FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2016 ACE Book Is Bigger & Better Than Ever!
Newest edition compares Oklahoma to its neighbors in important metrics
Oklahoma City (April 13, 2016) – The Accountability for a Competitive Economy (ACE) Book, published annually by the State Chamber Research Foundation since 2009, has been updated for 2016 with a bold, new look. The 2016 Accountability for a Competitive Economy (ACE) Book provides a snapshot of some of Oklahoma’s more important issue areas (Economy, Business Climate, Infrastructure, and Education and Workforce Development) in order to provide a better understanding of our state’s current framework and what areas Oklahoma needs to improve on in the future. Graphs and charts provide a quick comparison of Oklahoma to other states in the region.
“The ACE Book is a great resource of information about where Oklahoma stands within the region and the nation,” said State Chamber Research Foundation Executive Director Mike Seney. “It will show policymakers where Oklahoma is deficient so they can come up with ideas for improvement as well as continue programs that have already produced great results.”
Oklahoma can be proud of some of the information. For example, in 2015 the state’s litigation environment improved from 42nd in the nation to 33rd according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform. Unfortunately, the 2016 ACE Book also shows that Oklahoma falls below the national average in many education categories, including NAEP test results for 4th and 8th graders, ACT test scores and the percentage of the adult population with a Bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree.