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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Tinker 101

Tinker

You probably know that there was a huge air show on the west side of OKC a few weeks ago. You may even know that it was held at Tinker Air Force Base. But how did OKC become home to one of America’s most important Air Force installations?

As the largest single-site employer in the state, it's no secret that Tinker Air Force Base is a critical part of the Greater Oklahoma City region. Tinker Air Force Base started its history in Oklahoma City more than 80 years ago, when a group of Greater Oklahoma City Chamber members organized the Industries Foundation of Oklahoma and pooled nearly $300,000 to successfully purchase land for defense installations.

The names who contributed to this effort are probably familiar to many who know the history of Tinker or Oklahoma City – civic leaders like E.K. Gaylord, Wilbur E. Hightower, Tom Braniff, Frank Buttram and Stanley Draper – but they certainly aren’t the only individuals who sacrificed their time, money and political will to see Tinker succeed. Throughout Tinker’s history, both military members and civilians have contributed to the continuing growth of our community. Read on for a small sample of the individuals whose leadership and sacrifice have shaped our community.

Read all about it on VeloCityOKC!

aviation, employment, Oklahoma City history, Tinker
Posted by: David McCollum
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The aerospace industry is soaring in OKC

B-52 Tinker

As one of the state’s biggest employment generators, Oklahoma City and the aviation and aerospace defense industry go hand in hand. The biggest names in aerospace have operations in Oklahoma City including Boeing Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin Aircraft, Northrop Grumman, General Electric Aviation and AAR Aircraft Services. Much of their work is anchored by Tinker Air Force Base, the largest single-site employer in the state contributing more than $3 billion to the local economy annually.

Tinker’s more than 26,000 military and civilian employees are a key part of the U.S. military’s depot maintenance, supply chain management and installation support. Tinker has provided depot-level maintenance on the KC-135 tanker for more than 60 years and will add the maintenance of the KC-46A Pegasus and the B-21 Raider to its workload as the Air Force transitions to its next generation of aircraft.

Oklahoma City also added aircraft production to its aerospace industry portfolio with the presence of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a company that produces high-performance, low-cost jet drones that support the U.S. military and foreign ally military customers/users. The first MQM-178 Firejet target drone aircraft rolled off the production line in OKC a few months ago, and the company also announced that the production facility will be the future home of the XQ-58A Valkyrie.

All of these factors combine to create a massive impact on Oklahoma City’s economy: More than 230 aerospace firms now located in our region, the industry workforce has grown to more than 36,600 in Greater Oklahoma City, and aerospace firms now produce $4.9 billion in goods and services locally.

Tinker, aerospace, aviation, employment, jobs
Posted by: Kaylee Terracina
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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Bioscience in OKC

OKBio

Newcomers to OKC are often shocked to find that biosciences have become one of the largest industries and employment drivers in the state. With compensation of $2.2 billion, support of 51,000 workers, and an annual revenue of more than $6.7 billion, it is undeniable that the biotech industry in Oklahoma is thriving.

In support of the industry, a large delegation of Oklahoma bioscience professionals are headed to Philadelphia to attend the 2019 BIO International Convention, June 3-6.

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.

bioscience, employment
Posted by: Salma Morales
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Veteran Job fair to be held Jan. 24

career fair

The DAV/RecruitMilitary Veterans Job Fair will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event is open to all veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members and spouses.

More than 100 job opportunities will be available. See jobs posted online here, and see the current exhibitor attendee list here.

employment, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Accolade HQ

OKC Accolades

Did you know Oklahoma City was recently named America’s most livable community? Whether it is praise for our quality of life, affordable living, employment opportunities or even for our culinary scene, the national media takes notice of OKC.

It seems like every day a new accolade or honor is being announced and it is a daunting task to keep up-to-date with the latest news. You can check the Better Life website for an always-fresh list of accolades. Be sure to share with your friends and family to show them we aren’t the only ones singing the praises of OKC.

accolade, cost of living, employment, food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

BetterLife: the website

A Better Life OKC homepage

One more tool you need for your relocation arsenal is www.abetterlifeokc.com. A Better Life OKC is more than just an awesome blog about how cool Oklahoma City is; it is also a great and easy-to-use relocation site. The website goes into more depth for people who are moving (or at least thinking of moving) here. If you are curious about OKC there is a good chance the Better Life has the info you are looking for.

If you are moving to Oklahoma City, housing is important right? The website has information on everything from historic neighborhoods to urban, suburban and pastoral neighborhoods. There is even an apartment listing, a list of realtors and moving resources.

The site has everything you need to know about life in OKC, from educational options to employment and health. There is so much great content and data we can’t even begin to highlight all in this space. You need to check it out for yourself. 

P.S.-Keep your eyes on the website. Some pretty exciting changes are in store for 2019.

education, employment, healthy living, housing, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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 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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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!

bioscience, employment
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Accolades and acclaim

OKC Accolades

Did you know Oklahoma City was recently named a top city for millennials? Whether it is praise for our quality of life, affordable living, employment opportunities or even our romantic side, the national media takes notice of OKC.

