01-23-2017 Monday Memo

Opinions versus Reality…
Most of us know that we live in a world where social media often drives individual perspectives, and regardless if that perspective is something you agree with or are offended by, those viewpoints aren’t necessarily the reality in which your economic development organization lives in.
For those of us in the economic development profession, we are faced with a reality that change is inevitable, that competition is an every day occurrence, that a deal isn’t finished until the prospect or client says it is, and that often, our only choice is that of attitude.
Each of us in some form or another remembers a time in the past, with hopefully fond memories, where our world was a wonderful place and those memories can cause us to want to relive the “good old days.”
The challenge for those of us in economic development profession is to not get run over by the sweeping winds of change while we are relishing in days gone by.   Wistfully remembering what once was, does little to hold back the changes in this world that often are advancing at what seem like a hundred miles an hour.
A famous OLD rock and roll artist once sang a song about Rust Never Sleeping and that is similar to the world we live in, as it seems that our competition never sleeps either, which requires us to be on our toes all the time.
Whether our competition is in a neighboring town, state or halfway around the world, they all want to attract new businesses to their areas, offer goods and services to our consumers, or entice manufacturers that we are blessed to have in this area, to relocate to their neck of the woods. 
To keep what we have, to attract what we don’t, to meet the demands of those who we wish to shop here and continually increase our market share, we have to be creative, innovative and resourceful in meeting the needs of all of those entities.  
In a world of ever increasing business complexity, where there are so many different nuances, elaborate details and actions steps necessary to just stay in the game, it can easily seem like the odds are stack against us in more ways than one.
From our viewpoint, we believe it takes a consistent and fulltime effort to remain focused on the details that are necessary to stay in the game, which allows us to recruit new business and to also support those who are already here.  Both are vital to our economy and each plays a major role in our success and prosperity.
The reality of what an economic development organization does is if we don’t stay focused on doing the work of business support, business retention and business attraction, who will?
“Educators Notes:”
We are fairly certain that since end of the year holidays are over, most of the instructors in our educational facilities are back doing what they are so good at, which is a good thing for those in your classrooms and for the economy of our region.
Without your work, we wouldn’t be able to keep up the pace of activity that our region is blessed to enjoy, or to be better prepared for the things to come.
On that positive note, as we all try to cut through the massive amount of negativity in our world, we wanted to share with all of you that there are a LOT of wonderful things headed our way.
As we meet with existing area employers, visit with those who wish to make capital investments in our area, or even engage those who are interested in our center of quite a lot, we consistently are able to share with them what makes our area unique and different.  And you, along with your individual efforts, are part of that positive message.
The employment opportunities in our area are diverse, plentiful and continue to be a focus of many employers who are hoping to grow their workforce, expand their facilities and make significant capital investments in this region.  Regardless if it is an existing business or a new one, their most pressing commonality is the need for a skilled workforce, which all of you are more than able to supply to our area.
One of the most vital parts of supplying that critical workforce component is the need for greater skills in both hard and soft capacities.  It’s not one or the other, but both that are needed and one area doesn’t necessarily offset the other.
Part of what makes our job easier is to show the employers that our area already has a collaborative effort in place that helps focus students on STEM related skills development, which will help them develop those marketable and transferrable skills they will need the rest of their lives.   
It is always an exciting moment when other places across the US are beginning to see what is taking place in this area and ask the question “How can we get some of that for our own needs?”  Our answer is simple in that we tell them to move their business here.  
Once again, thanks for all you do to make this a great place and we couldn’t do our job without all of you doing yours…
“We Like Em A Lot”
Most of you won’t know the individual we are highlighting this week and that is a shame, as this young man is someone who has a great future ahead of him and at the same time is a friend of this community.
I’m fortunate to have known him for many years and to have watched him grow in his wisdom, his desire to make this a better world and to acquire a passion to help others reach loftier goals and greater achievements.  His enthusiasm for economic development pushes all of us in this profession to do more and to explore opportunities that we might not otherwise seek out.
The curiosity that our candidate exudes is honest and refreshing in a profession that can quickly turn many of us into cynical spectators, which limits our capabilities and efforts.  When we need it the most, this young man has the ability to help us reset our thoughts and focus on what we each need to do to make a difference in our own respective areas.
