Business Intelligence Report
5:03 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Top Business Stories: Homeless Count, Courting Cabela's

Dan Straughan, right, executive director of the Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance, fields questions after presenting the results of an annual survey of the city’s homeless population at United Way headquarters in Oklahoma City on Friday.
Dan Straughan, right, executive director of the Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance, fields questions after presenting the results of an annual survey of the city’s homeless population at United Way headquarters in Oklahoma City on Friday.
Credit Samuel Perry/The Journal Record

The number of homeless people in Oklahoma City appears to be falling, but advocates say they could help more people find a place to live, if they had more workers to help.

A recent survey found about 1,400 homeless people in Oklahoma City. That’s about 380 people less than last year.

The Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance said that it has enough housing for 10 people each month. But it only has enough caseworkers to help two people a month manage the change.

Studies say that every person with a place to lives saves the city $27,000 in police work and other costs.

A Cabela's near Fort Worth, Texas.
A Cabela's near Fort Worth, Texas.
Credit Matt Howry / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust is considering helping an outdoor sporting goods retailer come to Oklahoma City.

The Alliance for Economic Development wants to lure Cabela’s, a competitor of Bass Pro Shops.

Members of the trust said they want to take time to make sure the deal makes sense, but it could be a chance to increase sales tax revenue.

When Bass Pro moved to Bricktown, it received $19 million dollars in assistance.

Wilshire Gun Range
Wilshire Gun Range
Credit Wilshire Gun Range

The Oklahoma City Council has approved a liquor license for a gun range. The Wilshire Gun Range wants to offer 24 firearms lanes, 10 archery lanes – and a café with alcohol.

The owners of the range say that people will have to scan an ID before shooting or ordering a cold one. Customers wouldn’t be allowed to use the range after drinking.

Wilshire Gun still needs a license from the alcohol commission.

The buffalo corral near Bricktown, Oklahoma City.
The buffalo corral near Bricktown, Oklahoma City.
Credit Chimpanz APe / Flickr Creative Commons

Two groups are hunting buffalo in Oklahoma City. Downtown OKC Inc. and the Nature Conservancy want to locate about 50 fiberglass sculptures that were painted and displayed starting in 2004. The project raised money for the conservancy. Some of the colorful bison have been well maintained, others have been sold, and some are just lost.

Downtown OKC said it would like to refurbish some of the animals.

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