State Chamber of Oklahoma Research Foundation Announces Statewide Vision Plan

Oklahoma City (March 21, 2017) – The State Chamber of Oklahoma Research Foundation announced today a strategic vision and action plan to enhance Oklahoma’s national standing.

“Oklahoma is falling behind. Despite incredible people and resources, our state ranks near the middle or the bottom of many national ratings related to our economy and quality of life,” said Dr. Jennifer Lepard, Executive Director of the State Chamber of Oklahoma Research Foundation.

Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Edie Wiener, author of the book Future Think, speak about the future and the opportunities for business as our society evolves. She challenges the perception that our economy is merely experiencing another cyclical recession. To the contrary, she opines that society is going through a fundamental global economic transformation. This transformation is similar to previous ones from the Agricultural Era to the Industrial Age, to the Post Industrial Era and now to another type of economy she refers to as “The Emotile Economy,” a combination of emotions and motility.

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Oklahoma City (March 15, 2017)
 – State Chamber of Oklahoma Vice President of Government Affairs, Jennifer Lepard, released the following statement:

“We applaud the Senate on protecting Oklahoma’s valuable Aerospace Engineering Incentives by passing Senate Bill 120. According to the most recent data from the Oklahoma Tax Commission, the Aerospace Engineering Incentives generated nearly $15 million in economic impact in 2014 while only costing the state $7 million. Our state is in the middle of a budget crisis and it is vital that we keep important, revenue-generating programs like this in Oklahoma.”

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Three years ago, a fundamental shift occurred in the Oklahoma business community due to the work of the Legislature and the governor passing Senate Bill 1062. This bill created a new way to resolve the claims filed by injured workers, and in doing so eliminated the No. 1 inhibitor of job creation.

Oklahoma City (March 1, 2017) – The State Chamber of Oklahoma has launched their annual website “OK Job Killers” for legislative session. The site,, provides a list of proposed bills that are bad for businesses.

“Jobs are one of the primary concerns of Oklahoma families. They care if their job or business is on the chopping block at the Capitol,” said Jonathan Buxton, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. “Many people don’t have the time to keep up with the large number of bills going through the legislative process, so compiles some of the bills that would be most harmful to businesses.”

The site highlights legislation that would potentially raise taxes to businesses, impose costly mandates, expand government red tape and roll back successful programs or reforms. It also explains what a “job killer” bill looks like and how citizens can take action to notify their legislators. Click here to learn more.


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