04-24-2017 Monday Memo

Have you sold it yet?
We get a lot of questions about the status of the SEDF’s Spec Building, which we built in the industrial area north of the community, and the short answer is no we have not sold it yet.
However, this building and the property it sits on has been an OUTSTANDING marketing tool for our community. And of course you want to know how something like that works, and of course we are anxiously awaiting an opportunity to explain that to you.
Since we started the construction of the building we have used that property to respond to 24 or 25 different Requests for Information from prospects that are seeking an available building. 
In the simplest of terms, that means if we didn’t have the building to offer, we wouldn’t have been able to respond to those prospective customers.
While responding to a Request for Information doesn’t always create jobs, what it does do is allow us to meet individuals who come to the community for a site visit, and that is a critical and important next step in finding the right tenant. 
And so far we have been able to show our building to 5 different prospects that were interested enough to pay us a visit.  And while those site visits did not provide us with an end user, it did allow us to help one of those prospects find another property in the community.
And that connection to another available property means that new jobs are being created, a significant capital investment is being made, our community gets to meet a new employer who will help us diversify our economic base, and a whole lot of other positive benefits for our community.
And none of those things would have happened without the ability to market the availability of the SEDF’s Spec Building.
A great question to ask is: So now what?   The answer to that has us at the edge of our seats each and every day.  We are continuing to market the building to a wide range of aerospace customers that are located all over the Nation. 
We are in the middle of developing a list of advanced manufacturers who are engaged in energy product development and will be reaching out to those businesses within the next 60 days or so.
Concurrently, we are communicating our available asset to site consultants, our economic development partners, our local manufacturers who may need to get a supplier or vendor closer to them, and a lot more targets than you will ever know about.  While it’s true we have not sold the building yet, we have already seen success in creating jobs, simply because we have it.
Just remember that when it comes to finding a tenant for our building, we want to secure the right company that fits well with what is already being made here and what we can sustain when it comes to our skilled workforce.
When it comes to attracting the “right stuff”, just remember, it will only take one to let us be successful.
Educators Notes:
Everybody’s busy and we all have a reason why we can’t possibly schedule one more thing on our calendar.  Once you take a look at the following information, we think you can find the time to attend this Gordon Cooper Technology Center event….
At a time when you may need a little “pick me up”, GC Tech wants to invite each of you to an upcoming event involving our students. 
This year, for the first time ever, we will be hosting Signing Day events for all incoming Gordon Cooper Technology Center students.  We’ve had different events in the past, but this year’s event will be a great chance to really highlight the many fantastic young people we get to serve each year. 
The Signing Day event will be a chance to celebrate new incoming high school students as they sign a letter of intent for their education and future at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. 
This truly is a big event and one we take very seriously as we continue our mission to “prepare people for success in the workplace, in education and in life.” 
Signing Day, #gctcsigningday, will be held on April 27th on the Shawnee Main Campus. 
The signing ceremonies will start at 6:00 p.m., and we would love to have you attend.  It is a come and go type event, but if you’re able to attend I know you will come away reminded why we all do what we do!
The ceremony will mirror the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes.  Hundreds of our new incoming high school students will be recognized from all of our 21 partner high schools along with our Homeschool and Private School students. 
This exciting evening will include the students, their families, instructors, community leaders and education and industry professionals. 
We would love to have you attend and enjoy the beginning of this next step in the lives of the students we share with our partners.  As always, if you have any questions just let us know.  Take Care!
Marty Lewis
Superintendent Gordon Cooper Technology Center
We Like ‘Em A Lot
We all have our go to people, who are part of that network of individuals who make our lives and jobs easier, and who are at times the most indispensable individuals we must rely on.   The individual we are recognizing today is one such person.
In our world we often do not have the luxury of taking our time and methodically progressing toward an end goal.  In other words, more often than not, it seems like our tail feathers are on fire and we need what we need, RIGHT NOW…  Some folks would classify that as pressure and stress, but for us it is simply called economic development.
The person we rely on to help us with delivering a quick response to our prospects is someone who is well known in the community and also fits into the category of being someone who is also considerate of others, plus is generally happy to provide assistance to those in need.
Over the past 8 plus years we have reached out to him many times, seeking his help that allows us to have accurate information, in a timely manner, and that also helps us show our business prospects that we are a friendly place to conduct business.  
While we always like to believe that just maybe we are getting special treatment, we are certain that the reality is that the person we are recognizing today provides the same type of pleasant and friendly service to everyone he encounters. 
While you may not think that any of this is a big deal, we are committed to recognizing those among us who go out of their way to help others and who do that regularly with a smile on their face and with an amiable demeanor.  
Individuals like that make all of our tasks a bit easier and we appreciate that they allow us to count on them to be a part of the team of professionals we consistently rely on.  
The person we wish to recognize this week is Troyce King.  If you know King, 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
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 27:  GCTC Signing Day
6pm at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, 1 John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
April 27:  First Annual Chili Cook Off – Autism Oklahoma
11a-2p at Pottawatomie County Courthouse, 325 N. Broadway, Shawnee OK 74801
Entry Fee:  $5 / $5 for bowl of chili, cornbread and drink
Call Trish at 405-570-0308 or 405-273-8376 with your questions.
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
tburg@sedf.biz   *  scaldwell@sedf.biz   *  www.sedf.biz  *  405-273-7490 * facebook.com/shawneeEDF

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