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December 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

12| Oklahoma County jail population reduction illustrate reform progress 8| 2020 Chamber officers and board of directors announced 6| From city size to civic issues, OKC and Houston have much in common

MAPS 4: It’s time to vote to continue OKC’s renaissance

P revious MAPS projects have helped transform Oklahoma City. Keep that momentum rolling Dec. 10 by voting “YES” for MAPS 4. Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President and CEO Roy Williams has repeatedly said that the MAPS 4 package of projects is the right combination of what is needed to keep OKC moving forward. “This package will make life better for every resident,” he said. “And when we help our residents, that sends a beautiful message to the rest of the country – well, even the world – that Oklahoma City is a place where you won’t feel left behind.” Previous MAPS projects have featured high-profile projects such as the Bricktown canal, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Chesapeake Arena, creation of the Oklahoma River and RIVERSPORT, the streetcar, the new convention center, OMNI Hotel and Scissortail Park.

A recent report from RegionTrack shows that the MAPS projects have brought $7 billion in investment to Oklahoma City. “You can see that the momentum created by the initial projects in the 1990s continues today,” said Mark Snead, economist and president of RegionTrack. “The public spending on MAPS projects led to sustained private investment over a long period of time, and the completion of the remaining MAPS 3 projects create even more momentum.” To date, approximately $1.8 billion in city investment has been used or earmarked for the three rounds of MAPS projects in Oklahoma City. Additional city infrastructure expenditures in the period totaled $690 million and worked to enhance the outcome of the MAPS projects. Other federal, state and local government entities invested an additional $600 million in the downtown area. Total public investment through city spending on

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MAPS and investments by other public sector entities reached $3.1 billion between 1995 and 2018. What this means is that MAPS projects, from the original $350 million public works and redevelopment project, to MAPS for Kids, a $700 million school improvement initiative, to the MAPS 3 $777 million quality of life improvement initiative, OKC resident have continually invested in the future of the city and the results are real. “With the increase in visitation, the growth of housing and hotels and all of the other private investments, we have a true destination that will only grow – creating more jobs and spurring additional investment,” said Williams. MAPS 4 will fund 16 projects, including improvements in parks, transit, sidewalks, senior wellness and youth centers, mental health and domestic violence programs, an innovation district, the animal shelter and beautification.

It would also pay for a new multipurpose stadium and improvements to the Chesapeake Energy Arena and the Fairgrounds Coliseum. “Previous MAPS programs have been called some of the most successful and innovative tools ever developed by a city,” said Percy Kirk, Greater Oklahoma City Chair. “We have seen MAPS strengthen Oklahoma City and create an environment of growth. MAPS 4 will keep the momentum going and extend the scope of community enhancements and capital projects.” So now, it’s up to you. Vote “YES” for the MAPS 4 projects. Encourage your friends and co-workers to vote “YES.” Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 10. Your vote is important!

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InterCity visit shows similarities between OKC, Houston

W hen you think of cities that are similar to Oklahoma City, Houston is probably not the first city that pops into your head. But there are far more similarities than appear at first glance. From city size (OKC – 620 square miles vs. Houston 637 square miles) to many of the same issues – transportation, quality of life, infrastructure, etc. – the two cities have so much in common that a group of more than 60 Chamber members and civic leaders recently visited the Bayou City to learn how Houston is dealing with some of those issues. The Oklahoma City delegation received an economic overview from noted Houston-area economist Dr. Stephen Klineberg. For the past 38 years, Klineberg’s Houston Area Survey has measured the local economy, social issues and demographic changes. Armed with this insightful perspective, the visitors were then able to see first-hand some of the similarities between Houston and Oklahoma City. While Oklahoma City is in the midst of a MAPS- driven renaissance, Houston experienced many of

the same negative economic factors that resulted in a concerted effort to diversify its economy, becoming less reliant on oil and gas, and investing in a better quality of life in an effort to attract and retain a qualified workforce. Much like the new downtown Scissortail Park is the crown jewel of OKC’s recognition that quality of life is a vital economic development component, Houston has Discovery Green, located in front of that city’s convention center. And while OKC now has a streetcar system and is exploring regional transit options, Houston has a light rail system and a network of dedicated high occupancy vehicle lanes, built primarily for its METRO bus service but also available to private vehicles with multiple occupants. The delegation also heard about the development of central Houston, economic development, workforce education and development, and the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world. The similarities between the two cities are unmistakable. Except that OKC has far less traffic – and humidity!

