Oklahoma is on the move and people are taking notice. The entrepreneurial spirit that birthed our great state is alive and well in the private sector. As Lt. Governor and as Small Business Advocate, I have traveled the nation and world aggressively promoting Oklahoma's business-friendly climate, low cost of living and quality of life. In the first quarter of 2013, 30 company locations announced growth in Oklahoma totaling over $417 million in new investment, clearing indicating Oklahoma is open for business.
Each April in Oklahoma, site selectors and business owners from across the nation and overseas visit Oklahoma to attend the annual Lt. Governor's Invitational Turkey Hunt. The hunt, now in its 27th year, is an economic development tool used to generate new business as well as reinvestment in our state. A total of 6 communities throughout Oklahoma participate in this event, giving guest hunters the opportunity to view Oklahoma in a comfortable atmosphere, benefit from our unique hospitality, and experience hunting and the outdoors. The communities of Alva, Ardmore, Duncan, Hugo, Okemah and Woodward work tirelessly each year to host these business men and women, showcasing their individual communities and giving reasons why Oklahoma is the place to be and the place to invest.
A variety of industries are represented by those invited to the hunt, including but not limited to manufacturing, energy, transportation, aerospace and logistics. The 2013 Lt. Governor's Invitational Turkey Hunt saw record attendance. Each hunt is uniquely positioned to showcase not only our state but rural Oklahoma specifically.
Throughout the 27 years of the Lt. Governor's Invitational Turkey Hunt, countless stories have been shared of the new business opportunities in Oklahoma generated by the relationships established as a result of the hunt. As Lt. Governor, I am proud to not only represent Oklahoma but to continually work toward economic growth opportunities that spur us on to future growth.