CNN Money touted Oklahoma City the No. 1 most business-friendly city, primarily recognizing its low cost of living, and booming oil and natural gas industries.
OKC also received accolades for retaining an increasing proportion of college students after they graduate. A decade ago, 71% of those who earned bachelor’s degrees stayed; that number now has risen to 81%, the report states.
Other mentions include announcements of companies moving to Oklahoma City, and the city’s strong support system for entrepreneurs, specifically mentioning the nonprofit 12E, which helps those entrepreneurs get funding. Existing businesses, it says, get help through the state’s training system, CareerTech, which offers free education for employees.
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Downtown OKC Inc. is the unified voice of downtown’s business interests, and takes that responsibility seriously. The organization has a multifaceted mission: to keep downtown clean and safe, program public spaces, produce events and support other organizations. It assists partners in the recruitment and retention of new business to the downtown area and promotes good urban design. As an advocate for downtown businesses and property owners, the organization creates partnerships, increases civic engagement, and promotes infill to support long-term downtown success.