02-08-2016 Monday Memo

We’ve been told NO more than once…
The past couple of years in Shawnee have seen some significant growth in a lot of different areas. Projects related to retail, housing, education, healthcare, commercial and infrastructure seemed to be underway in almost every direction looked. We would be lying if we said that we didn’t absolutely love all of the capital investments being made here.
No doubt these investments will pay dividends pertaining to job creation, economic prosperity and a lot of other areas for many years to come, which is why we have been fortunate to witness the significant amount of growth over these past few years.   As we drove around this last week showing the community off to an interested party it was great to see the groundwork that has been done by a lot of people that is finally being developed.
While it’s great to see the growth, we always try to temper our enthusiasm with a dose of reality by realizing that at one time all these projects were simply ideas or plans that were under consideration. Those ideas had to be researched, analyzed, discussed and financially reviewed before anything was firmed up, decided or finalized. Risks had to be considered, forecasting the future of our area and the region was considered and a whole lot more factors were involved than most of us ever consider.
We know, don’t bother us with details as we want our stuff and we want it NOW! Rest assured that the staff at the SEDF is well aware of the consumer selections that you are interested in and we are constantly reaching out to those who are on your list of choices and on our list as well. We remember only too well back to 2009 and 2010 when over 250 retailers were contacted about locating a store in Shawnee.
What is amazing to us is that several of those who are now operating a store in our area were some of the same retailers that told us no all those years ago. That doesn’t mean it’s as simple as call and they will come, as there are a lot more steps to the process of getting a new business to select our community.  However, there are some things we can do to help speed up that process and of course you can help us do that too.
One of the best things we can do is grow the population of our community, county and region. Nothing entices a retailer or new employer for that matter, more than seeing an increase in population. From a highly biased perspective, which includes a bit of crystal ball gazing, we like the opportunities that are before us to be part of the region’s potential growth.   For us it can’t happen fast enough and your role in all of this is to share the positive things we are seeing in our region with anyone you can.
We have growth in a lot of different sectors of our economy, which equates to employment opportunities. We have educational and skills development choices and those accessible resources will let those who want to chase their own personal American Dream prepare themselves properly for their future. Our community’s infrastructure keeps improving and while the road to better highways is always under construction we are seeing improvements in many different areas.
By now you realize we are pretty excited about the future of our area and if the history of the past seven years has taught us anything, it is that you have to plant a lot of seeds before you can reap a harvest. We think the ground around here is ready for planting more seeds of opportunity.
Educators Notes:
This week some hand picked members of the local business community have the opportunity to speak with students at the Jim Thorpe Academy about the various skills needed in occupations available in our area. In addition, those business leaders who are willing will share some of their own challenges that they have faced in their lives, which they have either adapted to or overcome. Additionally, these students will get an opportunity to review a Career Cluster Survey, which hopefully will enlighten the presenters as much as it does the students.
As our world changes we know there are those who struggle against seemingly overwhelming odds and those obstacles can often impede or derail the best laid plans of those who are in our educational systems. We are fairly certain that every educator in America knows more about that than we do, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t step up our involvement if asked and get businesses to spend more time in the classrooms.
It wasn’t that long ago that a sign on the fence and an ad in the local newspaper was the most preferred method of publishing a job opening, but those methods are not as effective as they once were. Todays youth are more in tune with the aspects of how and where to find things, specifically when it comes to social media, but we still believe they might not know as much about career opportunities in our area as they should or as we would hope they know.
While there are a lot of variables when it comes to reaching those we want to be ready for the workplace, there is truly only one consistent and that is that we are in this all alone. No one is going to rush in with a plan to save us, to solve the shortage of skilled employees or to develop a one size fits all workforce skills system. If an area plans on growing they will need to determine what best fits their area, adapt, utilize the resources available to them and customize programs to meet the needs of business.
And to do that, business needs to be in the room with educators explaining their needs and helping them convey that message to those who can fill their open employment positions. This isn’t a question of education or business, but more so a question about us and how we can help grow our own workforce, while helping others understand there are opportunities all around us.
We Like Em A Lot:
The individual we would like to highlight this week is fairly new to our community, however she is already making a difference because of her strong desire to help others. From the first day we met her we knew she was someone we were fortunate to have in our area and someone that others would want to know more about.
Our interaction with this person has allowed us to see the personal side of her character, where we have learned more about her giving spirit. As we looked over her past areas of service the word volunteer continually rises to the surface as she has accomplished a lot of things in a short time frame. Her service to others includes volunteering in an area hospital, acting as a Chair for Relay for Life, supporting animal welfare through her participation with Feeding the Animals and acting as a mentor to children with special needs.
In her short but illustrious time as a dedicated volunteer she has been a Wish Granter for the Make A Wish Foundation of Oklahoma and been an Advocate for Yes All Daughters. The list of organizations she has supported includes the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research, Feed the Children, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Autism Speaks and Athletes in Action.   The list of ways she has given back to others is an enviable one and should challenge us all to try to do more for those in our respective communities. Within the last six months or so she has accepted a position in our community with a non-profit organization that serves families and at the same time finished her degree at Oklahoma State University.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Natalie Dibert. If you know Natalie, 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
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
Enviro Systems: Visit http://www.enviro-ok.com/careers/job-opportunities/ or email Personnel@enviro-ok.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: Apply online at http://www.indeed.com/q-Jindal-Films-l-Shawnee,-OK-jobs.html or 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
Red Lobster: Apply online at https://www.redlobster.com/employment/
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: (Staff Management representing TDK) Call Kristi Winchester at 405-395-0070
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 Express Employment Professionals at 405-275-7575
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 
February 11: 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: 2/16; 2/23
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 12: Infant Safe Sleep Training
10am-12pm at Pottawatomie County Health Department, 1904 Gordon Cooper Drive, Shawnee OK
Call Leslie Vick to register at 405-273-2157 or LeslieV@health.ok.gov
February 15: SEDF Office Closed for President’s Day
Additional Dates: 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
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 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
March 9: SEDF Board Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates: 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
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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