers Kansas City, Houston, San Antonio and Tulsa in this first-ever attempt to take "a new look at what makes exciting cities - big or small - work, weighting cultural data equally with information on trends, costs, and demographic data."

Oklahoma City Named 2nd-Best Place to Start a Small Business

Friday, July 1, 2011

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

Marcus Elwell // Friday, March 4, 2011
Entrepreneurs from Oklahoma City’s interactive community will come together to host OpenBeta 6 as part of Oklahoma’s presence at the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival taking place in Austin, TX this month.  

Manufacturers pledge to create 641 jobs

Susan Simpson // Thursday, November 4, 2010
Two makers of oil field and natural gas processing equipment pledge to create 641 new jobs over the next decade as part of the state's Quality Jobs program.

OKC Retailer Named a Harper’s Bazaar Style Leader

Monday, October 18, 2010
“Harper’s Bazaar” today announced Balliets, Oklahoma City’s premier women’s retailer, has been named a “Harper’s Bazaar Style Leader”.

Balliets joins the prestigious group of the best specialty stores in America, as chosen by the magazine’s editors and other important industry figures. 

Tinker group sees benefits from moving MRO work in-house

April Wilkerson // Monday, October 4, 2010
Tinker group sees benefits from moving MRO work in-house

An American City That's Getting It Right

Bob O'Brien // Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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.

Export figures place city among top 100

Staff Reports // Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The Oklahoma City area produced $3.9 billion in exports in 2008, ranking it 63rd among the nation's 100 largest metro areas, according to a new report by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

Experts at the Oklahoma Aerospace Summit say the U.S. has the capability to become more energy conscious and more efficient

Heide Brandes // Monday, June 21, 2010

Worldwide, the craving for energy continues to increase, and the U.S. Department of Defense is one of its major consumers.

Strong Job Growth Continues in Oklahoma City

Monday, June 7, 2010
Oklahoma City landed at #11 on New Geography's "2010 Best Cities for Job Growth" list. With both recent and long-term upward trends in job growth, Oklahoma City continues to batter the recession - rather than the other way around.

Firm Expanding into 101K of Industrial Space

Ben Johnson // Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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.

Bringing Low Business Costs to the Big Leagues: Oklahoma City #1 on KPMG Business Cost Survey

Dennis Cauchon // Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Among U.S. metros of 1 million population or greater, Oklahoma City has the lowest business costs.

2010 Innovation South Awards

Friday, February 26, 2010

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.

Most-admired CEOs

Jessica Mitchell // Thursday, February 18, 2010

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.

Tissue maker has Oklahoma City plans

Debbie Blossom // Thursday, February 18, 2010

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. to Open 325,000 sq. ft. Facility in Oklahoma City

Jill Harrison // Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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. leases manufacturing space in OKC

Pamela Grady // Wednesday, February 17, 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- From Idea to Launch in 54 Hours

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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.

Green standard: OMRF building earns kudos for sustainability

Tom Lindley // Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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.

Developers making headway in Midtown

Tom Lindley // Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Saving buildings is hard work these days, but that doesn’t mean Midtown revivalists have given up their quest.

Oklahoma City-based US Fleet Tracking to work Super Bowl, Winter Olympics

Stephen Carradini // Thursday, February 4, 2010

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 launches hiring initiative

Don Mecoy // Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Paycom just keeps growing.

Angel investors give companies wings to fly

Tom Walker // Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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.

Hitachi breaks ground on $15M expansion project

Tom Lindley // Monday, January 25, 2010

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.

Association recognizes honorees

Sunday, January 24, 2010

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.

First lady commends OKC diet initiative

Friday, January 22, 2010

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

Brandy McDonnell // Friday, January 22, 2010

The movie "Extraordinary Measures” features big-name stars, precocious child actors and life-and-death family drama "inspired by true events.”

Oklahoma City ranks in "100 Best Places to Work” with three high-ranking businesses

Don Mecoy // Friday, January 22, 2010

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 OKC releases strategic plan

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. on Wednesday released a 10-year strategic plan.

Downtown Oklahoma City group envisions growth

STEVE LACKMEYER // Thursday, January 21, 2010

Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. is reorganizing its staff as it enters a second decade as operator of the downtown business improvement district.