It seems like every day a new accolade or honor is being announced and it is a daunting task to keep up-to-date with the latest news. You can check the Better Life website for an always-fresh list of accolades. Be sure to share with your friends and family to show them we aren’t the only ones singing the praises of OKC.

accolade, cost of living, employment, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

ABetterLife: The Website

Better Life Website

One more tool you need for your relocation arsenal is www.abetterlifeokc.com. A Better Life OKC is more than just an awesome blog about how cool Oklahoma City is; it is also a great and easy-to-use relocation site. The website goes into more depth for people who are moving (or at least thinking of moving) here. If you are curious about OKC there is a good chance the Better Life has the info you are looking for.

If you are moving to Oklahoma City, housing is important right? The website has information on everything from historic neighborhoods to urban, suburban and pastoral neighborhoods. There is even an apartment listing, a list of realtors and moving resources.

The site has everything you need to know about life in OKC, from educational options to employment and health. There is so much great content and data we can’t even begin to highlight all in this space. You need to check it out for yourself.

education, employment, housing, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tinker Turns 75

If you have spent any time at all reading our blog then you know we tend to talk about Tinker Air Force Base a lot. Well we have good reason too. Not only is Tinker critical in the defense of our country, but it is one of the biggest economic drivers in our state. More than 26,000 employees got to work at Tinker every day and the base contributes more than $3 billion to the local economy annually.

This year Tinker celebrates its 75th anniversary. The year will be filled with fun activities to celebrate the monumental anniversary culminating in an Air Force Ball on Sept. 16.

This a chance to not only celebrate the crucial work being done at Tinker but also 75 years of deep commitment between the Air Force and our community. So check out the schedule, get to an event (or two) and celebrate Tinker’s 75 years in our city as we look forward to even more success for the base in the future.

aviation, employment, jobs, Tinker
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

BetterLife: The Website

Better Life website

One more tool you need for your relocation arsenal is www.abetterlifeokc.com. A Better Life OKC is more than just an awesome blog about how cool Oklahoma City is; it is also a great and easy-to-use relocation site. The website goes into more depth for people who are moving (or at least thinking of moving) here. If you are curious about OKC there is a good chance the Better Life has the info you are looking for.

If you are moving to Oklahoma City, housing is important right? The website has information on everything from historic neighborhoods to urban, suburban and pastoral neighborhoods. There is even an apartment listing, a list of realtors and moving resources.

The site has everything you need to know about life in OKC, from educational options to employment and health. There is so much great content and data we can’t even begin to highlight all in this space. You need to check it out for yourself. 

education, employment, housing, moving, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Military ties in OKC

Tinker AWACS

It’s no secret that Oklahoma City has strong connections to the U.S. military. Tinker Air Force Base has been part of the Oklahoma City community since 1941 and frequent readers of our blog know how the base plays an important role to the region. Not only is it the largest single-site employer in the state, it is also one of the largest Air Force bases in the nation. Currently, Tinker’s estimated economic impact to the region is $3.41 billion annually.

Not only have brave Oklahomans served in all branches of the military spanning several decades, but the state of Oklahoma is home to several military bases, including Altus Air Force Base, Vance Air Force Base, Fort Sill Army Base, McAlester Army Ammunition Army Base, and Oklahoma City’s own Tinker Air Force Base.

To all who have served and to the families who support them – thank you for your sacrifice.

employment, military, Tinker
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

There is more than meets the eye in the OKC economy

OKC Skyline

While energy jobs are the first thing that pops into most people’s mind when talking about the Oklahoma City economy, most new residents (and even some longtime residents) are surprised to find out how big industries like aerospace, biotech and technology are in the metro. Ever wonder why Oklahoma City ranks so high as a place for job seekers? The growth and stability of these industries are definite contributors to our success.

Aerospace
With recent announcements of job growth from Boeing and Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry is soaring, pun intended. Greater Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry represents more than 36,000 jobs at more than 230 public- and private-sector firms. The state of Oklahoma ranks 12th nationally in the number of aerospace engineers, fifth in aircraft mechanics and service technicians, and eighth in avionic technicians. Aerospace firms now produce $4.9 billion in goods and services locally, up from $4.3 billion as of 2011.

Biotechnology
With the Oklahoma Health Center just north of downtown, Oklahoma City has long been a hub of biotech research. In recent years, Oklahoma City’s own research institutions have made significant advances in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and septicemia, to name a few. Firms in Greater Oklahoma City’s biotech sector boast annual revenues of more than $6.7 billion and employ more than 51,000 workers.

