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Oklahoma city of course still devastated following a massive tornado that hit on Monday it's estimated that the cost from a store -- top two billion dollars.
So how does this city -- businesses to come back to an area that's been habitually hit by devastating storms Roy Williams.
Is CEO and president of the greater Oklahoma City chamber.
Roy thank you for coming your first of all what what is the latest how are you guys doing in the comeback.
Well things are going well you know they've they've finished the search and rescue now it's a matter beginning to clean up helping people.
Fine you know housing shelter.
Clothing that kinda stuff.
So they're making really get really good progress what it what do you need it from folks outside of Oklahoma right now.
Well there are literally been hundreds of businesses who've contributed money man power supplies.
And in really.
Contributions to the Red Cross.
Part of some other organization like that.
Is the best thing because you can certainly get too much of different things -- some financial support is the best thing.
Okay Roy you here's the hard question and again forgive me it's it's coming on the heels of this tragedy but I got asked the question.
How do you convince companies that have been devastated by this to come back or -- yet how do you convince a company that -- tried to attract to come to Oklahoma.
In light of these these often occurring horrific storms.
Well it's really not that difficult because when you look at the United States in total there really isn't a place in the US that isn't subjected to hurricanes.
Name you know any kind of disaster.
They happen all the time everywhere.
This is -- although it may sound like it's a regular occurrence it is not a regular occurrence.
This doesn't happen very often in fact the National Weather Service is headquartered here.
And they will tell you that we're one really the safest place as it relates to all of the different natural disasters occur across the country.
But there aren't there is this confluence of of tornadoes like I mean it is it is really -- hurricane Alley area is it not.
True but it tends to hit in rural areas predominantly it's very unusual when it -- an urban area.
Like more like the city of more.
Well and that's that's really the point Roy is that right this this one that I would have for those who don't know -- of middle class arbor I'm told that the average household income is 64000.
Dollars -- so this is.
This is high and I've certainly higher than the national average.
If if those folks leave the greater Oklahoma area that would leave a huge hole in the economy is.
Is are you doing anything to make sure that that doesn't happen that they don't leave.
Absolutely we've identified that -- are probably around 200 businesses that were impacted these tended to be very small businesses they tended to be.
Primarily service sector some retail businesses so their market is here.
They're not we don't believe they're gonna pack up and leave because they sell to their friends and neighbors into other businesses in the region.
So we believe that if we can help give them the support that they need.
Help them get back on their feet they're certainly going to stay here.
And that's one thing we're doing right now is trying to Marshal the resources trying to contact and that's which is very difficult because power's out telephone services out.
And trying to find these individuals and let them know.
That there are resources out there to help them we have companies who are offering.
Everything from space to man power to equipment to machinery and stuff like that so we're reaching out to them -- to let them know this community cares about them.
And that we want them to get back on their feeding -- in the business and can you know.
We do we got to go but I just have to ask went -- for those who don't know the unemployment -- in Oklahoma city's very low it's about 5% somewhere around there.
It are you gonna do any thing or is the mayor I know McCord -- other people gonna do anything to it to make sure that.
All of those reasons of businesses -- to go to Oklahoma remains so taxes low regulations low.
Absolutely we're still -- our legislative session right now we continue to address that.
We're certainly -- you do that that's top priority we're four point 9% lowest unemployment metro area and United States we want to stay there.
Roy Williams greater Oklahoma City chamber CEO and president -- great to see it my best of luck in your recovery thank you very much for coming it.
Thank you okay.
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