Oklahoma is ready for Blockchain for Business

Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 By: Richard Cornelison Source: IBM

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.

Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) has a history of innovation that dates to 1902. As Oklahoma’s largest utility provider, we currently serve 852,000 customers in 267 communities across Oklahoma and western Arkansas. As economic development manager, I help companies locate and grow in the OG&E service area, where our reliable and affordable electric service helps communities attract investment and jobs.

I work with companies ranging from startups to large corporations, site location consultants and partners on the state, regional and local levels. When I first started championing blockchain internally, I had some support and I had many questions about how it applies to an electric utility. More importantly as an economic developer, my concern was how it could help our industries remain competitive and grow.

On September 17, 2019, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Innovation District, OG&E and IBM are presenting the first Blockchain for Business in Oklahoma conference. I couldn’t be more excited to advocate for its adoption.

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