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Leadership Notes

A s 2019 winds down, it’s always a good idea to reflect on the past year before launching into all that awaits the Oklahoma City metro in 2020. Looking back, it is readily apparent that the momentum generated by 26 years of MAPS initiatives continues unabated. There was no better example of this than the exciting grand opening weekend of the MAPS 3 Scissortail Park, highlighted by the opening night concert by OKC’s own Kings of Leon, who hosted 28,000 of their closest friends. And while we’re on the subject of civic improvements, many of the projects funded under the Better Streets, Safer City project, a package of 13 bond propositions and two sales tax initiatives which invests in streets, police and fire facilities, parks and other basic needs, are underway. And this month marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the MAPS 3 OKC Streetcar, a popular way to get around downtown, Midtown and Bricktown. Our economy and our economic anchors continue to grow. TTEC Holdings, Inc., a digital global customer experience technology and services company, is opening an office here. Kratos Unmanned Systems, who located an unmanned aircraft production facility here last year, rolled out the first drone built at that facility recently. Pratt &Whitney expanded their OKC presence. Tinker Air Force Base cut the ribbon on their KC- 46A hangars, ensuring more jobs for the base – and Oklahoma City – for years to come. Will Rogers World Airport began expansion construction to add airline gates and a more efficient TSA checkpoint, in response to increased passenger traffic, a great sign for our economy. Next year will bring even more opportunities to continue the development of an Oklahoma City that reflects the pioneering spirit of those who came here 130 years ago. As true today as it was in 1889, OKC wouldn’t be able to achieve all that it has and plan for the future without the efforts of our business community. And that is something for which we should all be thankful

Roy H. Williams, CCE President & CEO

READ ROY’S VELOCITYOKC STORY OF THE MONTH “Interview with Mayor Holt on MAPS 4” VELOCITYOKC.COM/ ROYSPICK

Sincerely,

Roy H. Williams, CCE Chamber CEO & President

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Percy Kirk continues as Chamber Chair in 2020 T he nominating committee and the board of directors of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber are pleased to announce the 2020 officers and members of the board of directors that were approved in November 2019.

Steve Hahn, AT&T Oklahoma, membership; and Judy J. Hatfield, CCIM, Equity Commercial Realty II, LLC, military/aerospace; Clayton I. Bennett, Dorchester Capital, and J. Larry Nichols, Devon Energy Corporation, will serve as vice chairs of strategic planning. The following individuals were selected to serve on the board until Dec. 31, 2020: Mark Beffort, RobinsonPark; Martha Burger, Oklahoma City University; Steve Dixon, Tapstone Energy; Mohammad J. Farzanah, Home Creations; Kelly Dyer Fry, The Oklahoman; Mark W. Funke, Simmons Bank; Nathaniel Harding, Antioch Energy; Ronnie Irani, RKI Energy Resources, LLC; Ryan Kirk, JPMorganChase Bank, N.A.; Rodney J. Sailor, Enable Midstream Partners; and Taylor Shinn, Baker Hughes, a GE Company. Selected to serve a three-year term ending Dec. 31, 2022 are the following: Bob Funk, Jr., Prodigal; David F. Griffin, Griffin Communications; John Hart, Continental Resources; John D. Higginbotham, Bank of Oklahoma; Bradley W. Krieger, Arvest Bank; Bill Lance, The Chickasaw Nation; Harshil Patel, Champion Hotels & Development; Timothy Pehrson, INTEGRIS Health; Stephen Prescott, M.D., Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; Robert J. Ross, Inasmuch Foundation; William P. Schonacher, IBC Oklahoma; and Richard Tanenbaum, Gardner Tanenbaum Holdings.

