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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Oklahoma City Zoo

Giraffe at OKC Zoo

Does anything conjure fond elementary school memories quite like the word “zoo”? Are field trips to the zoo not perhaps the great equalizer among elementary schools across the country? Clearly they can’t be, because if they were then OKC kids would have an unfair advantage since the OKC Zoo is a favorite OKC destination for all ages.

The OKC Zoo covers more than 100 acres and has ~1900 animals in a wide array of habitats. Elephants, giraffes, tigers, rhinos -- all your favorites are there! Visitors from all across the country are known to spend entire days traversing our beautiful zoo—and who can blame them? There’s plenty to see and do! Even outside of visiting the various habitats the OKC Zoo has set up, visitors are welcome to eat, shop, watch shows and learn to their heart’s content!

Adventure District, attractions, family-friendly, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Science Museum

Science Museum OK

Complete and utter darkness. Darkness so strong you can’t even see your own hand in front of you. Until you notice a faint glow above your head—the faint, familiar glow of stars. Slowly, the glowing becomes strong enough that the darkness isn’t all that dark anymore. In fact, it looks almost inviting. Now there’s millions of small glowing specks in the sky and no city lights to distract you from them. Just you and a beautiful glittered sky. You hold your gaze, totally fixed to this breathtaking sight. And then a voice—a loud, seemingly omnipresent voice—reminds you that “We’re looking at the view from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in late October of last year.”

Oh, right, of course. You got so hung up on the beauty of it all that you forgot—you were in a planetarium all along!

Such were the beginnings of Oklahoma’s illustrious Science Museum (which some of us older Okies might still mistakenly call by its former name The Omniplex from time to time). Originally a humble planetarium, the Oklahoma Science Museum has grown to be Oklahoma’s largest (and most fun!) testament to the joys of science of all kinds: geology, biology, seismology, if it ends with -ology, it has a presence there! With more than 350,000 square feet of pure hands-on science fun, it’s easy to see why the Science Museum is considered to be one of Oklahoma’s best and most creative museums.

Adventure District, attractions, family-friendly, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The American Pigeon Museum and Library

Pigeon

Throughout mankind’s history, one hero has always been there. Watching over us, guiding us, inspiring us and helping us when nobody else could. I’m talking, of course, about the most underrated species in all of recorded history: the pigeon.

I know that may sound a bit exaggerated, but think about it for a moment! Some of the most landmark events in human history would’ve gone much differently (and much slower) if not for the bravery and intellect of the carrier pigeon. Some carrier pigeons were even made decorated war vets because of it! Does the sheer thought—the awe-inspiring mental image—of these beautiful warriors have your full attention now? It should.

Enter The American Pigeon Museum and Library: The first and only museum dedicated to the mighty pigeon in the entire country. Visitors can peruse the illustrious history of the great carrier pigeon, learn about pigeon breeding, look at awards/records from pigeon racing, or enjoy some lovely art portraying the noble pigeon! Depending on the time of day you visit, you might be able to see some rare pigeons too: pigeons with more feathers than you ever dreamed a pigeon could have, pigeons with extraordinarily long legs, colorful pigeons who look more like aviary royalty, and more. And, if you’re interested in learning more about the fascinating history of the pigeon, there’s a library attached to the museum that has more pigeon-related records, documents, references and literature than you could ever imagine.  

attractions, family-friendly, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ethnic food

Bowl of Pho

As far as food in OKC goes, we’re pretty well known for our steaks, barbecue and burgers. But what you might not realize is that we’re much more than that. Oklahoma City has an emerging reputation as a pilgrimage all foodies must make—a pilgrimage that involves stops with steaks, bahn mi, tacos, bratwurst and so much more. So, to help you on your culinary conquest, we’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite ethnic eateries across OKC. Obviously, this isn’t a complete, exhaustive list of all the ethnic food to be found in OKC, just some local favorites! If you don’t see your favorite haunt on the list, let us know because all of us here at BetterLife HQ love to eat and to try new hot spots in OKC!