Great places to work: Okla. companies get high marks

Tom Lindley // Thursday, January 21, 2010

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.

Air Force contract adds Oklahoma City jobs, services

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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 to add Norman jobs

Debbie Blossom // Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hitachi Computer Products America Inc. on Monday said it will expand its Norman facility with the construction of a new distribution center.

Oberstar tours highway construction sites

M. Scott Carter // Friday, January 8, 2010

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.

Construction rental company to open in OKC

Friday, November 20, 2009

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.

Facilities form partnership

Thursday, November 19, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY – The relationship between ProCure Proton Therapy Center and Integris Health is official.

Integris opens $100M cancer center in Oklahoma City

Susan Simpson // Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma opened Wednesday as a $100 million center bringing together experts in research, care, prevention and treatment.

Study: Marketing Oklahoma economically benefits state

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Oklahoma secretary of commerce told a House committee Nov. 17 that right now is the best time to market Oklahoma.

Commerce official: Southern part of state to continue economic growth

Thursday, November 19, 2009

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.

Workshop: Partnerships key to bioscience success

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - A small bioscience company may make a revolutionary discovery that could alter the treatment course for a deadly disease.

Oklahoma City-based company signs up to create 90 quality jobs

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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.

Capital West becomes Geary Securities

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - Capital West Securities took up its new identity as Geary Securities on Monday, company President Keith Geary said.

Once-decrepit Oklahoma City street blooms into retail, restaurant area

Steve Lackmeyer // Saturday, November 14, 2009

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.

Oklahoma metro areas see growth in ’09 ranking

Laurie Winslow // Thursday, November 12, 2009

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.

Medical research partnership workshop offered in Oklahoma

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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.

State ranked in top 25

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Site Selection magazine has placed Oklahoma at No. 18 on its Top Business Climate for 2009 list.

Oklahoma City,Tulsa make list of strong U.S. cities

Debbie Blossom // Saturday, October 24, 2009

A survey of the country's strongest metro areas has put Oklahoma's two largest cities in the spotlight.

What Makes Oklahoma City Recession-Proof?

Scott Simon // Saturday, October 24, 2009 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.

One of the Top 5 Strongest Metro Economies

Friday, October 23, 2009
Recognizing our strong housing market and gross metropolitan product along with low unemployment rates, Oklahoma City landed at #3 on BusinessWeek's "Forty Strongest U.S. Metro Economies" list.

Jack in the Box plans to open four Oklahoma City-area locations

Pamela A. Grady // Thursday, October 22, 2009

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.

Profile ranks Oklahoma City best for startups

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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.

Legacy for Life likes life here in Oklahoma

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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.

Oklahoma's startup deal pipeline is flowing

Tom Walker // Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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 magazine names OKC as best place to launch business

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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.

Conference brings it home

Brian Brus // Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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.

ProCure Proton Therapy Center opens to treat cancer patients

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cancer patients have a new option for treatment. Monday, the Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma ProCure Proton Therapy Center opened for patients.

AARP names Oklahoma City's Express to best employer list

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

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.

Group plans conference

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The National Association of Seed and Venture Funds conference in Oklahoma City is Sept. 14-16 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

Open House Attracts Air Force, Community Leaders

Brandice J. Armstrong // Friday, September 4, 2009

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.

OKC's love affair with Southwest.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The long record of a close relationship between Oklahoma City and Southwest Airlines continues.

Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack to speak in OKC

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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.

Job searches easier in Oklahoma City

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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.

Oklahoma situated well for rail line

Julie Bisbee // Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Transportation high-speed route would include Tulsa, Oklahoma City

Study shows residents' approval of Oklahoma City services

Bryan Dean // Monday, August 24, 2009

Oklahoma City residents are happy with their local government and getting happier, according to a recent survey.

Jobs may land in Stillwater

Debbie Blossom // Friday, August 21, 2009

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.

New hospital could benefit heart of Oklahoma City's south side

Debbie Blossom // Friday, August 21, 2009

Months before it opens, Oklahoma Heart Hospital South at the crossroads of Interstate 240 and Sooner Road is already at landmark status.

