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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

An education on education

Kids using computers

We know just how critical educational opportunities are any time someone relocates to a new community. Here at Better Life HQ we want to help answer any questions you have about education in OKC. Check out the education tab on our website to get more info on everything from public schools, private schools, charter schools, universities and childcare.

With more than 18 public and private schools with 125,000 college students, we believe Greater OKC offers an educational fit for every type of student. Be sure to visit the university section of our website for more information and links on the schools we talked about and more.

If you can’t find the info you are looking for on our website, give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter or the comments below, and we will help you gain more knowledge on the wealth of educational opportunities in our region.

college, education, school, university
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Employment resources

Employment Resources

Moving can be stressful … moving and then trying to find a job? Forget about it. The good thing is Oklahoma provides some great resources and tools for those looking for employment. We’ve got a good rundown of available tools in the employment section of our website. Be sure to check out the info on OKJobMatch. The website allows you to upload your resume, search for jobs and allows employers to search for you. We also have a good list of local headhunting firms, staffing companies and more.

employment, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: August 22 - August 28, 2017

Fiesta Friday Capitol Hill

Tuesday, August 22
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.

Wednesday, August 23
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.

Thursday, August 24
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, August 25
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Fiesta Friday; 7 p.m.; Historic Capitol Hill; 632-0133; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Josh Abbott Band; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, August 26
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Western Avenue Cars and Coffee; 10 a.m.; Sushi Neko; (719) 398-9176; This event is free.
Floating Films at RIVERSPORTS Rapids-Jurassic World; Dusk; RIVERSPORT Rapids; This event is free.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, August 27
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Monday, August 28
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Up North

If you want to take a road trip north of Oklahoma City you can find history, sports, outdoor fun and more. 

First, let’s start with the history because there is no better way to celebrate Oklahoma’s rich history than to visit the largest Historic Preservation District in the nation. Guthrie is Oklahoma’s territorial capital and home to historic museums, more than a dozen bed and breakfasts and a highly preserved historical downtown district.

After Guthrie, we suggest you keep your caravan moving north to Stillwater, one of Oklahoma’s most famous college towns. Home to the Oklahoma State University Cowboys, Stillwater is sure to show you a good time. Stillwater is home to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, one of the best public golf courses in America, Karsten Creek, three different lakes and a downtown that looks like it belongs on a postcard.

OKC’s closest neighbor to the north is Edmond. Edmond is home to two colleges, lakes, parks and more. We suggest checking the schedule of the Armstrong Auditorium to experience this architectural gem. You can read more about Edmond in a past post here.

golf, Guthrie, history, museums, Stillwater, water sports, arts and culture, college, day-trip, Edmond
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Down South

OU Campus in Norman

There is nothing like a college town, especially in the fall. Norman, home of the University of Oklahoma, makes a great day getaway from Oklahoma City. The state’s third-largest city channels both the bustle of a big city as well as the quaint charm of a college town. Be sure to check out the University of Oklahoma’s campus and catch a football game with 85,000 close friends.   

Looking to cool off from the hot Oklahoma heat? Continue your journey south to the one and only Lake Murray. Located inside the state park, Lake Murray has some of the clearest blue waters around. You can enjoy the day boating, fishing, swimming or stay the night in one of Lake Murray’s quaint cabins.

water sports, college, fishing, football, Norman
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Out East

As residents of Prague like to say, “Come Czech us out!” Prague has a rich European history as it was founded by Czech immigrants who named the city after the capital of the Czech Republic. Prague hosts the annual Kolache Festival the first Saturday of May and celebrates the rich Czech culture.

