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.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:12 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Three Energy Stories Making Headlines In Oklahoma This Week

With billboards pointing toward Oklahoma City and messages about booming careers and less traffic in Oklahoma City, Continental Resources is promoting itself in Houston. The energy company is making a connection, as revealed on online applications.
Continental Resources The Journal Record

Oklahoma City made national headlines last week when a few stations on the south side started selling gasoline for less than $2 per gallon.

Friday morning West Texas Intermediate crude oil was trading below $60 per barrel, with Brent crude right around $63.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:49 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Conifer Commerce: Oklahoma's Lingering Drought Means Higher Prices, Smaller Trees

Joseph Hollowell and Drew Polk hold a Christmas tree in the tree shaker at Sorghum Mill Tree Farm in Edmond.
Credit Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The weather is turning colder, and it’s been wet and dreary all week, so Oklahoma’s long-term drought doesn’t necessarily come to mind the way it does during the summer month.

We’ve discussed the effects of Oklahoma’s drought on the cattle ranching industry, but the ongoing climate event also impacts a different kind of agricultural worker – Christmas tree farmers.

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Business Intelligence Report
7:51 am
Fri November 21, 2014

What Japanese Automakers Can Teach Oklahoma City Hospitals About ER Efficiency

George Rainy pushes an electrocardiogram machine through the emergency department at St. Anthony Hospital in downtown Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

It’s the time of year when a lot of people are thinking about health care. Many private employers’ option periods just wrapped up, and on November 15 annual enrollment opened for the Affordable Care Act.

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Business Intelligence Report
8:38 am
Fri November 14, 2014

New Commericial Developments In Western Oklahoma City Could Bring Increased Tax Revenue

A layout of the planned $50 million, 450,000-square-foot retail development at the intersection of NW 10th Street, N. Czech Hall Road, and Interstate 40 near Yukon.
Courtesy Rendering The Journal Record

The Interstate 40 corridor in western Oklahoma City and Yukon is growing fast and some companies are looking at development prospects in the area.

The Journal Record's Molly Fleming reports GBT Realty Corp. plans to build a $50 million, 450,000-square-foot retail development on 80 acres at the intersection of NW 10th Street, N. Czech Hall Road, and Interstate 40 near Yukon.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:30 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Urban Renewal Authority Considers Downtown Oklahoma City Development Proposals

The former site of Stage Center and future home of OGE Energy Corp. headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

Editor's note: The audio version of this story contains language that could be misleading. Written proposals from Clayco and Milhaus both discuss plans for a public-private partnership, and government incentives.

Downtown Oklahoma City is growing and there is need for more office, commercial and residential space. The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority called a meeting this past Tuesday to talk about the empty lot at the southwest corner of Sheridan and Hudson avenues.

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Business Intelligence Report
8:37 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Some Oklahoma Concert Promoters Worried About Live Music Market Saturation

A worker repairs a sign above the Chevy Bricktown Events Center in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Reocrd

There's no shortage of large and small live music venues across Oklahoma.

In Oklahoma City, the owners of the Wormy Dog Saloon in Bricktown told The Journal Record's Molly Fleming they're partnering with a Colorado investor to open a 4,200-person venue sometime late next year. But some promoters are concerned.

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Business Intelligence Report
7:24 am
Fri October 24, 2014

More Oklahoma Companies Find Advantages To Owning Small, Private Aircraft

Bryan Christiansen, manager of the Jet Center at Christiansen Aviation, says saving time and fewer distractions are two big advantages to private plane ownership.
Rip Stell The Journal Record

Oklahoma has long been a regional hub of aviation, with three U.S. Air Force bases, Boeing’s facility in the Oklahoma City metro, and the University of Oklahoma’s aviation program operating out of Max Westheimer Airport in Norman.

There’s an image of corporate jet owners as evil, Gordon Gekko-type CEOs flying around the country on a whim. But many small and medium-sized businesses are finding it makes sense to invest in aircraft.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:24 am
Fri October 17, 2014

City Council And Planning Commission Hope planOKC Will Cut Back Urban Sprawl

Urbanative Wikimedia Commons

On Tuesday the City Council of Oklahoma City met for a “rare joint workshop” meeting with the Oklahoma City Planning Commission.

They were looking over planOKC - sort-of a guideline for growth over the 621 square mile community that’s one of the largest in the country based on geographic boundaries.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:37 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Oklahoma City's Next Food Truck Park Could Bring New Life To Farmers Market District

The recently opened Bleu Garten food truck park along NW 10th Street in Oklahoma City
Corbin Greer KGOU

One side effect of Oklahoma City’s urban renewal has been a booming food truck industry.

The popular monthly H&8th festival closes out its seven month-long 2014 season October 31, and last month a permanent food truck park opened along NW 10th Street between the Midtown and Automobile Alley areas of Oklahoma City.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:35 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Lingering Drought, Low Wheat Yields Could Cause Higher Beef Prices

Cattle at the Oklahoma City Stockyards.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

On Wednesday Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus released figures showing it's been a dry September. Oklahoma only averaged 2.6 inches of rainfall, which is roughly 33 percent below normal.

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