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GREATER OKC ECONOMY LOOKS TO 2010 In spite of a difficult national economy, Oklahoma City’s economic climate remained relatively strong in 2009. In order to prepare and plan for economic development activities, the Chamber called upon the Center for Applied Economic Research at Oklahoma State University for the 2010 Greater Oklahoma City Economic Forecast. This forecast outlines the changes in employment, income growth, retail sales and other factors in order to estimate how the economy may change throughout 2010. A LOOK BACK AT 2009 Oklahoma City was able to withstand the biggest blows to the economy, but poor economic conditions did affect Oklahoma City toward the end of 2009. During 2009, most cities halted their progress, but through a community effort, Greater Oklahoma City continued to take steps forward. As noted in the report by Russell Evans, Director of the Center for Applied Economic Research from Oklahoma State University, the most notable projects from 2009 included:

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• The start of construction on the Devon Tower • The unveiling of Project 180’s three-year, $140 million redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas • The realignment of I-40, which will open redevelopment opportunities for the Core to Shore project • The continued progress of MAPS for KIDS which will result in the new construction or renovations of every school in the Oklahoma City school district – 72 schools •The addition of 1,000 jobs at the Tinker Aerospace Complex Continued on page 5

committee increases chamber’s political participation

In today’s economic conditions, it is more vital than ever that the Oklahoma City business community collaborate to elect state lawmakers and other officeholders who will advance issues and legislation that are of critical importance to the continued development of Greater Oklahoma City.

These issues include: • workers’ compensation reform • funding for transportation and infrastructure • continued development of the area’s bioscience and research base • additional lawsuit reform • increased economic development • continued improvement of our public education system Continued on page 11


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LEADERSHIP NOTES

2010 OFFICERS DAVID tHOMPSON OPUBCO Communications Group 2010 Chairman

Creating a Business-Friendly City

J. larry nichols Devon Energy Corporation Immediate Past Chairman

With the start of the 2010 Oklahoma Legislative Session comes more hard work for the Chamber’s Government Relations team – and that includes our membership. Thanks to the efforts of our members, volunteers and staff, the Chamber has seen significant success when it comes to our legislative priorities. To increase that success we are expanding our program. The Chamber’s Board of Directors voted to establish the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Political Action Committee (Greater OKC Chamber PAC).

Carl E. Edwards Price Edwards & Company Treasurer / Corporate Secretary CLAYton I. BENNETT Dorchester Capital Vice Chair, Strategic Planning peter B. delaney OGE Energy Corp. Vice Chair, Economic Development

Roy H. Williams

President & CEO

Through the PAC, we will be able to support candidates for state elective office who share our vision for creating a business-friendly state, region and city. The business that takes place at the capitol has a great bearing on the success of our existing businesses, as well as our ability to recruit new businesses and grow the economy as a whole. With the current national economic crisis continuing, it is incredibly important for the Oklahoma City business community to collaborate and elect state lawmakers and other officeholders who will advance issues of critical need and strategic importance to our state and metropolitan area. The involvement of the business community, whether through donations or lobbying with letters, e-mails or phone calls, is a crucial part of our efforts. Our region has taken tremendous steps to move forward in these difficult economic times. By creating a more pro-business atmosphere, we can continue to make those steps. I hope you will support our efforts as we move forward by becoming a member of the Greater OKC Chamber PAC and continuing to contact your legislators when issues important to the business community are under consideration. If we join together, we can have a greater influence at our capitol and help to create the business-friendly climate our economy needs to thrive.