Mexican: Ted’s Café Escondido, San Marcos, Iguana Mexican Grill, Big Truck Tacos, Abuelo’s, Mama Rojo Mexican Kitchen, On the Border
South American: Café DO Brasil, Café Kacao, La Brasa
African: Queen of Sheba
Italian: Stella, Patrono, Victoria’s, Bravo Cucina Italiana
European: Ingrid’s (German), La Baguette (French)
Middle Eastern: Couscous Café, Nunu’s Mediterranean Café, Zorba’s
Chinese: Chow’s Chinese Restaurant, Golden Phoenix, Kwan’s Kitchen
Indian: Sheesh Mahal, Taj Cuisine of India, Gopuram Taste of India
Japanese: Sushi Neko, Tokyo Moon, Tamashii Ramen, Goro Ramen
Korean: B Won, Gogi Go, Taste of Korea
Thai: Panang Thai Restaurant, Sala Thai, Suphattra’s Thai Kitchen
Vietnamese: Golden Phoenix, Lee’s Sandwiches, Pho Cuong, Pho Lien Hoa, VII Asian Bistro

Didn’t see your favorite on here? Let us know through the comments and via social media!

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 17 - July 23, 2018

OKC Concert

Tuesday, July 17
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 4:35 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Oh Wonder; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 18
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Seether; 7:15 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Langhorne Slim; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
SONIC Summer Movie: Space Jam; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Thursday, July 19
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
COOP Showcase; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $8.

Friday, July 20
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
3 Doors Down & Collective Soul; 7 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.
Concert at the Bricktown Beach ft. My So Called Band; 8 p.m.; Bricktown Beach; This event is free.

Saturday, July 21
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Kidz Bop LIVE; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Tickets price vary.
Kountry Wayne; 7 & 9 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Black Label Society; 7:15 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Buckcherry; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 22
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Yellow Submarine Film Sing-A-Long; 4 & 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Daryl Hall, John Oates and Train; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Tickets price vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Monday, July 23
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Yellow Submarine Film Sing-A-Long; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Get in the know, read VeloCity

VeloCity website

Getting to know your new hometown is about more than knowing where to eat or what to do with your free time. Becoming a citizen of a community is also about being engaged with what is going on.

This month, www.VeloCityOKC.com was launched to help keep residents, new and old alike, informed on the issues that will help continue our community’s rise.

Velocity will feature economic updates, business developments, lifestyle guides and numerous other topical articles that tells our city’s story as it unfolds today.

The new site highlights the inherent brilliance of our technology industry, the fervent innovation of our entrepreneurs the eager pride of our tourism industry and much more. From infrastructure projects to investing companies, or state policy changes to new, local festivals, VeloCity puts a magnifying glass to every excellent person, idea and business that comprises this tempered city and its grassroots renaissance.

The velocity of any entity can be defined by two innate attributes: speed and direction. The velocity of any community can be defined by the same, and OKC is one with speed and direction toward the future. Like the winding Oklahoma River, carving away at its walls, inventing new passages, and pushing forward a steadfast progress, Oklahoma City presses onward with VeloCity.

business, community, publication
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Library A School, a Stage, a Home

Its ideation came in 1889, in the early meetings of the Philomathea Club, a women’s study group. Set out to improve community culture and education, members raised funds to establish Oklahoma City’s first public library, which found its first home in an unused room in the Commercial Club, now the Chamber of Commerce. This fledgling institution grew to become Oklahoma City’s Metropolitan Library System, and, nearly 130 years following, operates wide and proud. Now incorporating 19 locations spanning across the greater OKC area, the Metropolitan Library System provides a plethora of resources, programs, and events to its citizens year-round.

The Metro Library System contains online and physical databases spanning far in subject, from auto engine repair to health & wellness, or from job preparedness to simple homework help. It also offers programs on GED preparation, adult education, and even how to become a US citizen. The Metro website provides book lists covering multiple topics, and also features an eBook collection titled “Indie Oklahoma”, which is fueled by the Self-e program, where young authors can submit works.

One of our favorite things about the Metropolitan Library System is its constant list of events occurring throughout all the locations, all the time. The Northwest Library hosts “Teen Time” every Monday evening, featuring varying activities. Nicoma Park and Harrah libraries are each hosting a “Spy School” in July, designed for younger children to learn if they have what it takes to be a spy. Also in July, Southern Oaks and Harrah libraries will host “OKC Zoo: Animal Acoustics-The Remix!” where kids can come learn about the musical styles animals are fond of.

