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Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

123 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
P: +1 405-297-8945

Clusters and Sectors

Oklahoma City boasts an increasingly diversified economy, with aviation and aerospace making up the largest sector in both employment and economic impact. Bioscience, energy and logistics industries also play a significant role in the market.
 
Outside of industry sector concentrations, the area includes a large number of back office operations for insurance, telecommunications, payroll processing and more. Learn more about our labor market here.




Bases, Installations, and Facilities

The heart of aerospace in the region is Tinker Air Force Base and the men and women who complete the missions assigned to the base. Tinker is the largest single-site employer in the state and contributes more than $3 billion to the local economy annually.

Since 1941, when the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber spearheaded the donation of the first 1,440 acres for the base, Tinker and Oklahoma City have supported each other. 

Today, with more than 26,000 military and civilian employees, Tinker is the largest single-site employer in Oklahoma. The installation has an annual statewide economic impact of $3.6 billion, creating an estimated 33,000 secondary jobs. The installation covers nine square miles and has 760 buildings with a building floor space of more than 15 million square feet.

Construction is underway on a depot maintenance facility that will service the KC-46A Pegasus, the military’s next generation aerial refueling aircraft. The $500-million facility is expected to lead to the creation of more than 1,300 new, high-paying jobs and open up even more potential for public-private partnerships and advantages for aerospace companies. 

The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker is the nation’s largest aircraft and jet engine repair center. All U.S. Air Force engines are repaired at the ALC. It is also the primary maintenance center for bombers, refuelers and reconnaissance aircraft including the E-3 AWACS, C/KC-135, KC- 10, B-1, B-2 and B-52.

The 2.5-million-square-foot Tinker Aerospace Complex is a former General Motors plant that now houses some of the 76th Maintenance Wing operations and other Department of Defense (DOD) workloads. The complex, considered the most advanced aviation and aerospace manufacturing and production facility in the world, is the result of a $54-million bond issue passed by voters and more than $50 million in renovations by the Air Force. 

Tinker is also home to six major Department of Defense, Air Force and Navy activities with critical national defense missions. In recent years, several new state of-the-art facilities have come to fruition, demonstrating once again the incredible partnership among officials, citizens and corporations statewide.

Tourism

Image of the Skytrail at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District

Oklahoma City offers all of the culture, cuisine, attractions and amenities you’d expect in a modern metropolis. And with its rugged Western past, working stockyards and title as “Horse Show Capital of the World,” it’s rich in cowboy culture as well. From family fun to romantic retreats to outdoor adventures you won’t find anywhere else, Oklahoma City has plenty of hustle without all the hassle.

Industry

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