RHONDA HOOPER Jordan Associates Vice Chair, Convention and Visitors Bureau KIRK humphreys The Humphreys Company Vice Chair, Aviation & Aerospace bradley w. krieger Arvest Bank Vice Chair, Government Relations David R. Lopez American Fidelity Foundation Vice Chair, Education and Workforce Development Mark Funke Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. Vice Chair, Biosciences Bryan Gonterman AT&T Oklahoma Vice Chair, Forward Oklahoma City Roger N. Mitchell Oklahoma Natural Gas Company Vice Chair, Marketing & Communications Bruce Lawrence INTEGRIS Health Inc. Vice Chair, Membership Tom J. McDaniel Oklahoma City University Vice Chair, Transportation

Sincerely,

Roy H. Williams Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President & CEO

Roy H. Williams Chamber CEO & President

ISSUE #3420 - February 2010 Editorial staff Cynthia Reid, Jennifer Seaton, Stefanie Appleton, Jill Harrison Designer Elyse Fair 297-8900 thepoint@okcchamber.com www.okcchamber.com The Point (ISSN 1075-6264) is published monthly by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, 123 Park Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

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GREATER OKC ECONOMY LOOKS TO 2010 Cont. from page 1

While there are a number of positive things that happened or continued in 2009, the national economic crisis will have an impact on Oklahoma City. MOVING FORWARD IN 2010 “With the national recession continuing into 2010, it is our job to do everything we can to ensure the impact on Greater Oklahoma City remains minimal,” said Roy H. Williams, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President and CEO. “Our team will continue to assist companies to grow our economy and make Oklahoma City a great environment for business.” While Greater Oklahoma City’s economy is balanced across several sectors, energy continues to be a key component and will play a large role in the region’s ability to rebound in 2010. Oil prices started to climb toward the end of 2009 and early 2010, but natural gas prices will need to show continual gains in order to maintain employment. After five years of aggressive job growth, the Oklahoma City MSA gave back almost 6,000 jobs in 2009, contracting at a one percent annual rate. The 2010 forecast calls for flat job growth with modest losses early in the year offset by modest gains in the latter half of the year.

During 2009, Greater Oklahoma City saw a reduction in the number of overall recruitment projects, as well as total employment gains from new-to-market firms. Across the nation, economic development strategies have shifted toward the expansion and retention of existing companies and entrepreneurship activities. The Oklahoma City metro has more than 58,000 stand-alone or headquartered businesses, with approximately 89 percent having fewer than 10 employees. Since recessionary times have historically resulted in an increase in the number of new business start-ups, an increased focus will be placed on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, while also targeting firms outside the region for relocation. As the “best place to launch a small business,” according to Money and Fortune magazines, this could play a significant role in how the city moves forward through the difficult economic times. At the same time, the Chamber will continue to work diligently with the region’s existing firms. While the Greater Oklahoma City economy could see a few more setbacks before a full recovery begins, the effects of the troubled economy should be relatively minimal. And with the continued investment the community has chosen to make in the city, Oklahoma City’s future is certainly brighter than most other cities. To view the full 2010 Economic Forecast, visit www.okcchamber.com.

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“Oklahoma City will benefit from a rare combination of public and private investment projects coming to fruition over the next several years,” the 2010 Greater Oklahoma City Economic Forecast stated.

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upcoming events BREAKING THROUGH: FEB. 15 From the Devon Tower construction to Project 180 to the Sandridge redevelopment, downtown Oklahoma City is undergoing a dramatic facelift. Hear a panel discussion on “changing the face of downtown Oklahoma City” at the Breaking Through Luncheon, Monday, Feb. 15 at the Skirvin Hilton, One Park Avenue. Featured speakers include Cathy O’Connor, City of Oklahoma City; Tom Ward, Sandridge Energy; and J. Larry Nichols, Devon Energy Corporation. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with the program running from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost to attend is $30 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members. Special thanks to our Series Signature Event Sponsor: Cox Business.

RISE & SHINE: FEB. 17 The best way to maximize your membership is to get involved! Find out which Chamber events are the best fit for you and your business at Rise & Shine, a casual breakfast meeting held twice a year. The year’s first Rise & Shine of 2010 will take place Wednesday, Feb. 17, at JP Morgan Chase Bank, 6303 N. Portland Ave. from 8 - 9:30 a.m. A complimentary continental breakfast is included. Discussion topics will include the Ambassador Committee, Grand Openings/ Ribbon Cuttings, and the Total Resource Development Campaign (TRDC). RSVP is appreciated. Please contact Cathy Cinotto at 297-8961 or ccinotto@okcchamber.com.

