“We supported the transportation bonds,” Bates said. “And recently, the hotel/ motel tax.”
During Bates’ time in office, the Chamber worked with the city to push pro-business policy including shorter permit time frames and “less onerous regulations,” Bates said.
It’s a message the Norman business community is hearing. The Chamber grew to 1,500 members over the past year.
“Businesses go through cycles,” Bates said. “They weather storms and they get stronger.”
The Chamber is dedicated to helping business in Norman succeed.
“We are business’ biggest chearleader,” Bates said. “But we’re a lot more than that.”