No. 3 Lowest Cost of Doing Business

Oklahoma City now has the third lowest business costs among major metros in the U.S. according to Moody's.

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COVID-19 Resources

To help businesses implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations, the Chamber has compiled a list of resources that can help employers navigate the challenges ahead.

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Aerospace industry in OKC produces $11.6 billion annually

OKC's new aerospace study estimates there are 291 public and private sector firms employing 43,250 workers in the region. Read the full study.

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Art in OKC

Bold, experimental, collaborative and fearless, our modern-day artists are very much in the tradition of the early settlers of our city, and the indigenous peoples who have called Oklahoma home for centuries before that.

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Aerospace

Soaring to ever-higher heights. Read the full story of aerospace in OKC.

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Key Industries

The Greater Oklahoma City area was settled at the shot of a gun at the famous Land Run of 1889, bringing thousands of homesteaders from around the world to stake their claim to acres of opportunity. That same entrepreneurial spirit is embedded in our state and in the character of our people.

This spirit of growth combined with our ability to successfully collaborate on issues of importance has fostered economic diversification and steady and sustainable growth. This can best be seen in our major industry clusters:

Recent News

O’Connor: OKC working hard to support food, beverage industry

Cathy O'Connor // Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Good news for the food and beverage industry. On Monday, the SBA opened applications for its new Restaurant Revitalization Fund. It will provide $28.6 billion to offset COVID-related revenue losses by restaurants, bakeries, bars, breweries, food trucks and caterers across the country. Funds can be used to help with payroll, insurance, mortgage or rent, utilities, construction of outdoor seating and other business operating expenses.

Restaurant fund to help businesses clear final pandemic hurdles

Journal Record Staff // Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Bakeries, bars and other businesses that provide food or drink in Oklahoma and across the nation may benefit from a new Restaurant Revitalization Fund that officially opened on Monday.

Aerospace industry in OKC has added more than 6,600 jobs since 2015

Marcus Elwell // Tuesday, April 27, 2021

According to a new report issued by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, employment in the sector has grown by 6,640 jobs, or 18%, since the last report in 2015.

TokenEx grows in OKC, offers tech that protects sensitive information through ‘tokenization’

Jim Stafford // Monday, April 26, 2021

“You can't find anything better than Oklahoma City, as far as the people, location and office space, as well as the commitment back to technology in the area. What we found is that Oklahoma City is very technology-forward."

Student innovators, entrepreneurs rise in Love’s competition

Journal Record Staff // Monday, April 26, 2021

Student innovators from Oklahoma showcased projects to improve everything from emergency wound care for injured horses to flight efficiency in unmanned aerial vehicles during the 2021 Love’s Entrepreneur Cup competition.

Oklahoma aerospace company developing solar-powered drone that could fly for months without landing

Dale Denwalt // Monday, April 26, 2021

Imagine an aircraft that can remain in the sky for months without having to land and refuel.

Better Streets, Safer City program makes progress

Chamber Staff // Friday, April 23, 2021

In addition to resurfaced trails, new bike lanes and sidewalks, drivers are also experiencing smoother trips on Oklahoma City streets these days, thanks to voter approval of a Chamber-led campaign in 2017 to make city roads better and safer.

Experts needed to help in OKC’s economic recovery

Marcus Elwell // Friday, April 23, 2021

Officials are now looking for local experts to help fill a crucial role in Oklahoma City’s economic recovery through the OKC Small Business Continuity Program. Local professionals or companies selected to provide technical assistance will be paid for their efforts.

American to offer nonstop flights from OKC to NYC

Kathryn McNutt // Friday, April 23, 2021

Long-awaited nonstop flights from Oklahoma to New York City go on sale Saturday following Thursday’s announcement that American Airlines will begin the daily service Nov. 2.

Community investment in biosciences leads to the ultimate “win-win”

Scott Meacham // Wednesday, April 21, 2021

At i2E our mission is to invest in entrepreneurs to build successful high growth companies in Oklahoma. While the world of investing can be complicated, the ultimate goal, like our mission, is pretty straightforward. We are looking to create “win-win” scenarios in our community.

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A River's Rise

In many ways, the story of the Oklahoma River and the modern-day renaissance of Oklahoma City go hand-in-hand. The river and Oklahoma City had many ups and downs during their first century before the original MAPS program jump started an unprecedented rebirth for both. You can read more about the rise of the Oklahoma River here.

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Greater Oklahoma City

The most livable community in the U.S. and a Top 10 coolest city with lowest cost of livingThe easiest place in North America to do business and a Top 10 job growth ranking.  The No. 1 place for startups to expand.  A "must-visit destination in 2020" and one of the best places for young adults to thriveThe list of reasons you should locate your business in Oklahoma City is growing - almost as quickly as the list of reasons why people love living here.  In Greater Oklahoma City, we understand that partnership among business, government, EDOs and civic leaders is integral to our success. Let us introduce you to the thriving 10-county region that is greater Oklahoma City: a city that has rediscovered its strengths - and redefined itself for the future; and to the regional economic development partnership that is here to help you create success.

Meet our region

The cost of living and residential real estate pricing in the OKC area were significantly lower than in other cities being considered as potential locations... Employees who have moved here from California, Arizona and Colorado have mentioned the lower cost of living, lack of traffic congestion, Bricktown, good schools, and friendly people as reasons they are very happy with their decision.
Neal Krueger, President and CEO of AAA Oklahoma/South Dakota
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This wasn't just an economic development initiative. This was a joining of a corporation with real people and a real community and a real sense of partnership.
Brenda Hudson, Director of SMB Services for Dell Inc.
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This was the most unique thing I have ever been involved in, in my 32 years of Air Force service. I have never dealt with a Chamber like this before. They were so aggressive and responsive. They were going to make it happen. You sensed it. It was extremely rewarding for me to be able to deal with people of that caliber.
Debra Walker Tune, former Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Logistics
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We found the city and the state to be flexible and easy to work with in helping us understand and maximize the financial incentives for locating the [AAA] center here in OKC.
Neal Krueger, President and CEO of AAA Oklahoma/South Dakota
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Our diverse properties and sites offer variety and solutions that bring you the environment, access and employment base you seek.

Finding the perfect real estate option for your relocation or expansion is easy to do in Greater Oklahoma City. With a combination of affordability, availability and flexibility there is an option that meets your needs. The region boasts numerous Certified Site and Site Ready locations, ample greenfield sites, and unique brownfield redevelopment sites.

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Top Resources

You have a lot to consider as you prepare to relocate or expand to Oklahoma City. We offer the following information to help you explore your opportunities. View all of our resources.

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