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Governor Brad Henry will present key issues facing Oklahoma on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E. Memorial Rd. in Edmond. Chamber Chairman, David Thompson, President of OPUBCO Communications Group, will provide an overview of current Chamber initiatives. Tickets for the breakfast are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Corporate tables seating eight are available for $500 each. Special thanks to our Signature Sponsor: Cox Communications.

SUNSET RECEPTION: FEB. 23 Allied Arts invites you to do some after-hours networking at their offices in Automobile Alley, 1015 N. Broadway, Ste. 200, on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. Make valuable business connections and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Admission is free and RSVP is not required.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Register securely online at www.okcchamber.com/events February 15 Breaking Through Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: The Skirvin Hilton, One Park Avenue Cost: $30 for members, $35 for non-members February 17 Rise & Shine Time: 8 - 9:30 a.m. Location: JP Morgan Chase Bank, 6303 N. Portland Ave. Cost: Admission is free. RSVP to Cathy Cinotto ccinotto@okcchamber.com February 18 Chairman’s Breakfast with the Governor Time: 7:30 - 9 a.m. Location: Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E. Memorial Rd. Cost: $30 for members, $35 for non-members February 23 Sunset Reception Time: 4 - 6 p.m. Location: Allied Arts, 1015 N Broadway, Ste. 200 Cost: Admission is free. RSVP not required. March 2 Greater Grads Career Fair Time: 12 - 4:30 p.m. Location: Cox Convention Center, One Myriad Gardens Cost: No cost for students to attend. Exhibitor Booths are $400 until Feb. 19. After Feb. 19, booths are $500. March 9 Member Orientation Time: 8:30 - 10 a.m. Location: Chamber offices, 123 Park Ave. Cost: Free to members. RSVP to Cathy Cinotto at ccinotto@okcchamber.com March 9 Sunset Reception Time: 4 - 6 p.m. Location: Valliance Bank, 1601 N.W. Expressway Cost: Admission is free. RSVP not required.

Register securely online for Chamber events at www.okcchamber.com/events or e-mail register@okcchamber.com with questions.


GREATER GRADS CAREER FAIR: MARCH 2 If Oklahoma City is to remain on top of its game, the best and brightest graduates need to remain in Oklahoma. It is vital that Oklahoma businesses work together to keep these graduates here. The Greater Grads Career Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to recruit Oklahoma students to work or intern for your company. Hundreds of local students will meet with employers about internship and career opportunities at the fifth annual Greater Grads Career Fair at the Cox Convention Center, One Myriad Gardens, from 12 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2. Only employers with Oklahoma positions are allowed to exhibit. Help prevent the “brain drain” and attract new employees and/or interns. Don’t miss out on the Early Bird Exhibitor Special – booths for $400 until Feb. 19. After Feb. 19, exhibitor booths are $500. For more information, visit www.greatergrads.com/recruiter or contact Meredith Manley at mmanley@okcchamber.com or 297-8964.

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If you know any college students or recent graduates, tell them about the Greater Grads Career Fair. With dozens of companies onsite to accept resumes, the day is sure to be a success. Students who pre-register at www.greatergrads.com will be entered to win a laptop.

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Convention & Visitors Bureau Spotlight: Oklahoma City Tour Planner:

An Important Tourism Generating Resource Sales. “Keeping the planner focused strictly on properties, attractions and establishments in Oklahoma City allows us to showcase what our city has to offer to motor coach groups, tour planners and school groups planning visits to Oklahoma City.”

To promote Oklahoma City as a group tour destination, the Tourism Department at the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has developed a tool to assist in the planning of itineraries for motor coach groups and other individual groups coming to Oklahoma City – the Oklahoma City Group Tour Planner. The planner is a collection of unique packages directly targeted at group tours. The CVB tourism staff works with area attractions, hotels, restaurants and other entertainment organizations to obtain information about special pricing, packages and discounts available to groups coming to Oklahoma City. Attractions provide profile sheets highlighting unique tour ideas, special events and pricing structures for groups. Hotels include group rates and offerings such as welcome receptions and complimentary breakfast. Local dining options ranging from barbecue to Latin cuisine are provided with all-inclusive dining menus for large groups. The Oklahoma City Group Tour Planner is a biennial publication with participating organizations providing information up to 18 months in advance. To be included in the planner, organizations must have annual exhibits, events or discounts available to groups for a two-year period. Encouraging area restaurants, attractions and hotels to participate is vital to the success of the planner. “The CVB welcomes and encourages all tourism industry partners to participate,” said Sandy Price, Director of Tourism

