Letter to the Editor: Tell Oklahoma's story
BY Jim Webb, Owasso
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
2/13/13 at 8:20 AM
Tulsa World business writer Kyle Arnold's column (Feb. 10) begging for retailers really shows how the much larger world sees red state Oklahoma. The hard fact is that our outdated liquor laws - for not being able to sell wine in grocery stores or even on Sunday - stop many upscale grocery stores and warehouse clubs from moving here. This, while the 800-pound gorilla in the room, Wal-Mart's home office is just two hours away.
The second reason is how Oklahoma is perceived by many of the folks outside of our state looking in. Here's an example: I had a executive coming into town from New York for a meeting. Before he arrived he checked with me to make sure he could get to Denver for a weekend ski trip from here.
Many of us might say that was his narrow-minded problem, however, the main problem is the perception we foster with people outside of the state. It is our responsibility as Oklahomans to make sure we tell the story of what we have here and why the outside world should come and invest.
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