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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Get involved

United Way Volunteers

One easy way to get to know your hometown better is by lending a helping hand.  Check out one of these great local nonprofits to get involved. Just an FYI, this is far from an exhaustive list of those doing great work in our community. You can find a more complete list here.

  • United Way: United Way of Central Oklahoma is committed to improving the health, safety, education and economic well-being of individual families in need in central Oklahoma.
  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity helps build and restore homes in Central Oklahoma.
  • City Care: Found in 1996, City Care helps provide food and shelter for the homeless.
  • Positive Tomorrows: For more than 25 years, Positive Tomorrows has helped educate our metro’s homeless children.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma: BBBS helps pair kids with mentors who can provide a positive influence in their lives. 
  • Calm Waters: Provides counseling and support to children and their families who experience grief caused by death, divorce or other loss. The organization directly serves approximately 2,500 children, youth and adults in Central Oklahoma annually.
  • Central Oklahoma Humane Society: The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is the largest animal-related charity in Oklahoma.
  • Infant Crisis Center: Provides essential supplies to vulnerable babies and toddlers.
  • Rebuilding Together OKC: Since 1992, Rebuilding Together OKC has repaired more than 3,000 homes, 30 non-profit facilities, and eight public school buildings with the help of 70,000 volunteers. These repairs represent a value to the community of more than $20 million.
community, nonprofit, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Your vote wanted

Vote Buttons

One of the most important things you can do to become a full-fledged citizen of your new hometown is vote. Nov. 6 is an important election day across the country and things are no different in the metro, where the ballot will be full of elections at every level of government.

You can find your polling place and request an absentee ballot at the Oklahoma State Election Board’s online voter tool.

The ballot will also include a special election to elect Oklahoma City’s next Ward 7 representative. Nikki Nice and Kirk Pankratz earned the most votes in the primary special election and will stand for a decisive runoff election on Nov. 6.

View what will appear on the ballot in Oklahoma, Canadian and Cleveland counties, and make sure you are prepared to cast an informed vote on Nov. 6.

community, election, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

MAPS 3 Update

Streetcar

The huge success of previous MAPS projects led to a vote in late 2009 that approved of a one-cent sales tax to pay for debt-free projects that improve our quality of life. MAPS 3 consists of eight different projects; several of the projects have been completed, and the last project is scheduled to be complete in 2021.

  • The MAPS 3 Convention Center to replace the current aging convention center is located directly south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena. This new center will help the city stay competitive in the lucrative convention industry for years to come. A 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 45,000-square-foot meeting space and 30,000-square-foot ballroom are all included in the $288 million budget for the convention center. Construction is underway on this cornerstone of the ongoing Core-to-Shore renaissance in downtown OKC, and it is expected to open by June 2020.
  • Construction is also underway to the immediate west of the new convention center for a 70-acre urban oasis christened Scissortail Park. Design plans for the park call for everything from a café and sports facilities to a lake and nature trails. Scissortail features two sections, a 40-acre north section scheduled for completion in 2019 and a 30-acre south section projected to be complete in 2021.
  • In a transformative moment for public transit in OKC, a budget of $131 million is being put towards linking major employers, businesses, attractions and residences in the downtown area. Construction for the modern streetcar transit system can be seen at a number of route sections along with safety testing at others in preparation for the streetcar service to begin this December. The streetcar project will connect Midtown, Automobile Alley, Bricktown and the Business District.
  • The State Fairgrounds hosts more than 200 trade shows and other events throughout the year, including several equine events that helped Oklahoma City earn the title of Horse Show Capital of the World. MAPS 3 added to the appeal of Oklahoma State Fairgrounds with the Bennett Event Center. Its design makes for a state-of-the-art flexible facility capable of comfortably accommodating a wide variety of shows and events. The 279,000-square-foot event center was completed in 2017 and its operations are in full swing.
  • Senior Health & Wellness Centers will connect OKC’s seniors with important services and also with each other. Two of the four planned centers are completed, with the third to be completed in 2019 and fourth in 2021. The centers will be spread around the city and have experienced operating partners in senior services.
  • The Oklahoma River has become an Olympic rowing destination, so MAPS 3 expanded on current operations by building the RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater rafting and kayaking center along the river with additional improvements to existing rowing facilities. The whitewater park is suitable for beginners enjoying a summer weekend or elite kayaking competitions.
  • Former Mayor Mick Cornett emphasized a healthier community during his tenure and the MAPS 3 trails and sidewalk improvements promote a more active lifestyle by taking advantage of OKC’s natural beauty. Three trails were developed using MAPS funds: West River Trail was completed in 2015, Will Rogers Trail was completed earlier this year and Lake Draper Trail is set to be complete this fall. The trails wind through wetlands, wooded areas, natural landscapes, neighborhoods and more urban settings. MAPS 3 sidewalks are planned for the areas with a high demand for pedestrian amenities.

