The Oklahoma Department of Commerce
is a department
of the government of Oklahoma
under the Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism
. The Department is responsible for the supporting local communities, stimulating growth of the existing businesses, attracting new business, and promoting the development and availability of a skilled workforce. The Department is the lead agency for economic development
in the state. The Department is led by and under the control of a Director appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma
, with the approval of the Oklahoma Senate
, to serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
The current Cabinet Secretary is Dave Lopez
, who was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin
on January 27, 2011. Governor Fallin also appointed Lopez as Director of the Department concurrent with his service as Secretary.
The Department of Commerce was established in 1993 during the term of Governor David Walters
To increase the quantity and quality of jobs available in Oklahoma by:
- Supporting communities;
- Supporting the growth of existing businesses and entrepreneurs;
- Attracting new businesses; and
- Promoting the development and availability of a skilled workforce.
The Department is led by the Secretary of Commerce and Tourism
and the Director of the Department of Commerce. Under Governor of Oklahoma Mary Fallin
, Dave Lopez
is serving concurrently in both positions. He currently serves as president of the American Fidelity Foundation as... Read More