The Norman Transcript

Business

March 10, 2013

So much to do in Norman

NORMAN — Earlier this week, I spent a really long day traveling in Eastern Oklahoma to promote upcoming events throughout the Central Oklahoma region — the 12 counties surrounding our state’s capital city — with a contingent of local colleagues.

We stopped in Muskogee first, after meeting with KTFX, Okie Country radio, and the Muskogee Phoenix. From there, we ventured to McAlester and made stops at the McAlester Capital News and a group of radio stations: KMCO, KTMC, KNED and KTMC.

Even though I have lived in Oklahoma for more than a decade, it was my first trip to Krebs for Italian food at Pete’s Place. (For the record, I am just as delighted with Norman’s Italian eateries like Victoria’s, Othello’s, Gaberino’s, etc.)

We made stops at the newspapers in Sallisaw (the Sequoyah County Times) and Henryetta Free-Lance to complete the day.

The toughest challenge in the day was trying to mention every thing we have coming up in the next few months in the short amount of time that I had because there are just so many things to do.

First, there is the Medieval Fair that attracts more attendees than any other festival, plus the 30th year of Jazz in June. Then there is the return of the two-day May Fair and the sixth edition of the free three-day Norman Music Festival.

Add in the annual ’89ers Day Parade and the Midsummer Night’s Fair and my time was coming to a close before I could quickly mention free admission to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the fabulous bug exhibit at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History plus the National Weather Center and family fun at Andy Alligator’s Fun Park and Water Park and Hey Day.

It is almost an embarrassment of riches to have so much to discuss over such a short period of time. However, it is also indicative of how tourism can drive local economy.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Norman use tax takes a hit while Moore sales tax flounders

    Norman use tax took a hit this month while Moore’s sales tax floundered for the first time since sales picked up in the post-tornado recovery period. For the city of Norman, however, sales tax collections are a bright spot on the revenue ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Nextep moves back to Dillard Building, but this time with much larger presence

    In 1997, entrepreneur Brian Fayak was just getting Nextep Inc., a professional employer service, started. Fayak had been working out of his sister’s house in west Norman and was delighted when the opportunity came to rent an executive ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Spotlight

    Chiropractic award Megan Borne, a chiropractic assistant at Sparks Clinic of Chiropractic in Norman, was recently awarded the title of C.A. counselor with the Pinnacle Chiropractic Management Group. She will assist other chiropractic ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Primrose presents Leadership class grads

    On Tuesday, the Norman Chamber of Commerce graduated both Leadership Norman and Tomorrow’s Leaders. Over the past several months, participants attended interactive sessions covering a variety of topics including communication, education, ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Business and restaurant survey online now

    The city of Norman is seeking input from its residents about retail shopping and restaurant opportunities that they would like to see locate to Norman. On Thursday, the city published a link to an online retail and restaurant survey on ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Norman Nation

    In 1964, when my father was a University of Oklahoma student, he and my mother were in desperation car shopping mode because their vehicle had just died. As the story has been told for nearly 50 years, the Ford dealership had not opened ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Spring cleaning: Time to change passwords again

    Are you in the habit of regularly changing the passwords for your online accounts? You should be — changing passwords regularly is a required part of every wise Internet user’s safety routine....

    April 13, 2014

  • Regional partnerships build prosperity

    Job creators shop for sites, regional marketing professionals told Norman’s Economic Development Advisory Board on Thursday. That makes selling the central Oklahoma region with its diversity of site options and amenities a business savvy ...

    April 6, 2014

  • Greening up the urban hardscape

    Native plantings, wildlife habitat and rippling waters aren’t just descriptors of a country life anymore. In Norman, green infrastructure practices are bringing the beauty of nature to the urban setting but repurposed to do the work that ...

    April 6, 2014

  • University business school team honored

    Master of Business Administration students from the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma placed No. 1 in the nation in the eighth annual Big 12 Case Competition, a national case competition hosted March 27 to 29 by the ...

    April 6, 2014