Economic growth, cooperation are key to OKC’s future I n the pages of last month’s Point, you read the article about the release of our 2020 Economic Forecast, which predicted a gain of 2,900 jobs to our local metro economy over the next year. While that is a large number (and indeed any gain is a positive), this figure represents a relative slowdown compared to 2019, when 7,900 jobs were added, and as such, one could term our outlook on the next year as “cautiously optimistic.” We at the Chamber, alongside our many partners involved in the economic development process and profession, remain focused on the type of economic diversification that can help improve our metro’s relative exposure to cyclical downturns inherent in many industries, particularly energy. By working together, OKC has made significant strides. In fact, it’s this togetherness that made cutting-edge and difficult projects work, like the transformations of the former GM plant and BNSF railyard to job- producing programs at Tinker AFB, bringing the Skirvin back to life, and renewing a former brownfield site along the Oklahoma River to create the home of the DellEMC facility. It takes all of us working together to grow our economy and continue to diversify our industry base. Since 1996, our partners, leveraging the power of the Chamber’s Forward Oklahoma City economic development program have helped to do just that. My hope is that we will continue this spirit of cooperation every time we have the opportunity to attract a new manufacturing plant, back-office facility, research and development lab and beyond. After all, our future economic prosperity depends on it.
Roy H. Williams, CCE President & CEO
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Roy H. Williams, CCE Chamber CEO & President
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