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A retooled approach to business development and renewed investment into infrastructure are winning corporate facility projects in Oklahoma. eveloping talent, rebuilding infrastructure and attracting foreign dollars will yield the biggest returns on investment for Oklahoma in the future, says Deby Snodgrass. As secretary of commerce for a state that battles head-to-head with Texas every day for jobs and industry, Snodgrass knows that the bar has been raised in the highly competitive arena of economic development. "Roughly 1,000 people move to Texas every day, and while that may be good for business, it's creating serious infrastructure issues, particularly when it comes to demand on their electric grid," she says. As more people choose to relocate to Texas and nearby South Central states in pursuit of better career opportunities, a lower cost of living and an improved quality of life for themselves and their families, the equivalent of a new Land Rush has emerged. Only this time, the stakes are even higher. When the frst land run shot through the plains of Oklahoma at high noon on April 22, 1889, an estimated 50,000 "Sooners" competed for their piece of some 2 million acres of available land. In less than 24 hours, the towns of Oklahoma City and Guthrie each had more than 10,000 inhabitants. Today, a premium is being placed on infrastructure to accommodate the needs of incoming workers A retooled approach to business development and renewed investment into infrastructure are winning corporate facility projects in Oklahoma. b y R O N S T A R N E R r o n . s t a r n e r @ s i t e s e l e c t i o n . c o m O K L A H O M A 118 JULY 2015 S I T E S E L E C T I O N O D D Oklahoma City skyline Photo courtesy of Antony Boshier/VideoLens.tv

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