October 19, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor, via The Journal Record: October 19, 2016

The Core to Shore development and MAPS 3 projects have great synergy – when we combine a park and convention center with carefully planned private development, Oklahoma City will have unique spaces that will set us apart from other cities. It’s an incredible opportunity and important that we get it right.

Oklahoma City is now positioned to collaborate with private development around the park to create a balanced mix of retail, green space, housing, commercial development and recreation. We have established six new tax increment financing districts in the Core to Shore area with distinct guidelines to create a particular emphasis in each area.

October 12, 2016

by Cathy O'Clonnor, via The Journal Record: October 12, 2016

The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City recently hit its five-year milestone. The nonprofit was formed in 2011 to better coordinate land, incentives and economic tools that make Oklahoma City even more attractive to companies and developers.

In traditional anniversary gift protocol, the five-year gift is wood. While that doesn’t seem romantic in terms of lasting love, it does seem appropriate for The Alliance’s work – enabling companies and developers to build and invest in our city.

October 5, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: October 5, 2016

This week Oklahoma City is celebrating with GE Global Research as they hold a grand opening for their Oklahoma City research center. The 95,000-square-foot research center near University Research Park is the company’s ninth global research center and the first one to be dedicated to one industry.

The shared celebration is one that started in 2013 when Oklahoma City was selected over several other large cities in the region heavily involved in the oil and gas industry. There were several factors for GE’s decision, including its proximity to other research entities, Oklahoma City’s depth in the oil and gas industry and tangible signs, like the MAPS initiatives, that we are committed to making our city great. Another large factor in GE’s selection was the economic incentive package put together through a collaborative effort of our city and state leaders and the chamber of commerce, and facilitated by The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City.

September 28, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: September 28, 2016

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma City Council made a crucial next step in securing Oklahoma City’s status as a visitor destination by approving a resolution to enter into final negotiations with Omni Hotels & Resorts to develop Oklahoma City’s convention center hotel.

Oklahoma City’s tourism economy has grown substantially over the last 15 years. When we set out with MAPS to create a more dynamic environment for our residents, we also created an ever more attractive place to visit. The economic impact of tourism in our market now exceeds $2 billion annually.

September 23, 2016

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: September 21, 2016

The term economic development is often associated with facilitating new construction, but it can also serve as the catalyst for progress by restoring communities and preserving the rich history infused within existing buildings. A current example of this is the redevelopment of Page Woodson High School in northeast Oklahoma City.