Business Intelligence Report

Fridays at 6:44 a.m., 8:44 a.m., 12:35 p.m., and 5:44 p.m.

A weekly feature produced in partnership with the Journal Record, Oklahoma's weekday newspaper and website specializing in business, legislative and legal news. Managing Editor Adam Brooks and Journal Record reporters keep you up-to-date on business and economic development in the state.

Genre: 

Pages

Business Intelligence Report
6:33 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Chemical Controversy Festering As Norman, Midwest City Disagree Over Water Plan

Kevin Anders, standing at the lectern, who represents Midwest City on the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District board, engaged in an exchange with council members Tuesday about whether he would support the water reuse plan.
Sarah Terry-Cobo The Journal Record

Tuesday night the city council in Midwest City approved a non-binding resolution rejecting a water proposal that would put treated wastewater back in Lake Thunderbird.

The large reservoir about 10 miles east of Norman is shared by the two communities, as well as Del City. All three draw raw water from the lake, but two city officials disagree over how and where to treat the wastewater in the supply chain.

Read more
Business Intelligence Report
6:40 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Gun Ruling Sparks Concern About Norman Music Festival, Arts Festival Aims For Zero Waste

The 2011 Norman Music Festival
Rob Bennett Flickr

It's springtime in Oklahoma, festival season is getting underway, and two of the Metro's biggest kicked off this week.

The eighth Norman Music Festival opened Thursday night - with one of the most controversial lead-ups in recent memory.

Read more
Business Intelligence Report
6:37 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Technological And Engineering Lessons From The Oklahoma City Bombing

An American Red Cross volunteer hugs a victim after the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995.
Credit Provided / American Red Cross

All this week we’ve looked back at the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building as the 20th anniversary approaches – from some of the lingering mental health issues, to a new play that tells survivors’ stories, to how the recovery from the tragedy sparked downtown Oklahoma City’s renaissance.

On April 19, four employees of the Oklahoma Historical Society were injured while working in the Journal Record building across the street from the Murrah building. They ended up in four different hospitals, with little to no way to coordinate communication. That’s one of the biggest challenges the American Red Cross faced that day, according to The Journal Record’s Kirby Lee Davis:

Read more
Business Intelligence Report
6:27 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Even With Downtown Parking Woes, Oklahoma City Still Opposes Rideshare Regulations

Taxis are parked outside Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

The ride-sharing industry in Oklahoma has gone largely unregulated since Uber first arrived in Oklahoma City in 2013. The services have been challenged by limousine and taxi operators, but there’s little in the way of formal rules for how Uber, or its major competitor Lyft, can operate.

House Bill 1614 would change that. Whenever a driver turns on the app and are transporting or picking up passengers, a $1 million liability insurance policy would apply.

Read more
Business Intelligence Report
6:43 am
Fri April 3, 2015

More (Political) Red Means Less Green For Oklahoma; Feds Table Tribal Recycling

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their Nov. 29, 2012 lunch.
Pete Souza The White House

For the past three presidential election cycles, Oklahoma has cemented its status as the “reddest of the red states.” No Democratic presidential candidate has won a single county in Oklahoma since Al Gore in 2000, and in 2004 neither incumbent President George W. Bush nor Democratic nominee John Kerry visited the state nor spent any advertising dollars here.

Oklahoma received only $1,300 in ad revenue from national GOP and Democratic organizations during the 2012 election cycle, according to campaign finance data analyzed by FairVote and The Journal Record's Brian Brus:

Read more
Business Intelligence Report
6:38 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Ongoing Corporation Commission Hearing To Determine Potential 15-20 Percent Utility Rate Hike

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

For the past several weeks the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has heard from attorneys for Oklahoma Gas & Electric regarding the utility’s request for approval to spend $1.1 billion.

Read more
Business Intelligence Report
6:42 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Using Cox Center Site As Convention Center Solution Could Cost 85 Percent Of Contracts

Sue Wyglendowski grooms one of the 16 collies she brought from Mantua, Ohio, for the 2015 Collie Club of America National Specialty Show at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City Tuesday.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

Last week, Oklahoma City said it would reopen the search process for the site of the MAPS 3 convention center, and on Tuesday the city council voted to abandon the originally planned location near the Myriad Gardens.

Read more
Business Intelligence Report
6:45 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Future Of MAPS 3 Convention Center Uncertain After Oklahoma City Drops Land Bid

The previous site plan for the downtown Oklahoma City convention center.
Courtesy rendering The Journal Record

Tuesday afternoon Oklahoma City leaders announced they would start looking for a new site for the convention center that's part of the Metropolitan Area Projects, or MAPS 3, proposal voters approved in 2009.

Read more
Business Intelligence Report
6:58 am
Fri February 27, 2015

South Oklahoma City Gets New Economic Label, Millennial Housing Trends Questioned

Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, at Interstates 35 and 240 in Oklahoma City, has merchant tenancy above 50 percent.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

On Tuesday the city council of Oklahoma City voted to create two new business improvement districts, or BIDs, in south Oklahoma City.

One will be along SW 29th Street between May Ave. and Shields Blvd., and the other calls for spending $22,000 with the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce to improve the area around Interstate 240 that runs from I-35 to I-44.

Read more
Business Intelligence Report
5:59 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Chesapeake-McClendon Suit Raises Hazy Corporate Law Issues, Could Drag On For Years

American Energy Partners, LP founder and CEO Aubrey McClendon, who co-founded Chesapeake Energy in 1989.
Provided The Journal Record

One of the country’s major oil and natural gas producers, and a huge driver of Oklahoma City’s and the state’s economy, filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging its founder and former CEO stole trade secrets during his final days at Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

Aubrey McClendon has been no stranger to the controversy. In 2012 the Chesapeake board of directors significantly curtailed his responsibility, before he eventually stepped down during the first half of 2013.

Read more

Pages