Chamber to receive Tinker bond cash

Bryan Dean // Thursday, August 20, 2009

Oklahoma County commissioners voted Wednesday to help fund the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's efforts to bring jobs to Tinker Air Force Base.

New life for former GM plant in Okla

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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.

Q&A with Deidre Ebrey: Moore shopping center boasts no shortage of retailers

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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.)

Celebrating the small victories

Monday, August 17, 2009

The industrial real estate sector in Oklahoma City is facing significantly decreased sales volume. But even in a tight market, some deals are happening.

Conference to focus on potential for seed capital investing

Friday, August 14, 2009

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.

Oklahoma City defies recession

Dennis Cauchon // Wednesday, August 12, 2009

When an auto plant closes, it's usually bad news for the local economy.

Oklahoma's economy to grow, execs say

Debbie Blossom // Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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.

Q&A with Sandy Pratt: Oklahoma to feel growth of wind energy expansion

Jay F. Marks // Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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.

Business in Oklahoma is A-OK, report shows

Debbie Blossom // Saturday, August 1, 2009

When it comes to the cost of living, the Sooner State beats out the rest of the nation, a new survey from says.

After Decades in Decline Plaza District Sees Revival

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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.

Foreign trade zones offer local link to global business

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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, Inc. Expands Operations and Opens New Office in Oklahoma

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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.

Walking devices made in Oklahoma City to improve prosthetics' performance

Debbie Blossom // Thursday, July 9, 2009

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.

ProCure launches its proton therapy center in Oklahoma City

Dusty Somers // Thursday, July 9, 2009

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.

OCU plans for expansion

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Oklahoma City University is planning a $9.4 million building expansion to its nursing school.

OCU ranked among 'Great Colleges to Work For'

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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.

Marquee revamp conveys sign of Uptown's progress in Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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.

Big Truck Tacos Plans to Drive 'Street Food with a Twist' to After-Hours Scene

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Three seasoned chefs with resumes at some of Oklahoma City's finest restaurants are teaming up . . . to start a taco truck.

Better Than OK

Ben Johnson // Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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.

Jasco plans warehouse expansion

Kelley Chambers // Monday, June 29, 2009

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.

Military funds to promote prosthetics in Oklahoma

Staff Reports // Sunday, June 28, 2009

Eight million dollars of a $10 million request was approved to create an Oklahoma City prosthetics technology center.

Oklahoma City, Tulsa rank high in housing markets

Richard Mize // Saturday, June 27, 2009

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.

Hotel planned near OKC cancer center

Kelley Chambers // Friday, June 26, 2009

The ProCure Proton Therapy Center is set to open in northwest Oklahoma City in July.

Oklahoma urged to welcome wind industry’s builders

Randy Ellis // Friday, June 26, 2009

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.

Williams: Celebrating Tinker AFB

Roy Williams, Guest Columnist // Thursday, June 25, 2009

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 opens Oklahoma City facility

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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.

Closed GM plant seen as opportunity for Tinker

Heather Caliendo // Friday, June 19, 2009

Sitting adjacent to Tinker Air Force Base, the former General Motors plant is now the Tinker Aerospace Complex.

Okla.’s role in wind power to be topic at conference

David Page // Friday, June 19, 2009

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.

Oklahoma City’s Film Row District’s redevelopment takes shape

Pamela A. Grady // Thursday, June 18, 2009

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 area gets sweeter for visitors

Staff Reports // Thursday, June 18, 2009

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.

Aerospace urged to up ante for recruitment

D.R. Stewart // Thursday, June 18, 2009

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 plans to open 25 stores; Moore to be one site

Kelley Chambers // Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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.

In recession, state faring well

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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.

Fractured economic climate has aerospace industry in a 'tailspin'

Heather Caliendo // Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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.

OKC-area discount grocery chains compete by selling delicacies

Kelley Chambers // Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Even discount grocery stores need a strategy in tough economic times. As many grocery shoppers are watching every dime, discount chains are ramping up efforts to keep shoppers coming through the doors.

Pharmaceutical company secures seed money, grants for drug development

Brian Brus // Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Selexys Pharma-ceuticals recently secured $3.5 million in venture capital seed money and an equal amount in grants, including the largest Small Business Innovation Research grant ever to an Oklahoma company, Chief Executive Scott Rollins said Monday.

