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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

OKCís economic engine

Tinker worker

While energy jobs are important to our local economy, most newcomers (and even some longtime residents) are shocked to learn that energy jobs make up only 3.5 percent of Oklahoma City’s employment base. The diversity of our local economy and the size of sectors such as aerospace and bioscience are a surprise to most. Here are some of the sectors having a big impact on our region’s economic health:

Aerospace
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.

Biotechnology
With the Oklahoma Health Center just north (east?) 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.).

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.

tech, aerospace, bioscience, energy, entrepreneur
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The business of OKC biotech

Lab Scientist

Did you know biotech is one of OKC’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. 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.

bioscience, business, entrepreneur, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

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

entrepreneur, jobs, tech, aerospace, bioscience, employment, energy
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Attain some entrepreneurial VeloCity

Pardon the pun in the headline, but hey! Speaking of innovation and entrepreneurship, did you know we recently published an edition of VeloCity, OKC’s e-magazine, specifically devoted to startup activity here in OKC? Put down the Pokemon Go for a few seconds and get some training on local entrepreneurship instead. Check out www.greateroklahomacity.com/startups to read articles, see videos and other great features on some of our biotech stars, tech-based startups, some of the hotspots for tech innovation—and even a look at some of Oklahoma City’s past “startups” that have wrought great success. Level up when it comes to startups in OKC!

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entrepreneur, Innovation District, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Return on investment

Oklahoma Health Science Center Campus

The expansion of the bioscience and biotechnology industry is paying big dividends throughout all of Oklahoma, contributing more than $6.7 billion in economic activity and supporting more than 51,000 jobs. That’s a lot of moolah, if you ask us.

The 27-acre, $100 million University Research Park, part of the Oklahoma Health Center complex, is home to 37 science-based companies including Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Accele Biopharma, ARL - Analytical Research Laboratories, Moleculera Labs, Cytovance Biologics, Oklahoma Blood Institute, COARE Biotechnology and Dean McGee Eye Institute just to name a few.

This area is also home to i2E (Innovation to Enterprise) which focuses on helping small start-up businesses thrive in Oklahoma.

Additions in the community will include the 95,000 square-feet GE Global Research Center, which will open its doors in the coming months. The project will add 130 high-tech jobs and is expected to have a direct and indirect economic impact of $13 million on the state and local economies.

The benefits in this growing community will not only have an immediate impact on today’s workforce, but also on future generations. The GE Foundation has pledged resources to help ensure that Oklahoma students are prepared for the growing demand of high-tech jobs through the introduction of STEM Empowers OK – a statewide initiative to engage and inspire greater interest among high school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

It’s an exciting time to be in OKC for sure. The advancements in these areas are sure to have a lasting impact for years to come.

tech, bioscience, business, Innovation District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Growing a stronger community

Each June a delegation from across Oklahoma travel to the annual BIO International Convention. In fact, many of OKC’s top minds are in San Francisco as you are reading this. Why are they half way across the country, you may wonder? They are networking and spreading the great news about OKC’s thriving bioscience community. In 2015, Oklahoma biotech companies, research institutions, universities and other organizations held 150 meetings with potential partners, investors, employees and more at the OKBio booth. Collaborative efforts like these help lead to long-term success for our companies and organizations, and that helps make for a healthy economy. To learn more about bio in OK, check out www.okbio.org.

bioscience, business, tech
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.

jobs, tech, aerospace, bioscience, energy, entrepreneur
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SXSW: Meet Oklahoma in Austin

Music, film, interactive? What’s the deal with those and why do we care? Well, according to the Inter-American Development Bank, creative industries contribute more than 10 percent to the U.S. GDP, with a higher percentage of young folks in the workforce than elsewhere in the economy. It goes without saying that growing our creative industries and keeping and recruiting the minds that power them are important to Oklahoma’s future. We support these areas, integral to our cultural and economic scene, and work to help grow them. As part of that effort, for the past four years, the Greater OKC Chamber has been partnering with some of our friends to promote Oklahoma’s creative industries and opportunities to excel here to the world at the SXSW conference and trade show in Austin, Texas. This year, under the “Meet Oklahoma” banner,  the Chamber and our partners will occupy a 20x20-foot booth at the SXSW trade show to help get the good word out about all the opportunities available in our great state’s film, music and interactive / tech / startup areas. If you’re going to be in Austin, be sure to come by! Give us a shout on Twitter @meetoklahoma and get more info at http://www.meet-oklahoma.com/.

entrepreneur, film, music, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Turning Innovation into Enterprise: i2E

One of our good friends and partners in growing OKC’s tech / biotech / entrepreneurial industries is i2E. i2E is a nonprofit that’s “focused on growing innovative small businesses in Oklahoma and making a positive impact on the state’s economy.” In addition to collaborating with Oklahoma’s universities to commercialize technologies and programs like the Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan competition, which helps students turn business ideas into cash and actual businesses, i2e also helps fledgling (or even serial) entrepreneurs, inventors, researchers and more get their projects on the road to growth and profitability – helping develop Oklahoma’s homegrown entrepreneurism into successes that ultimately employ more and more Oklahomans. And that’s good for all of us! To learn more about i2E, check out its website and attend one of its great events like the BioSummit, Brewfest, Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur Workshop and more!

bioscience, business, entrepreneur, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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