What If the Boom Goes Bust? - 405 Magazine

What If the Boom Goes Bust?

The metro’s economic future looks rosy … right? Recent high-profile scrutiny of cornerstone energy companies might be cause for concern in some quarters, but further investigation reveals that overall, Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas have several good reasons to breathe a little easier.

FIRST OF ALL, THE THUNDER-BLUE SKIES OF OKLAHOMA CITY'S ECONOMIC HORIZONS ARE NOT FALLING. Despite the collapse of record-high natural gas prices in the 2000s, oil-mammoth Continental Resources is still on course to triple its size in five years. Hard-hat crews await to rip up sidewalks and block streets as all the construction – except the new convention center – from the $777 million MAPS 3 plan is scheduled to roar.

New jobs have been coming online twice as fast as the rest of the nation and the metro leads among employment boomtowns across the country. Wages are still climbing at a brisk clip, ranking us among the top 20 up-and-comers in America.

Buzz-generating Von Maur is building a 150,000-square-foot department store in north Oklahoma City to wrap around its trademark piano performances. Other national favorites such as Trader Joe’s and Costco are reportedly looking to follow pioneers like Williams-Sonoma into the local retail market.

Our horizons look bright. It’s just the other downtown thunder that has people worried.

Excerpted from this month’s print edition of Slice magazine. To read the full article, click here to read our digital edition.