As the planner is distributed, tracking how often the planner is used is based on monthly reports submitted by each participating organization or property. The CVB staff is able to gauge the success of the planner and make note of exhibits, events, hotels and restaurants that are popular with group tour planners. More than 360 booked tour groups visited Oklahoma City during the 2008-2009 fiscal year totaling 15,026 booked passengers. With access to the Oklahoma City Group Tour Planner, the CVB hopes to see an increase in that number for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Although the CVB encourages local residents to plan staycations to explore their hometown, the Oklahoma City Group Tour Planner is specifically for non-residents. “The planner is designed with out-of-town tour groups in mind,” said Price. “We want to showcase our unique attractions and special activities that visitors would not find elsewhere. With all that Oklahoma City has to offer, a return trip would be a must.” For more information about the Oklahoma City Group Tour Planner, contact: Sandy Price Diane Roach Director, Tourism Sales Tourism Sales Manager 297.8913 297.8914 sprice@okccvb.org droach@okccvb.org

Learn more about the CVB and upcoming events in Oklahoma City at www.visitokc.com.

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The Oklahoma City Group Tour Planner is a useful tool for groups coming to Oklahoma City.

The tourism department distributes the planner in various ways. It is available on the CVB Web site and in hard copy upon request. A majority of Oklahoma City Group Tour Planner marketing is geared toward organizations and associations such as the American Bus Association and National Tour Association. Utilizing the CVB membership in those organizations provides a unique outlet to market the planner. Attending industry shows involving group tour organizations, such as the Student Youth Travel Association, provides the opportunity to promote the planner to a variety of audiences.

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Legislativeactioncenter.net gets you involved Get involved and make a difference with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s Legislative Action Center. With the 2010 Oklahoma Legislative Session underway, it is important to remain on top of the business happening at the capitol. The Chamber’s Legislative Action Center gives individuals and businesses access to the current issues and legislation being discussed at the capitol. There are also links to finding contact information for elected officials and agencies. Every member of the business community can make a difference at the capitol by personally communicating with their legislators and encouraging employees and coworkers to do the same. Even a small amount of letters, e-mails or phone calls can sway a vote. When you hear that an issue important to your business is under consideration, please contact your elected officials.

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Communicating with your legislators is quick and simple. The Legislative Action Center provides the tools you need to make your voice heard.

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Call. Pick up the phone and call your legislator at their office. Be sure to leave a message if they’re unavailable. Mail. Using business or personal letterhead, send your legislator a letter expressing your concerns over issues. E-mail. You can send an e-mail directly to your legislator through www.LegislativeActionCenter.net. Visit. Schedule an appointment to sit down and talk to your legislator face-to-face.

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COMMITTEE INCREASES CHAMBER’S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION Cont. from page 1

“While we have seen many successes in our efforts to encourage pro-business measures, we realized there are ways we can be more effective at the legislature,” said Brad Krieger, Arvest Bank Group, Greater OKC Chamber Vice Chair of Government Relations and Chamber PAC Chairman. “With the PAC, the Chamber can support candidates at the state level who favor a strong business climate conducive to job creation and growth, a strong school system and a progressive future for Greater Oklahoma City.” Any individual who is a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident residing in the U.S. is eligible to join the Greater OKC Chamber PAC. All contributions are strictly voluntary. There is no minimum amount for a contribution; however, suggested contribution levels are available. You may give more or less than the suggested amount. By law, there is a maximum contribution amount of $5,000 per year, per family.

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION? To join or find out more information about the Greater OKC Chamber PAC, please contact Mark VanLandingham, Vice President Government Relations, at (405) 297-8925 or mvanlandingham@okcchamber.com or visit www.okcchamber.com/PAC.