Stay up to date on all MAPS 3 news by signing up for the MAPS 3 newsletter or following the efforts on Facebook and Twitter.

community, downtown, MAPS, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, parks, public transportation, State Fair Park, streetcar
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Get to know your city government

OKC City Hall

As election season heats up in OKC, it’s becoming especially important to remind everyone how vital local government is and how important it is to vote! But we don’t just urge you to vote, we encourage you to vote wisely. It’s important to know the issues and it’s perhaps equally as important to know who your local politicians are and where they stand on the issues that are most important to you—remember, they’re representing you and your city! So, in the interest of helping you get more acquainted with the inner workings of your amazing new city, here’s links to where you can learn more about OKC’s local politicians:

The Mayor
City Council
City Manager

community, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

EMBARK around OKC

EMBARK Bus

Whether you’re commuting to work, meeting friends, running errands or just visiting, EMBARK buses have you covered with service to much of the Oklahoma City metro area. EMBARK won the 2016 Achievement Award for North America’s Outstanding Public Transit System. Each route’s hours of operation vary, but many popular routes run about every 30 minutes during weekdays and every 60 minutes on Saturday.

There are 23 interconnecting bus routes in the OKC metro area identifiable via a three digit route ID. For a full map of bus routes, visit this helpful PDF.

With the “EMBARK Connect” app, you will be able to quickly submit requests, report issues such as bus shelter graffiti, service issues, or ask a question. Users can simply open the app, select an issue, take a picture, and tap submit – the app knows the exact location and sends the issue directly to EMBARK staff. The app also allows you to track the status of your requests.

Here are some of EMBARK’s tips on How to Ride:

  1. Arrive at the stop at least 5 minutes early and wait at a stop where the operator can see you.
  2. Be ready to board with exact change or valid pass.
  3. Check the sign above the front window as the bus approaches to make sure it’s the line and destination you want.
  4. Signal the operator that you wish to board.
  5. Along the route, major stops and intersections will be announced. If you’re not familiar with the area, you can ask the operator to announce your destination.
  6. When you want to get off, pull the bell cord or push the plastic strip near the window to request the next stop.
community, public transportation
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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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.

community, election
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Better Life resources

A Better Life Resources

You’ve heard us talk about it before, but if you are new to our great city or even thinking about a move to Oklahoma City, you should check out www.abetterlifeokc.com. It is a great resource for everything you need to know about calling OKC home.

While we are on the subject of social media, dive into the resources page at www.abetterlifeokc.com/resources for more social media fun. You’ll find all kinds of handy links that will help you immerse yourself in Oklahoma City’s digital world.

For starters, that is where this adventurous little blog lives. Bookmark it (or, even better, sign up for weekly emails if you haven’t already) and share it with the world (or at least someone you know). You’ll also find links to some stunning OKC photography and video. The Community Links/Resources page highlights some great newspapers, blogs and social media accounts that will help keep you in the know and your finger on the pulse of all things OKC.

community, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Rock the vote

Vote February 13

Voting has been the backbone of Oklahoma City’s modern renaissance. From MAPS to bond packages, citizens showing up at the ballot box have transformed our city. Beyond big infrastructure projects, our citizens have also elected leaders who have not let the metro rest on past successes. Oklahoma City has a history of electing leaders with a vision for the future.

