economic development

Oklahoma Voices
11:29 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Why Oklahoma City, Other Metropolitan Areas Are Crucial To The Economy

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Author and Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program fellow Jennifer Bradley argues that cities like Oklahoma City are vital to a post-recession economy. During Oklahoma City’s 2014 Mayor’s Development Roundtable in May, she said she admires Oklahoma’s progress and improvement.

“When it comes to building a livable, sustainable, and economically viable place, there’s no such thing as finished,” Bradley says.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:01 am
Mon July 14, 2014

VIDEO: Canadian City Planner On What Oklahoma City Can Learn From Vancouver

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Since 2002, Oklahoma City’s mayor has hosted a Development Roundtable to bring together local leaders and outside experts for conversation about the city’s expansion, progress, and improvement.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Top Business Stories: Earthquake Insurance, Energy, Hogs And Yukon

United States Geological Survey Oklahoma Seismicity Map - 1970 to June 17, 2014
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Strong Earthquakes In Central Oklahoma Have Some Looking For Insurance That May Be Difficult To Get.

About 100 companies offer quake insurance in Oklahoma, the state insurance commissioner says. But most of them won’t start a policy until we have gone without a quake for 30 days.

Since November, there have been more than 265 events between magnitude 1 and 4.3 in Central Oklahoma.

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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.
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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.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:26 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Cast-off State Parks Thrive Under Tribal Control, But Not Without Some Struggle

Rick Geisler, manager of Wah-Sha-She Park in Osage County, stands on the shore of Hula Lake.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

When budget cuts led the Oklahoma tourism department to find new homes for seven state parks in 2011, two of them went to Native American tribes. Both are open and doing well, but each has faced its own difficulties in the transition.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:27 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

OK Policy Poll: Voters Oppose Tax Incentives For Horizontal Drilling

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A new poll shows 64 percent of Oklahoma voters oppose state tax incentives for horizontal drilling and support eliminating the incentive to pay for other government services.

Oklahoma levies a 7 percent tax on oil and gas production, but the horizontal drilling incentive lowers the rate to 1 percent for the first 48 months of production. The incentive expires in 2015, and some Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing to make the reduced rate permanent.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:57 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Some Parks Oklahoma Offloaded To Save Money Are Thriving Under Local Control

Mike Hancock has been the manager at Brushy Lake Park since 1980.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

In April 2011, Oklahoma was dealing with a half-billion dollar budget shortfall, and the state tourism department had just decided to offload seven of its parks to save money.

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Economic Development
12:54 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Study: $6 Billion Spent On Oklahoma Wind Energy

A wind turbine near Calumet, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A study commissioned by The Wind Coalition says developers have invested more than $6 billion in Oklahoma's wind energy industry.

The study released Wednesday says there are 26 active wind farms in the state. Oklahoma ranks sixth in the nation in the amount of wind energy generated for consumers. That's enough to power almost 770,000 homes each year.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:32 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Federal Government Shutdown Cut Visitation At Oklahoma Park Sites By Half

Dick Duhn, owner of Arbuckle RV Resort, said business was down more than 50 percent during the government shutdown.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

The U.S. government shutdown in October 2013 was the culmination of a national political fight over federal budgeting, but its effects were felt far from Washington, D.C., including at two federal park sites in Oklahoma.

Sulphur, Okla. relies heavily on the tourism revenue it gets as a result of being attached to the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge, which was shutdown for the first half of October along with the rest of the country’s national parks and wildlife refuges.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:29 am
Thu January 30, 2014

The Legacy And Challenges Of A State Question That Shapes Bills Decades Later

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When the 2014 legislative session starts Feb. 3, state lawmakers will face more than 2,000 bills and resolutions, and are expected to have $170 million less to spend than last year. They will also be confronted by agency heads, most of which will argue, publicly, for more money.

Many of the bills under consideration this year address revenue and spending, directly. Republican measures to cut the income tax, for example, or gross production taxes on oil and gas activity the energy industry would like to reduce.

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