WHAT IS A POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (PAC)? Political Action Committees, commonly referred to as PACs, are organizations dedicated to raising and spending money to elect political candidates. In this case, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber will raise money and use those funds to elect candidates for offices in the state of Oklahoma. WHY DOES THE CHAMBER NEED A PAC? To remain competitive, it is vital that Greater Oklahoma City has a pro-business climate that will encourage economic growth through the expansion of current businesses as well as the addition of new businesses. By forming a PAC, the Chamber can support the election of candidates who favor a strong business climate conducive to job creation and growth, a strong school system and a progressive future for the region.

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In November, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Board of Directors voted unanimously to establish the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Political Action Committee (Greater OKC Chamber PAC). The Greater OKC Chamber PAC was organized to better fulfill the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s mission of creating a more business-friendly environment in Oklahoma. The PAC will give the business community the power to help elect policy makers who share similar views and who will work to create an environment that will foster continued growth and development of the Greater Oklahoma City region.

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NEW SEASONAL NON-STOP FLIGHTS COME TO OKC “The new service provides the traveling public a convenient and affordable option to two great markets,” said Mark Kranenburg, Will Rogers World Airport Director. “Frontier’s decision to add these new routes shows confidence in Oklahoma City. It is an excellent addition to air service in our community.” Orlando is one of Oklahoma City’s most popular destination cities, ranking No. 11 in total number of origin and destination passengers, and this new route is the only scheduled non-stop service between the two cities. The flight will operate four days a week until Feb. 15 when it will expand to five days a week.

These new services will temporarily expand Oklahoma City’s current non-stop service to 22 airports. There is the possibility that these routes could become permanent fixtures in Oklahoma City. “If this works for us, there is an opportunity to expand into other routes,” said Daniel Shurz, Vice President Strategy and Planning, Frontier Airlines. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber helps to market routes because of the importance direct flights have on the economy. Nonstop flights help the business community connect regionally and nationally. These flights are invaluable in fostering a growing tourism industry. Supporting these routes is critical to Oklahoma City’s growth and can result in more permanent, expanded service in the future.

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T his package of annual publications will also include your 2010 Chamber member plaque sticker, as well as passes to local events and attractions.


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The following member companies increased their investment between October 1 - December 31, 2009, demonstrating strong support of the Chamber’s efforts to drive the city’s economy to make this the best place to live, work, play and visit.

Board of Advisors Bronze Lead Investors Cassidy Financial Group, Inc.

FINANCIAL PLANNING CONSULTANTS FINANCIAL SERVICES M. Diann Cassidy, Ph.D............552-3922 3637 N.W. 51st St. Oklahoma City, OK 73112-5610 www.cassidyfinancialgroupinc.com

Junior League of Oklahoma City, Inc. Oklahoma City Boathouse ASSOCIATIONS / MEMBERSHIP Foundation

ORGANIZATIONS Ms. Ann Cameron....................843-5668 1001 N.W. Grand Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73118-1060 www.jloc.org

Quik Print Printing & Copying

FOUNDATIONS Mr. Michael J. Knopp................552-4040 725 S. Lincoln Blvd. P.O. Box 513 Oklahoma City, OK 73101 www.chesapeakeboathouse.org

COPY & DUPLICATING SERVICES PRINTERS Mr. Mark Little.........................232-7579 119 N. Robinson Ave., Suite 150 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 www.qpokc.com

Bronze Lead Investors GROCERS - RETAIL Mr. Robert A. Pemberton ..................................... (405) 842-2000 6409 Avondale Dr. Oklahoma City, OK 73116 www.thecrescentmarket.com

Crossings Community Church

CHURCHES Rev. Marty D. Grubbs..... (405) 755-2227 14600 N. Portland Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73134 www.crossingsokc.org 7.5 x 4.75 OKC Chamber Ad:Layout 3

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HOTELS & MOTELS Ms. Traci Yarbrough....... (405) 350-6400 1351 Canadian Court Yukon, OK 73099 www.hamptoninn.com FORKLIFTS Mr. Mark Medley............ (405) 946-3453 4201 Will Rogers Parkway Oklahoma City, OK 73108 www.medleycompany.com 11/25/09

