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Employer Meetings to Address Work-Related Transit Needs

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Employer Meetings to Address Work-Related Transit Needs

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A series of three employer meetings have been scheduled to discuss work-related transit needs to help develop a long-range plan.

Hosts for the meetings will be Metro Transit, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments.

The series is being offered to identify business community access- to-work needs and opportunities for transit and rideshare programs.

"These workshops will provide an opportunity for larger employers to come together to learn about transit services, discuss employer transportation issues and network with nearby employers," said Larry Hopper, Metro Transit service development manager. "We hope to identify future transportation needs and suggest ways to build transit ridership."

Information will be available on ridesharing opportunities and how to include transportation subsidies as part of benefit packages.

Downtown employers will be the focus for the first meeting at 1:30 p.m. June 27 at the University of Oklahoma Graduate Business Center at Main Street and E.K. Gaylord.

The Northwest Expressway area will be the focus for the second meeting at 10:30 a.m. June 28 at Bank One, Northwest Expressway and Portland Avenue.

Employers in the area of Meridian Avenue and Interstate 40 will be the focus for the third meeting at 1:30 p.m. June 29 at the Biltmore Hotel.

Dobson buys license

Dobson Communications said Wednesday it agreed to pay $72 million to acquire the Federal Communications Commission cellular license covering seven counties in central and eastern Oklahoma.

The area has roughly 25,000 cellular telephone subscribers.

Oklahoma City-based Dobson provides cellular phones services to rural markets in 18 states.

Cala discusses strategy

Joseph Cala, chairman and CEO of Oklahoma City-based Cala Corp., on Tuesday discussed the company's strategy regarding the series of recently announced transactions.

Cala Corp. will act as a co-master developer on an Istanbul hotel and Turkish water treatment plant. The projects represent am investment of $397 million.

Cala Corp. owns 51 percent of the development contract, which is expected to generate fee income.

The co-master development agreement was entered into with the Southern Italian engineering and architecture firm of AGS.

Cala said that Cala Corp.'s interest in purchasing Costanzo Industries of Italy is based on Costanzo's ability to handle large construction contracts like the two in Turkey. Cala Corp. also wants to tap Costanzo's construction and expansion capability to build additional licensed Molino/Modaferri bakery/cafe units throughout Italy.

Costanzo currently has over $200 million in short -and long- range contracts. Cala also said that Costanzo Industries could play an important role in Cala Corp.'s plans for a proposed the undersea resort and casino. …

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