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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hereís what you missed on VeloCity in October

Downtown OKC Skyline [Photo Credit: Justin Coleman]

VeloCity is a website aimed at helping keep the citizens of Greater Oklahoma City informed. That means you … yes, you. Whether you have lived in the metro for 30 years or 30 minutes it is important that you are informed and engaged with your community. If you haven’t checked out the new site here are some stories you may have missed last month:

  • Streetcar success: While the streetcar is still a month away from opening, OKC is already seeing its impact according to a new report.
  • Innovation District update: The Innovation District is a big part of OKC’s future. Get an update on the plans for the area.
  • Omni groundbreaking: The Omni broke ground and it is one of the most anticipated projects happening in OKC right now.
  • Unemployment rate: Oklahoma City saw its lowest unemployment rate in more than a decade.
Innovation District, jobs, MAPS, velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2018 Greater Grads Career Fair

Greater Grads Career Fair

The 2018 Greater Grads Career Fair is an exciting time of the year. Bright-eyed graduates look to make their mark in the job market and flourishing companies look for graduates to fill the positions they need. Mark your calendars for October 30th folks, here’s all you need to know grads.

The career fair is October 30th from noon to 4 p.m., at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. When you arrive, you will be given a fancy nametag and business casual is recommended. Remember, dress to impress.

See a list of the more than 100 Oklahoma companies that will be present here. You can pre-register here.

college, education, jobs
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 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, May 22, 2018

It pays to job hunt in OKC

Woman Business Professional

If you are new to Oklahoma City and trying to find a job, you have come to the right place. With Oklahoma City’s low unemployment rates and growing companies, you may find that finding a job here is relatively easy compared to other cities.

A good place to start is OKJobMatch, a free service that allows you to post a resume, search for job training, research the labor market and much more. View more resources for employment seekers.  

business, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Reaching for the sky

Airplane

Oklahoma City and aerospace go hand-in-hand, but if you are new to OKC you might not fully appreciate how important the industry is to our current economy.

Most people will recognize the major players in Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry, like the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base and its partnerships with private companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney to operate the largest aircraft and jet repair center in the U.S. Another star performer is the FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, whose 5,500 employees provide aviation training and logistics support to the nation’s aerospace system. And Oklahoma City’s educational institutions in the region have close and frequent interaction with these industry professionals, laying the foundation for further growth.

Most recently Kratos Defense announced they will be building a new facility in Oklahoma City that will build jet-powered unmanned aircraft. The new 75,000-square-foot facility will employee more than 350 workers.

All of these factors combine to make aerospace one of the key drivers of our region’s economy. It supports more than 85,000 workers and the production of $7.3 billion in goods and services in Oklahoma City alone. On a state level, aviation is Oklahoma’s top foreign export and accounts for a staggering 10 percent of our state’s economy. Oklahoma is one of the top 10 states nationally in traditional aerospace employment.

jobs, Tinker, aerospace, business
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, June 20, 2017

Letís get together, yeah yeah yeah

Oklahoma Health Science Campus

Earlier this year, The Brookings Institution and the Project for Public Spaces released a comprehensive study on innovation in Oklahoma City. The study in OKC centered around the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley area downtown, looking at ways to create and maximize opportunities for the wealth of entities and innovative assets in the area to interact and “percolate,” ultimately creating new ideas and business opportunities. At 843 acres, the innovation district study area represents less than 1 percent of Oklahoma City, yet almost 18,000 jobs! Bringing people together, even in disparate industries like bio, energy and tech/app development, can only result in greater synergy and long-term benefits to all. Check out more on the results of the study, including video of the study release event, and recommendations for next steps over at okcinnovation.com.

Automobile Alley, bioscience, business, downtown, energy, Innovation District, jobs, tech
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, 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. 

aerospace, bioscience, employment, energy, entrepreneur, jobs, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Rankings round up

Civic Center Lawn

We aren’t the only people to brag about OKC. In fact, organizations all over the nation are naming Oklahoma City as one of the top cities for its residents’ purchasing power, its housing market and its job market. Read on to hear what people are saying about Oklahoma City.