Percy Kirk, Cox Communications, will serve as 2020 Chamber chair. Chair-elect is Sean Trauschke of OGE Energy Corp. Other officers include Rhonda Hooper, Jordan Advertising, immediate past chair; John Hart, Continental Resources, treasurer; David Rainbolt, BancFirst Corporation, corporate secretary; and Roy H. Williams, CCE, Chamber president and CEO. Additionally, the following program vice chairs will serve as officers in 2020: Natalie Shirley, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, convention and visitor development; W. Kent Shortridge, ONE Gas, Inc., economic development; Teresa Rose Crook, Foundation Management, Inc., education; David A. Hager, Devon Energy Corporation, Forward Oklahoma City; Bradley W. Krieger, Arvest Bank, government relations; Carl E. Edwards, Price Edwards & Company, innovation and bioscience; Tom J. McDaniel, American Fidelity Foundation, MAPS development; Jenny Love Meyer, Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, marketing and communications; Bill Lance, The Chickasaw Nation, member health care initiative;

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They join the following individuals whose term also expires Dec. 31, 2020: David Carpenter, American Fidelity Corp.; Jim Gebhart, Mercy Hospital; Steve Hahn, AT&T Oklahoma; David Harlow, BancFirst Corporation; Michael Laird, Crowe & Dunlevy; Michael Lauderdale, McAfee & Taft; Tom McDaniel, American Fidelity Foundation; David J. Morgan, MidFirst Bank; Ford Price, Jr., Price Edwards & Company; Natalie Shirley, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Tony Tyler, Tyler Media; and G. Rainey Williams, Marco Capital Group ALP. The following individuals are serving on the board until Dec. 31, 2021: Sanford Coats, The Boeing Company; Teresa Rose Crook, Foundation Management, Inc.; David A. Hager, Devon Energy Corp.; Judy J. Hatfield, Equity Commercial Realty II, LLC ; Mark A. Helm, Dolese Bros. Co.; Joe Hodges, SSM Health Care of Oklahoma; Jenny Love Meyer, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.; Xavier Neira, Logatore, LLC; Claudia San Pedro, SONIC; Jason R. Sanders, MD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; W. Kent Shortridge, Oklahoma Natural Gas Company; and Sean Trauschke, OGE Energy Corp. Past chairmen and life members include: Clayton I. Bennett, Dorchester Capital; Richard H. Clements, Clements Food Company - Garden Club; Edward H. Cook; Luke R. Corbett; Peter B. Delaney, Tequesta Capital Partners; William E. Durrett, American Fidelity Assurance Company; Carl E. Edwards, Price Edwards & Company; Robert A. Funk, Express Employment Professionals; Gerald L. Gamble, Gerald L. Gamble Co., Inc.; Fred J. Hall, Hall Capital, LLC; V. Burns Hargis,

Oklahoma State University; Dan Hogan, Dan Hogan Properties; Rhonda Hooper, Jordan Advertising; Stanley F. Hupfield, FACHE, INTEGRIS Health; David R. Lopez, DL Dynamics; Edmund O. Martin, Ackerman McQueen, Inc.; Frank A. McPherson; J. Larry Nichols, Devon Energy Corporation; George Nigh; David E. Rainbolt, BancFirst Corporation; Lee Allan Smith, Oklahoma Events, LLC; and David L. Thompson, InvesTrust Wealth Management. The ex-officio members serving on the 2020 Board include: Carrie Blumert, Oklahoma County Commissioner Michelle Coppedge, Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center – FAA; Tricia Everest, Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority; Craig Freeman, City of Oklahoma City; Mayor David Holt, City of Oklahoma City; and Sean McDaniel, Ph.D., Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Percy Kirk. 2020 Greater OKC Chamber Chair

Sean Trauschke, 2020 Greater OKC Chamber Chair-elect

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Dec. 17 Annual Meeting 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 NE 63rd St. okcchamber.com/annual Jan. 14 Member Orientation 8:30 to 10 a.m. Greater Oklahoma City Chamber 123 Park Ave. okcchamber.com/orientation Jan, 15 Chamber Forum 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vast 333 W. Sheridan Ave. okcchamber.com/januaryforum Jan. 30 Legislative Breakfast 8 to 9:30 a.m. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 NE 63rd St. okcchamber.com/ legislativebreakfast Feb. 11 Member Orientation 8:30 to 10 a.m. Greater Oklahoma City Chamber 123 Park Ave, okcchamber.com/orientation2 Feb. 19 Chamber Forum 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vast 333 W. Sheridan Ave. okcchamber.com/februaryforum Feb. 26 State of the City 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2020 Chamber Forum series kicks off Jan. 15