The highlight of the Metropolitan Library System’s events is the Neighborhood Arts programs, where, every June and July, the Metro Library hosts performances of family-friendly music, theatre, and comedy. This year, Neighborhood Arts features four performing acts, appearing at various locations: Rhythmically Speaking, an educational theatre troupe, will present a moral story about a dinosaur egg; Sugar-Free Allstars, a musical duo, will perform their signature family funk; Adam & Kizzie, another musical pair, will show audiences just how many different ways you can rock out; and OKC Improv, a comedic acting group, will encourage audience involvement in their fun and games. You can find out more about these performances here.

People often forget about the library: it is often not so flashy, popular, or exciting compared to other institutions of learning. Neither is it a school, nor a stage, nor a home, but it can be all of these things still. What it is, assuredly, is a place for you and your family to grow with the community around you. Whatever you’re trying to accomplish, be it fixing your old lawn mower or putting a smile on your child’s face again, there’s going to be something waiting for you at your local library.

family-friendly, free, library
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Frozen favorites

Capitals Ice Cream

Summer is in full swing here in the Sooner State. If you are anything like us, the hot temps make you crave your favorite frozen treats. If you are new to the area and need some ideas check out the 5 to Try-Frozen Favorites video our buddies at the Oklahoma City CVB recently put out. Was your favorite frozen food not included? Hit us up in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter and let us know.

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 10 - July 16, 2018

Plaza District Festival

Tuesday, July 10
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Hello, Dolly!; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 11
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Interstella 5555 by Daft Punk; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Las Vegas Lights FC vs. OKC Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Hello, Dolly!; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.
SONIC Summer Movie: Paddington 2; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Thursday, July 12
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Thirty Seconds to Mars; 7 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.
That Thing You Do; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Hello, Dolly!; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 13
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; The Plaza District; Ticket prices vary.
The Smashing Pumpkins; 7:00 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Lee Brice; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Hello, Dolly!; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, July 14
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Garden Bros. Circus; 1 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Hello, Dolly!; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.
Asleep at the Wheel; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 15
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Hello, Dolly!; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Jimmie Vaughan; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, July 16
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
C.W. Stoneking; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

End of the Trail statue

Just the word “Oklahoma” will generally evoke one of two (maybe both?) images:

Thunder

The Wild West

And although we love the Thunder, today we’re here to talk about the latter: The Wild West. With the exception of Thunder, Oklahoma’s known for, above all else, its rich Wild Western history. This incredible history is preserved for all to see in OKC’s National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Featuring galleries full of Native American and Western attire, firearms, artifacts and even movie props, it’s easy to see why the Cowboy Museum is considered to be one of OKC’s most unique (and quintessentially Oklahoman) attractions. Visitors flock to the museum from all corners of the country looking for their dream Wild Western learning experience and who can blame them? It’s only the most extensive collection of Western art, history and memorabilia (more than 28,000 pieces!) in the world.

arts and culture, museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Prix De West

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum art

The Prix De West is a fan favorite event at the Cowboy Museum. Happening every summer for the past 46 years, The Prix De West is a “prestigious invitational art exhibit of more than 300 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation with art seminars, receptions and awards.”

Basically, it’s an incredibly captivating Western art exhibition with pieces that are simply the best of the best. Artists and lay-people alike come from all across the country every year to marvel at the incredible works of art featured in Prix De West. This year it’ll be in the Museum through Aug. 5. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness the absolute cream of the crop in Western art.

arts and culture, museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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deadCenter U

deadCENTER U

You may know that deadCenter is an amazing film festival hosted right here in OKC, but did you also know that they have a program that allows high schoolers to get filmmaking experience? The program is called deadCenter U and every summer it accepts 60 high schoolers to meet filmmakers, learn how to use equipment, watch some fantastic indie movies, make a short film and more. Parts of the program have been taught by people who’ve worked on “Breaking Bad,” “The Godfather Part II,” “The Big Bang Theory” and, perhaps the most famous teacher to have ever worked with deadCenter U, “Children of the Corn” director Fritz Kiersch (who’s also a professor at OCU.) Applications for 2018 may be closed, but for any aspiring filmmakers in OKC, deadCenter U is 100 percent worth keeping an eye on!

education, film
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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July in OKC

July is a busy month in the 4-0-5 with 16 home games for your Dodgers, OKC 4th Fest, a ton of great concerts and so much more. Let our friends over at the CVB fill you in with their July in OKC video.

Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 3 - July 9, 2018

Small Town Fireworks

Tuesday, July 3
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s “Red, White & Boom”; 8:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; This event is free.

Wednesday, July 4
OKC 4th Fest; All day; RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures; This event is free.
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Red Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, July 5
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Red Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 6
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
Red Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Xscape; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, July 7
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Eli Young Band; 7 p.m.; Frontier City; Free with park admission.
Red Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks vs. OKC Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 8
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Yellow Submarine Film (4K Restoration); 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Red Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 1:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Paramore w/ Foster the People; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Monday, July 9
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Yellow Submarine Film (4K Restoration); 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Party like its 1776

Kids on the 4th of July

It’s almost here! America’s 242nd birthday! And that means fireworks, neighborhood cookouts, fun at the lake – or down on the river – and the smell of sunscreen.

OKC really knows how to do Independence Day and whether you like cooking out, enjoying the outdoors, or just watching a good fireworks display, you don’t have to go very far to find what July 4th is all about, the celebration of America's birthday as the fireworks adorn the sky. And in the Oklahoma City metro area, you have plenty of options for July 4th fireworks. Plus, many of the events have turned into multi-day affairs with games, activities, free live music concerts and much, much more. Get detailed information here on:  OKC 4th Fest, Red, White & Boom at State Fair Park, Bethany's Freedom Festival, Edmond's LibertyFest, Yukon's Freedom Fest, Midwest City's Tribute to Liberty and Moore's Celebration in the Heartland.

What better place to get together with friends and families to celebrate our country's Independence Day than out on the lake. Enjoy campsites, water sports, fishing, picnicking, kite-flying and other outdoor recreation, or simply find a place to sit back, relax and take in the view. The Oklahoma City metro area has several excellent lake options. Get all the details here.

Lakes aren't the only place where you can enjoy the outdoors on the Fourth. If you prefer your fun to be land-based, visit one of the many city parks for playgrounds, sports fields, gyms, golf courses, trails and more. And for the water fun, check out the city pools or the many spraygrounds sites.

So, put on your red, white and blue, light some sparklers, and get ready to "Ooh!" and "Ahh!" as you enjoy some patriotic fun with your family this 4th of July. Be safe and have fun!

family-friendly, festivals, free, holiday, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live music in July

Concert in OKC

July is a big month for live music in OKC, especially if you like rock. Here is a quick preview of some the concerts going down in July. Of course we didn’t list everything. Let us know in the comments or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook with what shows you are excited for this month.

  • The Pixies- July 1 at the Jones Assembly: Beware because tickets for this highly anticipated show are already getting hard to find.
  • Kesha- July 2 at the Zoo Amphitheatre: The popstar has sold nearly 70 million records worldwide.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins- July 14 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: The 90s favorite is making a stop in OKC on their first tour with their original lineup since 2000.
  • Seether- July 18 at the Diamond Ballroom: The South African rockers are zeroing in on 20 years since their formation.
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard- July 26 at the Tower Theatre: This Oklahoma-born singer songwriter is a legend of the Americana scene.
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates + Train- July 22 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: Did you know Hall & Oates are the No. 1 selling duo in music history?
concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC in 2020

We know we talk about the future of Oklahoma City a lot … like a ton. We just can’t help it. We’re excited because the next couple of years are going to take our beloved OKC to another level. With dirt now moving at the Downtown Park and Conventions Center, plus the streetcar being tested, big changes are coming to OKC. But words are just words. Even though we think we can spin a good yarn the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words rings pretty true. But if a picture is worth a thousand words how many words is a video of what downtown will look like in 2020 worth?

MAPS
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: June 26 - July 2, 2018

Tuesday, June 26
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Freaky Friday; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 27
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Freaky Friday; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Shakey Graves; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
SONIC Summer Movie: Little Giants; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Thursday, June 28
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Freaky Friday; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 29
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Bad Wolves and FATN; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Cody Johnson; 7 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.
Freaky Friday; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Adam & Kizzie Album Release Show; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary. 

Saturday, June 30
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Freaky Friday; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Title Night OKC; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
A.I./Minority Report; 6 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Trace Adkins; 7 p.m.; Frontier City; Free with regular park admission.

