02-27-2017 Monday Memo

Behind the scenes…
Some of the work of your economic development organization undertakes often goes unnoticed, as it pertains to marketing or reaching out to others who don’t live here, or who possibly aren’t familiar with all of the activity taking place in this area.
That is a fairly typical scenario when it comes to attracting the attention of national retailers or those who we would like to make a capital investment in our area, as those individuals are frequently bombarded with an avalanche of information from a long list of communities that want to do that same thing that we want to accomplish.
So how do we separate ourselves from those countless others? Or better yet, how do we provide information to those targets that meets their needs, quickly, efficiently and without a lot of fluff?   
We think one of the ways we can accomplish that is through the Marketing and Implementation Plan that our retail consultant, Catalyst Commercial, is currently updating for us.  
While this document isn’t the only method we use to reach our business targets, it is one of the approaches that we think allows us to deliver a consistent message, which offers them a glimpse into our area and allows them to determine if our area meets their own business needs.
Four years ago we undertook a comprehensive Marketing and Implementation plan that helped us see where our retail gaps were in the community and also let us establish some benchmarks to measure against.   Our updated plan now allows us to see how much growth we have experienced over the past four years and where we have some work to do to fill in our weak spots.
The new data we have gathered, with the help of the City of Shawnee and the retail consultant, focuses on how the size of our retail market has increased, along with where we are now seeing more traffic because of those developments.
For those who only see traffic congestion, we see consumers who now have more options than ever before, a larger trade area visiting our community on a more frequent basis and the financial benefits that the sale of products provides to our City and County governments. 
Those financial benefits directly tie back to the improved quality of life that our residents are ready to experience, and in some cases also supports those who can only see traffic congestion.  Just like rain, which falls on us all, positive economic growth can benefit both those who are eager to see us grow and those who only care about their own areas of interest.
But the updated report offers us a lot more than just where we have been over the last few years.  It also allows us to see where we can anticipate some of the new wave of growth to take place and to help us focus our attention on those areas.
It also allows us to share the positive perspective of our area with not only our new business prospects, but with those who have been here a long time. The demographics about those who are visiting our retail venues, the traffic counts, the distance that consumers are traveling from, are all valuable tools that existing and new businesses can then use for their own marketing purposes.
Over the next few weeks the latest version of the Shawnee Marketing and Implementation Plan will be ready to share with the world.   We will let you know when that is available and hope that you will share that with everyone you know.
You can be sure we will be doing that very same thing. 
Educators Notes:
In a recent report by some top-notch economic researchers in the Oklahoma City area, some of the statistics they provided offers us a glimpse into what the future is going to be in our area.   We think their forecasts are noteworthy in that they can help you provide some added emphasis on the potential careers the students in your classrooms may wish to consider.
The bottom line is that Oklahoma is changing.  There is no doubt we are still dependent on energy as one of our economic drivers, but the jobs created on how we extract those resources are changing.
As with most modern processes, technology is changing the way we do things, and that oftentimes means we need less people this year to do the same type of work we did last year.  In the simplest of terms, it might have taken 20 people to drill an oil well three years ago and this year it might only take 10, as advancements in technology require less physical presence.
So what that does mean to you and the students you are preparing to face the world of employment?   It means that more than ever it is critical for your students to have marketable and transferrable skills, that will allow then to move from one career to another.  
It means that rather than depend on one specific sector of the economy to provide them with a cradle to grave job, they need to be ready to adapt and/or use their skills to meet the demands of an ever-changing employment marketplace.
And we will repeat what all of you already know, if the students are prepared for the future with an education that is heavy with a STEM curriculum, they will be far more advanced than those who aren’t.
We Like ‘Em A Lot:
Eight years, one month, twenty seven days, six hours and 15 minutes ago, (but whose counting?), when we first arrived in this community the third person we met was an outstanding individual who has proven to be one of the nicest people we have ever met.
Before we even got here, we were stopped by an individual at a state educational agency who asked us if we were the person headed to Shawnee, and when we replied yes, they told us we absolutely HAD to meet this specific person as soon as we possibly could. 
That wasn’t a suggestion, but more of a directive, as they knew what we didn’t and what they knew was the person they wanted us to meet was an outstanding individual in every possible way.   And after eight years, we are happy to admit they were absolutely correct in their assessment of this individual.
The individual we wish to highlight today is one of a kind.  Intelligent, kind, caring, big hearted, always concerned about the well being of those around her and someone who has an intense focus on the bigger picture.  
While her career has been one that is enviable, in that everyone she has ever worked with will sing her praises, it’s her character and professional manner that impresses us the most.  This lady’s word is her bond, and she is unflinching in her loyalty to those she dedicates her life to.
Quite frankly, she doesn’t need to do the things she does to be an outstanding individual in our area, she simply offers her time and talent of making this a better place out of the goodness she has for others, and that motivation is what makes her unique.  We have rarely seen her without a smile, or offering a kind word of encouragement to those she works with or is acquainted with. 
We have found her graciousness to be boundless and her gentle demeanor to be a welcome respite in a world that often is at odds over small quarrels, and her ability to be a peacemaker is undoubtedly a talent that we are enviable of.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Linda Capps.  If you know Linda, 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 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.
May 29:  SEDF Office Closed for Memorial Day
Additional Dates: 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
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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