You also don’t want to miss Prague City Lake, a 400-acre lake that includes a boat ramp, boat docks, picnic areas, volleyball court and playground. For hours and usage fees, go online. It is surrounded by the Prague Lake Trail, which features 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, although you have to bring your own horse.

outdoor recreation, Prague, water sports, day-trip, equine, festivals, mountain biking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Out West

Yukon Flour Mill

Oklahoma City’s next door neighbor to the West is Yukon. Yukon is a fast-growing community with roots in agriculture and a Czech history. Yukon is known as the “Czech Capital of Oklahoma” and features the historic Czech Hall, which is a national historic site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1925, the hall has hosted Czech dances every Saturday night, which you should totally go Czech out, because you knew we were going to go there with that pun, and also because you can enjoy dancing, Czech snacks, beers and meeting some new people. The famous Yukon Czech Festival occurs on the first Saturday of October, so mark your calendars now to get your hands on some of those kolaches or klobasy sandwiches you love.

Yukon also hosts the Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival in June, which seeks to integrate a celebration of the historic Chisholm Trail with a little dash of Cajun charisma (why not?). Go get your Yukon on!

Yukon, day-trip, festivals, history, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: August 15 - August 21, 2017

OKC Street Festival

Tuesday, August 15
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Crowe & Dunlevy’s Summer Songwriter Series; 6 to 8 p.m.; Sandridge Commons; This event is free.

Wednesday, August 16
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.

Thursday, August 17
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.

Friday, August 18
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Lake Street Drive; 8 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
21c Museum Hotel- New Film Series; 8 p.m.; 21c Museum Hotel; 982-6900; This is event is free.
Sinbad; 7 p.m.; Hudson Performance Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, August 19
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Eats on 8th Food Truck Festival; noon to 8 p.m.; 8th & Harvey; 234-7960; This event is free.
San Antonio FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Marty Friedman; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, August 20
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Monday, August 21
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
The 2017 Great American Eclipse; 11:30 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

All things OKC

OKC Skyline

With so much to do, see and learn about in Oklahoma City, it can be tough to find the information you’re looking for. One way you can remedy this situation is to, of course, sign up for our email newsletter for a weekly 411 on the 405. There are other things you can do though too, one of the most important of which is to utilize the power of social media for the latest and greatest information. Now, we know what you’re thinking. ‘That all seems fine and dandy, but with so much information out there, which social media accounts are the best ones to follow for all the information I need?’ A great question like that deserves a great answer, so here’s our list of three social media accounts to follow for the latest and greatest on all things OKC.

  1. Naturally, the first account we’re recommending is our very own Facebook page. In case you don’t sign up for our e-newsletter for whatever strange reason, our Facebook page shares the latest information from our blog each week in addition to some other cool stuff that’s fun and important. If you’re not a fan of Facebook, you can follow us on Twitter instead.
  2. One common misconception about the next account to follow is that it’s only for visitors, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The VisitOKC Instagram is filled with some spectacular photos of OKC’s coolest restaurants and attractions. They also do videos showcasing the latest upcoming events happening throughout the OKC metro. If Instagram isn’t your thing, you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
  3. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Twitter is a hub for the latest business news and events happening in OKC. Beyond that, the Chamber also has a compiled list of all the accolades OKC has been recognized for in national headlines on their website. You can also take a look at their Facebook and Instagram.
accolade, attractions, business, social media
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC abounds with art and culture

OKC MOA

If you’ve been a longtime reader of our blog, you’re probably aware of how important the arts and culture are to the fabric of life in Oklahoma City. If you’re a first-time reader, don’t just take our word for it: explore all that OKC has to offer.

The arts and culture section of our website features the most prominent artistic events, museums and fun activities throughout OKC. Or, you can get involved with the local arts scene at the Paseo Arts District, where art and culture abound around every corner.

arts and culture, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Something special

Grocery Shopping

One of the most disheartening parts about wanting to cook something new is not being able to find the ingredients you need at your typical go-to grocery store.

Thankfully, Oklahoma City has a plethora of options outside of your standard grocery stores. Whether you’re going organic or looking for more ethnic flavors, the metro has a place nearby that has exactly what you’re looking for.

The hardest part would be finding where these places actually are; that is, if we didn’t make things a little easier for you first. Take a look at our specialty grocery store page on our website. Do you notice any stores missing from our list that people have to know about? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The OKC renaissance continues

Riversport Rapids

Thanks to a revitalization effort that began in the 1990s, Oklahoma City has been in the midst of a multi-decade renaissance. With a low cost of living and future endeavors underway such as the creation of an innovation district, a 70-acre downtown park and more, OKC is primed for even more growth into the future.