Today, you can do your part to help to make sure that tradition continues by voting for Oklahoma City Mayor and Oklahoma City Public School’s District 5 seat. Polls are open until 7 p.m. this evening.

Use the Oklahoma State Election Board's online voter tool to confirm your registration, find your polling place and view sample ballots. Many residents with non-OKC addresses or ZIP codes actually live in Oklahoma City and can vote in the mayoral primary. See if you are eligible to vote in Oklahoma City elections

election, government, Oklahoma City, community, education
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Nonstop options

Will Rogers World Airport Terminal

As much as we love Oklahoma City, we know that sometimes you need to stretch your legs and do some exploring. The good news is jet setting out of the 4-0-5 has never been easier with new nonstop destinations from Will Rogers World Airport.

By this summer, you will be able to fly nonstop to 28 airports across the U.S. out of OKC. But keep your eyes peeled because the airport is aggressive in trying to add new flights that cater to the metro’s leisure and business travelers. Last fall, Frontier Airlines began offering direct flights to Denver and Orlando. The low-cost carrier will offer flights to San Diego beginning in April.

Most recently, ViaAir announced direct flights to Austin and American Airlines announced they will begin service to Philadelphia starting this June.

It appears people are taking notice of the expanded service as Will Rogers World Airport announced 2017 was its busiest year yet with nearly four million passengers flying in and out of the airport.

The improvements at the airport are not just limited to new flights, however. Will Rogers World Airport will soon begin a $90 million expansion. The expansion will include more gates and security checkpoints.  

aviation, community
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Register to vote

Vote February 13

On Feb. 13 citizens of Oklahoma City will have the chance to vote for Oklahoma City mayor and three seats on the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education. If you are not registered to vote in Oklahoma City don’t fret because you still have time. The deadline to register is this Friday.

If you aren’t eligible to vote ask yourself three simple questions:

  • Am I 18 years old?
  • Am I a U.S. citizen?
  • Am I a resident of Oklahoma City?

If you answered yes to all three questions chances are you can register.

Also it is important to remember that even though your mailing address might be in Yukon, Edmond or another community, you may still actually live in Oklahoma City and are eligible to register. If you pay your trash bill to the City of Oklahoma City odds are you can vote.

To get your voter registration form visit the election board website. To read up on all the candidates be sure to read our election guide here.

government, community, election
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKCivics 101

OKC Government

While we are on the subject of voting we feel like an informed voter is a good voter. If you are new to Oklahoma City why not start with a brief civics lesson on the basics of our local government?

Check out more about how Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County and the state governments are structured on the site’s Government Page. The Chamber’s www.greateroklahomacity.com has a list of local municipalities surrounding the Oklahoma City area.

You can also go directly to these institutions’ home pages:

government, community, election
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Better Life: Giving you the 411 in the 405

Downtown OKC Skyline

Here at Better Life HQ our goal is simple. We want to help you get to know your new hometown a little better. Oklahoma City is a diverse metro with new pockets of development and events being added at the blink of an eye. Even for the most seasoned of OKC natives, staying on top of everything to do in our city can feel like an endless task.

We understand that moving to a new city can be overwhelming and intimidating. However, with a little knowledge (our part) and an open mind and an adventurous streak (your part), you will quickly find out OKC is a place where you can get involved quickly and make a difference.

The blog is posted to the website every Tuesday, rain or shine. In Oklahoma City, it is mostly shine though. You can also sign up to get the blog emailed to you each week here. Don’t worry, we don’t spam you consistently. Just one e-mail, every Tuesday. We pinky swear.

