At the kickoff campaign Thursday, John Reid, press secretary for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, said a forthcoming report from the department is expected to show the investment in equipment and employees in the second quarter by businesses in Oklahoma will be $52 million ahead of investments in the second quarter of 1986.
Pitney Bowes, involved in sales of office equipment, has taken upon itself a campaign to promote the positive aspects of Oklahoma, with slogans and banners stating "Oklahoma - proud, persistent, progressive."
"We felt like Oklahoma needed a shot in the arm," said Dan Ross, area sales manager for Pitney Bowes and program coordinator for the project. "We feel like anything can be done with the right attitude."
Lt. Gov. Robert S. Kerr III, Ed Cook, president of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Jack Cornett, Oklahoma City vice mayor, and Reid were among the city and state dignitaries who helped kick off the campaign.
Reid told the audience the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been promoting Oklahoma to businesses outside the state by emphasizing Oklahoma's central location, availability of office space and high quality vocational education programs to train workers.
"We have a report coming out in a couple of weeks which shows Oklahoma businesses were $50 million ahead of investments than they were last year," said Reid.
The quarterly report conducted by the department, known as a report on new and expanding manufacturing and processing firms, is a survey of businesses throughout the state on the amount of money they have spent on new equipment and facilities. …