01-18-2016 Monday Memo

A stranger in a strange land…
This past week at your economic development organization was far from typical in more ways than one. Our days are normally filled with meetings related to the diverse range of prospects, partners or associate organizations, and this week included all of those same individuals and groups. However, what made this week so different was that our role in all of this was amplified as we were hosting the Trade Attaché from the Bulgarian Embassy located in Washington DC.
As we’ve told you more times than you care to remember, most of the time our best leads come from those who live in our community and who wish to see it grow. Sometimes those leads turn out to be a dead end, but other times we have the opportunity to explore the different ways we can work with someone who has an interest in what we make here, or the services we can provide, plus this past week’s visitor also wanted to share with us what his nation could provide to us.
We’re certain we have also shared with you that a major part of the Shawnee economy is already tied to the Global economy and a lot of what is made here isn’t only sold here. To highlight that point everyone in the area who has recently purchased a semi load or more of thin oriented strand films, or several hundred tons of enhanced technical tubing, or even some Conventional Fusion plus 414-SC equipment please raise your hand.  
Just as we thought, not many of us are stepping up and entering into the global arena as purchasers of products that are made here. Which is why it’s critically important to share with those who represent global locations what is made here and how our local manufacturers can help other nations solve some of their own infrastructure or the needs of those foreign consumers. Yes, what we make here is used all over the world and part of what we do is help people figure that out.
We also thought it was critical to our foreign dignitary to meet with those who are connected to the field of education, as that was a highlighted area on the bucket list of items his country wishes to explore with the US. That could mean seeing more international students in our area or more US students in his nation.   We think both those ideas are worthy of pursuit and from the reception we received from OBU, OSU and the ODCTE, we think they are of a like mind.
Our week of meetings covered a lot of ground not only in Shawnee, but also included trips to Oklahoma City, Stillwater and a lot of other points in between. Our newest best Bulgarian buddy was able to meet with professionals who are experts in exporting and importing, plus leaders in state government and our Oklahoma agricultural department. While we had him drinking from the fire hose of our center of quite a lot, we introduced him to some fellow economic developers who are partners or ours and whose manufacturers can offer areas of exports that we don’t have locally.   Of course our idea is to let the Trade Attaché know we might have just about everything right here in Oklahoma that his nation might need.
About know, since you are a well trained group of economic development groupies, you’re asking what about the products that Bulgaria may wish to import into the US markets?   And that is a great question. There is NOWHERE better suited in the US to reach all of the major markets than Oklahoma.
Not only are we the center of quite a lot, we are also in the sweet spot for distribution to a wide area of US market as well.   And just maybe the word location, location, location are still ringing in our recent visitor’s ears.
Educators Notes:
This week we wanted to share some information about how the Oklahoma Career and Technology Education systems works with the various K-12 schools all across Oklahoma.
The CareerTech has programs available for 6th through 12th grade students in Oklahoma’s elementary and secondary schools that you may wish to familiarize yourself with.   Our Oklahoma students benefit from there being more than 1,298 CareerTech teachers, who are employed in comprehensive schools, that receive assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.
Those CareerTech programs include agricultural education, business, marketing and information technology education, family and consumer sciences education, health careers education, science, technology engineering and mathematics, plus trade and industrial education.
These programs represent over 132,052 K-12 enrollments, with more than 46 percent of the 9th through 12th graders being enrolled in a CareerTech program.
Additionally, the Oklahoma Career Tech’s overall system placement rate is 93 percent positive placement of students, which includes those who are working, in the military or who have elected to continue their education. And we think that is a pretty big deal.
We Like Em A Lot:
A week or so ago we had a meeting with members of the I-93 Leadership team where we discussed the ongoing need for more skilled employees in our region and the obstacles we are all facing in providing those individuals.
As we discussed the challenges we are all facing, (yes it’s up to all of us to help resolve the workforce issues), it became apparent to me that I was speaking with a true champion of education, who was working with students who are often facing a major hurdle to succeed in today’s society.