If you want to keep up-to-date with the latest news and happenings in the 4-0-5, the newsroom on the Chamber’s site is a great tool. Bookmark it and we will pass along the latest developments involving MAPs, economic news and more.

cost of living, Innovation District, MAPS, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: August 8 - August 14, 2017

Live! on the Plaza

Tuesday, August 8
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
In the Heights; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, August 9
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
In the Heights; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
A Day to Remember; 8:30 p.m.; Chevy Bricktown Events Center; 236-4143; Tickets are $34.50.

Thursday, August 10
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
In the Heights; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, August 11
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Jabee with Statik Selektah; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
In the Heights; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, August 12
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
In the Heights; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Cat Video Fest 2017; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn; 445-7080.

Sunday, August 13
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Monday, August 14
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

School spirit

Networking with students

Alumni associations are a great way to make new connections when you move to a city. Obviously, the two major state schools, OU and OSU, boast large alumni groups in Oklahoma City, but a quick google search will find that many universities have an alumni presence in OKC.  Not only do alumni associations offer connections to your classmates, but the opportunity to meet new people and share your knowledge with current students. Get connected with your university to learn about what’s going on and take advantage of the many opportunities they offer.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Professional networking

Networking at Chamber Events

So we may be a little biased (or a lot biased) but we think Greater Oklahoma City Chamber events are the best way to make meaningful connections in your new hometown. Just about every week there is a Chamber event where you can meet the movers and shakers of Oklahoma City. You don’t even have to be a member to go to most events (although membership provides some great benefits if you truly want to be an expert networking in OKC).

Here are some recurring events that are tailored made to release your inner-networker:

  • Sunset Receptions: Held once a month, this event is designed to help you make business connections. The best part is admission is always free and includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket.
  • SchmoozaPalooza: Schmooze with Oklahoma City's best twice a year at SchmoozaPalooza! Wind down with food and drinks, groove to live music, win prizes and enjoy entertainers while you visit other Chamber members at exhibitor booths.
  • Rise & Shine: The semi-annual Rise & Shine breakfast event provides members with information about the many ways to get involved with the Chamber. It's a great way discover how to maximize membership through a wide variety of involvement opportunities.

Every Chamber event gives you the opportunity meet professionals who are interested in making Oklahoma City the best city it can be. Check out this link for a full rundown of Chamber events. From golfing to luncheons that will keep you up-to-date one the latest happenings in OKC, we promise you there is an event for you.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lend a hand

United Way Volunteering

Another great way to get to know people is by donating your time to a nonprofit. There is no better place to start than the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

This organization partners with more than 60 organizations that contribute to the area’s health, safety, education or economic well-being of families, according to the United Way’s mission.

The United Way picks its partner organizations according to five identified “Focus Areas”: Strong Families, Successful Kids, Healthy Citizens, Independent Living and Community Preparedness. Each year, the organization raises millions of dollars to help fund these nonprofit agencies’ programs.

If you’re interested in finding ways to volunteer for these organizations, check out the United Way’s Volunteer Center.

The United Way has been serving the community for more than 90 years, and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is proud that it had a role in its creation decades ago.

community, nonprofit, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Safer Streets, Better OKC

Vote September 12

On Sept. 12, citizens of Oklahoma City will go to the polls to decide on a bond program and two sales tax proposals.  There is going to be a lot on the ballot, so we will just give you the highlights (you can read the full ballot here):

  • REPAIR AND RESURFACE STREETS: Invest $847 million in rebuilding and improving Oklahoma City's streets--the top concern of residents. Repairs include replacing bridges, resurfacing streets, building sidewalks, improving drainage, adding bike lanes and more.
  • IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY: Hire more police officers and firefighters to keep Oklahoma City residents safe.
  • IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE: Improve our Oklahoma City by investing in parks and civic / recreational facilities, police and fire stations, libraries, our public transit system, community and economic development programs, and more.