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber will continue its successful Chamber Forum series in 2020, beginning on Jan. 15 with a panel discussion on justice reform efforts in Oklahoma County. In November 2019, the Oklahoma County Jail Trust selected a new administrator for the Oklahoma County Jail, changing the structure of management at the facility. At the January Chamber Forum, panelists Tricia Everest, Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council (OCCJA) chair; Greg Williams, OCCJA CEO; and Tim Tardibono, OCCJA executive director, will discuss how these changes will impact the Oklahoma County Jail and what additional changes are needed as Oklahoma County continues to tackle the issue of justice reform moving forward. The forum will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 50th Floor of Vast, 333 W Sheridan Ave. Tickets are $35 for Chamber members and $50 for nonmembers. Register online at www.okcchamber.com/januaryforum. Special thanks to Series Corporate Sponsor ADG.

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Register for events online and view a complete event calendar at okcchamber.com/events.

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Attend this annual breakfast to hear key insights from our state’s legislative leaders on the top issues that will be debated at the State Capitol in 2020. This event is a perfect opportunity to meet area legislators, network with other professionals and learn more about how public policy impacts your business. Mark your calendar and attend the Legislative Breakfast Jan. 30 Tickets are $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Register at okcchamber.com/ legislativebreakfast. Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor The Boeing Company and Government Relations Benefactors Devon Energy.

Mayor Holt to deliver annual State of the City address Feb. 26 Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt reflect on his second year in office, including the recent MAPS 4 vote results, and project where the city is headed in the future. More than 1,500 of OKC’s business leaders are expected to attend this event on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.,m., at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens. 2020 Chamber Chair Percy Kirk will highlight the Chamber’s strategic objectives for the coming year. Tickets are $60 for Chamber members and $100 for nonmembers. Table sponsorships seating 10 are available for $1,500. To register, visit okcchamber. com/soc. Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor The Professional Basketball Club, LLC - Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Criminal Justice Reform efforts show positive results I n response to growing concerns about chronic overcrowding in the Oklahoma County jail, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber in December 2015 created a task force to evaluate Oklahoma County’s criminal justice system. With collaboration and input from a diverse group of community members, the

The chart below shows how that number compares to one-day jail population snapshots taken on Oct. 31 going back two decades. The two highest numbers were 2,598 on Oct. 31, 2004 and more recently, 2,581 on Oct. 31, 2015. “When we notified the Vera Institute for Justice of this one-year average number, they were pleased with our progress,” Tardibono noted. “They were glad to see the continued progress Oklahoma County has made in reducing the overuse of the jail. By being more intentional about the use of the jail, Oklahoma County has achieved real change in just a few years, reducing the average daily jail population by over 30 percent since 2015. This historic progress, accomplished by the work of CJAC partners and community stakeholders, should be celebrated. However, the celebration should be tempered by the reality that CJAC partners still have work to do since even at 1,663, the jail is still overcrowded at 140 percent of designed capacity,” Tardibono said. While the efforts of the council has been effective, Tardibono knows that there are still challenges ahead. “It’s totally appropriate to reflect on the headway that we have achieved,” he said. “But any celebration should quickly give wat to the sober and formidable tasks still ahead for the CJAC and its partner agencies in expanding criminal justice in Oklahoma County.”

Chamber contracted with the Vera Institute of Justice to perform an initial analysis and make recommendations for reform of the county criminal justice system. One of the main recommendations of the Vera report was the establishment of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC). CJAC Executive Director Timothy Tardibono said that, since its formation in November 2017, the council has focused on creating oversight and accountability mechanisms for the local justice system, reduction of jail admissions for municipal violations and low-level misdemeanors, creation of a fair and efficient pretrial release process, identifying and addressing district court case processing delays, expanding meaningful diversion program options – with a focus on those with mental illness and substance abuse disorders – and reducing the impact of judicial system fines and fees. “For the past year, from Oct. 1, 2018, to Oct. 31, 2019, the CJAC tracked the daily jail population and created a monthly average total from those daily numbers,” he said. “No previous year-long data tracking effort has ever been conducted for the Oklahoma County jail. The data reveals that the one-year average for jail population is 1,663.”