Sunday, July 1
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Freaky Friday; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Sam Morrow; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, July 2
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Get out the vote

Vote Buttons

Hopefully we don’t have to tell you how important it is to exercise your right to vote and, luckily, you will have the opportunity to do so on Tuesday, June 26. In addition to the primary elections for several statewide and local offices, Oklahoma residents will also be able to vote on one state question.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at your polling precinct on Tuesday, June 26. You can request an absentee ballot or participate in early voting on Thursday, June 21 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.); Friday, June 22 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturday, June 23 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at your county election board. The Oklahoma Election Board online voter tool can help you confirm your voter registration, find your polling place and view a sample ballot. Independent voters also have a chance to make their voice heard; in Oklahoma, the Democratic Party allows you to vote in its primary and runoff elections.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Deep (Deuce) end

Deep Deuce sign

The Deep Deuce district is the heart of Oklahoma City in more ways than just its central location. Deep Deuce, one of the most historically significant areas of Oklahoma City, was the home of African-American culture in the 1920s and ‘30s and, during that time, it gave birth to a vibrant jazz music scene. The district was home to jazz legends Charlie Christian and Jimmy Rushing, to name a few. Fans of great works of American literature will recognize another famous resident – Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man, was born there in 1913.

The vibrancy of Deep Deuce is still alive and well today. The district has reinvented itself as a hub of urban living and includes local favorite restaurants, bars and coffee shops. It’s also home to downtown Oklahoma City’s grocery store, Native Roots Market. Even if you don’t call the district home, it’s the perfect place to meet friends for a weekend drink or to enjoy Deep Deuce Sessions, a monthly night celebrating OKC’s best musicians at venues throughout the district.

Deep Deuce, festivals, live music, nightlife, Oklahoma City history, restaurants
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Celebrating our Native American culture

Red Earth Museum

There’s no better place to appreciate Oklahoma City’s significant Native American culture than the Red Earth Museum. Located downtown, the Red Earth Museum features a permanent collection of more than 1,000 Native American art items of all types, from pottery, beadwork and basketry to fine arts and textiles. Educational programs based on the museum’s exhibits, workshops and demonstrations are also available throughout the year.

Its “mission is to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets,” and is definitely worth checking out the next time you’re downtown.

museums, native american, western heritage
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Getting healthy in OKC

Family riding bikes

You already know that Oklahoma City loves to invest in itself and the health of its community is no exception. Oklahoma City makes it a priority to invest in amenities that promote healthy living and our region is also home to some of the nation’s top areas of medical care. Learn more about how OKC encourages a healthy lifestyle over on our website, where you can see a list of area hospitals, information about healthy lifestyle facilities and more. 

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Things to Do & See: June 19 - June 25, 2018

Prix de West art

Tuesday, June 19
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.

Wednesday, June 20
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Clue; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10.
Tory Lanez; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
SONIC Summer Movie: Despicable Me 3; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Thursday, June 21
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; $5 per person.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 22
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
OKC Pride Weekend 2018; All day; NW 39th St.; This event is free.
Wheeler Summer Music Series; 7 p.m.; Wheeler Ferris Wheel; This event is free.
The Wild Birthday Bash ft. Lil John; 7 p.m.; Lost Lakes Amphitheatre & Water Park; Ticket prices vary.
Yellow House Revisited; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary. 
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 23
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
OKC Pride Weekend 2018; All day; NW 39th St.; This event is free.
2018 Stars & Stripes River Festival; All day; Boathouse District; This event is free.
Blue Oyster Cult; 7 p.m.; Frontier City; Free with regular park admission.
LA Galaxy II vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Ginuwine; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, June 24
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
OKC Pride Weekend 2018; All day; NW 39th St.; This event is free.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Monday, June 25
Prix De West; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
2018 NRHA Derby; All day; State Fair Park; This event is free.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Bottoms up

Friends enjoying beer

Oklahoma has undergone a recent renaissance of craft breweries finding their niche in OKC. This can be traced to a new wave of favorable legislation allowing breweries to sell their beer directly to customers at the breweries’ location, and an upcoming extension (October) of sale hours until 2 a.m. rather than closing at 9 p.m. Some of the nationally known local breweries include Coop Ale Works, Anthem Brewing Company, Black Mesa Brewing Company and Prairie Artisan Ales. Coop, Anthem, Prairie and Twisted Spike Brewery each have local taprooms located throughout OKC.

