03-06-2017 Monday Memo

A three legged stool…
Your economic development organization has three core missions that drive the daily focus of our activities.    Those three areas aren’t top secret or merely wishful, but more so are areas that we use to benchmark whether our efforts are paying off or if we are just spinning our wheels.
Those three areas are:
  • Assist in the creation and retention of wealth producing jobs.
  • Focus on attracting more capital investments to this area.
  • Help raise the per capita income of the average citizen in Pottawatomie County.
While each one of those areas seems simple enough to describe, truthfully it takes a lot of great partnerships, team work, attention to detail, a clear cut, well defined strategy, a plan of action and in some cases, some good old fashioned luck to accomplish those three things.
While employment levels rise and fall like the tides, our area’s employment levels have been stable for a long time and many of our manufacturers are expanding their operations, which typically means they will be hiring, if they can find the right kinds of skilled individuals.
We have some new manufacturing related businesses that have recently built a facility in our community and they along with others who are supporting those facilities are also adding employees.
Likewise, as more and more consumers find what they are looking for in our area, the existing and new retail sectors in our community are also continually hiring new employees.  New building projects, whether they are for manufacturing, housing, medical, education, retail or infrastructure improvements, mean more jobs are being added all the time.
All of these new developments provide proof that more capital is being invested in the community and in a wide variety of areas.  That is a positive indicator for our area, as brick and mortar projects help us grow the economy in this area, the region and the state.  Stagnation equates to decline and our local economy is far from being in a suspended state. 
Growth in the last area of increased income is a bit tougher to quantify and never grows as fast as we would like, but we still have some positive news to share with you.
Over the past nine years, the Per Capita Income of this area has increased by almost 16%.  While that doesn’t seem to get much attention, to us it’s a positive indicator that things are headed in the right direction.   In dollars and sense that means that on average, individual income rose from $31,174.00 to $35,999 in Pottawatomie County, or an increase of $4,825.00.
Whether we can thank our lucky stars, knock on wood, or rub a four leaf clover, the indicators about economic growth in our area are continuing to help grow our local economy and that makes us very, VERY happy. 
Educators Notes:
If you read the information we offered in the previous section, hopefully you read a bit between the lines and understood that what we were describing about our area was the fact that it’s not one thing or the other that is helping us grow, but it’s the diversity of our area that is helping us succeed.
We think that is a great life lesson for anyone in your classrooms to consider, in that as a wise teacher from a long time ago once said;  “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”Aristotle
No doubt you have students who excel in every aspect of their educational attainment, and at the same time have students who are better in one or two certain areas than others.  Isn’t that the way of the world? 
Here is the not so secret message in that we need every one of those students in our area, from the overachiever to the not so dedicated scholar to help us continue to be successful.  We need them all to meet the demands of the employers who are already here and those we haven’t even met yet.
Our community, region and central Oklahoma area is NOT going to slow down in seeing our population grow and that will attract even more businesses to this area who want to be part of that growth.  Since 2010 the Oklahoma MSA, (metropolitan statistical area) has been the 10th fastest growing large metro area in the nation, and has grown at twice the rate as the nation.  
While currently Shawnee, Pottawatomie County and other communities in the area are not part of the OKC MSA, as our connectivity to that area strengthens, we are positive it won’t be long before the MSA designated areas are redefined, and we will be counted as part of that designation.   Some predict that will take place as soon as 2020, which is less than three years away.
So what does all that mean for our entire region?  As we read the various tea leaves that are now being reported, we see a steady and continual growth pattern, which means there will be more opportunities to increase the prosperity in this area, in a wider and even more diverse number of economic areas.   
We need your help to make that happen.
We Like ‘Em A Lot:
There are those all around us in this community who are doing such a fantastic job at helping our community be a great place to work, live and in general a nice place to enjoy life.  Sometimes those individuals are well known by a lot of people and other times they are someone who we see everyday, just going about their work in a quiet and unassuming manner.   Regardless of their status or their role in our area, they all play a crucial role in the betterment of our community.
The individual we are highlighting this week is someone who her fellow workers would describe at incredible.  Her passion is her family, which includes her husband and her three daughters and those who know her well shared with us that she is doing a remarkable job of balancing both her professional life and her family life at the same time.  In today’s world that isn’t always easy.
As a lifelong resident of this area, she has worked her way up in her chosen profession by being a dedicated employee. She has a true regional perspective of this area and exemplifies admirable character traits by being honest, hard working, intelligent, well rounded in her abilities and kind to those she encounters.
You can easily witness the passion she has for the community by her service to the United Way and the Shawnee Education Foundation, along with the other areas she has willingly volunteered her time to with other civic and non-profit organizations in the area. 
Individuals around us who demonstrate the character traits of being trustworthy, dedicated and loyal are what we need more of in our community, and this individual is someone who every day illustrates those qualities.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Amanda Brackeen.  If you know Amanda, 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
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 –      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.
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
tburg@sedf.biz   *  scaldwell@sedf.biz   *  www.sedf.biz  *  405-273-7490 * facebook.com/shawneeEDF

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