Governor says despite downturn, Oklahoma companies continue to grow

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin said she is optimistic about recent economic development activity, despite the downturn being experienced in the energy sector.

“During the first six months of the fiscal year, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce reports that 28 companies made plans to invest more than $2.3 billion over a ramp-up period of three years. These investments will create more than 3,600 new jobs with a projected average annual wage of more than $64,000,” Fallin said. “The attraction and expansion projects secured in the first half of the 2016 fiscal year alone will bring an estimated $232 million in new annual payroll to the state. That’s good news.”

In 2013, the Oklahoma Legislature overhauled the state’s workers’ compensation system and addressed the need for lawsuit reform. At last count, businesses have saved more than $368 million in workers’ compensation costs since 2013 and the state’s ranking on its litigation environment has risen from 42nd to 33rd, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform. Both issues are critical to making Oklahoma more attractive to business, she said.

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Source: Gov. Fallin’s office

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