Oklahoma City has created a great tool that allows you to see what bond projects would happen in your area if approved.

What will this do to taxes in OKC? Property tax rates will NOT go up to fund the general obligation bond projects, and if both sales tax proposals are approved by voters, Oklahoma City’s total sales tax will be at the rate of 8.625 percent, still lower than the state average of 8.86 percent.

So what do you need to do between now and Sept. 12? First and foremost register to vote. You have until August 18 to register for this election. Also, make sure you read up on the proposal so you can be informed on the vote you cast. You can learn more here.

community, election, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: August 1 - August 7, 2017

Paseo District

Tuesday, August 1
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Tacoma Rainers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Seether; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 866-977-6849; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, August 2
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Reno 1868 FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, August 3
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
A Date with the Duke; 5 to 8 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, August 4
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 to 10 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
Member/Guest mixer at The Greens Country Club; 7 to 10 p.m.; The Greens Country Club, Adult Pool; 751-6266; Admission is $10, please RSVP.

Saturday, August 5
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Real Monarchs vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
My So Called Band at the Tower Theatre; 9 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Sunday, August 6
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.
Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows; Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, August 7
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; Prices to participate vary.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Horsing around in OKC

Horse Show

Oklahoma City is unique for many different reasons. You can whitewater raft in downtown, our city was founded in a day and the parking meter was invented here, just to name a few.

On that note, you may be surprised to learn that we are considered the “Horse Show Capital of the World,” hosting more national and international equine championships than any place on the globe. Horse shows are a great way to see lots of action at an affordable price (many don’t charge admission). Saddle up and come see world-class performers show off their routines at these upcoming events:

See event details and check out the remainder of fall events here.

equine, horse show
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Riding on the river

Equestrian River Trail

One thing that makes Oklahoma City great (in our humble opinion) is the mixture you get of urban vitality and wide open spaces. There aren’t many places in America where you can watch an NBA game and then whitewater raft just a mile away. No matter what lifestyle gets you going, you can find it in the 4-0-5.

Did you know you can ride your horse right next to the Oklahoma River? Well, you do now. If you have a horse and want to stretch its legs, then get to know the new River Park Equestrian Trail located on the south side of the Oklahoma River near the Stockyards. The 20-acre park is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily and offers parking suitable for your trailers. So hit the trails today.  

equine, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Low tax, low problem

Shopping in Plaza District

Not only is Oklahoma notorious for its friendly people and rich history, but it also ranks in the bottom third of the U.S. for taxes as a percentage of income. Oklahoma’s low-tax burden only adds to the ongoing list of why the Sooner State is a great place to call home. What does that mean for you? You’ll have more money to spend on what you want to do – whether it’s buying a home, enjoying OKC’s retailers, getting that pony you have always wanted, or making a night of it in one of Oklahoma City’s districts.

Curious about other ways that living in OKC helps you save? Check out our cost of living calculator.

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Things to Do & See: July 25 - July 31, 2017

Dodgers Baseball uniforms

Tuesday, July 25
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Reno Aces vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
West Side Story; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Future Clear: Pyramid Tour; 8:30-10:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Wednesday, July 26
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Reno Aces vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
West Side Story; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: 42 The Jackie Robinson Story; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Thursday, July 27
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Reno Aces vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
West Side Story; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 28
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Fiesta Friday; 7 to 10 p.m.; Historic Capitol Hill; 632-0133; This event is free.
Reno Aces vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
West Side Story; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, July 29
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
West Side Story; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Tacoma Rainers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Better than Ezra and the Wallflowers; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 30
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Tacoma Rainers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Monday, July 31
Tacoma Rainers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I Believe I Can Fly… Nonstop to 20 cities!

Plane taking off

Being right in the middle of the country has its perks. For one, it doesn’t take too long to get practically anywhere in the U.S., especially if you fly (on an airplane, not like Superman). From Chicago to Dallas, San Francisco to New York, Will Rogers World Airport has flight options to 23 airports in 20 different cities across the country, and just today Frontier Airlines announced a return to the OKC market with flights to Denver, Orlando and San Diego. That means no changing planes, no pesky layovers and no switching seats.