And of course we want to hear from you. Are you new to OKC? What kind of things are you interested in learning about? If you’ve lived here a long time what do newcomers need to know? Let us know in the comments below, shoot us an e-mail or get a hold of us on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S. Although we focus on people new to OKC, we love nothing more than helping people who have lived in our community for a while rediscover their hometown and find cool new things to do in OKC.

community, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Best of 2017

Riversport Rapids

Each year, we like to take a look back at some of our favorite posts of the past year. 2017 was a big year for our city and the groundwork was laid for several projects and initiatives that could shape our metro for decades to come.

  • Tinker Turns 75- Tinker Air Force Base is a major driver of the OKC economy and this year it turned the big 7-5.
  • Innovation District- Entrepreneurship has been in our city’s DNA since its founding in a single day. This year an effort in placemaking, centered around a proposed innovation district, took huge strides towards reality.
  • Craft Beer Explosion- The craft beer scene in Oklahoma City has been on the rise for a while with some local breweries who have won big honors. However, recent efforts to modernize our state’s liquor laws have set the stage for local breweries to reach a whole new level.
  • Various Venues- With the opening of several new venues, live music had a big year in OKC.
  • Infrastructure Investment- This fall OKC residents voted yes on a landmark infrastructure package that will invest more than $1 billion in our roads, bridges and public safety.
  • A River’s Rise- Check out our new storytelling feature on the rise of the Oklahoma River.
Innovation District, live music, music, Oklahoma River, Tinker, beer, community
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Getting around

Skydance Bridge over I 40 at night

Don’t know your I-40s from your I-35s? What exactly is a Broadway Extension and why is it extended to begin with? Learning to get around your new hometown is one of the most overwhelming aspects of relocating. If you are wondering about anything from bus service to our airport, be sure to visit the transportation page of our website. When you combine Oklahoma City’s efficient traffic grid with the fact it sits at the center of several major interstates, it is easy to see why the metro has one of the shortest commute averages in the U.S.  In Oklahoma City, it is simply easier to get around. Next year it is going to get even easier when the Oklahoma City Streetcar makes its debut.

community, public transportation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A helping hand

United Way Volunteering

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday at Better Life HQ. We are suckers for piles of turkey, stuffing and weird desserts your aunt makes involving Jell-O (at least we think it is Jell-O). But the most important thing about Thanksgiving is the thanks part. We feel like there is no better way to give thanks than by giving a helping hand to those who could use one. Check out one of these great local nonprofits to get involved. Just an FYI, this is far from an exhaustive list of those doing great work in our community. You can find a more complete list here.

  • United Way: United Way of Central Oklahoma is committed to improving the health, safety, education and economic well-being of individual families in need in central Oklahoma.
  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity helps build and restore homes in Central Oklahoma.
  • City Care: Found in 1996, City Care helps provide food and shelter for the homeless.
  • Feed the Children: Feed the Children exists to end childhood hunger. It’s the cause the organization (what organization?) has championed for more than 35 years from the world headquarters located right here in OKC.
  • Positive Tomorrows: For more than 25 years, Positive Tomorrows has helped educate our metro’s homeless children.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma: BBBS helps pair kids with mentors who can provide a positive influence in their lives. 
  • Calm Waters: Provides counseling and support to children and their families who experience grief caused by death, divorce or other loss. The organization directly serves approximately 2,500 children, youth and adults in Central Oklahoma annually.
  • Central Oklahoma Humane Society: The Central Oklahoma Human Society is the largest animal-related charity in Oklahoma.
  • Infant Crisis Center: Provides essential supplies to vulnerable babies and toddlers.
  • Rebuilding Together OKC: Since 1992, Rebuilding Together OKC has repaired more than 3,000 homes, 30 non-profit facilities, and eight public school buildings with the help of 70,000 volunteers. These repairs represent a value to the community of more than $20 million.
  • Whiz Kids: The mission of City Care's Whiz Kids is to improve the well-being of inner city youth through academic tutoring and positive mentoring relationships as well as communicating spiritual and moral value.
volunteer, community, nonprofit
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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What we’re thankful for

MAPS Whitewater Rapids

Since 2017 was such a big year for our community, and this is the week of giving thanks, we thought we would share some of the things we are thankful for.