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ORCHESTRAS & BANDS Mr. Edward Walker......... (405) 232-7575 428 W. California Ave., Suite 210 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 www.okcphilharmonic.org NON PROFIT - SERVICE AGENCIES Ms. Lauren White........... (405) 232-4644 501 N. Douglas Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73106 www.olb.org

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! Abbott Skin Cancer Treatment Center MEDICAL CLINICS Mr. Craig Abbott..................... 254-5565 2644 N.W. 63rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Abbott Skin Cancer Treatment Center MEDICAL CLINICS Ms. Betsy Caldwell................ 632-5565 3500 S. Western Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73109

Adams Investing and Consulting, L.L.C. OIL & GAS CONSULTANTS Mr. Tom Adams...................... 562-4265 1806 Summerhaven Way Edmond, OK 73013

Alta Mere Window Tinting & Auto Alarms AUTO ALARM & WINDOW TINTING Mr. Mark Parks...................... 720-1172 6714 N.W. Expressway Oklahoma City, OK 73132 www.altamere.com

Arcadian Inn Bed & Breakfast

BED & BREAKFASTS Ms. Martha Hall..................... 348-6347 328 E. 1st St. Edmond, OK 73034 www.arcadianinn.com

Bailey & Associates

INSURANCE Mr. Richard Bailey........(580) 332-7005 301 N. Mississippi Ave. P.O. Box 2710 Ada, OK 74821

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DENTISTS Curtis P. Cunningham, DDS.... 751-8737 Quailbrook Shopping Center 4401 W. Memorial Rd., Suite 134 Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Delozier Auto Service

AUTOMOBILE REPAIRING & SERVICE Mr. Joe Delozier...................... 722-2810 6303 1/2 N. Meridian Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73112

E.D. Hill Surveying & Engineering

ENGINEERS & SURVEYORS Mr. Randy K. Hill.................... 232-2208 510 Colcord Dr. Oklahoma City, OK 73102-2202 www.edhill.com

Easterly Designs, L.L.C.

ARTISTS FINE ARTS Ms. Mercedes Kite................. 833-5483 8830 N. May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Endico, Inc.

OIL & GAS EXPLORATION & DEVELOPMENT Mr. James C. Endicott............ 340-8009 2008 Wickshire Circle P.O. Box 2552 Edmond, OK 73083

First Source Real Estate, Inc.

REAL ESTATE Mr. Michael L. Biddinger........ 236-4747 12020 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73120 www.firstsourcerealestate.com

MANUFACTURERS Mr. Mike Bosley..................... 793-0505 6420 S. Air Depot Blvd. P.O. Box 762 Oklahoma City, OK 73135 www.seatbelts.net

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Blackledge & Associates

Helms Cabinetry, L.L.C.

ARCHITECTS Ms. Sarah K. Blackledge........ 848-2855 7416 N. Broadway Ext., Suite L Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Brix Restauarant and Sports Lounge RESTAURANTS Mr. Mitchel Haynes................ 702-7226 27 E. Sheridan Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73104 www.brixokc.com

Clevyr, Inc.

CONSULTANTS Mr. Josh Hawthorne............... 494-4351 3124 N. Classen Blvd., Suite C Oklahoma City, OK 73118 www.clevyr.com

TRUCKING Mr. Greg A. Roberts................ 396-8414 16701 E. 2nd St. P.O. Box 278 Arcadia, OK 73007-0278 CABINETS & COUNTER TOPS Mr. Kyle E. Helms................... 596-0598 1511 Dianna Dr. Yukon, OK 73099

Hogin Medical Center, P.C.

PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS James W. Hogin, MD.............. 691-5347 20826 Main St. 14600 Thurnhill Rd. Oklahoma City, OK 73170 www.drhogin.com

Holland Hill Design

MANUFACTURERS Mr. David Holland.................. 525-6487 2633 W. Park Place Oklahoma City, OK 73107 www.hollandhillbirdfeeders.com

J & L Properties

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Ms. Leah Collins.................... 412-5397 809 S. Agnew Ave., Suite D Oklahoma City, OK 73108

Jerry’s Automotive

AUTOMOBILE REPAIRING & SERVICE Mr. Jerry Smith....................... 341-7551 117 W. Main St. Edmond, OK 73013

Keedo Clothes

RETAIL Ms. Kelly Smith...................... 607-0887 12082 N. May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Laird, Hammons, Laird

ATTORNEYS / LAWYERS Mr. Jeff Laird.......................... 703-4567 1230 S.W. 89th St., Suite A Oklahoma City, OK 73139

Langer Law

ATTORNEYS / LAWYERS Mr. Steven Langer.................. 616-5999 308 S.W. 25th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73109 www.stevenlanger.com

Legacy Auto Finance

LOANS Ms. Cris Pitcock..................... 789-8307 9801 Ramsey Rd. Yukon, OK 73099

Livesecure Insurance Partners

INSURANCE Mr. Don Knowles.................... 229-6751 601 E. Main St. P.O. Box 1034 Jones, OK 73099

MSDP, Inc.

LIQUOR - RETAIL Ms. Miko Schweitzer.............. 921-5332 4301 S.E. 12th St. 104 N. Wydermere Lake Dr. Moore, OK 73160

Mobile Medical Services

MEDICAL - IMAGING SERVICES Mr. John Murgai............(877) 771-9729 14540 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 302 Oklahoma City, OK 73134 www.mmsoklahoma.com

Oden Roberts & Rohrman Insurance Agency, Inc. INSURANCE - HEALTH Ms. Carrie Cox....................... 840-4351 6701 N. Broadway Ext., Suite 323 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 www.orragency.com


Okie Bingo Supply

BINGO SUPPLIES Ms. Brenda Belflower............ 631-2433 326 S.E. 59th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73129

OKC Metro Alliance, Inc.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE & ADDICTION INFO / TREATMENT Ms. Ann Simank.................... 232-1864 211 N. Walnut Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73104 www.okcmetroalliance.com

Oklahoma City Party Tent & Event

SFS, L.L.C.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS Mr. Raymond E. Bitsche, Jr..... 528-7721 616 N.W. 21st St. P.O. Box 61237 Oklahoma City, OK 73146-1237 www.sunbeamfamilyservices.org

Sodexo

MANAGEMENT SERVICES / CONSULTANTS Mr. Kwame Watkins............... 250-8904 2500 N.E. 30th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73111 www.sodexousa.com

PARTY SUPPLIES - RENTING Mr. David Jozwiak.................. 917-7730 304 N. Meridian Ave., Suite 23 Oklahoma City, OK 73107 www.ocptae.com

Bill Stubbs & Company

Paychex Insurance Agency

MLynn, Inc. dba Studio M Salon

INSURANCE - HEALTH Mr. H. Layne Wilson............... 947-8869 525 Central Park Dr., Suite 105 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 www.paychexinsurance.com

Populous

ARCHITECTS Mr. Todd Gralla...................... 310-4322 2600 Van Buren Ave., Suite 2623 Norman, OK 73072 www.populous.com

Primo Technologies

CONSULTANTS Mr. Brett Deemer................... 201-8678 3817 Northridge Rd. Norman, OK 73072 www.primotechnologies.com

INVESTMENTS Mr. Rick Russell..................... 947-1717 4216 N. Portland Ave., Suite 101 Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Tim Carlton Prosthetics, Inc.

ORTHOPEDIC & PROSTHETIC APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES Mr. Tim Carlton, CPLP............ 721-7570 9414 Westgate Rd., Suite B Oklahoma City, OK 73162 www.timcarltonprosthetics.com

Tom’s Pawns

PAWNBROKERS Mr. Tom Howell...................... 917-9898 3128 N. May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Max C. Tuepker, PC

ATTORNEYS / LAWYERS Mr. Max Tuepker..................... 235-1700 1322 N. Walker Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73103

BEAUTY SALONS / BARBER SHOPS / SPAS Ms. Melinda Leach................ 286-9610 1824 N.W. 146th St. Edmond, OK 73013

Temple B’nai Israel

RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS Ms. Marsha Greiner............... 848-0965 4901 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73112 www.thetempleokc.org

Temple Johnson Floor Co.

