04-03-2017 Monday Memo

Have a baby….
Over here at our offices we hear from a lot of people who tell us what kinds of retail establishments they would like to see in this community.   We have a long, LONG list of the names of those retailers, and trust us when we say the list continues to grow day by day.
While we have some outstanding developers, property owners, retail consultants, city and county staff that are outstanding partners in the recruitment process, here is something you can do to help us get those retailers you’re clamoring for here quicker.   Just have more babies.
Population plays a huge role in everything we do and it can make the difference in who locates here.  Business prospects look at our demographics to see if our population is suitable for the type of business they are seeking a location for and if we have a large enough population to meet their needs. 
Having more babies and increasing the size of the community and the county will certainly help us be more attractive to the types of businesses you wish to see open up in our area.
Just in case you’re thinking that having more babies is a bit too much to ask, then consider asking someone to move here.  In fact, ask everyone you know to consider moving here.
To be totally honest, we don’t really care how we increase the size of the population, only that it grows.  The faster we grow, the faster we will gain the attention of those retailers and other businesses you want to see open up in this area.
Just so you know, we have sufficient amounts of water and sewer capacity to handle a larger population.  And the same is true for the infrastructure of electricity and natural gas.
Our schools can readily accept more students, and in case you missed the construction project, our largest medical provider has increased the size of their facility to be able to handle more patients.
Work is underway to move traffic faster inside and outside of the community and we have plenty of housing options to select from.  The same holds true for the employment opportunities we have to select from as well.
In a few short years we will see the expansion of I-40 completed which will allow our residents the ability to get to and from Tinker and other jobs in the OKC Metro area much quicker.  That will be done before you know it.
Let’s agree to not keep what is going on around here a secret, let’s all work together to increase the size of the population so we can show those businesses you’re interested in locating here and why this is such a great place to be.
In fact, let’s start a new Land Run right here in Pottawatomie County.
Educators Notes:
Reminder! Nominations for the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame will be accepted until April 1. If you would like to nominate a deserving person for this prestigious honor, submit no less than one letter of recommendation that reflects the following criteria:
  • The nominee must have exhibited extraordinary contributions to career and technology education for at least 20 years.
  • You must explain the nominee’s contributions in the fields of teaching, administration, legislative and/or private sector support.
  • Contributions shall be specified at local, state and national levels. Leadership roles in professional organizations shall also be specified.
  • Specific contributions at the local, state and national levels should be listed. Leadership roles in professional organizations should also be specified.
Contributions that advance the broader cause of career and technology education should be specified.
Our guess is that many of you have someone you could nominate today!
We Like ‘Em A Lot…
As the community continues to grow, we are blessed to meet new people who have joined our ranks and who are eager to share their expertise and insight into how we might be able to improve the economy of our area.
Within the last year we have met an individual who, to say the least, is a bundle of energy and whose desire is to help light a new fire of enthusiasm for all those he encounters.  Others who know him better than we do have shared that he enriches the environment around him and that his spirit touches others and lingers in their minds and hearts.  When we began thinking about who to recognize this week, he quickly came to mind.
Our new acquaintance is like a sponge when it comes to absorbing everything about this community or those around him and his questions to us are offered in an inquisitive manner, which causes us to ponder whether we can do something differently, more efficiently and of course more effectively. 
He is passionate, driven, and results oriented, plus he is willing to give of his time to share his thoughtful insight when you converse with him.  Others have shared he is a hard working professional who is busy doing 100 things at a time and still does them all in a perfect manner. We believe we are fortunate to receive his mentoring and will be lucky to use half of the stuff he shares with us.
We appreciate his perspective of our economic development work and of this community, as it offers us an outsider’s view, which is not based upon malice or discord, but with purity and conviction that we can always do more, if we just set our minds toward those tasks. 
As we dug a bit deeper into finding more out about this outstanding newcomer to our community, we found that he believes we should consider building hope and optimism into our personal and business strategies, and that we should do more to seek out mentors who can assist you with your personal goals, regardless if we are a seasoned professional or an emerging leader.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Dr. Daryl Green.  If you know Daryl, 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
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
FirsTitle / Smith Brothers Abstract:  Contact Drew Dossey at 918-740-7707 or ddossey@firstitle.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
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.
April 1-May 13:  OBU to hose 8 Senior Art Shows
For details, visit https://www.okbu.edu/news/2017/03/university-to-host-eight-senior-arts-shows-april-1-may-13.html
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
tburg@sedf.biz   *  scaldwell@sedf.biz   *  www.sedf.biz  *  405-273-7490 * facebook.com/shawneeEDF

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