  • A River’s Rise: The Oklahoma River continues to be an unexpected gem in the heart of downtown.
  • MAPS 3: The landmark initiative continues to make huge strides as we see more and more projects take shape.
  • The citizens: This year the citizens of OKC approved a $1.2 billion infrastructure investment to improve their community.
  • The Thunder: This year marks a decade of Thundering Up in OKC.
  • Innovation: Oklahoma City took the first steps in creating an innovation district based on the results of a Brookings/Project for Public Spaces study on OKC.
  • Beer: Recent changes in state law have resulted in an explosion of craft breweries in the metro.
  • Live music: The opening of several new venues have brought the live music scene in Oklahoma City to another level.
  • Tinker: This year marked the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base.
Innovation District, live music, MAPS, Oklahoma River, Thunder, Tinker, beer, community
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Infrastructure investment

OKC Skyline

While the MAPS program is used for big, bold quality-of-life projects, those things don’t matter as much if your city fails to keep up with infrastructure needs.

Just like the MAPS programs, the citizens of Oklahoma City have a great record when it comes to voting for these improvements through bond and sales tax proposals. Also, this is a good time to remind our dedicated readers that our city government is mainly funded through sales tax. The more you spend your dollars in Oklahoma City, the more services our city can provide.

This past September the voters approved the largest bond and sales tax program in Oklahoma City’s history. The vote will allow Oklahoma City to invest $1.2 billion in improving Oklahoma City streets, libraries and parks, as well as hiring more firefighters and police officers. The investment will not only allow Oklahoma City to keep up with our city’s rapidly growing population, but also help pave the way for future growth.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Resources for moving

moving resources

Moving to a new city is already stressful enough before you even start to worry about the smaller details like how to get cable or who provides the electricity. We are so happy to have every new resident to our city that we wanted to provide a one-stop place to answer some of those questions. From utilities to auto tag registration to selecting a moving company, we’ve got some resources to help you get your plans in order, get moving and get settled. So check them out! And if there are any moving-related questions we may have left unanswered, don’t be afraid to ask. We’re here to help!

community, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A better life: health

Family exercising

While we are all about to gorge on the sweet, sweet Halloween candy, it is important we think about our health for a second. We know health is one of the most crucial aspects of relocating to a new city. Whether it is healthy living through outdoor activities or outstanding medical care, having options when it comes to the lifestyle you want is extremely important when picking a new hometown.

During the past decade, Oklahoma City has made huge investments in walking/biking trails, sidewalks, watersports and just about any matter of outdoor activity you can think of. The metro is also home to some of the most prestigious medical care facilities in our part of the country. For more on health in Oklahoma City, visit www.abetterlifeokc.com/health.

outdoor recreation, running, water sports, community, cycling
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pave the way for Rock the Block

Construction Equipment

Have you or your kids ever played with Tonka trucks or other construction toys? Well push those to the side because now’s your chance (we mean your kid’s chance... yea, let’s go with that) to get up close and personal with the real thing at Dolese’s Rock the Block event on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Rock the Block event will give child-at-heart adults and actual children alike the opportunity to view a variety of construction vehicles and equipment up close from Dolese and other industry partners including Bobcat of Oklahoma City, the OKC Fire Department, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, and many more.

Free and open to the public, the event will also have a canned food drive benefitting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and will raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. You can learn more about Rock the Block and pave your way to a fun, family weekend by checking out the Facebook events page.

festivals, free, kids, community, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Be larger than life in OKC

If you know someone looking to move to OKC, or just looking for a fresh start, OKC represents opportunity that’s here for the taking. With a stellar standard of living, booming communities and exciting future developments, our region has a spirit that says “go for it!” Watch our 2017 relocation video for more information about relocating to Greater Oklahoma City and be sure to share it with friends, family, peers, coworkers, pets … well you get the point.