California reporter sees the modern truth of Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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.

Finding a California dream in Oklahoma’s heartland

Phillip Reese // Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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.

ProCure Proton Therapy Center set to open in July

Heather Caliendo // Monday, June 15, 2009

When ProCure Proton Therapy Center opens in July, Ed Bertels said it will help put Oklahoma health care in the national limelight.

Research fund’s slow start still holds promise for state

The Oklahoman Editorial // Monday, June 15, 2009

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.

Air quality preventive measures will save money later

Brian Brus // Thursday, June 11, 2009

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.

Q&A with John Wood

Dusty Somers // Thursday, June 11, 2009

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?

Clean-energy jobs in Oklahoma climbing, Pew study shows

Rod Walton // Thursday, June 11, 2009

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.

Being Independent

Dave Rhea // Wednesday, June 10, 2009
"I am glad you told me that, because now I want to come and shoot in Oklahoma City," said film director Paul Osborne. He was responding to Gov. Brad Henry’s signing of Senate Bill 318 into law last week, which increases the Oklahoma film enhancement rebate to 37 percent cash back on production companies' expenditures in the state, according an Oklahoma Film & Music Office press release.

Q&A with Mark Vanlandingham

Don MeCoy, Business Writer // Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Clean air is expected to become a much bigger issue later this summer. The central Oklahoma area is dangerously close to failing to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's ozone standard, also known as receiving a non-attainment designation. The status of the air quality in the metropolitan area not only has an impact on the health and welfare of our citizens, but also on our capacity to pursue economic development projects for the area. It also impacts our overall quality of life and our image.

Cytovance on Track to Grow Even Further at Oklahoma City's PHF Research Park

Alex Philippidis // Friday, June 5, 2009
An expansion announced in May by Cytovance Biologics within the Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park in Oklahoma City is the first step in the contract biologics manufacturer growing large enough to move into its own building at the tech campus within three to five years, foundation President Mike Anderson told BioRegion News this week.

Oklahoma City Most Cost Effective Large City in the United States according to fDi Magazine

Thursday, June 4, 2009
Oklahoma City is the most cost effective large city in the United States according to fDi Magazine's annual North America Cities of the Future report. Oklahoma City also ranks as the third most cost effective city in North America. fDi Magazine categorizes large cities as those with populations between 500,000 and 1 million.

GM plant's loss in '06 eased economic harm

Jennifer Palmer // Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Oklahoma City experienced the pain of losing a General Motors production plant three years ago, in a healthier economy when there was a more optimistic job outlook.

Chesapeake, Devon praised

Randy Ellis // Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Two Oklahoma City-based energy corporations are among the winners of 2008 excellence awards issued by Oil and Gas Investor magazine.

OKC feels economic boon from The Lion King

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Drawing thousands of guests, Disney's The Lion King is being credited for brining more than $17 million to Oklahoma City hotels, restaurants and retail outlets.

McClain County inks deal for commercial development

Thursday, May 21, 2009
An 830-acre development will bring $1.5 billion to McClain County by 2021.

Oklahomans spread the word about state's future in biofuels

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Steve Rhines had been at the exhibition hall of the BIO 2009 conference in Atlanta for only a few minutes before he started fielding questions about Oklahoma's switchgrass.

Fourth biotech company comes from scientist's lab

Jim Stafford // Thursday, May 21, 2009
The fertile mind of University of Oklahoma scientist Dr. Paul DeAngelis has yielded a sugar-based compound that is the basis of a fourth life sciences company.

Teavana coming to Penn Square

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Teavana, "the heaven of tea," will open June 12 at Penn Square Mall.

Entrepreneur beats odds to take top business honor

Debbie Blossom // Thursday, May 21, 2009
A small-business owner from Oklahoma City who overcame personal and business challenges to lead her environmental remediation firm to success has been named the 2009 National Small Business Person of the Year.

Shopping Centers meeting proves a success for state

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, May 20, 2009
China is a no show at this year's International Council of Shopping Centers conference, and the world power's preleased space is testimony to the devastation that has hit the retailing and commercial development world.