You’d also be interested to find out that OKC doesn’t have just one airport, but three. The second one, Wiley Post Airport, is a reliever airport for Will Rogers and functions as a major center for corporate and business aviation. The third, Clarence E. Page airport, is a facility perfect for grass-roots aviators with a number of experimental and small general aviation aircraft.

So, whether you’re a business person with a turbulent flight schedule, someone who just loves to travel or a person who really can fly solo like Superman but just doesn’t want to because you have three bags of luggage (trust me, it’s tough without the super strength), OKC has plenty of airports and options to get you where you’re going.

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All aboard the Heartland Flyer!

Heartland Flyer

Let’s say you’re on a mini road trip to Fort Worth, Texas. Not too long of a drive, but still. You accidentally left a little late, so now you find yourself in the middle of rush hour in Denton, Texas, where the I-35 construction has been going on for around forever. Getting through it takes another hour, and now you’re exhausted, with another 45 minutes to go. Even worse? There were lane closures on both sides, so now you spend your time in Fort Worth dreading the thought of driving back through that mess.

But worry not! There is one way to avoid this stressful (and sadly, realistic) nightmare-inducing scenario. All aboard the Heartland Flyer, an Amtrak train with daily 418-mile round trips between OKC and Fort Worth. With reclining coach seats that have more leg room than a car, a full-service café and restrooms, a trip aboard the Heartland Flyer takes the stress out of traveling to Forth Worth (no offense to our beloved southern neighbors). And, with a plethora of ride sharing services, you can get to traveling efficiently and comfortably around the Fort Worth area at a low cost to you.

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Embark makes busing better

EMBARK bus

There are a multitude of benefits to taking the bus over a car when traveling in and around the OKC metro. For one, if more people take the bus, it reduces traffic and congestion on city streets and highways. It also reduces emissions, thus improving air quality and takes the stress out of driving.

Oklahoma City’s public transportation system is run by Embark, which won an award last year as North America’s outstanding public transit system. If you’re unsure about how the buses work in OKC, their website has a plethora of resources and videos so you can board the public transportation train (okay…bus) in OKC like a seasoned pro.

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The future is almost here. Excited yet?

Streetcar Ground Breaking

Last week, the first of seven streetcars came off the assembly line and will soon be painted and shipped to OKC. If you drive or do a bit of walking around Bricktown, you can see the freshly installed tracks where the streetcar will run. And, if you read or hear anything on the news about the streetcar, you can feel the palpable excitement OKCitians have for this groundbreaking project.

The installation and soon-to-be operation of the streetcar reflects the growth of OKC’s downtown core as a result of the booming success of the other MAPS projects. In fact, the OKC Streetcar itself will be transformative, as many city leaders are expecting its installation to result in greater sales and property tax revenue for the city like similar installations in Kansas City. But, even more important than positive economic impact, the OKC Streetcar will have a positive influence on OKC’s culture for years to come.

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Things to Do & See: July 18 - July 24, 2017

Crowd at the Twilight Concert

Tuesday, July 18
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
2017 Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 19
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Moonrise Kingdom; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Thursday, July 20
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 21
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Center of the Galaxy Festival; Noon to 9 p.m.; OKC Public Farmers Market; 810-6977; Entry prices vary.
Dive in Movies- Captain America: Civil War; Dusk; White Water Bay; Free with park admission.
21c Museum Hotel- New Film Series; 8 p.m.; 21c Museum Hotel; 982-6900; This is event is free.

Saturday, July 22
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Western Avenue Cars and Coffee ; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sushi Neko; 719-398-9176.
Center of the Galaxy Festival; Noon to 9 p.m.; OKC Public Farmers Market; 810-6977; Entry prices vary.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Summer Concert Series at Frontier City- Randy Houser; Frontier City Theme Park; 478-2410. Event prices vary.

Sunday, July 23
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Center of the Galaxy Festival; Noon to 9 p.m.; OKC Public Farmers Market; 810-6977; Entry prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This event is free.

