04-17-2017 Monday Memo

Economic diversity is a good approach in allowing us to describe the overall economy in Shawnee and at the same time, it helps us explain what we are working on here at your economic development organization.
From our perspective, the greater amount of diversity we have in our economy, the better we will survive the economic shocks that will inevitably come our way.   We will have to face future economic storms, but with a diverse set of employers and the benefits they bring to our area, it helps us be a much stronger community.
In an effort to support the variety that our economy provides, we also have to remain focused on a lot of different economic development projects, as each of them can provide additional benefits to our area. 
Whether it’s best to describe what we have going on as having a lot of irons in the fire or not placing all of our eggs in one basket, this past month of March didn’t allow us any slack time to contemplate what was taking place. 
Our version of March Madness was a period of time that found us in a full engaged reactionary mode rather than having any time to dwell upon what was taking place.  And we wouldn’t want it any other way.
In the month of March, we reviewed and responded to twenty-six different NEW projects, and that has been the strongest number of projects we have ever seen in the month of March over these past eight years
Just like communities, not every prospect is the same and March seemed to pull out all stops when it came to offering us some diversity in the types of projects.   During the month we responded to:
  • Ten different manufacturing projects.
  • Nine new retail prospects.
  • Five projects tied to commercial services.
  • Two prospects that were so secretive we have no idea what they do.
  • One project that is tied to finding an empty call center building.
Add in another dozen or so of ongoing projects that we are working on, and you might get a sense of the level of interest in our area and region.  Again, we are NOT complaining about the level of activity, but are excited to share with you that there are a lot of opportunities to grow the diversity in our area these days.
And on that note, we leave you with this.   While that might sound like complaining, for the record we would like to unequivocally state, Can we please have some more of what March brought our way?
Educators Notes:
Something GREAT is headed our way, and while it might take a year for it to come our way again, we can guarantee you that you’re going to hear about it from us a BUNCH more times between now and then.
A few weeks ago we had the PRIVELEGE of participating in a program called the Junior Achievement Finance Park.  This experience was in tandem with the in-class curriculum, which happened prior to the students visit to the Finance Park.
Over all, this experience provided each student more than 18 hours of financial literacy education.   I don’t think any of us who has participated in this program can put an accurate value on the lasting impression this program offers for our future generations.
High school students who participate in this program came away with a feeling of personal empowerment for their own economic success and a better understanding of what the real world holds for them based upon their individual educational attainment levels.
It’s not everyday that those of us in the business community get to see how volunteering in a program such as this provides real world education to the students and at the same time allows us to feel as if we are truly making a difference in the lives of those we are assisting.
Due to outstanding partnerships with Chick-fil-A and other businesses in Oklahoma, this Junior Achievement program makes it possible to offer this curriculum at no cost to the schools. In a world of escalating costs, something this good being offered for free is a great idea in our book.
So stay tuned as we are going to continue to spread the good word of the Junior Achievement mission and encourage you to make plans to have those in your classrooms participate in this program this next school year.
If you wish to know more now, click on this link and you will find out more about this outstanding program:   http://www.myja.org/financepark/
We Like ‘Em A Lot:
Tuesday, April the 4th was not particularly a good day for some of us at your economic development organization.  What had been a great day with several outstanding meetings with local and regional partners, ended up with a lesson in physics, where force meets immoveable mass and everybody gets to take an ambulance ride.  Needless to say, we hadn’t scheduled that type of a meeting on our calendar.
But around our office, in spite of the multiple bumps, bruises, broken vehicles and a lot of sore muscles, we still try to find a bright spot in a situation that wasn’t very pleasant. 
In all things we do, we try to apply the wisdom of Robert Louis Stevenson in these types of situations, which goes something like this:  “Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.”
On that bright and sunny Tuesday afternoon, we got to witness the professionalism of a wide variety of first responders on an up close and personal basis.  We met some wonderful firemen, outstanding city policemen, kind, compassionate and dedicated ambulance EMT’s and a host of talented people at our local hospital.
We must apologize in advance for not being able to share the names of any of those who helped us in our hour of need, but frankly our brain was a bit scrambled by the real world physical science experience. 
But now that the cobwebs have cleared a bit and our ability to form a complete sentence is somewhat better, let us share with you that our admiration for those who provided us with emergency response and medical treatment was deeply appreciated.
We know that not everyone will agree with us, and that from time to time we all have a different perspective based upon our own personal experience, but for us, we can’t say enough nice things about those who came to our aid.
So this week the people we wish to recognize are the first responders and the medical providers who came to our aid.  If you know any of them, give them a call, send them a note or an email, and tell them how much you appreciate all they do for Shawnee. And if you don’t know any of those individuals, make yourself a note as some people you have to meet.  Your life will be better for knowing them.
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 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.
April 21:  Open House for Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency
1-4pm at COCAA, 131 N. Bell, Shawnee OK
May 10:  SEDF Board Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates:  6/14/17; 7/12/17; 8/9/17; 9/13/17; 10/11/17; 11/8/17; 12/13/17
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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