Oklahoma draws biofuel interest at BIO 2009

Jim Stafford // Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The exhibition hall at the BIO 2009 trade show had been opened for only a few minutes Tuesday morning when a visitor to the Oklahoma booth inquired about switchgrass as a biofuel alternative.

Oklahoma gets chance to brag during biotech trade show

Jim Stafford // Tuesday, May 19, 2009
More than 60 Oklahomans will take the floor of the Georgia World Congress Center here this week, providing a big presence for the state at one of the world's largest industry networking events, the BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) 2009 trade show.

Downtown continues quest for grocery store

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The weather was cold and rainy, and turnout, while not horrible, wasn't up to last year's inaugural downtown housing tour.

Delta Dental of Oklahoma, U.S. Cellular take top Best Places to Work in Oklahoma honors

Friday, May 15, 2009
OKCBiz presented the top 30 companies with awards at the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in Oklahoma reception and dinner May 15 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

State delegation to attend biotechnology conference

Thursday, May 14, 2009
Nearly 70 delegates from Oklahoma's bioscience industry plan to attend the BIO 2009 International Convention in Atlanta May 18-21.

Jasco Products shows growth despite economy

Debbie Blossom // Wednesday, May 13, 2009
At Jasco Products Co., it's hard to ignore the numbers - or the sprawling business campus on the southeast corner of Memorial Road and Santa Fe just west of the Broadway Extension.

New Bricktown saloon to offer customers a howling good time

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Construction is nearing completion and auditions are scheduled for next month as the Coyote Ugly Saloon prepares to bring its dancing bartenders to Bricktown. 

Oklahoma City-based DigiTouch creates concierge network

Brian Brus // Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Ashley Amend is creating a network of digital concierges to connect the country's hotel lobbies, sports arenas, shopping malls and other public outlets through her Oklahoma City-based company.

Main Street: Core to shore proposals taking a step forward

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Last week, some of Oklahoma City's most recognized architects pitched their best visions for a new "central park" that city leaders hope will anchor the area known as "Core to Shore."

Kellogg plans to move into new warehouse in Oklahoma City

Richard Mize // Saturday, May 9, 2009
Kellogg Co., the cereal giant, is going against the grain with a new warehouse in north Oklahoma City.

Creative Oklahoma director eyes world forum in 2010

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
In Tom Searls' job, he might be rubbing elbows with the Flaming Lips one day and touting creative approaches for economic development to business leaders the next.

LEGO builds on toy’s success with launch of Oklahoma store

Jennifer Palmer // Wednesday, May 6, 2009
LEGO building products, the colorful interlocking blocks, seem to be making a comeback.

Developer still growing despite economic climate

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, May 5, 2009
When Jeff Penner set out to develop a string of hotels along the Oklahoma River two years ago, the economy was buzzing and occupancy was riding along a five-year boom.

Business jet industry remains steady at OKC's Wiley Post Airport

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Despite the stormy economy, the business jet industry continues to fly at Wiley Post Airport.

Plaza District works to improve image

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Redevelopment in Oklahoma City's Plaza District continues nearly a decade after Lyric Theatre took a chance on the ailing area.

Half Price Books heading to Oklahoma City

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Texas-based used-book store chain Half Price Books will open its first Oklahoma store May 21.

One step closer with grant

by Brian Brus // Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corp. will soon be establishing a new laboratory and taking a big step closer to commercialization of a new Crohn's disease treatment, thanks to a nearly $300,000 grant from OCAST, Chief Executive Scott Rollins said.

Building up the inner Oklahoma City may be one bite away

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Oklahoma City leaders spent millions trying to revive the inner city. They tore down hundreds of buildings, eliminated entire streets and came up with every scheme imaginable to bring people back downtown.

Chesapeake tops job list

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Chesapeake Energy Corp. has been named to Outside magazine's second annual "Best Places to Work" list.

Air Force makes use of GM plant

Steve Lackmeyer // Sunday, April 26, 2009
The old General Motors plant in southeast Oklahoma City is looking less and less like a car factory as the Air Force proceeds with its conversion of the property into a maintenance facility.

Environment-friendly city boosts resources, growth

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Why bother to go green?

