Soliciting business for Oklahoma by providing information
about available industrial and warehouse properties in the state
is the goal of two organizations supplying the data base.
Both the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Oklahoma Gas and
Electric Co. have business data bases that have information on
buildings that are for sale in the state. They obtain their
information from area chambers of commerce, real estate agents,
brokers and anyone else who might inform them that a site is for
"Basically, what we at the business resource center do is we
keep an inventory of listings of different industrial buildings
throughout the state of Oklahoma," said Gary Marks, manager of
the economic development department for OG E.
"We get that information from the chambers of commerce,
Realtors, our commercial and industrial brokers in Oklahoma City
and other parts of the state and Tulsa. We've got available in
our data base buildings from all over the state," he said.
Most of the buildings listed in the data base are between
5,000 square feet and 500,000 square feet. OG E keeps its system
current with properties that are for sale, where the department
of commerce lists buildings that are "available and
Data bases for both OG E and the commerce department mainly
list manufacturing, production, warehousing and distribution type
"We have a real estate information system, and primarily what
we work with is manufacturing-type real estate for industrial
prospects, and we even get into warehousing and distribution
buildings that are presently existing. It's for recruiting
business and industry to those locations," said Michael Townsend,
industrial research assistant at the commerce department.
"Sometimes a prospect is interested in moving, so we primarily
track those kinds of buildings. We are really aggressive in
searching for those buildings. We rely on local communities,
local owners and brokers and input them (available properties)
into a date base called the Real Estate Information System,"
OG E does have some office buildings on its list, but retail
and other properties are avoided for both data bases because they
are too hard to track.
"We're primarily interested in attracting primary-type jobs as
opposed to secondary, where they don't export anything to another
part of the country. Restaurants would take away from another
restaurant across the road, as opposed to bringing new jobs to
Oklahoma," Townsend said.
Prospects can contact the commerce department whose staff can
reference buildings in Oklahoma by region, county, size or any
other information that is available in the data base.
Sometimes a building will be available and then become
unavailable because it has been sold or leased, Townsend said.
Those unavailable buildings are kept in the commerce department's
computer because they may become available again, he said.
In the commerce department's Real Estate Information System,
about 1,600 buildings are listed. About 500 buildings are
available, Townsend said. Buildings are listed by number.
He can run a one-page report of a building that lists the
location, size, amenities, real estate agent involved and his or
her name and address, history and other information. It might not
list the sale price but could say negotiable, or list the lease
price, he said.
OG E has the same service.
With about 650 buildings in its system, OG E exchanges
information with the commerce department and chambers of
commerce, Marks said. …