2020 January POINT!

Chamber-assisted companies add 4,658 jobs in 2019 T he Greater Oklahoma City Chamber saw a successful year in 2019 as it continued to pursue economic development opportunities

Diagnostics, a start-up healthcare “big data” analytics company expanding in the Oklahoma City metro region; TTEC, a third-party back-office company supporting insurance and finance industry clients announcing 350 new jobs in western Oklahoma City; and Bakery Bling, a California-based bakery operation relocating their headquarters operation and expanding their manufacturing presence into a space in western Oklahoma City. The company is projecting 300 new jobs at this location. “We continue to see expansion opportunities in aerospace, back-office, shared services and regional office headquarter operations and more projects seeking manufacturing and logistics opportunities in our market,” Seymour said. “These opportunities signal the Oklahoma City region’s competitive stance for new investment and diversification and see community investments in quality-of-life, education and community support, bolstering our potential for additional new job creation.” Other retail announcements include: Chicken N Pickle; Homeland Corporate headquarters and grocery store; Bubba’s 33 (sports bar/restaurant); and food hall Parlor OKC.

for the region. Greater Oklahoma City saw significant investment by companies in the Greater Oklahoma City region during 2019. In total, 4,658 new jobs are projected in the region including eight new recruitment projects, seven company expansion projects and 74 local companies indicating local growth. For this growth, the average projected wage is $69,561 with anticipated local investment of $963 million. “Oklahoma City is seeing increased momentum in its economic development efforts, as evidenced by the significant number of jobs announced this year by both new and existing companies,” said Jeff Seymour, executive vice president for economic development at the Chamber. “Oklahoma City exemplifies that companies want to locate and grow in communities that invest in their own quality of life.” A few key announcements for the region include: Cobham, a European aerospace company who announced a new facility in Midwest City supporting workload at Tinker Air Force Base; Burris Logistics, a new cold-storage warehouse facility that renovated and opened a facility in Northern Oklahoma City; Aevus

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