Director lays out plans for a better Bricktown

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Organizers of last week's first "State of Bricktown" seemed to go out of their way to reinforce questions I threw at them regarding the impression the district makes on visitors.

All aboard!

Monday, April 20, 2009
Building roads, building bridges, building railroads. All are long-term investments in the economic recovery.

These Walls: Scott Sabolich Prosthetics & Research

Kelley Chambers // Monday, April 20, 2009
At Scott Sabolich's building there are S's and curves everywhere.

Bricktown merchants hold talks on future

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Bricktown leaders did some strutting Wednesday, unveiling a new Web site, plans for free wireless Internet and a campaign for the charity group Limbs for Life.

Leaders, officials gather to discuss Bricktown district

Pamela A. Grady // Wednesday, April 15, 2009
State leaders, city officials and Oklahoma City leaders gathered in Bricktown April 15 to talk about the district’s future.

Oklahoma City Penn Square Lessons Give It 5.6% Jobless Rate

Vivien Lou Chen // Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Oklahoma City has plenty of experience with banking crises. That's helping it avoid most of the fallout from this one.

Oklahoma travel market grows, despite economy

Julie Bisbee // Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The economic downturn may be slowing some parts of Oklahoma's economy, but the state's travel and tourism market is seeing growth.

What's the story behind a name?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Deep Deuce is a fascinating, steeped-in-history area, but do you know how it got its name? What about the Mesta Park neighborhood?

Edmond’s Pelco named to Quality Leadership 100 list

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Quality Magazine has named Edmond’s Pelco Products, Inc. to its Quality Leadership 100, the company said today.

Oklahoma metro areas following trends of decentralization

Laurie Winslow - Tulsa World // Tuesday, April 7, 2009
As with most major metropolitan areas in the country, the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas saw a drop in the share of jobs downtown between 1998 and 2006, according to a report released Monday by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Proton therapy center to bring alternative cancer treatment to OKC

Bian Brus // Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Oklahoma is a market ready for an alternative to photon cancer treatments, ProCure Proton Therapy Center President Ed Bertels said.

Acorn Growth expands with latest acquisition

Debbie Blossom // Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Midwest City-based aerospace investment company Acorn Growth Cos. has purchased a West Coast company that makes composite aircraft components and structures.

Oklahoma City gets top credit rating

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Elite score from Standard & Poor's will help with street and bridge projects.

Retailers follow downtown housing growth; gourmet market to open in Deep Deuce area of OKC

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
As Brenda Craiger worked to sell downtown condominiums, people kept asking when retailers were coming. Now she has an answer.

Oklahoma City, Tulsa make Forbes' Best Places list

Assosciated Press // Monday, March 30, 2009
Oklahoma City ranks 12th and Tulsa is 47th on Forbes' list of "Best Places for Businesses and Careers."

Tinker, others to get $74M in stimulus funds

Chris Casteel // Monday, March 30, 2009
Tinker Air Force Base will get more than $44 million in federal stimulus funds to make a variety of repairs and improvements.

Nanotech opportunities abound in Oklahoma

Thomas Kupiec // Sunday, March 29, 2009
Researchers across Oklahoma and the United States are focusing on creating new nanotechnology applications in today's market. Nanotechnologies are products that focus on control, synthesis and characterization of particles less than 100 nanometers.

With stimulus, forecast looks good for Oklahoma City company

Debbie Blossom // Saturday, March 21, 2009
The new federal stimulus bill is expected to directly influence business at one longtime Oklahoma City manufacturer that has for almost 90 years produced products aimed at making homes more weather-resistant.

State of Oklahoma unveils new Web sites

Friday, March 20, 2009
The State of Oklahoma announced new Web sites for Economic Development Generating Excellence and Open Books, the state's official transparency portal.

City heat pump plant to expand operations

Randy Ellis // Friday, March 20, 2009
While many U.S. manufacturers are cutting back, an Oklahoma company has bold plans to do the opposite.

Parts of Oklahoma hit population growth spurt

Paul Monies // Thursday, March 19, 2009
Counties around the state's two largest cities and a section of south-central Oklahoma are among the fastest-growing areas of the state, according to census population estimates to be released today.

