Community Expansion of Nutrition Assistance Program (CENA)
In accordance with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce’s (ODOC) intent of the annual appropriations bill, the Office of Community Development (OCD) distributes the CENA Funds to Councils of Government and Area Agencies on Aging for distribution to eligible Multipurpose and Independent Senior Centers.
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Model State Plan
The State of Oklahoma Federal Fiscal Year 2020 – 2021 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) State Application and Plan is available in draft form for public comment.
The public comment period regarding the draft plan will be open until August 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Written comments concerning the draft plan may be submitted to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Community Development, 900 N. Stiles Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73104, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments received after 5:00 PM, August 23, 2019 will not be accepted.
A public hearing regarding the draft plan will be held at 1:30 PM, Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at the Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies, 605 Centennial Blvd., Edmond, OK 73013.
Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report
A copy of the State Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) is posted online at okcommerce.gov for public review. The CAPER is used by grantees to report on accomplishments and progress towards Consolidated Plan goals. The Consolidated Plan is designed to help states and local jurisdictions to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. If you have any questions about the CAPER, please contact Kellon Dixon at 405-215-5626 or by email at email@example.com.
Written comments for the FY 2018 State CAPER will be accepted via U.S. Postal mail or email through July 15, 2019. Address as follows:
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Attn: Kellon Dixon / Community Development
900 N. Stiles Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104-3234
Oklahoma’s Global Team offers trade and export assistance to Oklahoma companies looking to sell their products and services in the global marketplace and promotes the state to international companies looking to relocate or expand in the U.S.
Incentive Evaluation Commission
Pursuant to the Incentive Evaluation Act of 2015, 62 O.S. § 7001-7005, the commission is providing this written report to the governor, president pro tempore and speaker. The report is also being made publicly available on the Oklahoma Department of Commerce website and at https://iec.ok.gov/.
SB 1284 created the Quality Events incentive and it became effective July 1, 2012. This incentive was designed to promote certain quality events that have a significant positive economic impact.
Quality Jobs Triennial Reports
21st Century Quality Jobs Program
During the legislative session of 2009 the 21st Century Quality Jobs Program (the “21st Century Program) was created. Designed to be aspirational, it is a powerful tool to seek attraction or expansion of higher wage jobs for the Oklahoma economy.
The 21st Century Program requires that the Oklahoma Department of Commerce provide a report on the status of the program beginning in March 2011 and every three years thereafter. The report is to be presented to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Governor. This report fulfills that legislative requirement for 2017.
Quality Jobs Program Triennial Report
During the legislative session of 1993, the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program (the “Program”) was created and the first companies enrolled in the fall of 1993. Since that time, the Program has gained national attention as one of the best incentives for business attraction and expansion. Oklahoma has benefited from the Program in terms of jobs and investment in our economy; many other states have attempted to duplicate its success.
The Program requires that the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) provide a report on the status of the Program every three years. The last report to the Governor, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives was submitted on March 1, 2014. This report fulfills the statutory requirement for 2017.
Small Employer Quality Jobs Program Triennial Report
The Oklahoma Small Employer Quality Jobs Program was created in 1998 to assist the start-up and expansion of small companies. The qualifying criteria were modeled after the successful Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program, which was created by legislative action in 1993. These elements however were set to be more conducive for smaller companies to participate.
The program elements underwent a legislative overhaul in 2001, to become even more business friendly. While only 7 companies enrolled in the program from inception to 2001, a total of 117 companies have now participated in the program over the years.
The Small Employer Quality Jobs Program statutes require that the Oklahoma Department of Commerce provide a report on the status of the program on a triennial basis to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Governor. The next report is due by March 1, 2019. This report fulfills that legislative requirement.
Quick Action Closing Fund
The Oklahoma Quick Action Closing Fund can be expended by the Governor and is to be used for economic development and related infrastructure development when expenditure of funds is likely a determining factor in locating or retaining a high impact business location in Oklahoma.
Rural Economic Action Plan
The Oklahoma Legislature has appropriated funding for small, rural communities with populations under 7,000 called the Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP). According to state legislation, the funds related to REAP projects are distributed through the 11 Regional Councils of Government in the state.
Rx For Oklahoma Prescription Assistance Program
HB 1853, the Rx for Oklahoma Act, was passed by the Oklahoma State Legislature in 2005. Rx for Oklahoma assists uninsured or underinsured Oklahomans in obtaining medications through pharmaceutical assistance programs.
Small Business Incubator Certification Program
In 1988, the Oklahoma Legislature passed the Oklahoma Small Business Incubators Incentives Act, which enables the tenants of a certified incubator facility to be exempt from state tax liability on income earned as a result of occupancy for up to five years.
U.S. Department of Energy, Weatherization Assistance Program, Program Year 2019 – Proposed Oklahoma State Plan
Annually, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce submits a State Plan to the US Department of Energy regarding the implementation of the Oklahoma Weatherization Assistance Program.
To review the drafted 2019 State Plan (April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020), please click on the PDF link below.
Written comments concerning the draft plan may be submitted to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Community Development, 900 N. Stiles Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73104, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, during the public comment period from January 4, 2019 through January 28, 2019. Comments received after 5:00 PM, January 28, 2019 will not be accepted. A public hearing will be held at on January 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies.
More information about the Weatherization program can be found on the Department of Energy website.