Most of us appreciate having someone who is a willing partner, a confidant and an individual who is willing to go out of their way to suggest that we think about a challenge differently and provide us with a fresh set of eyes.  This young man has helped our community and economic development organization in so many ways over the past sixteen months that it’s almost as though he was a member of our staff.
As a young father, a dedicated husband and someone who has fully embraced the Central Oklahoma lifestyle, we are eager to witness his continued rise as an economic development professional and we covet his continued support for our organization, community, region and state. 
The person we wish to recognize this week is Jeff Seymour.  If you know Jeff, give him a call, send him a note or an email, and tell him how much you appreciate all he does for Shawnee. And if you don’t know him, make yourself a note as someone you have to meet.  Your life will be better for knowing him.
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
Absentee Shawnee Tribe:  http://www.astribe.com/astribe/?reload
BancFirst-Shawnee:  Contact Deloris Page at dpage@bancfirst.com
Black Hawk Casino:  Contact Shirley McCormick at shirley.mccormick@blackhawkcasino.org
Blue Zones:  Send resumes to jon.werger@healthways.com or visit https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=sharecare&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US#
Buckle:  Apply online at http://corporate.buckle.com/careers following application contact the store to schedule interview at 405-878-0920 
Chick Fil A in Shawnee: Apply online only 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/
Daliyah Greek House:  Contact Mazin at 580-235-8999 to set up an appointment and interview.  Restaurant located at 2033 N. Harrison, Shawnee OK.
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
Farmers Insurance:  Contact Tim Seelig at 405-377-6671 or tim.binman@farmersagency.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:  (Workforce Oklahoma representing TDK) Contact Malisa Daniel at 405-275-2100 ext. 397 or by email at malisa.daniel@us.tdk.com
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
HOW TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL JOBS:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY5Z_pfFUK4
OBU –     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 https://okbu-csm.symplicity.com/
OSU –      Finding talented employees to drive your organization’s success can be challenging, but Oklahoma State University
                  Career Services can help.  OSU’s outstanding academic programs cultivate America’s brightest in a wide array of fields,
                  while Career Services (HireOSUgrads.com) helps make hiring OSU interns, recent grads, and alumni easy.  Available
  • Free Job Postings and Resume Browsing
  • Career Fairs and Networking Events
  • Employer Information Sessions and Tables
  • Faculty Connections
  • Customized Recruiting Strategy Assistance
Contact the Shawnee area Employer Development Coordinator Alicia Jackson (alicia.jackson@okstate.edu, 405-945-
8617) today to develop your personalized recruiting plan to Hire OSU Grads!
Shell Building Information:  http://sedf.biz/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Shell-Building-Flyer1.pdf
Downtown Façade Grant Program – The Historic Shawnee Alliance Is Now Accepting Applications
For a complete list of guidelines and the application, visit the HSA’s web site at: www.historic- shawnee.com or contact HSA member and city planning director, Justin DeBruin, at 878-1616.
January 24:  Small Business Development Classes – Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map with Google
6pm at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7493 for more information.
January 26:  The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity
8:30a-4:30p at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Room Gemini I, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7490 to enroll
February 7:  Small Business Development Classes – Marketing Basics:  A Guide to Winning Customers
6pm at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7493 for more information.
February 8:  SEDF Board Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates:  3/8/17; 4/12/17; 5/10/17; 6/14/17; 7/12/17; 8/9/17; 9/13/17; 10/11/17; 11/8/17; 12/13/17
February 20:  SEDF Office Closed for President’s Day
Additional Dates: 05/29/17 Memorial Day; 07/04/17 Independence Day; 09/04/17 Labor Day; 11/10/17 Veteran’s Day; 11/23-24/17 Thanksgiving; 12/25-26/17 Christmas
February 21:  Small Business Development Classes – Small Business Social Media Marketing
6pm at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7493 for more information.
February 21:  The Shawnee Educational Foundation 17th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet
6:00p at The Geiger Center, Oklahoma Baptist University.
For questions, please contact President Debbie Bosch at 405 585 412-(drdebbiebosch@gmail.com or any Board member.
March 7:  Small Business Development Classes – Dollars and Sense:  Basics of Business Finance
6pm at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7493 for more information.
April 19:  Small Business Development Classes – Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map with Google
11:30am at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7493 for more information.
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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