Oklahomans bid for 'green collar' jobs in France

Ron Jenkis // Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Oklahoma officials are in Marseilles, France, trying to interest wind power companies to bring "green collar" jobs to the state.

New Bricktown businesses add their cheers for Big 12

Steve Lackmeyer // Friday, March 13, 2009
Four new Bricktown businesses -- a restaurant, two bars and a hotel -- were aiming to open well before this week's Big 12 basketball tournament.

Come take a walk downtown; OKC looks to become pedestrian-friendly

Friday, March 13, 2009
As thousands of people move about downtown Oklahoma City on foot to-and-from basketball games this week, a streetscape plan for the city shows that the ways pedestrians get around downtown need improvement.

Downtown events bring out-of-town bucks to local restaurants, hotels

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Last week The Buzz could barely brew coffee fast enough to meet demand.

Will Rogers World Airport officials look ahead for continued growth

Brian Brus // Tuesday, March 10, 2009
A dismal economy will not keep Will Rogers World Airport from taking a longer perspective -- 20 years out -- for continued growth, Airport Director Mark Kranenburg said.

Oklahoma City University eyes downtown for law school site

Kelley Chambers // Friday, March 6, 2009
The Oklahoma City University law school has roots downtown, and may one day be headed back there to stay.

3 Oklahoma companies join Fortune's most admired list

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Three Oklahoma companies have been named to Fortune magazine's list of 363 "World’s Most Admired Companies."

Okla. keeps steady hand in recession

Kelley Chambers // Wednesday, March 4, 2009
If the lunch entree at this year's Commercial Real Estate Council's Forecast was any prediction of the days ahead, those in the business expect things to be OK in Oklahoma City in 2009.

Chesapeake moving jobs to Oklahoma City

Randy Ellis // Friday, February 27, 2009
Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. Thursday announced it plans to downsize its Charleston, W.Va., regional corporate headquarters to a field office and move many of the top jobs to Oklahoma City.

OrthoCare alliance in OKC to get millions in U.S. Defense Department research funds

Brian Brus // Thursday, February 26, 2009
OrthoCare Innovations LLC has formed a multi-agency alliance to tap into millions of dollars in U.S. Defense Department funds for prosthetics research, manufacturing and commercialization in Oklahoma City, executives said Wednesday.

OKC-based Paycom continues expansion

Kelley Chambers // Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Chad Richison expects to stay plenty busy in 2009. While layoffs and bankruptcies abound, Richison said he will increase his work force by nearly 20 percent before the first leaves turn orange in autumn.

Henry promotes funding for EDGE program

Steve Lackmeyer // Friday, February 20, 2009
Gov. Brad Henry urged a gathering of civic and business leaders Thursday at the annual Greater Oklahoma City Chamber chairman’s breakfast to support a permanent funding for the EDGE economic development endowment fund even as the state grapples with a $900 million hole in its budget.

Bricktown heads to Vegas

Thursday, February 19, 2009
Jim Cowan hopes Bricktown can hit the jackpot in Las Vegas.

Bargain hunters continue to enjoy stores' discounts

Jennifer Palmer // Thursday, February 19, 2009
As the nation slid into a recession, discounts on merchandise of 50 to 75 percent became commonplace.

Retail market making comeback in Auto Alley

Kelley Chambers // Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Oklahoma City's Automobile Alley -- that mile of Broadway Avenue from NW Fourth Street to NW 13th Street -- was once home to 56 of the city's first 92 auto dealerships.

Downtown OKC groups pitch canal extension plan

Steve Lackmeyer // Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Momentum is building behind the scenes for an extension of the Bricktown Canal that would bring the waterway to the Myriad Gardens.

Central Park area integral to Core to Shore project

Marie Price // Monday, February 9, 2009
A foundational component of the Core to Shore project is to establish a public-space Central Park area, plans for which are still fluid, which would serve as a series of gathering and recreational spaces for all ages.

Core to Shore: What's there now

Kelley Chambers // Monday, February 9, 2009
When Russell Claus looks south of downtown Oklahoma City he sees the future.