The more I listened, (a real challenge for me), the more I realize how fortunate we were to have this person actively engaged in our community’s educational process. Her passion for her fellow educators, the students her facility works with day and night, and even the families of those students was what quickly caught our attention.
In a world where it’s so easy to just go through the motions, assume that the tough work is somebody else’s job and that if we just ignore it, it might all go away, it was refreshing to witness a real, live, gifted and dedicated individual who is giving her all for those around her.  
Given a bit more time I’m sure I could have found out more about the other ways she serves our community, but in the brief time we were together, the overall impression we witnessed was enough to easily recognize a true gem in our community.
It’s not easy dealing with those who are sometimes less fortunate, who self destruct for reasons we often can’t comprehend, or even working with those who come from the nicer parts of town, but for whatever reason have elected to take a path that will lead them to a less than prosperous future.
For whatever reason, and from whatever socioeconomic condition, we cannot afford to overlook or give up on those we need to be part of our productive society. What I witnessed and heard from today’s recipient told me we have someone who is giving their all to make a difference in the lives of those she has been entrusted to.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Debra Watson, who is the Director of the Jim Thorpe Academy here in Shawnee. If you know Debra, give her a call, send her a note or an email, and tell her how much we appreciate all she does for Shawnee. And if you don’t know her, make yourself a note as someone you have to meet.  Your life will be better for knowing her.
A-1 Staffing & Recruiting Agency: Visit http://www.a1staffingok.com/apply-now.php or contact Brandy Helm at brandy@a1staffingok.com or 405-788-0001
Black Hawk Casino: Contact Cheryl McGregor at 405-275-4700 ext. 104
Canary LLC: Visit http://canaryusa.com/our-team/
Chick Fil A in Shawnee: Apply online at http://www.work4cfashawnee.com/
City National Bank: Visit https://www.cnb1901.com/ or contact 866-385-3444
City of Shawnee: Visit http://www.shawneeok.org/jobs
Citizen Potawatomi Nation: Visit http://www.firelakejobs.com/
Dickson Industries: Visithttp://www.roadproonline.com
Express Employment Professionals: Visit http://www.expresspros.com/ or contact David Kitts at 405-275-7575
Extreme Inflatables: Visit http://extremeinflatables.com/EI/index.php. To apply, contact us in person at 301 N. Oklahoma, Shawnee OK, call 405-878-0747or email apply@extremeinflatables.com
Freedom Personnel: Contact Janet or Hyla at 405-275-9675
Gateway Pipeline LLC: Visit http://www.gatewaypipeline.com and contact Kristin Paule at 405-275-0954
Gateway to Prevention & Recovery: Submit resume to Amy Walton at awalton@gatewaytoprevention.org
GE Oil & Gas: Visit http://www.ge.com/careers or contact Kimberly Topps at 405-395-0404
Georg Fischer: Visit http://www.centralplastics.com, email Dani.Shields@georgfischer.com or call 405-878-3978
Global Production Solutions: Visit http://www.globalproductionsolutions.com and contact Kristin Vinson at kvinson@gps-us.co
Indaco Metals: Visit http://www.indacometals.com/ or contact Jordan McLaughlin at 405-273-9200
Jindal Films: Send resumes to careers@jindalfilms.com
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma: Visit http://kickapootribeofoklahoma.com/ and contact Vasant Hanratagorn at 405-964-2075 ext. 107, 405-605-9390 or itoffice@kickapootribeofoklahoma.com
Mills Machine Company: Send resume to Mills Machine Company at 201 N. Oklahoma Ave., Shawnee OK 74801 or email it to chuck@millsmachine.com
Oklahoma Baptist University: Visit http://www.okbu.edu/businessaffairs/hr/jobs.html
Primrose Retirement Community: Visit www.primrose-careers.com
Shawnee Milling Company: Visithttp://www.shawneemilling.comand call Jane Lewis at 405-273-7003 ext. 314      
St. Gregory’s University: Visit http://www.stgregorys.edu/about-us/employment Development Director and Systems Analyst – All interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume and references to hr@stgregorys.edu.
