Wood said that the Thunder and Bricktown are draws for selling Norman because of their proximity.
“Oklahoma really suffers from tornado image, “ Wood said, and is seen as a “flyover state.”
“We have a challenge getting past that perception,” he said.
Foreman agreed and said bringing prospects to the Sooner state is the cure.
“Once we get them here, they love it,” Foreman said.
The Greater OKC Partnership is an open forum for economic development groups but excludes retail recruitment efforts because of the strong local competition for sales tax.
Membership fees are based on a per capita model.
“We match almost dollar for dollar what the partners put in,” Foreman said.
Cleveland and Canadian counties have formal agreements with the Partnership. The other groups all contribute as part of the Partnership without written agreements. Various entities cooperate to participate in a variety of communities.
“We don’t control land, we don’t control incentives,” Foreman said. “What kind of behaviors do you want to encourage? Do you want to encourage higher end development?”
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