Reflecting on a successful year
As 2018 comes to a close, it’s natural to study the past 12 months in the Oklahoma City region before we launch into the challenges and opportunities of a new year. Reflecting on the past year displays how 2018 was one of growing momentum. The year included several significant business expansions and recruitments, including the recent ribbon cutting of Kratos Defense & Security Solution’s manufacturing facility, the grand opening of CACI International’s shared service center, the grand opening of SkyWest Airlines facility; the expansion announcement of Booz Allen and its software, cybersecurity and systems engineering work in Oklahoma City and the announcement that Tinker would service the B-21 Bomber. These are just a small sample of the increased activity we have seen in our economic development pipeline.
Not only did we see solid development in our economy, but we also saw steady progress made on public projects. With the OKC Streetcar route complete (and service beginning this month), a second senior health and wellness center opening in south Oklahoma City, and significant construction taking place on our MAPS 3 downtown convention center and Scissortail Park, our investments are paying off—and this doesn’t include the ongoing work of the City of Oklahoma City to improve our streets and infrastructure through the Better Streets, Safer City program.
The upcoming year will bring more opportunities to create the kind of region we all want to call home, but I think the holidays are a perfect time to pause and celebrate what we have already accomplished. None of this would be possible without the engaged and motivated business community in our region.
Roy H. Williams, CCE
Chamber CEO & President