OKC Among the Top Cities Rebounding from the Great Recession – CNBC
OKC Ranks No. 1 for Quality of Life – Business Facilities
Oklahoma City Ranked as One of the Best Cities for 20-Somethings – Angie’s List
Best Cities for Jobs? You know OKC Makes the List – Glassdoor
OKC Ranked in Top 10 for Best Cities to Start a Career - WalletHub
OKC Named Most Affordable Metro for Young Adults - CareerTrends
OKC is the No. 1 Place in America for First-Time Homebuyers – SmartAssest
New Study: OKC Ranks No. 1 for Women Entrepreneurs – Merchant Cash USA
You Get More Apartment for Your Buck in OKC – Forbes

OKC’s accolades are too lengthy to list here, but you can read them all at A Better Life OKC.

cost of living, entrepreneur, housing, jobs, Oklahoma City
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, February 9, 2016

Moving made easy

OKC Moving Resources

Moving to a new city can be stressful. What part of town should I live in? Should I get a house, condo or apartment? Rent or buy? Sometime you may even be looking for a job. While we here at The Better Life, we spend most of our time trying to keep you informed on great things to do in Oklahoma City. We also want to give you some practical info to help relieve any of the stress we can.

The utilities page on our website is a great starting point if you have any questions on who provides what in Oklahoma City. In Oklahoma City proper OGE Energy is our electric provider and Oklahoma Natural Gas provides, you guessed it, gas. The City of Oklahoma City takes care of water, waste and recycling. Like most major metros we have a plethora of television, phone and internet providers to choose from.

Living outside of the city? No problem we also have links to the surrounding communities where you can get more information on the utilities in your town.  

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

Variety is the spice of OKCís economy

Tinker Air Force Base

Oklahoma City has a robust job market with several strong industries, all of which contribute to the area’s low unemployment rate. 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 38,000 jobs at more than 300 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.

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 $4.1 billion and employ more than 27,800 workers.

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 is being constructed in Oklahoma City and will bring the most updated oil and gas technology to Oklahoma City’s energy companies.  

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.growinokc.com, www.greateroklahomacity.com [especially the EDIS and LBI tools] and www.i2e.org.). For more on the entrepreneur scene in Oklahoma City check out www.velocityokc.com.

aerospace, bioscience, energy, entrepreneur, jobs, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Racking up some rankings

OKC Skyline

We aren’t the only people to brag about OKC. In fact, organizations all over the nation are naming Oklahoma City as one of the top cities for its residents’ purchasing power, its housing market and its job market. Read on to hear what people are saying about Oklahoma City.

OKC is a an Ideal Summer Travel Destination – WalletHub

Oklahoma Tops the Pack in Wind Power – U.S. Department of Energy

Oklahomans Have More Purchasing Power – Tax Foundation

OKC Continues to get High Marks for Housing Market – WalletHub

STEM Professionals Should Look Towards OKC – WalletHub

Manufacturing Remains Strong in OKC – New Geography

The Oklahoma Economy is Doing A-OK – Mercatus Center

Oklahoma City Ranks High for Recession Recovery – Glassdoor

Looking to Start a Career? Check out OKC – WalletHub

Fortune: OKC One of the Best Places to Find a JobFortune magazine

OKC’s accolades are too lengthy to list here, but you can read them all at A Better Life OKC.

jobs, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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, internship, jobs, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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VeloCity

Velocity 11 Cover

Now that you are up to speed on what makes the Oklahoma City economy tick, aren’t you ready to tell your friends, family and coworkers all about what makes OKC great? Of course you are and here at the Better Life Headquarters we want to make it easier for your. Let us introduce you to VeloCity, Oklahoma City’s digital magazine. Some of you have already read an issue of VeloCity, if so give yourself a high five while no one is looking, but if not, each issue is jam packed with stories and dynamic video that help tell our city’s stories. The most recent issue is all about entrepreneurship and startups in the region, but be sure to click on the archives to take a gander at past issues. VeloCity is a great tool to pass along to anyone who you think might need some more information on OKC. 

entrepreneur, jobs, Oklahoma City, velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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