Oklahoma Economic Development Foundation details job creation

Foundation's goal is to assist with building Oklahoma City's image as a growing, dynamic place to do business.
BY WILLIAM CRUM wcrum@opubco.com Published: August 21, 2013
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The Oklahoma Economic Development Foundation said in a year-end report that it assisted in projects that produced 4,143 jobs in 2012-13.

The foundation delivered its report Tuesday to the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust.

The report describes efforts ranging from work with global companies such as Boeing and General Electric to contacts with organizations involved in bringing retail development, including grocery stores, to urban areas.

The report details national news stories published during the year that focused on Oklahoma City's growing economy. It also notes the foundation completed an economic impact study on the deadCenter Film Festival.

The report states the foundation exceeded its goal of 4,000 jobs and $180 million in capital investment, documenting $454 million in capital investment.

Production of nearly $9 million in local tax revenue, consisting of property and sales taxes, fell short of a $10 million goal.

Boeing has been moving jobs from Long Beach, Calif., and Wichita, Kan., to Oklahoma City, focused on work at Tinker Air Force Base.

General Electric plans to build a global energy research center in central Oklahoma.