FLOOR REFINISHING & INSTALLATION Mr. Bryan Jones..................... 842-0112 405 W. Wilshire Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73116 www.templejohnsonfloorco.com

Prosurface Solutions

FLOOR REFINISHING & INSTALLATION Ms. Jennifer Yeaman.............. 401-2411 2520 N.W. 50th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73112 www.prosurfacesolutions.com INTERNET SALES - AUCTION Ms. Jill Farrand...................... 253-3883 211 N. Robinson Ave., Suite N 1375 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 www.quibids.com

DARIA OFFERS HIS TIME

Ray & Scheller Investments, L.L.C.

HE KNOWS LOCAL NEEDS EXIST TODAY.

FINANCIAL SERVICES Ms. Katherine Ray.................. 229-5308 4208 Mellow Hill Dr. Oklahoma City, OK 73120

AND SUPPORT WITHOUT HESITATION. THROUGH HIS SERVICE AS A NONPROFIT BOARD MEMBER

JOIN THE MOVEMENT AT WWW.UNITEDWAYOKC.ORG Daria Butler, Director of Facilities, OPUBCO Living United for 15 years

GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER.

LIVE UNITED

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February 2010 - Greater Oklahoma City Chamber The Point!

QuiBids

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grand OPENINGS

Congratulations to the following Chamber members on their recent Grand Openings! All Chamber members are welcome to attend Grand Openings.

To view more photos and see the schedule of upcoming Grand Openings, visit www.okcchamber.com/grandopenings.

Advanced Academics 1 E. Sheridan Ave., Suite 500 Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Bethel Foundation 13003 N. Western Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73114

CENTURY 21 Goodyear Green Corporate Office 1220 S. Santa Fe Ave. Edmond, OK 73003

Deaconess Women’s Health 5401 N. Portland Ave., Suite 440 Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Hibdon Tires Plus 13405 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73120

INTEGRIS Cancer Institute of Oklahoma 5911 W. Memorial Rd. Oklahoma City, OK 73142

Oklahoma Small Business Development Center One Santa Fe Plaza, Suite 100 Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame & Jim Thorpe Museum 4040 N. Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Innovative Solutions to Your Workforce Problems. Hard time finding help for repetitive tasks? Cramped for space? Want to increase profits and productivity?

February 2010 - Greater Oklahoma City Chamber The Point!

If you answered "yes," call Mark at Dale Rogers Training Center, 405.946.1079.

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Gift certificates for any occasion.

Your workforce problems become our opportunity to employ people with disabilities. www.drtc.org Dale Rogers Training Center Inc. Since 1953

2501 2501 NORTH NORTH UTAH UTAH •• OKLAHOMA OKLAHOMA CITY, CITY, OK OK 73107 73107 •• 405.946.1079 405.946.1079 10440 n. broadway extension I call 405.751.8888 I www.salonsparen.com

ASSEMBLY & DISASSEMBLY • COLLATING & SORTING SHRINK WRAP • PACKAGING • SHIPPING • REPETITIVE TASKS


ECONOMIC INDICATORS

How Are We Doing OKC? Oklahoma City – How Hard Is It To Find A Job? HOW DO WE COMPARE? Oklahoma City currently ranks seventh overall among large metros in terms of easiest place to find a job. Oklahoma City averages two unemployed persons for every one job posting online. According to the most recent Job Market Competition ranking by indeed.com, OKC compares quite favorably to cities like Detroit which averages 14 unemployed persons for every one job posting.

February 2010 - Greater Oklahoma City Chamber The Point!

indeed.com searches all online job postings in a metro to give an indication of how many jobs are posted online versus how many people are looking. However, it does not take into account underemployment, or people who take jobs for which they are overqualified.

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look inside! 5 2010 economic forecast 7 career fair: march 2 9 cvb spotlight 10 legislative action center 13 new non-stop service 16 welcome new members

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Greater OKC Economy Looks to 2010