October 2022, Vol. 10 Issue 19
MED Week Offers Business Resources and Connections

A consortium of Oklahoma City entrepreneurial groups and leaders will host the 4th annual Minority Enterprise Development Week Oct. 10-15 to spotlight, celebrate, and strengthen businesses owned by racial minorities, women, 2SLGBTQ+ people, disabled individuals, veterans, and other minority entrepreneurs.
The 2022 OKC MED Week starts with an awards ceremony on Monday, October 10. Businesses will be recognized for their entrepreneurism, achievements and contributions to Oklahoma City’s business ecosystem. Four businesses leaders will receive the inaugural OKC MED Champion award honoring local ecosystem builders.
The OKC Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting Fresh Start networking breakfast on October 11 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Spiked, a Coffee Concept. This free event offers networking time, a panel of minority entrepreneurs, and resources and efforts in the metro area that benefit small black and locally-owned businesses. The event will have a professional photographer on hand for free headshots.

1 Million Cups will meet Oct. 12 from 9-10:00 a.m. at Dunlap Codding on Film Row. The event is free and attendees will enjoy pastries and coffee while hearing presentations from two startup businesses: Greener Things Glampgrounds, an upscale camping and outdoor recreation area and Big Ass Bag, an online shopping tool that allows shoppers to put items from different stores in one place. Bring your best ideas and constructive feedback for the entrepreneurs.

Participate in a business resource fair, hear a presentation from the Kansas Federal Reserve, and engage in a community discussion of the next iteration of the Henrietta B. Foster Center on Oct. 13 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Main Campus of Metro Technology Center, 1900 Springlake Dr.

Alliance in the Community
Kimberly Statum Francisco and Leana Dozier led 50 International Economic Development Council conference attendees on a tour to see new developments and construction in NE OKC.
Ward 7 Quarterly Community Town Hall

Alliance team members, Olen Cook and Cassi Poor, presented on community engagement and development opportunities at the Ward 7 Quarterly Community Town Hall.

OKC's Affordable Housing Program to Build Fairground Flats 

The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust unanimously passed a vote to provide assistance for a three-story apartment complex to be built at the southeast corner of General Pershing Boulevard and May Avenue. Rent for the apartments will be capped for renters at 60% of area median income and offer an array of amenities:

- Energy saving designs
- Fitness center
- Pool
- Playground
- Clubhouse that will double as a storm shelter
- Embark bus network access
- Bike lane

TWG Development, Management and Construction presented plans on Tuesday, Aug. 30 to the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust, which approved the assistance request for the $47 million complex.
Read more
From Kenton Tsoodle, President of the Alliance

The area surrounding the lower park is zoned for mixed use to welcome a blend of residential, retail, restaurants, commercial and industrial interests. The properties and land surrounding the park to the south and west are currently owned by private developers, homeowners and the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority. With some water and storm sewer infrastructure improvements in the planning now, these now vacant areas adjacent to the park will be ripe for development.

Read more at the Journal Record

Development News
Requests for Proposals
OCURA Land Development Map
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In the News
Reports from the Media

Oklahoma City rated No. 6 for renters 
OKC VeloCity

West Village District announced

How inclusion helps companies, communities value diverse backgrounds
The Oklahoman
Guest Columns from the President of the Alliance

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
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