04-10-2017 Monday Memo

A billion reasons to read this…
A portion of what we do in the profession of economic development is to analyze data about our area to determine if the economy is improving of declining.  Knowing the right information about who we are and what comprises our strengths and weaknesses helps us focus our attention on those areas that our efforts can help improve the most. 
Some good news for us is that we have seen an increase in the per capita wage average in Pottawatomie County in an eight-year period of 16%.   The average went from $31,000 per year to just under $36,000 per year.  
It’s also good news that over the last few years, as sales tax collections have declined around the state, ours has remained steady and in some cases increased over the previous year.  That means more residents are shopping here, plus we are drawing more people in from around the surrounding area who like what we have to offer to them as well.  
As we’ve shared with you before, our County is typically in the Top Ten list of 77 Counties in the state that employ the largest amount of people.  This past week the numbers for January arrived and we were #9. In December of 2016 we were #8. 
Job growth is also an important indicator of how the economy is doing and we are blessed to continue to see our area’s employers remaining steady in the number of employees who derive a paycheck from our area.
This week we also received some additional information about those jobs.   On average, the jobs in Pottawatomie County pay around $17.05, plus benefits.  The numbers provided by the Oklahoma Labor Department showed that we had 31,283 individuals employed in the County in January of 2017.
When we multiply the average per hour amount of payroll times the number of individuals employed, it highlights the fact that Pottawatomie County annually generates $1,109,637,207 worth of payroll.   
Other data that we have reviewed shows us that we can add in the $92 million in payroll that our area residents obtain from their jobs at Tinker and bring back to our area, which expands our payroll data to $1.2 billion annually.   
Finally, if we add the other 11,000 individuals who leave our County each day to commute to their place of employment to the west and use the $17.05 per hour wage average, we can add another $390 million to the overall tally, which rounds us up to around $1.5 billion in wages generated out of our area.
Pottawatomie County will never have the largest number of employees per county in the state, nor the highest level of wages.  But we will continue to be a vital part of the state’s economy, along with a place where opportunity exists for those who want to work for their own version of prosperity.   
Our area’s future is as bright as we want it to be.  While we do not know what the future holds, we do know who holds the future and we think a lot of us can see that person in the mirror everyday.
Educators Note:
A few weeks ago we had a group of bright minded OBU Seniors in our board room learning about what helps drive the economy of this area and asking us some questions about what we see as potential gaps in our businesses.  
The purpose of this interaction was to determine if there were entrepreneurial enterprises that they might be able to create, which would benefit the area’s business community.  
Quite frankly, we enjoyed that kind of dialog and hope we are able to engage them again to dig deeper into what makes our business community tick and where the disconnects might be.
From our perspective, we shared a couple of areas that we believe could be enhanced in our area if the right amount of research is conducted and a well thought out business plan was developed.
We discussed how many of our local businesses aren’t as tech savvy as they could be, and many have a perspective that social media is simply a waste of time. 
There is no doubt that that is true in some cases, but as technology advances and more people do more things online, our smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices are where we may want to focus more attention.
We discussed the aging workforce in America and how businesses may or may not be communicating with those younger generations, who just might be the next employees of the businesses in our area.  
If the younger generations are constantly on their cell phones and a business isn’t actively a part of that world, how else can you reach those potential employees?
Along those same lines, is the desire to sell more products to a wider variety of people all over the world?  Is there an opportunity to engage the international students at our local universities and match them up with sales or marketing opportunities at our area employers to help them reach those international markets better and faster?  
Call our line of thinking “way out there”, but we think the international students who are attending our local universities are possibly one of the most underutilized and overlooked assets in this area.
We Like ‘Em A Lot:
In our line of work, we oftentimes don’t have the luxury of taking our time and responding to requests for information in a leisurely pace. More often than not, the deadlines we face require an instant analysis of the project before us, with a response time measured in hours and not days.  
To be able to respond to projects with a tight response time, it helps to have someone who is a willing partner in that process and the individual we would like to highlight today is one of our most favorite go to people.
In the business of finding the right location for a new business, oftentimes the site selection criteria comes down to needing a location with the right kinds of infrastructure.  The availability of the right types of infrastructure also includes having the necessary capacities that the prospect requires.
In the overall make up of those systems, no two sites in our community are the same, as each location has its own different level of capacities and limitations, which in a community like ours that is always expanding, is also always changing.
So when we get that 11th hour notice that the prospect wants to look at our location and needs to know everything about it, we switch into URGENCY mode and contact one of our go to people.   Again, we are fortunate to have a person who is willing to help us with our requests for information on a short notice.
Not only does this person respond to our needs quickly and efficiently, he does it with a glad heart and eager willingness to be part of the overall process.  At the same time, we have seen him respond to the needs of the general public with the same kind of enthusiasm, as he wants to make our community a better place.
Whether he is responding to an infrastructure emergency, helping to plan the growth of the community, answering the calls of the panic stricken economic developer, or simply maintaining or upgrading systems already in place, he is a person that we are fortunate to have in our community. 
We believe he gives us his all, and his efforts are oftentimes never noticed by the average resident of this community.  All the while he goes about his work in a quiet and unassuming manner, keeping his eye on doing what is right for this place we call home.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Steve Nelms.  If you know Steve, 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 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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