03-27-2017 Monday Memo

It is often said that football is a game of inches, which equates to the idea that every opportunity to advance or to stop the advancement of the ball may determine whether the contest is either won or lost.   There are a lot of different strategies to winning in a football game, and in some ways some of those methods are very similar to the economic development process.  
To us, economic development is much more than a game in that our economy, our quality of life, the opportunity for a great job and a whole lot more rides on the outcome of how well we undertake our economic development process. 
Incorporated in the economic development process is an effort that requires patience, consistency, attention to detail and developing a team of partners that understand the overall objectives. 
It also helps if we will conduct an ongoing analysis of the various areas that drive our economy, such as the quality of our workforce, the employment levels in the area, skills development, any gaps in our supply chain, and the viability or state of those businesses we depend upon to help us maintain and grow our economy.
Having a good strategy in how all of those segments of the process align with each other, along with how our various partners are able to continue to affect the outcome of our collaborative success is another part of how the “game” of economic development is pursued.
 Most of all, the one single most determining factor of all is being persistent.   Staying on task, with a clear, precise and consistent message is something that will help us in more ways than we can ever measure.
While it’s easy to lose our focus and sometimes follow the whim of the week, we know that maintaining a strategy that allows us to align the resources we have with the areas we can sustain or improve upon, is what will provide the best results.
And equally as important is to not lose sight of those end goals…   
Educators Notes:
Spring is here, or at least it was when we decided what to write in today’s Memo, and to us that often makes us wonder what those who will be graduating from our area high schools are going to be doing with their future.
Past statistics tell us that 50% to 60% of those who graduate from high school in Oklahoma will go on to attend an institution of higher learning, but sadly only 15% to 18% will actually graduate with a degree.  That is a bit disheartening to us, but the fact is, it is the reality of the world we live in.
But it is also a fact that we live in an area where the opportunity to achieve great things is still possible if the right steps are taken to help achieve a better quality of life.   Without question, the more you learn the more you earn, and there are other opportunities to succeed, IF they are willing to apply themselves.
We have a Career Tech system that is outstanding at helping someone develop new skills or to improve the skills they already have.   In a world where more and more employees will need to have more STEM related expertise, we know that what you have been doing in your classrooms, along with what the other educational institutions can offer, is making a difference in the lives of a lot of our area’s residents.   Keep doing that.
And our institutions of higher learning are more than ready to assist a student in pursuing their career aspirations in a myriad of ways some of us might not fully realize.  Just because the state’s higher education statistics are a bit grim, doesn’t mean our region’s statistics need to mirror those results.  That’s a long way to say, give our local universities and colleges a chance to see what they can do to help any of your students achieve more goals than they ever imagined for themselves.
But in case all of those options aren’t in the wheelhouse of those you are helping to educate, we also want you to know that there are a lot of employment options in our community and within the general region.   While the higher paying positions require a higher level of skills, there are still a wide variety of entry level positions to choose from locally.
Our region has a need for individuals in manufacturing, food services, hospitality, retail, construction, the oil field, the utility companies, the different City Departments and a whole lot more.
Here is the bottom line to all of this… If you can only impress one thing upon those students you are working with it is this…  There are a lot of opportunities in this region, and we hope you will encourage them to explore them all…. 
We Like ‘Em A Lot:
Over the past few months we have had the privilege of being in the same room with the individual we would like to recognize today.  During those times we have seen his dedication to help others on full display as he shares his compassion for all those he encounters.
This individual has a gift of sharing his vision of how we can make our world a better place and a hunger to lift others up so they can make their own lives more enjoyable.   He views everyone as being unique, with each individual having his or her own specific purpose and a distinct value in creating that better environment.
His dedication to helping others is evident in his daily activities whether it is his job of helping others solve their production problems or as he shares his faith with those who gather around him.  His word is his bond and he lives out his beliefs in actions, not simply words.
His words of Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy, sums up his personality better than anything else we could write about him.  Whether it was his service to our nation while in the military, his dedication to those who come to hear him preach, the businesses he serves in his capacity as a business professional, or to a group of high school students who need some encouragement to keep on trying, he epitomizes those individuals who make our area a blessed place to work, live and play.  
The person we wish to recognize this week is Clarence Prevost.  If you know Clarence, give him a call, send him a note or an email, and tell him how much you appreciate all he does for Shawnee and our area. 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
Eaton Corporation:  Apply online at www.eaton.com/careers, keyword Assembly
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
Norwesco:  Email Coy Carpenter at coy.carpenter@norwesco.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
Fire Relief Fund sponsored by Indaco Metals
All monetary donations will go to the farmers and ranchers in need in Harper and Woodward County.  Round hay bales can be purchased for $20.  Indaco Metals will provide trucks for delivering hay bales and administration free of charge.  Your monetary donations can be sent to:  Indaco Metals, 3 American Way, Shawnee OK 74804
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 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 5:  St. Anthony National Walking Day Event
5:15pm at St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital Surgery Center, corner of Macarthur and Kethley
For questions, call Carla Tollett at 405-878-878-8100
April 12:  SEDF Board Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates:  5/10/17; 6/14/17; 7/12/17; 8/9/17; 9/13/17; 10/11/17; 11/8/17; 12/13/17
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
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