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Oklahoma County Jail Totals Total Population

2598

2581

2332

2171

2152

1938

1663

Oct. 2018- Oct. 20191 year average

Oct. 31, 1999 Oct. 31, 2004 Oct. 31, 2009 Oct. 31, 2012 Oct. 31, 2015 Oct.31, 2017

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Citizens Advisory Board oversees MAPS projects

W hen Oklahoma City residents voted on the third rendition of the Metropolitan Area Projects in 2009, they knew it would be years before the first item started coming out of the ground. Like the MAPS initiatives before it, the projects aren’t built until the money is available. MAPS 3 construction started in 2012 and is expected to continue into 2021. As the projects come to life, the Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) keeps a watchful eye over the work, from where each item will be built to construction bids, and other details that follow. Tom McDaniel has chaired the CAB for MAPS 3 since its inception in 2010. He was asked to lead by former Mayor Mick Cornett, who set up the structure a few months after MAPS 3 was approved. Cornett said at the time that the MAPS 3 board was a combination of the best qualities of the MAPS Citizens

Oversight Board, the MAPS for Kids Trust and the Sports Facilities Oversight Board. McDaniel said the appointment came at a good time, as he was retiring from being the president of Oklahoma City University and was looking for a way to help the city. “I was very excited about the direction our city was going,” he said. “I have three children and five grandchildren so I wanted to do something to help.” The board has 11 members. Each of the eight council wards nominate a resident to serve. There are two at-large positions, including McDaniel’s, and a spot reserved for a city council representative, which rotates annually. Board members are appointed to three-year terms with the appointments staggered so that some positions expire and are eligible for re-appointment each year. There are no term limits; however, board members may be removed at any time. McDaniel said this structure has been helpful in

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CAB Chairman Tom McDaniel addresses the crowd at the opening of the MAPS 3 Scissortail Park.

promoting constructive dialogue. He said the board not only has diversity in terms of where people live, but there’s a diversity of thought as well. “We have people that come from all walks of life, who look at things differently,” he said. “When you’re spending the taxpayer’s money, it’s good to get a broad view.” Nathaniel Harding was asked to fill the Ward 6 seat. Like McDaniel, he said he took the position because he wanted to make sure the projects were something his three children would want to use and be proud to have in their city. “I wanted to make sure what was promised in the campaign was delivered,” he said. In MAPS 3, the projects have also been overseen by a subcommittee, which includes members who are more experts on the item and its use. Harding heads the streetcar subcommittee. He said that’s where the finer details on the project get discussed.

“By the time (the proposal) gets to the advisory board, it’s more about overall budget and timing,” he said. “The perspective of both groups are really important because we leave no stone left unturned. We don’t agree 100% of the time, but everyone’s been professional and good to work with. But we’ve been able to stay on time and on budget. That discussion takes time, especially as a proposal moves from subcommittee to CAB to city council. But the structure of MAPS allows for that time, which has created the success that has been seen with the initiatives, said McDaniel. “It was designed to be a deliberative process,” McDaniel said. “A deliberative process usually affords better results than one that is done in the name of speed.” “It’s been a very satisfying experience to see how our city works and to see all the other volunteers who care so much about our city,” he said. “It’s been one of the most rewarding opportunities of my life.”

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Digital technology and services company opens OKC office

TTEC Holdings, Inc., a leading digital global customer experience technology and services company focused on the design, implementation and delivery of transformative solutions for many of the world’s most iconic and disruptive brands, recently hosted a grand opening of its Oklahoma City facility. “TTEC is proud to be a part of Oklahoma City, with its community-wide focus on education and training, as well as its significant military and veteran population,” said Darryl Prater, Senior Vice President of Operations, TTEC. “Our new brand ambassadors are service- minded, eager to further their professional development, and create captivating experiences for the customers they serve.”

