Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Hereís what you missed on VeloCity in October
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.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Best of 2017
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.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
What weíre thankful for
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.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
The OKC renaissance continues
Thanks to a revitalization effort that began in the 1990s, Oklahoma City has been in the midst of a multi-decade renaissance. With a low cost of living and future endeavors underway such as the creation of an innovation district, a 70-acre downtown park and more, OKC is primed for even more growth into the future.
If you want to keep up-to-date with the latest news and happenings in the 4-0-5, the newsroom on the Chamber’s site is a great tool. Bookmark it and we will pass along the latest developments involving MAPs, economic news and more.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Letís get together, yeah yeah yeah
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.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Best of 2016
This time of the year is filled with “Best of Lists.” Best of music, best of movies, best of television … you get the idea. So why not us? So here are our favorite posts of the past year. Below is a good example of what this blog is all about so you can easily share with your friends and show them why this blog is such a good and entertaining resource. Consider it a “Here-are-five-important-things-a-newbie–to-OKC-needs-to-know” list:
- With or without a paddle- Maybe no place in OKC had a bigger 2016 than the Oklahoma River. The opening of the RIVERSPORT Rapids gave citizens and visitors an experience you can’t find anywhere else, whitewater rafting in a metropolitan downtown.
- Let’s hear it for the beer- 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.
- Area of innovation- 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.
- Making a mark on aviation history- Our city and state have played an underrated role in the evolution of aviation. From early pioneers like Wiley Post to astronauts like Shannon Lucid, the Sooner State has been on the forefront of aerospace innovation.
Innovation District, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma River, water sports, aviation, beer, entrepreneur, history
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Area of innovation
We say it loudly, we say it proudly, and we proclaim it roundly—like leaves on trees and green on peas, entrepreneurship is in Oklahoma City’s very DNA. We’re going to stop the rhyming (for now) just so we can point out that no other city can lay claim to the kind of beginnings and history our city has experienced. Oklahoma Citians have proven time and time again that we’re adept at taking advantage of opportunities, figuring out solutions to problems and working together to remove obstacles to our success.
One of the coolest things that we’re doing in that vein is looking at ways to bring together all the entrepreneurship, innovation and assets in the Automobile Alley district and the Oklahoma Health Center area in order to take innovation and entrepreneurial activity there to the next level. Along with our friends at The Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces, the OKC “innovation district” partners have begun an 18-month study of this area, looking at its economic strength, quality of place, current assets and coming up with ways of linking people, places and creating more synergy and entrepreneurial activity. It’s a very OKC thing to do, when you think about it. Get more information on this effort and sign up for updates at www.okcinnovation.com and following @OKCinnovation on Twitter, and (now back to the rhyming) you can stay-up-to-date soundly, if not profoundly. And if they were around today, innovative luminaries like Antonio Gaudi would surely drive an Audi, say howdy, and get rowdy down at JJ’s Alley after hanging out and working and creating economic value in the innovation district.
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!
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Did you know that ground-breaking discoveries are made right here in downtown OKC every day?
At the crossroads of Interstate 35 and Highway 77 and just blocks away from both the State Capitol and downtown’s Central Business District, Oklahoma City’s budding innovation district is helping diversify the city’s growing economy and bringing international notoriety.
OKC researchers are putting the city on the map as a front-runner for bioscience and biotechnology discovery not only in the U.S., but globally as well. In fact, students travel from across the globe for an opportunity to take part in the prestigious Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF).
Why is this important, you may ask? These world-class researchers have partnerships with some of the most well renowned universities in the country and could conduct their research anywhere, yet they choose to be in OKC. That is pretty cool, if you ask us.
Curious about what is happening in your city? We bet you didn’t know that all of this was happening right here in your back yard.
Return on investment
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.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Looking back, forging ahead
[Photo Credit: OKC Energy]
2015 was an exciting year in Oklahoma City. We committed to the Oklahoma Standard, celebrated the inaugural season of the OKC Dodgers, welcomed two new elephants at the OKC Zoo, got fired up for OKCFest, went rolling on the river as we hosted national and international contestants during the Oklahoma Regatta Festival, cheered as the Energy made their first playoff run, shopped till we dropped at all the new retailers across the city and were inspired by the creation of Innovation District.
But if you thought 2015 was thrilling in OKC, buckle your seat belts and hold on tight because we are just getting started. With the completion of some MAPS 3 projects including improvements at State Fair Park and the world-class RIVERSPORT Rapids, 2016 promises to be an exhilarating year.
And our resolution for 2016: keeping you – our loyal reader – in the know about all of the cool, hip happenings in OKC. Don’t hesitate to hit us up on Facebook or Twitter with questions or ideas. All our posts are also tagged by topic so you can easily find past blogs for information, everything from attractions to downtown and much more.
Dodgers, festivals, Innovation District, MAPS, OKC Energy, Oklahoma River, retail, State Fair Park, zoo
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