Aerospace represents more than 38,000 jobs at more than 250 firms. Centered on the work at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base, private companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney partner with military personnel to operate the largest aircraft and jet repair center in the U.S. Another star performing is the FAA's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, whose 5,500 employees provide aviation training and logistics support to the nation's aerospace system.
Cutting-edge research is transferring into successful businesses in the region's fast-growing bioscience cluster. Spurred by the presence of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and Presbyterian Health Foundation in downtown, the number of employees has grown to nearly 28,000 in just a few short years. From the new $125 million Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation's eight-story research tower, powered largely by wind power, to the seven-story, $120 million cancer research and treatment facility at OUHSC to the ProCure Proton Therapy Center, Oklahoma City is booming with bioscience.
Well-known for being a global oil capital (as well as for having a working oil well on the grounds of the state capitol), Oklahoma City's energy industry has developed significantly from its oil-intense beginnings. OKC also makes a great fit for CNG, Wind and Solar production / manufacturing, due to our strategic central location, wealth of advanced manufacturing, production and workforce synergies due to our well-developed aerospace sector, and low input costs
Technology and Entrepreneurship
In many ways, OKC's very roots run deep in the entrepreneurial spirit - after all, we went from a city of zero to more than 100,000 in one day. Today, Oklahoma City's growing entrepreneurship community currently benefits from our low-cost, business-friendly environment, as well as easy talent acquisition due to our region's 125,000 college students. From successful tech startups to biotech labs to the inventor's workbench, OKC is a place where your ideas can get off the ground.