“We could not be happier for TTEC to officially begin their operations in Oklahoma City,” said Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President and CEO Roy H. Williams. “Beyond the jobs and economic impact they will provide, TTEC brings a reputation of being a great partner in the community, especially with the military and veteran communities. We are excited to see their impact in the community for years to come.” Community partners who were instrumental in the establishment of TTEC’s operations in Oklahoma City, included the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, City of Oklahoma City, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, and Oklahoma Works.

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R esidents and visitors to downtown Oklahoma City can enjoy a collection of more than 30 holiday events and activities this winter. Downtown in December is back for its 18th year and is made possible through generous sponsorships from local businesses and organizations. Each holiday season, the Myriad Botanical Gardens transforms its seasonal plaza into the Devon Ice Rink. This signature attraction is returning for its ninth year and is open seven days a week at the corner of Robinson Avenue and Sheridan Avenue. Admission is $13 per person with skate rental and $8 per person with personal skates. The Devon Ice Rink will be open through Feb. 2. Santa Claus is coming to town! Children and families can visit Santa and other holiday characters, make crafts, listen to live music, and more. Visits with Santa are first come, first served. Guests should register on-site upon arrival and bring their own camera to take photos with Santa. See the historic buildings of Automobile Alley in a whole new light during Automobile Alley’s Light Display. More than 230,000 colorful LED lights will curtain the buildings along ten blocks of North Broadway and side streets making for a magical holiday destination through Jan. 11. The Bricktown Canal Light Display will brighten your Bricktown experience through Jan. 11. Stroll the canal and enjoy the dining and shopping throughout Bricktown, OKC’s premier entertainment district, under the holiday lights. The display is free to the public and begins at dusk each evening. EMBARK is celebrating the Oklahoma City Streetcar’s first year of service with free rides on the Oklahoma City Streetcars on weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) through Jan. 5 in celebration of their one-year anniversary. For a complete listing of Downtown in December activities, visit www.DowntowninDecember.com.

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The holidays come alive downtown in December

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GRAND OPENINGS Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are a great member benefit. To view more photos, see the schedule of upcoming Grand Openings or subscribe to the Grand Openings calendar, visit www.okcchamber.com/grandopenings.

Herbology 718 N. Broadway Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102

OU Physicians Grand Prairie 6001 NW 139th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73142

Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County 3535 N. Western Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Brookdale Oklahoma City Southwest 10001 S. May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73159

Waxing the City 5801 N. May Ave., Suite 106 Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Bubba’s 33 6212 SW 3rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73128

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Loveworks Leadership (Wristworld) 5 SW 104th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73139

Suited for Success 4557 NW 23rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73127

Rivers’ Edge Design, Inc. 9494 N. May Ave. The Village, OK 73120

TransGlobal Services LLC 11901 N. Morgan Road Oklahoma City, OK 73099

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ECONOMIC INDICATORS Oklahoma City ranks 8th for least expensive cities for retirees

Top 10 Least Expensive Cities for Retirees

Rank City

65 and Over Population

% of Overall Population

• WalletHub ranked OKC No. 8 out of 270 selected urban area for being one of the Least Expensive Cities for Retirees • The data incorporates the costs of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services • They also adjusted the data to increase the weight of health-care expenses, as these costs tend to become increasingly important in retirement

1 Laredo, TX 2 Memphis, TN 3 Knoxville, TN

24,306 81,617 23,584 12,064 184,178 25,490 8,880

9%

13% 13% 19% 14% 12% 13%

4 Huntington, W Va. 5 Fort Smith, AK 6 San Antonio, TX

7 Amarillo, TX

8 Oklahoma City, OK

78,047

12%

9 Toledo, OH 10 Jackson, MS

38,854 20,776

14% 12%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates & Council for Community and Economic Research, Q2 2019 Cost of Living Index

For comprehensive Economic Indicators and Regional Data, please visit your Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Economic Development Division at greateroklahomacity.com/ economicindicators or contact Eric Long, Research Economist – 405-297-8976; elong@okcchamber.com