Core to Shore: New developments expected to sprout up

Kelley Chambers // Monday, February 9, 2009
The city of Oklahoma City wants a large park south of downtown. What will sprout up around that park remains to be seen.

Mapping Core to Shore

Brian Brus // Monday, February 9, 2009
When MAPS-3 finally shows up on voting ballots -- before the end of the year, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said -- the temporary sales tax issue will likely represent a wide range of projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

So far, Oklahoma City remains afloat despite national economic crisis

Steve Lackmeyer and Don Mecoy // Friday, February 6, 2009
After spending the past several months working real estate deals in Florida, local broker Gary Gregory sees an economic map that has almost the entire country under water with just a few visible islands of relative prosperity.

Major Oklahoma utilities plan to supply 10 percent of their electricity from turbines

Randy Ellis // Friday, February 6, 2009
Public Service Co. of Oklahoma Thursday announced it has signed long-term agreements to buy about 198 megawatts of wind energy from two new wind farms planned for western Oklahoma.

Bricktown warehouse set to begin a new purpose

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, February 4, 2009
One of Bricktown's oldest properties is undergoing the transformation from a warehouse to offices and retail as Standley Systems looks to make the building its new Oklahoma City hub.

Colorado manufacturing plant moving to Oklahoma

Kelley Chambers // Monday, February 2, 2009
A company that produces products and software for the natural gas industry moved its corporate office to Oklahoma City last year and in April plans to relocate its manufacturing plant from Colorado to Oklahoma.

Oklahoma governor seeks EDGE funding

Monday, January 26, 2009
Governor Brad Henry announced Jan. 26 a plan to boost funding for the EDGE research endowment by earmarking various state interest and investment earnings for the fund.

Four Oklahoma companies among Fortune top 100 list

Debbie Blossom // Friday, January 23, 2009
Four Oklahoma companies were included in Fortune magazine's latest list of the top 100 companies to work for.

Four Oklahoma-based companies named to best-places-to-work list

Brian Brus // Friday, January 23, 2009
When employees tried to explain what made their company one of the four Oklahoma businesses to be listed Thursday in Fortune’s annual 100 Best Companies to Work For, they immediately cited their co-workers - "the people."

Enviable place to be

Friday, January 23, 2009
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett gave his 2009 State of the City address on Jan. 15.

Strong Oklahoma home values praised

Richard Mize // Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Oklahoma City and Tulsa remain among the nation's Top 25 strongest housing markets despite the slowdown and recent price weakening, said this week.

Mayor Cornett calls for large central park, mass transit upgrades

Brian Brus // Friday, January 16, 2009
It's time for Oklahoma City to take the next step in establishing long-lasting cultural changes by creating a large central park near downtown and improving the public mass transit system, Mayor Mick Cornett said Thursday.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says MAPS leads to resiliency

Bryan Dean // Friday, January 16, 2009
Mayor Mick Cornett used his State of the City address Thursday to talk about MAPS 3, praise the city’s economy and reflect on the year in which we became a big-league town.

Tax district aims to lure employers to Oklahoma City

Steve Lackmeyer // Sunday, January 11, 2009
J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Boeing represent the dreams of economic recruiters across the country -- companies that were enticed to move their corporate headquarters.

Oklahoma leaders pushing continued marketing

Steve Lackmeyer // Friday, January 9, 2009
The country may be stuck in a dire recession, but local marketing professionals were told Thursday now is the time for Oklahoma City to raise its profile with tourists and convention planners.

Downtown OKC Inc. hires new president

Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Jane Jenkins on Tuesday was named president of business improvement district Downtown OKC Inc. Jenkins, the chairwoman of the International Downtown Association, will begin her duties as president in March.

Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. president praised for state ties

Steve Lackmeyer // Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Jane Jenkins will be the fourth president of Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. and is the first hired through a national search.

Being Independent

Dave Rhea // Wednesday, December 31, 1969
“I am glad you told me that, because now I want to come and shoot in Oklahoma City,” said film director Paul Osborne. He was responding to Gov. Brad Henry’s signing of Senate Bill 318 into law last week, which increases the Oklahoma film enhancement rebate to 37 percent cash back on production companies’ expenditures in the state, according an Oklahoma Film & Music Office press release.
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