economic development


Opinion: Oklahomans are watching to see if big bet on Canoo pays off

BY: - November 17, 2023

This week, an Oklahoma City electric vehicle company announced it had manufactured three vehicles in the state — the first Oklahoma-made automobiles since 2006. The announcement marked a momentous occasion for both Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma’s economic development officials. They’ve continued to bet big that the state can capitalize on the shifting automobile market […]


Opinion: Oklahoma may be losing in bids for businesses because lawmakers focus on wrong issues

BY: - November 3, 2023

The City of Ardmore recently received devastating news that its Michelin tire plant will close by 2025. As Oklahoma Voice reporter Carmen Forman reported, the planned closure of the 53-year-old plant, which employs 1,400 workers, came as a shock to state and community leaders. Perhaps not surprisingly though, Oklahoma lawmakers immediately began trying to figure […]

Lawmakers probe Oklahoma’s business retention efforts as Ardmore tire plant to close

BY: - November 1, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — State senators on Tuesday explored the conditions that led a global tire company to decide to close its Ardmore factory and probed economic development officials on solutions to retain businesses in Oklahoma. The Senate Select Committee on Business Retention and Economic Development delved into Michelin’s announcement last week that it will close […]