September 2018, Vol. 5 Issue 9
Omni Oklahoma City Hotel to Officially Break Ground October 1
Omni Hotel and Resorts and city leaders will officially break ground for the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel on Monday, Oct. 1. The event commences at 10 a.m. on the site of the future Omni Oklahoma City Hotel at Oklahoma City Blvd. and Robinson Ave, south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Attendees will get a first look at interior renderings, hear about the design inspirations for the hotel and learn more about dining options and amenities.
There are signs of progress for active transportation in Oklahoma City after it recently adopted bikewalkokc, the metro's first comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian master plan. The plan outlines several proposals to make it safer to walk and bike around the city. Go to to learn more about the full plan.

Photo Credit: Greater OKC Chamber
Oklahoma Regatta Festival offers three days of rowing entertainment
The 2018 Oklahoma Regatta Festival, Sept. 28-30 in the Boathouse District, is a three-day celebration of rowing, kayaking, dragon boating, whitewater rafting and family fun. There’s also a family festival featuring food trucks, beer gardens, with a front row seat for all the racing.

From Cathy O'Connor, Alliance President
Have you noticed the rise in craft beer breweries in Oklahoma City? Over the past decade, multiple breweries including Twisted Spike Brewing Co., Stonecloud Brewing Co., Anthem Brewing and Prairie Artisan Ales have entered the market alongside longtime brewmasters such as the Bricktown Brewery, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.

Our thirst for craft beer is reflective of the national trend. According to the Brewers Association, small and independent craft brewers saw a 5 percent rise in volume of beer sales in 2017 and the number of operating breweries grew by 16 percent. The economic impact is significant. The Brewers Association’s most recent economic impact report showed that craft brewers contributed $67.8 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016, a 21.7 percent increase from 2014.

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