Oklahoma Professional Economic Development Council Presents Requests

By Janice Francis-Smith and Jeff Packham | THE JOURNAL RECORD, February 16, 2006 | Go to article overview

Oklahoma Professional Economic Development Council Presents Requests


Janice Francis-Smith and Jeff Packham, THE JOURNAL RECORD


Economic development professionals from across the state presented their legislative wish lists to lawmakers on Wednesday, when the Oklahoma Professional Economic Development Council held its annual Legislative Breakfast and Day at the Capitol.

Lawsuit reform topped the OEDC's printed list of business climate issues, though OEDC President Evan Zorn said the issue is not necessarily the group's highest priority.

It's very important for the business climate in Oklahoma, Zorn said of lawsuit reform, also known as tort reform. The group hopes lawmakers will work toward eliminating frivolous lawsuits and limiting jury awards without harming truly injured parties. The workers' compensation system will also be a topic of conversation again this year, Zorn said, as OEDC will work to make sure the reforms made last year are not eroded.

OEDC officials also stressed the importance of making the state's transportation infrastructure a funding priority, and to provide more funding for technology research made available through the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

The group will seek to preserve Oklahoma's eminent domain laws as they are, and work to create more public-private partnerships to secure military contracts.

Regarding incentives, the OEDC has taken a keen interest in Gov. Brad Henry's proposed Opportunity Fund. Patterned after Texas' Enterprise Fund, the state would put aside $100 million to be used for cash incentives when attempting to lure new businesses to the state.

That might be one that I might say was my personal favorite, of the new incentives that have been proposed, Zorn said. We're very pleased to see Governor Henry getting behind that, and it appears several other legislators are. And now's our opportunity while we have all of this growth revenue- That's important just from a competitive standpoint with Texas and other states around us, and it looks like other states are considering doing the same thing, too.

OEDC supports the Quality Investment Act, which would provide incentives to help companies modernize and/or retool their facilities. But the organization opposes a move to include claw back provisions in a number of state incentives, which would require companies that don't stay in Oklahoma to somehow reimburse the state for incentives previously received.

We do not need to put restrictions on it, because the state incentive programs in Oklahoma are performance-based, Zorn said. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Oklahoma Professional Economic Development Council Presents Requests
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.