Tag Archives: Economy

Fairly busy

Hosting the Oklahoma State Fair for its 10-day run each fall would seem like a fairly manageable gig. But with the fair park serving as one of the most active horse venues in the country, O’Toole says he’s busier than you might think. The best part and the worst part of his job is one

Edmond incentives

“We want to get the word out that Edmond is business-friendly,” says Janet Yowell, executive director of the Edmond Economic Development Authority. The city of Edmond, the EEDA and Edmond Electric partnered to help businesses with stumbling blocks that might hinder them from growing, while adding jobs in Edmond at the same time. Yowell says

Building boom

Building permit records in Oklahoma City show an increase of 31% for the first 10 months of 2012, compared to the same time period a year ago. October was the latest month that records were available as of press time. “That’s about 654 more permits,” says Kurt Dinnes, past president of the Central Oklahoma Home

Orchestrating the chamber

They’re providing owners of small- and medium-sized companies with training and education they otherwise couldn’t afford. In some cases, chamber officials host leadership seminars for the next generation of community and civic activists. In addition, chamber executives lobby lawmakers at city, state and federal levels so pro-business reforms can be implemented. Roy Williams, president and

Oklahoma vs. United States

STEVEN C. AGEE Dean and Professor of Economics Meinders School of Business Oklahoma City University With the United States continuing its struggle to recover economically from the Great Contraction, Oklahoma sits apart as an unusual success story. Steadily increasing labor force growth and decreasing unemployment rates in Central Oklahoma indicate a very robust economic climate.

City sales tax collections up in October

Collections totaled $17.9 million. It is the tenth month in a row of sales tax growth. Average growth over those 10 months has been at 9.8 percent. When all city sales taxes are combined, including the general fund, MAPS 3, police and fire and the zoo, the total generated in October, which reflects collections for

City manager reports increase in September sales tax collections

Couch reported the general fund sales tax for the city was up 16.7 percent in September over the same month last year. Those collections totaled $18.5 million, and accounted for collections during the second half of July and the first half of August. “I am fairly confident that those numbers will not continue at that

Oklahoma City remains strong alternative for expanding retailers

I remember being a little embarrassed when a client from the West Coast sat with me in a restaurant on 19th Street in Moore two years ago explaining to me how the value of his home had plummeted far below his mortgage balance, and his chain of stores had diminished from nearly 20 units to