02-20-2017 Monday Memo

The long, LONG road ahead…
You can absolutely take it to the bank that if anyone in this community wants to tell you what is going on, it is the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation.  Some days we want to climb on the roof with a bullhorn and broadcast to anyone who will listen the great things that are taking place in this area, but due to the confidentiality of our work that isn’t going to happen.
What we can tell you are the TYPES of projects we are working on and let you make your own assumptions on whether we are headed in the right direction to help grow the economy.
There are several manufacturers in the area that are in a growth mode, which means they are increasing the size of their facilities, expanding production operations and adding jobs.
While we can’t tell you who they are, we can tell you that we are excited about what these capital investments mean to our area. These companies are producing PRIMARY jobs, which is what an economic development organization gets excited about.   The investments made today, will pay dividends for years to come.
Based upon the interest from the national and regional retailers that we encounter, we are seeing additional growth in the areas of consumer options for our community.   While that may not seem like a big deal to the average resident, to us it validates that more and more research is being done on our area to confirm that we are a GREAT place for top-level retailers to locate.  
Our area’s biggest risk takers are continuing to develop their new housing sub-divisions and those investments are what is helping to grow the population in this area.  A larger population allows us to have a greater supply of skilled employees, more consumers, larger school enrollments and so much more.
The quality of life projects that AVEDIS, the City and the County are collaborating on, and independently pursuing, is an ever growing indication that the concepts of rejuvenation, refurbishing and improving the quality of life in this area are more than just hopes and reams.  These projects will be wonderful for this area, and we will all benefit from their hard work and investments in the area.
Quietly our educational institutions are continuing their work in improving their facilities, and at the same time, developing enriched educational offerings that will allow the next generation of skilled employees an even greater level of skills.  Our workforce pipeline isn’t full, but it is well on the way to being able to handle a larger capacity, which is what the employers are eager to find.
We’ve only just begun to touch the surface of what is underway, being planned, or considered, for our area. No doubt it will take a lot of teamwork, preparation, dedication to details, along with a stick-to-it-tiveness attitude to make these items become a reality.
Regardless of anything else, you can bet the farm that the best days for our region are yet to come… Just remember you read that here first.
Educator Notes:
February is National Career Tech month and we know you want to know more….and since we like to help everyone learn more, here is a link that will provide you with a lot of additional information about the Career Tech system in our great state…
We Like ‘Em A Lot:
All over this community there are individuals who are working hard to make the lives of others better, and who most of us don’t know or possibly might not ever meet.  
These people are an integral part of our quality of life, and without them and their hard work, many who live among us would not have an opportunity to have a better way of life.  The person we are featuring today is someone who betters our community each and everyday.
When we asked her coworkers what was unique about her they quickly told us she was the glue that keeps their organization operating smoothly and efficiently.  As one of the longest tenured employees at the non-profit agency she works for, she is the person who can provide the historical information on what the agency has accomplished or where they may have struggled over the years.
While raising a child as a single mother is never easy, our candidate for this week goes about her life in a personable, likeable and friendly manner, which makes being around her delightful.  She is always eager to help those who need assistance and goes out of her way to make others feel at ease. 
The professional side of her life provides us a glimpse of someone who has an acute focus on the bigger picture for our area, all the while doing her job with dedication, purpose and a desire to improve upon her own role with her employer.   We always are delighted to encounter someone who is knowledgeable, invaluable to there organization, serves as a key connector to others in our area and who exemplifies someone who we wish we had more of.
 The person we wish to recognize this week is Cory Swearingen.  If you know Cory 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
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
First United Bank:  Contact Paul Bass at 405-273-6100 or paul@firstunitedbank.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.
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.
February 28 & March 1:  Blue Zones Focus Group
Located at the Heart of Oklahoma Center, 1700 W. Independence, Shawnee OK
For a complete list of topics and times, visit http://go.bluezonesproject.com/pottawatomie_county_rsvp?hs_preview=TvTHAPxg-4651151921
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.
March 7:  OBU Green and Gold Gala
7pm at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd, OKC, OK
March 8:  SEDF Board Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates:  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
March 23-25:  Oklahoma Regional FIRST Robotics Competition
8am at Cox Convention Center, OKC
For more information, visit http://www.firstinspires.org/
March 31:  Mobile Smiles Unit
9am-3pm at The Community Market, 120 S. Center, Shawnee OK 74801
For more information or to make an appointment call 405-878-1528
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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