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O’Connor: Districts are a great investment

Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Thriving, unique commercial districts add immense value, celebrate our cultural diversity and support Oklahoma City’s economic development efforts.

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Economic growth projected to continue, report finds

Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019

According to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s 2019 Economic Forecast, the Oklahoma City metro economy is expected to continue its growth after a healthy year in 2018. Positive Oklahoma City metro job growth in 2019 is expected to increase by 2.1 percent or 13,600 jobs. However, a modest slowdown in activity could be forthcoming and the state and local economies are vulnerable to national uncertainties. If national conditions weaken in the second half of 2019, this could result in a noticeable drag on local and state forecasted growth.

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OKC's Opportunity Zones provide incentives for investment

Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019

An Opportunity Zone is a designation created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 allowing for certain investments in lower income areas to have tax advantages. The purpose of this program is to put capital to work that would otherwise be locked up due to the asset holder's unwillingness to trigger a capital gains tax.

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Beef jerky company owner chasing bigger market share

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2019

J.R. Towe wants a bigger slice of the beef jerky market.

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Coolgreens to add locations beyond state lines

Published Monday, February 11, 2019

The new Coolgreens menu is anticipated to help the Oklahoma City-based restaurant company expand outside state lines.

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New public art projects commissioned

Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019

If you only think of monuments when you hear the term “public art,” you need to schedule a public art tour of Oklahoma City. Since adoption in 2009 of an initiative that requires 1 percent of the construction budget for public projects to be spent on public art, Oklahoma City’s public art scene has significantly changed. There are now dozens of murals, sculptures and art installations across the city.

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Wes Anderson-infused Banquet Cinema to open this month

Published Monday, February 4, 2019

Infused with the spirit of iconic filmmaker Wes Anderson, Banquet Cinema is set to introduce Oklahoma City to a new way approach to viewing movies that combines a pub with two theaters showing new and classic movies, televised sports and other community favorites.

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OKC becomes a "gigacity"

Published Friday, February 1, 2019

It's well-known among politicians, investors and entrepreneurs that the Internet — and access to it — is an economic engine. It helps connect Americans to education and government services. It serves as a platform for new ideas and companies that wind up changing the world. And it reduces costs for consumers and businesses everywhere.

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