Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Makes Top 10 in Expansion Management Magazine

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Makes Top 10 in Expansion Management Magazine

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Step aside, Seattle. So long, San Antonio.

Oklahoma City ranks among Expansion Management magazine's top 10 cities for expansion and relocation, presumably possessing more move- in appeal than cities such as Memphis, Tenn.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Tucson, Ariz.; Cleveland, Houston and, yes, even our sizable suburb to the south - Dallas.

The results of the survey given to 80 anonymous site selection consultants - and based 100 percent on perception - will be released this week in the magazine's 7th annual America's 50 Hottest Cities issue.

Managing Editor Ken Krizner said the factors he asks consultants to keep in mind while traveling the country on their clients' behalf are business climate, work force quality, operating cost, incentive programs and the ease of working with the political and economic development officials.

It's hard to say why one city is better than the other, Krizner said. What Oklahoma City shows is that they are in line for many projects. They don't get all of them - no city does - but Oklahoma City is being considered highly on the short list of a lot of clients' expansion plans.

Oklahoma City ranked No. 8, following Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta; Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.; Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C. and Indianapolis, Ind. (tie); Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz.; and Albuquerque, N.M.

Last year, Atlanta ranked No. 1 and Nashville ranked No. 2.

In the recent past, Oklahoma City has won national searches with companies such as Quad Graphics, which continues to expand, Dell, Nomaco and, most recently, Cyber Sites with its 200 jobs.

Major metropolitan areas were looked at and we won them, we were the location of choice, said Roy Williams, president and chief executive of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. The pipeline of projects we're seeing is at an all-time high. There are more people looking at us now than probably ever have looked at us. …

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