Monday, July 24
Bricktown Beach Bash; All day; Third Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 405-236-3100; Ticket prices vary.
The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Downtown digs

Deep Deuce neighborhood

Everything is waiting for you downtown. Do you fancy the idea of being surrounded by community amenities and leaving the car in the garage and just walking to work, the movies, the museum, the Myriad Gardens or to your neighborhood “watering hole”* without having to worry about parking, traffic or all the other headaches inherent to getting behind the wheel? Downtown offers plenty of neighborhoods, both established and up-and-coming, to consider if you’re looking at a move. And you’re not alone, with downtown population increasing more than 15 percent since 2000 and more than 1,000 new units either under construction or planned.

Neighborhoods like Deep Deuce and Midtown offer a mix of housing types and are rapidly becoming well-developed and dense with lots of services and retail. Former entertainment-heavy areas like Bricktown have new housing coming on line soon. Linger on the sidewalk in Automobile Alley, where the neon signs are pretty, and maybe even get yourself a loft rental, apartment or a condo in a new development. Relish being an urban pioneer in all the new housing stock in Film Row and other areas in west downtown. Live modern in SoSA and take advantage of proximity to midtown and the central business district. Oklahoma City’s urban neighborhoods offer the best of the new urban vibe and excitement, without all the typical old urban grit. Learn more on our website.

*that’s code for “bar”

Film Row, housing, Midtown, Automobile Alley, Bricktown, Deep Deuce, downtown
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Historic neighborhood highlights

Heritage Hills

Did you know Mesta Park got its name from one-time resident Perle Mesta, the so-called “hostess with the mostest” and well-known foreign ambassador, socialite and daughter of William P. Skirvin? How about that Jefferson Park wasn’t actually annexed by Oklahoma City until 1908? Similarly, did you know that the Overholser Mansion, along with the rest of Heritage Hills, was once considered “out in the country” when it was built in 1903, and was so-named because it was built over a series of holes*? And did you know that the Paseo Arts District was actually originally developed to be the first “shopping center” north of downtown in 1929? With some fantastic (and sometimes legendary) history and intrigue behind them, some of the most sought-after areas of OKC to live in are also (unsurprisingly) among the oldest! Nothing quite compares to the tree-lined charm and close community connections inherent to living in Oklahoma City’s historic neighborhoods. A wealth of great housing stock to choose from is typical of these areas, as are sidewalks, parks, supportive neighborhood associations, a sometimes wacky Nextdoor experience, and squirrels. In OKC, living in a historic neighborhood is a great way to be close to the action downtown but still enjoy a lot of amenities that you might think of as more typical of suburbia, like great lawns, community picnics and parks, neighborhood schools and more. Learn more on our website.

*OK, that part is a lie.

Oklahoma City history, Paseo District, Heritage Hills, housing, Jefferson Park, Mesta Park
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Superb suburbs

Suburban Home

We know what you’re thinking: the suburbs are snoozers! But wait just a moment, dear reader. It’s not all huge SUVs with backseat TV screens, chain restaurants, roving packs of opinionated soccer moms, soulless big-box retail and packed Starbucks drive-thrus in OKC’s suburbs. Many take advantage of Oklahoma City’s famously quick commutes and live in popular “suburban” areas that are nonetheless easily accessible, feature lots of new housing product, clean and green lawns and safe, cost-effective subdivisions--and that still feel like a seamless part of the city.

So what’s the real story on OKC’s suburbs? How about good schools, close neighborhood ties and unique community events? If that doesn’t grab you, think open, modern floor plans, sizable yards, shared neighborhood amenities like pools and splashpads and more. The best part? Affordable suburban neighborhoods abound all over the metro. Whether it’s north, south, east or west, in our own cool considerate objective opinion, OKC’s suburbs offer the best of all worlds, especially given Oklahoma City’s low commute times. In Oklahoma City, living in the suburbs doesn’t have to mean living out of the city. Learn more on our website at http://www.abetterlifeokc.com/housing/suburban-neighborhoods/.

community, cost of living, housing, school
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