“A regional automotive corridor would include not only original equipment manufacturer assembly plants but also parts suppliers and battery technology sites. And we are not starting from zero. Automotive technology companies already in our region include Canoo, The Traton Group/Navistar, and Francis Energy.”
Another priority, Gross said, is making space for regional headquarters and technology offices.
“We are home to two Fortune 500 company headquarters — ONEOK and Williams — and to QuikTrip, one of the largest privately-owned company headquarters,” he said. “Though our region already boasts a number of headquartered companies, we have more than 1.2 million square feet of available class A office space, with new projects like the WPX and Santa Fe buildings coming soon.
“Our lease rates are also substantially lower than competing cities such as Austin and Dallas, making us a strong contender for companies in search of new or expanded headquarters or tech facilities.”
The region also needs to pursue advanced aerial mobility, an emerging industry that aims to develop and operate new air vehicles potentially capable of safe, reliable and low-noise vertical flight, he said.
Deloitte estimates that by 2035, advanced aerial mobility could create 280,000 jobs and generate $30 billion in worker wages and benefits, Gross said.
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