Oklahoma City, community, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

There is a video for that

Chamber YouTube

Sometimes selling someone who has never been to Oklahoma City on how great of a community we have can be tough. How do you describe the funkiness of the Plaza, the thrill of the Thunder or the calm of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum? Sometimes the right words are just hard to find.

The good news is we have a ton of video that can help you show off your hometown to any curious friend or family member. Just visit the Chamber’s YouTube channel for more.  Need something in-depth that shows off all the aspects of living in OKC? Check out our relocation video. Want to know what it is like to move to OKC? Check out our Oklahoma City testimonials. Want to show off the restaurant scene in the metro? Yeah, we got a video for that. We could do this all day so just visit the site to see more.

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

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.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Better Living: Health

A Better Life OKC

We know health is one of the most crucial aspects of relocating to a new city. Whether it is healthy living through outdoor activities or outstanding medical care, having options when it comes to the lifestyle you want is extremely important when picking a new hometown.

During the past decade, Oklahoma City has made huge investments in walking/biking trails, sidewalks, watersports and just about any matter of outdoor activity you can think of. The metro is also home to some of the most prestigious medical care facilities in our part of the country. For more on health in Oklahoma City visit www.abetterlifeokc.com/health.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Follow then lead

Smart phone user

If you really want to get to know a town and stay on top of the comings and goings, Twitter is the place to be. However if you are new to a city or new to the Twitter community, it can be a little intimidating. Well, here at the Better Life we want to help your transition to full-blown local as quickly as possible. Here is a good beginner list of accounts to follow. Of course this is not an exhaustive list. If there is anyone you feel we’ve left out put them in the comments below for all to see.

General news, info and events
@BetterLifeOKC – Get the 4-1-1 on the 4-0-5
@okcchamber – Greater OKC Chamber
@VisitOKC – Oklahoma City CVB

Sports
@okcthunder – Oklahoma City Thunder – NBA basketball
@okcblue- Oklahoma City Blue – NBA Development League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder
@okc-dodgers – Oklahoma City Dodgers – AAA Affiliate of the MLB Los Angeles Dodgers
@EnergyFC – Oklahoma City Energy – OKC’s USL Pro soccer team, affiliate of MLS Sporting KC

City stuff
@cityofokc – City of Oklahoma City
@MickCornett – Mayor of Oklahoma City

Media and Blogs
@AboutOKC – About.com’s OKC guide
@JournalRecord – Daily business news
@NewsOK – Daily news
@OKGazette – OKC alternative weekly news
@OklahomaRock – Local music news, shows, bands, more
@YelpOKC – What’s good in OKC

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Better Life: Giving you the 411 in the 405

Civic Center Lawn

As we ring in 2017, we thought it might be time for a quick refresher of what we are all about. Here at Better Life HQ our goal is simple. We want to help you get to know your new hometown a little better. Oklahoma City is a diverse metro with new pockets of development and events being added at the blink of an eye. Even for the most seasoned of OKC natives, staying on top of everything to do in our city can feel like an endless task.

We understand that moving to a new city can be overwhelming and intimidating. However, with a little knowledge (our part) and an open mind and an adventurous streak (your part), you will quickly find out OKC is a place where you can get involved quickly and make a difference.

The blog is posted to the website every Tuesday, rain or shine. In Oklahoma City, it is mostly shine though. You can also sign up to get the blog emailed to you each week here. Don’t worry, we don’t spam you consistently. Just one e-mail, every Tuesday. We pinky swear.

And of course we want to hear from you. Are you new to OKC? What kind of things are you interested in learning about? If you’ve lived here a long time what do newcomers need to know? Let us know in the comments below, shoot us an e-mail or get a hold of us on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S. Although we focus on people new to OKC, we love nothing more than helping people who have lived in our community for a while rediscover their hometown and find cool new things to do in OKC.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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