Oklahoma – The State of Success

Vol1 iss4 2015

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14 O K L A H O M A – T H E S T A T E O F S U C C E S S T H E O K L A H O M A E X P E R I E C E hen Boeing moved more than 600 jobs to Oklahoma from Long Beach, Calif., only 20 percent of employees were expected to choose to relocate. However, after a series of presentations on what the state has to offer, Boeing experienced an 80-percent acceptance rate to move. In July 2015, Boeing broke ground on a new $80-million, 290,000-sq.-ft. facility on its Oklahoma City campus. "Expanding our presence and bringing AM&S [Aircraft Modernization and Sustainment] headquarters here continues a trend of combining Oklahoma's homegrown talent with the best of the enterprise to support some of our customers' most critical missions," said Leanne Caret, president of Global Services and Support at Boeing. The company also announced plans to move the headquarters for the Global Services & Support AM&S division to Oklahoma City in the months ahead. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) provides one- stop, professional assistance to site selectors and company representatives. "We walk them through the entire process, from selecting the best site and providing workforce analysis to introducing them to potential local and state partners," says Charles Kimbrough, director, business development, ODOC. "Our team also helps them through the process of obtaining the necessary permits and getting them connected to available fnancial resources." ODOC's partnership with Oklahoma's CareerTech and higher education systems allows them to work with each company individually to provide workforce recruitment assistance and customized workforce training, says Kimbrough. "Our Training for Industry Program provides companies with the opportunity to develop a workforce training program that meets their exact specifcations, all at little or no cost to them." Company leaders from diverse industries testify to the state's pro-business climate. b y C R Y S T A L V I L L A R R E A L W The Case for OKLAHOMA The groundbreaking ceremony of Boeing's new facility in July 2015. Photo cour tesy of Boeing

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