Oklahoma brewers have been working in unison to keep the momentum going in establishing The Brewers Union taproom in west OKC, where you can sample a wide variety of the beers brewed at the facility. Among the up-and-coming brewers associated in the Union’s taproom are Elk Valley Brewing, Vanessa House Beer Co. and Angry Scotsman Brewing, all three of which have their own future local taprooms “on tap” and in development.

Further options of both widely popular local and national brews in OKC can be experienced at Bricktown Brewery, Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewery, McNellie’s Pub House, Fassler Hall, TapWerks and others.

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The curve of Classen

Classen Curve OKC

Located just five minutes from downtown, Classen Curve is a local hot spot for OKC shopping. Classen Curve is the combination of three shopping centers in one with trendy and upscale shopping to meet the needs of those in the heart of the city. The popular assortment of nationally recognized and locally owned concepts includes Cycle Bar, Cos Bar and Red Coyote, as well as Anthropologie, Lululemon and Barre3.

Classen Curve also offers a wide variety of delicious and delightful dining experiences. Café 501 is the culmination of the owner’s love of travel and has grown from its humble beginnings as a “little lunch spot” to become synonymous with experienced taste in good wine and great foods. Upper Crust is an uptown pizzeria & wine bar specializing in wood-fired thin-crust New-York style pies at a reasonable price. Enjoy one of the best audio visual systems in the country to watch your favorite sporting event at Republic Gastropub, a contemporary American pub house with emphasis on craft beer and an imaginative menu to compliment your beverage.

Whether your grocery list includes items from around the globe or just around the corner, Trader Joe’s has you covered with great quality at great prices. Stocked with Oklahoma-grown produce and other gourmet items in a beautiful store, Whole Foods Market is perfect for a quick healthy lunch at their buffet or for grabbing ingredients for a unique meal.

Other notable amenities include Pops, where you can experience their record-breaking selection of ice-cold sodas & beverages while enjoying classic comfort food-fare, and Boardroom Salon for Men to enjoy the nostalgia of an old-time barbershop with outstanding client service while you confidently enjoy the ultimate relaxed grooming experience for men.

Classen Curve, restaurants, retail, shopping
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Build your dream home in OKC

Housing in OKC

A booming hub for art, culture, shopping and sport, it’s no wonder Oklahoma City has seen profound population growth in the last few years. OKC seems to be on an historic rise to success, and we want you to come join us on our path to a bright future.

While OKC’s existing housing stock features plenty of choices, settings and styles, many residents opt to taking advantage of our low housing costs by choosing to build their own awesome abode. With a general cost of living 8 percent below the national average, average utility cost 12 percent below, average housing cost 14 percent below and a property tax rated 47th-lowest in the United States, OKC is an excellent city to set your cornerstone and start building a forever home. Take a look at our Find a Home Builder and Moving Resources pages and get ready to plant your stake in Oklahoma City.

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A handy guide to visiting the 4-0-5

The Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau released their Spring/Summer Official Visitors Guide, highlighting the beauty we all know resides in the heart of OKC. Whether it’s outdoor jazz tunes at the Deep Deuce Sessions, Western-style whiskey or fare at McClintock Saloon & Chop House in the Stockyards or an eclectic street scene at the Paseo District’s First Friday Gallery Walk, the Visitors Guide encapsulates all the brilliance and discovery Oklahoma City has to offer.

The guide presents sections on arts, culture, dining, outdoor activity, cocktails, brews, family fun and live entertainment venues, as well as supplying a packed city event calendar. The Spring/Summer Visitors Guide by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau is the top document for native Oklahomans and new adventurers alike.

Get your Visitors Guide here; while you’re looking around, make sure to scope out the visitokc.com website for all the amazing things our city has to offer.

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Things to Do & See: June 12 - June 18, 2018

OKC Dodgers

Tuesday, June 12
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Children’s Garden Festival: Winnie the Pooh; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
The Bacon Brothers; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 13
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Children’s Garden Festival: Winnie the Pooh; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Salt Lake Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; $5 per person.
SOB X BRE; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 14
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Children’s Garden Festival: Winnie the Pooh; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Black Panther; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10.
Salt Lake Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 15
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Children’s Garden Festival: Winnie the Pooh; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Salt Lake Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 16
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Children’s Garden Festival: Winnie the Pooh; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Meatballs/Wet Hot American Summer; 6 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket are $5-$10.
Texas Hippie Coalition; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Tickets are $19.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Rio Grande Valley FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, June 17
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Children’s Garden Festival: Winnie the Pooh; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
The Neverending Story; 1 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket are $5-$10.
The Flight of the Navigator; 4 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket are $5-$10.
Dark Crystal; 4 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket are $5-$10
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.

