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Edmond Chamber of Commerce helps attract new residents

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce is located at 825 E Second St., adjacent to the University of Central Oklahoma. [ARCHIVE PHOTO]

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce is located at 825 E Second St., adjacent to the University of Central Oklahoma. [ARCHIVE PHOTO]

EDMOND — The Edmond Chamber of Commerce's promotion of the more than $100,000 average household income is one of the keys to turning Edmond visitors into Edmond residents.

The median household income is right under $70,000, and the city boasts a low unemployment rate of 2.8 percent, according to chamber data.

Edmond's public schools are nationally recognized Blue Ribbon Schools.

Art, golf, recreation sports, shopping, schools and new business opportunities also help attract new residents, Chamber of Commerce leaders said.

Last year the chamber hosted 83 ribbon cuttings and groundbreaking ceremonies and hosted several events throughout the year to encourage building professional relationships.

The chamber also is quick to tell visitors interested in moving to Edmond the community was ranked first as a perfect suburb in 2011 by, the top American City by Family Circle magazine to raise a family and made the list of Top 100 Places to Live in 2012 by

New residents are encouraged to contact the chamber for a relocation package. There are also information and networking circles for new businesses to become involved in, according to the chamber's website.

To request information or to receive a relocation packet, call 341-2808.

Chamber events

The chamber's annual banquet recognizes the Citizen of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Woman of the Year, Philanthropic Business of the Year and the Chairman's Award.

The annual golf tournament fosters networking and promotional opportunities for members.

An August reception gives the Edmond business community the opportunity to give a warm welcome to new teachers and their spouses in Edmond Public Schools, Deer Creek schools, Oklahoma Christian University, University of Central Oklahoma and Francis Tuttle.

Typically held in the fall, the chamber hosts a block party to say “thank you” to its members for their continued support. This event features food, fun and prizes.

The Sporting Clays Tournament is held in October at Silverleaf Shotgun Sports in nearby Guthrie. Teams of four take part in the 50-shot tournament. This event includes lunch, competition and an awards reception.

The Women's Leadership Summit is held in November and offers speakers on topics of interest to women in business, as well as opportunities to expand your professional network.

Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›