Technology and entrepreneurship
It is no secret that Oklahoma City’s pioneers, both in the past and present, have carried a spirit of entrepreneurship into their business and civic ventures. That spirit is very much alive today in Oklahoma City’s growing entrepreneurship community. From successful tech startups to the inventor’s workbench, OKC is a place where your ideas can get off the ground. (Looking for entrepreneurial resources? Visit www.greateroklahomacity.com [especially the EDIS and LBI tools] and www.i2e.org.). For more on the entrepreneur scene in Oklahoma City check out http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/35fc33e7#/35fc33e7/1.

Energy
Oklahoma City has long been considered a global oil capital, and with good reason. Oklahoma has a rich history of growing successful energy companies, and our state Capitol even has a working oil rig on its grounds. But a lot has changed since the early wildcatter days of Oklahoma’s past. Oklahoma energy companies work in petroleum, compressed natural gas, wind power and solar energy, and they use state-of-the-art technology. In fact, GE Research’s first industry-specific research center recently opened in Oklahoma City and will bring the most updated oil and gas technology to Oklahoma City’s energy companies. 

jobs, tech, aerospace, bioscience, employment, energy, entrepreneur
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get to work on your future in OKC

Better Life website

Has all this talk about OKC’s strengths inspired you to look at your career options in Oklahoma City? We don’t blame you. And we have all the resources you need to start your job search on A Better Life OKC. Your best career move is just a few clicks away!

A Better Life’s employment resources can help you find your fit in Oklahoma City’s job market. Resources include links to job boards, internship listings, staffing agencies and industry-specific tools. You can also find links to Oklahoma City’s major employers and profiles of Oklahoma City’s major industries.

employment, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

BetterLife: The Website

One more tool you need for your relocation arsenal is www.abetterlifeokc.com. A Better Life OKC is more than just an awesome blog about how cool Oklahoma City is; it is also a great and easy-to-use relocation site. The website goes into more depth for people who are moving (or at least thinking of moving) here. If you are curious about OKC there is a good chance the Better Life has the info you are looking for.

If you are moving to Oklahoma City, housing is important right? The website has information on everything from historic neighborhoods to urban, suburban and pastoral neighborhoods. There is even an apartment listing, a list of realtors and moving resources.

The site has everything you need to know about life in OKC, from educational options to employment and health. There is so much great content and data we can’t even begin to highlight all in this space. You need to check it out for yourself. 

education, employment, housing, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Get to work on your future in OKC

OKC Business Woman

Has all this talk about OKC’s strengths inspired you to look at your career options in Oklahoma City? We don’t blame you. And we have all the resources you need to start your job search on A Better Life OKC. Your best career move is just a few clicks away!

A Better Life’s employment resources can help you find your fit in Oklahoma City’s job market. Resources include links to job boards, internship listings, staffing agencies and industry-specific tools. You can also find links to Oklahoma City’s major employers and profiles of Oklahoma City’s major industries.

employment, jobs, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Greater Grads is Great for Both Grads and OKC

Greater Grads is the Chamber’s program to help build the talent base in Oklahoma City – that’s you – and to connect that base with OKC’s employers. There are two main areas of the Greater Grads program you should know about. The first is our Greater Grads Career Fair. If you’re a new graduate, you should be at the Cox Convention Center on Thursday, March 5, from noon to 4 p.m. suited and booted with that resume ready to roll. Last year more almost 100 Oklahoma employers connected with more than 650 students, and this year’s fair promises to be even better. Free parking and shuttles are available at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center. To find out more, including a list of exhibiting employers, and/or to register, just hop on over to greatergrads.com.

The second cool thing you should know about in the Greater Grads universe is the InternOKC Internship Program. Every summer, more than 400 OKC-area interns participate in this five-week program that gives participants a chance to connect with their peers while getting a unique, in-depth look at all the reasons to stay, work and play in Oklahoma City post-graduation. To find out more info, get your interns enrolled in the program, or do a little more digging, head over to greatergrads.com or contact:

Elisa Milbourn
Manager, Education & Outreach Programs
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
123 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 297-8951

business, college, employment, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

125k to Stay

With 125,000 college students in Greater Oklahoma City, we at the Chamber understand that keeping those educated, talented folks in the fold after graduation is important. That’s why we launched the Greater Grads program in 2006.

There are two main components to the Greater Grads program – a career fair featuring Oklahoma employers (held this year on March 15, 2015) and the InternOKC Internship Program, a five-week series of lunches where interns get to know their future peers and discover why Oklahoma City is the perfect place to live, work and play.

Both programs are great ways for students and employers alike to network, make valuable business connections, and help contribute to the entire community’s future success.

Greater Grads is an initiative of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s Education and Workforce Development division. Greater Grads works to build Oklahoma City’s talent base by connecting Oklahoma graduates – a vital component of the City’s future workforce – with employers in the Oklahoma City region. These connections will help Oklahoma City’s flourishing economy, creating even more opportunities in the years to come.

To learn more, check out www.greatergrads.com or contact Elisa Milbourn at 405-297-8951 or emilbourn@okcchamber.com.

education, employment, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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