TDK Ferrites: (Spartan Staffing representing TDK) Visit http://www.spartanstaffing.com/Open-Positions or call Kristi Winchester at 405-275-2100 ext. 353
United Dynamics, Inc.: Visit http://united-dynamics.com/ and contact Michelle Needham at 405-275-8041 ext. 280
Vyve Broadband: Visit http://www.vyvebroadband.com/careers.html, call Angela at 914-234-8325, email employment@vyvebb.com and send resumes to career@vyvebb.com
Wolverine Tube: Visit http://www.wlv.com/ and contact OESC (Workforce Oklahoma) at 405-275-7800
Contact Oklahoma Baptist University and send them your job postings. They can screen them and will be happy to share them on their website.  – Visit their job board at http://www.okbu.edu/campuslife/studentservices/submit_job.html 
January 18: SEDF Office Closed for MLK Jr. Day
Additional Dates: 2/15/16 President’s Day; 5/30/16 Memorial Day; 7/4/16 Independence Day; 9/5/16 Labor Day; 11/11/16 Veteran’s Day; 11/24-25/16 Thanksgiving; 12/24-25/16 Christmas
January 19: Dunham’s Sports Hiring – Apply In Person
10am-5pm at Shawnee Mall, 4901 N. Kickapoo St., Shawnee OK 74804
January 19: Yoga & Meditation Series
6:30pm & 7:30pm at Shawnee Public Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee OK 74801
For more information call 405-275-6353
Additional Dates: 1/26; 2/4; 2/11; 2/16; 2/23
January 28: COHRA Meeting
11am-1pm at Georg Fischer/Central Plastics, 39605 Independence St., Shawnee OK 74804
Speaker is Retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Marcus B. Whitt II clarifying and updating us on USERRA
RSVP to mbrydon@bar-s.com
February 10: SEDF Board Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates: 3/9/16; 4/13/16; 5/11/16; 6/16/16; 7/13/16; 8/10/16; 9/14/16; 10/12/16; 11/9/16; 12/14/16
February 11: Cavalier Days at St. Gregory’s University
10am at Benedictine Hall, 1900 W. Macarthur St., Shawnee OK 74804
For more information or to RSVP call 844-BE-EXTRA, email admissions@stgregorys.edu or online at www.stgregorys.edu/cavalierday
Additional Dates: April 14
February 22: Façade Grant Program Application Deadline
Matching grants up to $4000 may be awarded for façade improvements.
To apply contact Planning Department at 405-878-1616
February 22: Avedis Foundation Speaker Series
11:30am-1:00pm at Heart of OK Expo Center, 1700 W. Independence, Shawnee OK 74804
RSVP by January 12 to 405-273-4055 or Margie@avedisfoundation.org
February 24: OBU 2nd Annual Business Career Fair
11am-1pm at OBU, 500 W. Macarthur, Shawnee OK 74804
Register at https://okbu-csm.symplicity.com/employers/index.php
Third Friday Each Month: Downtown Block Party, presented by the Shawnee Art Guild
5-8pm in historic downtown Shawnee. For more information, call 405-432-4131
Shawnee Senior Center Events:
Savvy Seniors: http://savvysenior.org/seniorresources.htm
English as a Second Language Class
6-8pm every Tuesday and Thursday, Pioneer Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee OK 74801. Call Janie Davis at 405-273-3334 to register.
Yoga In The Park
6:30pm Every Tuesday at Sister City Park located at the intersection of Legacy and Airport Drive, Shawnee OK
Shawnee Little Theatre:
For show listings and more information, visit http://www.shawneelittletheatre.com or call 405-275-2805
C-Bar Horsemanship
We offer many opportunities to work with children and adults with special needs through our educational and therapeutic horsemanship classes. Visit us at www.cbarhorsemanship.org or contact us at charla@cbarhorsemanship.org.
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