Make a resolution to stay engaged in 2019
The start of the new year often comes with the decision to set (and hopefully stick to) resolutions. Health, finance and hobbies are all fair game for new goals, but I want to offer an idea for a resolution that will benefit the entire community.
I want to encourage every member of our business community to stay engaged in 2019, especially in the political process. Next month, residents of several Oklahoma City Wards will have the opportunity to shape our City’s future. Oklahoma City Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8 have candidates who will stand for election on Feb. 12. While municipal elections typically have the lowest voter turnout, the results of those elections have a direct, tangible impact on the path that Oklahoma City will take in the coming years. Make sure you, your family and your colleagues are registered to vote by Jan. 18 in order to participate in this election.
Another important opportunity to stay engaged comes on Feb. 4, when the Oklahoma State Legislature convenes for its first official meeting of the session. The Chamber represents the voice of business in the community, but we rely upon the perspectives of our members to increase our impact. Later this month, we will release our 2019 Public Policy Guide, a publication that acts as our playbook for our advocacy efforts at the State Capitol. Take the time to read that publication, and most importantly, call your elected officials to make your voice heard. As Greater Oklahoma City approaches the new challenges and opportunities of 2018, resolve to stay engaged. The region depends upon your unique perspective.
Roy H. Williams, CCE
Chamber CEO & President