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

COR E Brainxcite Nonprofit / Service Agencies Ms. Linda Tracy..................... 260-8162 903 W. Sheridan Ave., Suite C414 9025 SW 38th Terrace Oklahoma City, OK 73179 www.brainxcite.com COR E Chisel Creative Advertising Agencies Mr. Dan Martel...................................... 3839 S. Boulevard, Suite 250 Edmond, OK 73013 www.chiselcreative.com COR E Legacy Mineral Advisors, LLC Oil Land Leases Mr. Jacob Klingenberg............ 849-5649 2601 NW Expressway, Suite 1200W Oklahoma City, OK 73112 www.themineraladvisors.com COR E Livingston Properties Property Management Ms. Gina M. Foxhoven........... 606-8217 726 W. Sheridan Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102 www.livingston-properties.com COR E Loveworks Leadership, Inc. Nonprofit / Service Agencies Mr. Michael Hirsch................ 397-9576 Management Services / Consultants Mr. James Bygland................ 345-1950 6800 Cave Creek Pt. Edmond, OK 73034-5111 www.premierintegrationplus.com COR E Progress OKC, Community Develop- ment Corporation Inc. Nonprofit / Service Agencies Mrs. Maurianna Adams......... 816-8786 105 N. Hudson Ave., Suite 101 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 www.progressokc.org 151 12th Ave. SE, Suite 100 Norman, OK 73071-4958 www.loveworksleadership.org COR E Premier Integration Plus

COR E PureVida Water Water Treatment

COR E US Health Advisors Insurance Mr. Ernest Diaz...................... 938-9323 21344 Backhorn Road Edmond, OK 73012 www.usagent.com/ernestdiaz COR E The Wilshire Assisted Living / Nursing Homes Ms. Gail Chapa..................... 478-0531 505 E. Wilshire Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105

ADV I SOR Frank Franzese & Co Consultants Mr. Frank Franzese................ 320-0030 407 W. Covell Road, Suite 32224 ADV I SOR TTEC Call Centers Mr. Daniel Sarco...........(303) 397-8109 7725 W. Reno Ave., Suite 375 9197 S. Peoria St. Englewood, CO 80112 www.ttecjobs.com EME RG I NG L E AD E R Razzoo’s Inc. Restaurants Mr. Philip M. Parsons...(972) 233-6399 1340 W. Memorial Road 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 450 Dallas, TX 75248-3356 www.razzoos.com A S SOC I A T E Fairfield Inn & Suites OKC Down- town Hotels & Motels Ms. Roshani Patel................. 604-5050 10 SW 4th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73109 www.marriott.com/okcdf A S SOC I A T E Land Information Services, LLC Oil & Gas Field Services Mr. Wade Brawley................. 706-8819 7304 N. Classen Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73116-7114 www.lislv.com COR E Bourbon St. Cafe Restaurants Mr. David Southard............... 232-6666 100 E. California Ave. Edmond, OK 73003-2345 www.frankfranzese.com

Ms. Kari Huskey.................... 407-1020 3000 W. Memorial Road, Suite 123-714 Oklahoma City, OK 73120-6101 www.purevidawater.com COR E Rivers’ Edge Design, Inc. Interior Decorators & Designers Mr. Jeremiah Rivers............... 387-2930 9494 N. May Ave. P.O. Box 937

Newcastle, OK 73065 www.redincdesign.com

Members Upgrade Their Support of the Chamber

The following member companies increased their investment in the Chamber, demonstrating strong support of the Chamber’s efforts to drive the region’s economy. To increase your investment, contact the membership division of the Chamber at 405-297-8949 or membership@okcchamber.com.

ADV I SOR The Mahid Law Firm, LLC (A Virtual business Law Firm) Attorneys / Lawyers Ms. Zehra Mahid, Esq.. (833) 907-0883 2612 Portofino Place, Suite 100 Edmond, OK 73034 www.zehramahidlaw.com

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DAVID HAGER Devon Energy Corporation Vice Chair, Forward Oklahoma City STEVE HAHN AT&T Oklahoma Vice Chair, Membership JUDY J. HATFIELD, CCIM Equity Commercial Realty, LLC Vice Chair, Military and Aerospace BRADLEY W. KRIEGER Arvest Bank Vice Chair, Government Relations BILL LANCE The Chickasaw Nation Vice Chair, Member Health Care Initiative TOM J. MCDANIEL American Fidelity Foundation Vice Chair, MAPS Development 2019 OFFICERS

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