Monday, June 18
Bricktown Beach; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Tron; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket are $5-$10
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Bio is big business in OKC

Bio Tradeshow Booth

Did you know biotech is one of OKC’s – and Oklahoma’s – biggest industries and employment drivers? With more than $2.2 billion in compensation, supporting 51,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $6.7 billion, biotech is truly big business here in Oklahoma City. That’s one reason why scientists, business leaders, educators and economic development officers from across the state will take the best of Oklahoma bioscience to Boston in order to garner interest in one of Oklahoma’s fastest-growing economic powerhouse at the 2018 BIO International Convention, June 4-8. The delegation will promote the accomplishments of the Oklahoma bioscience sector and meet with potential business partners.

Companies and entities that comprise our city’s biotech sector run the gamut from pharmaceutical-related companies to research organizations and everything in between. Interested in working in this space? Good news, because opportunities abound and employment growth (23 percent since 2003) is expected to continue. Get more info at www.greateroklahomacity.com/industries/biotech/, and watch local media for stories on the Oklahoma BioScience Association and Oklahoma’s presence at the BIO International Convention this week.

The delegation’s efforts will be marketed under the banner of the Oklahoma Bioscience Association (OKBio), where they will help staff a 1,200-square-foot Oklahoma Bioscience Pavilion complete with touch-screen monitors showcasing Oklahoma’s bioscience companies. The delegation will answer questions from prospective targets that might be interested in doing business in Oklahoma. Attendees will also attend networking events and set partnering meetings with business contacts who may be interested in their specific endeavors.

Want to know more? Consider this; Oklahoma is fertile ground for bioscience growth, talent and premier facilities:

  • The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) has funded 2,700 projects at more than $285 million, attracting $6.5 billion in private sector and federal dollars for a return on investment of 22:1.
  • The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is dedicated to both basic and translational research, with patient-centered care and research ongoing at the Stephenson Cancer Center, the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center and the Dean McGee Eye Institute.
  • The University Research Park is part of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The complex consists of more than 700,000 square feet of modern biomedical research lab and office space supported by state-of-the-art communications and infrastructure systems.
  • The Noble Research Institute is the largest private foundation in the country conducting plant science and agriculture research.
  • Oklahoma State University is a leader in agriculture and animal science research.
  • In the past year, i2E, Inc. invested over $4.8 million in 10 Oklahoma bioscience or life science companies and $28 million over the past 20 years.

And you thought cutting-edge tech stuff only happens on the west coast!

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A biotech story

OKC Bio Scientist

One thing that consistently surprises newcomers to our great city is the width and depth of Oklahoma City’s bioscience sector. When most people think of biosciences they think of the coasts. However, for decades, cutting-edge research that has helped save countless lives has happened in the heart of downtown OKC. In fact, the industry employs more than 51,000 in our region.

In an attempt to better explain the history and look towards the future of the industry, bio tech in Oklahoma City has a new story feature at www.greateroklahomacity.com/biostory. The story focuses on Oklahoma City’s rising biotech industry. With a format intended to be easily shared with clients, coworkers and friends, the storytelling section of the Chamber’s economic development website combats the disconnect between Oklahoma City’s impressive growth and outdated perceptions about Oklahoma City’s culture. “Brilliant: Soaring Science from a Rising Bio Campus,” the second installment of the series, demonstrates how Oklahoma City’s pioneering spirit shows up in the futuristic achievements of the region’s biotech industry. From its foundations until today, the feature walks the reader through how synergy, discovery and sharing Oklahoma City’s bioscience industry with the world has made the region a frontier for achievement.

Each chapter of the story offers the chance to engage with more contextual content, with links to interviews with some of Oklahoma City’s brightest researchers, virtual tours of research space and more. Like all Chamber websites, this site is responsive and can be accessed on smartphones, tablets and computers, which means it will look great however you choose to read it. The story is also easy to share with friends, co-workers and contacts outside of the Oklahoma City area.

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