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Small Business Manufacturers Coalition

... PurposeTo expand and grow these critical components of Oklahoma’s economy. It is important to keep the small business and manufacturing communities engaged in policy making decisions which may help or hurt their ability to remain competitive and ensure an opportunity for growth.   Our Small Business and Manufacturing Committee brings together members of these important sectors each fall to discuss issues faced by their industries.Oklahoma's Manufacturers AssociationFor more than twenty years, the State Chamber has also served as Oklahoma's Manufacturers' Association. Representing small, medium and large manufacturers at both the State Capitol and in Washington, D.C., we hav...


Workforce Development

...technology integrated programming to prepare students for the 21st century workforceProvide struggling schools with innovative opportunities and strong accountability to improve their overall performanceReform the roles of school administrators, counselors and teachers to allow each to have a more specialized leadership role in their area of expertise Workforce and Post-Secondary PoliciesCreate incentives for hiring more STEM and critical occupation related educators in postsecondary education to meet workforce needs and to be comparable with the private sectorPrioritize education funding and student recruitment efforts for programs and reforms designed to address current and fu...


CAN Priorities

...technology and knowledge-based industriesEDUCATION & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENTSupport programs that align Oklahoma’s education system to serve the needs of the state’s current and future workforce to ensure that every child is college and career ready upon graduationSupport funding for Oklahoma’s career technology and higher education campuses to ensure affordable tuition for our citizens and encourage the growth of our jobs and our economyIncrease access to degree and industry endorsed skills certificate programs tied to critical occupations and support employer incentives for programs such as apprenticeships and internshipsSupport and expand access to higher education and Career Tech programs through Oklahoma's Promise and maintain its continued fundingHEALTH CARESupport efforts to enhance the access and affordability of health care by increasing the numb...


Media Room

... Media Resources Issue Expert ResourcesPhotos, bios and areas of expertise for our issue experts are provided below. For media inquires, please contact Kinsey Westwood. Chad Warmington | Pre...


Issue Experts

... Advocating for the Issues That Impact Your BusinessOur staff includes a team of full-time, professional lobbyists who can help with legislative and regulatory issues that aff...


State Chamber and OKC Chamber Joint Agenda

...technology platforms (such as telemedicine and telehealth) and data platforms to enhance access to health care for underserved Oklahomans.Transportation IssuesODOT Eight-Year Plan The Chambers support providing adequate annual dedicated funding necessary to preserve and implement the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) eight-year construction work plan. Furthermore, the Chambers will strongly oppose any effort to divert dedicated transportation funding to other areas of government.State Bridge Improvement PlanThe Chambers support providing adequate annual dedicated funding to implement ODOT’s Bridge Improvement Plan to repair or replace all of Oklahoma’s structurally deficient bridges on the state’s highway system by 2020 and further ensure that ODOT is able to maintain a nationally leading bridge improvement program. State Turnpike Plan The Chambers support the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s “Driving Forward” Turnpike Program. Federal Highway Trust Fund The Chambers will work with the Oklahoma Congressional delegation and ODOT to secure a permanent funding solution for the Federal Highway Trust Fund (including mass transit programs).The Chambers support adequate funding levels to properly maintain the national transportation system.Infrastructure Investment PackageThe Chambers support a comprehensive federal infrastructure package. Building on the flexibility of previous multi-year transportation reauthorizations for a coordinated federal/state/local-based decision-making process, a robust investment package will enable the state to achieve much-needed progress in addressing critical infrastructure needs.Education IssuesLong-Term Strategic Education PlanningThe Chambers support the development of a multi-year strategic plan that addresses the public education needs of tomorrow and emphasizes the skills needed to compete for colle...


Staff Contacts

... Staff ContactsExecutiveChad Warmington, President and CEOceo@okstatechamber.com​Carla Schaeperkoetter, Chief Operating Officercarla@okstatechamber.comRegina Manning, Executive Assistant to Chad Warmi...


Dr. Jennifer Lepard named Executive Director of State Chamber Research Foundation



Time for business to lead the way



Morgan: Energy equals security (The Journal Record Monthly Column - March 2014)