05-08-2017 Monday Memo

It’s Economic Development Week and we think that’s important….
Okay, we know that right from the get-go you’re thinking that this memo is a self-serving rant about the economic development profession.  We must confess that a part of that is true, but there is much more to the economic development profession than being a little bit boastful.
For some folks, economic development is a mystery and they believe everything we do is cloaked in a shroud of secrecy and whispers.   Nothing could be farther from the truth and the clues about what is going on in and around the community is literally right before most people’s noses.  
You know the old saying that sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees?  Some of that applies to the business of economic development as well.   If you need to be reminded on what those clues might look like, we suggest you begin by looking at locations where a lot of dirt is being moved. 
Where you see a lot of red dirt is a good indication something is taking place there, as people don’t often move dirt around because they just feel like it. 
You can also look where there are wooden stakes with little pink or orange flags waving in the breeze, and where you see concrete trucks, with lots of blue jean wearing men gathered in a location that look like they’re going to build something.
But those signs are most often something that takes place long after a lot of other work has taken place.  
For us, economic development is about a lot of different disciplines that are linked together, which form a strategic plan on how to move the needle forward in helping to create a more prosperous economy.
Some of the disciplines we are referring to are the gathering of data, which specifically ties back to a wide variety of information that is crucial to those who we wish to encourage to make a capital investment in our community.
Sometimes the data is simply about us, meaning our community or region, or the details about our age, educational attainment levels, income averages, ethnicity, occupations, skills, and a whole lot more.
Every now and then, a prospect wants to know about our weak spots, such as crime indicators, poverty levels, and things about our area that don’t make us very proud.   The good news about those areas is that everybody has issues, and some communities are more focused on fixing them than others.
Some of the simpler things to gather are item such as traffic counts, knowing the locations and capacities of our utilities, or the accessibility to any of the different infrastructure needs a business might require.
Part of the economic development process is to honestly evaluate who we are, what we have to offer, what is already here, what we can realistically sustain, and where the various gaps are in our economy.   
While we have no doubt that we have businesses in this community that can build submarines, there is a really strong belief that we won’t become a shipbuilding hub anytime soon.  That means we should be wise and focus on what is achievable for our area and not spend a lot of time on the hypothetical ideas. 
Yes, we know you’re disappointed that Disney isn’t coming here, RIGHT NOW, but that is often the reality of what we do.
But economic development is a whole lot more than these items.  A portion of the process is marketing the community to others and even ourselves, plus leveraging the available resources we collectively have access to.
It’s also about taking care of what is already here, working jointly with the City, County and State, and others who wish to be part of the growing economy in this area.   And a lot of that corresponds with the activity of workforce development that so many of us in the community are working on.  
Hopefully you’re starting to get the idea that there are a lot of different partners, necessary action steps, and strategic plans to undertake the business of economic development.  
Running an economic development program is also a strategy that requires patience, with an eye toward the different details that each different economic development subject or action step requires us to pay attention to.   Economic Development is not a quick or easy process, and it often takes years for something to progress from an idea or enquiry into a successful project.
And for those who don’t think that economic development is important, we’d like to take you on a visit to some communities in our state, where a long time ago the citizens decided that economic development wasn’t necessary.
We can either move forward and help create greater prosperity for those who live in this area or simply let things happen on their own, which most often than not, will lead to decline. 
Which one would you choose to pursue?
Educators Notes: 
As one of the leading STEM areas in the state, we know many of you will want to participate in this upcoming workshop.   Here is a note from the President and Executive Director of the CASMEO and Oklahoma Women in STEM that might be of interest to all of you educators.
The first annual CASMEO STEM Community Workshop is scheduled for May 18, 2017, at the Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Portland Campus in Oklahoma City, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Registration is free and lunch will be provided. 
Please use the following link; https://casmeostemcommunityworkshop.eventbrite.comto register. Print and bring your ticket to the event.
The Coalition for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education in Oklahoma (www.CASMEO.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promoting high standards of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and workforce in Oklahoma. Your Tax-deductible donations will help CASMEO to continue serving Oklahoma STEM Education and Workforce growth and closing Skills Gaps in the state.
Please feel free to share this email with other regions surrounding Shawnee and/or invite others you think will benefit from this event.
Thank you for all your support of SB 1181, a State law and Statute, for the creation of STEM Communities in Oklahoma.
Saeed Sarani, M.Ed., M.B.A.
President and Executive Director
CASMEO and Oklahoma Women in STEM
3500 NW 150th
Oklahoma City, OK 73134
405.717-4780 (W)
405.570.0523 (M)
We Like ‘Em A Lot 
This past week we got to hang around some great people who were sharing their wisdom and expertise with a whole bunch of interested students, who were eager to gain a better understanding of what it takes to apply for a job and how to be prepared to interview for those employment opportunities that may come their way.  
Within a few days, if the students stay on task, 53 of them will graduate from high school, and while that might not seem like a lot to some, to these students that is a HUGE milestone.
While witnessing those presentations alone, which were conducted by over a dozen business people, allowed us to observe how caring people really can do some great things when they set their minds to it, there is more to the story.
We also got to see an individual in action who poured her heart and soul into giving back to those she had never met before, because that is just part of her character.  This lady has proven over and over that she wants to help others who may not be able to ever do anything for her, but that isn’t the point.
The point is that she gets what it means to go above and beyond her normal workplace duties, to help others who need some guidance, assistance or encouragement, and to be part of a team that truly wishes that others have a chance to succeed in their individual lives and in our community.
More often than not, when we ask her to help us with something related to the betterment of her fellow human beings, she is quick to say yes and often the first one to arrive in the parking lot to get started with whatever we are trying to accomplish.
Being eager to serve others is something we admire in others, as it often helps to restore our own faith in the human race, and lets us know we do live in a special place in this nation.   Whether this lady is helping students focus on areas that will improve their lives, providing them with a bit of hope, giving of her time and talents within her own professional association or just riding her Harley, we like the way she rolls and wish there were more like her in our world…
The person we wish to recognize this week is Dani Shields.  If you know Dani, give her a call, send her a note or an email, and tell her how much we appreciate all she does for Shawnee. And if you don’t know her, make yourself a note as someone you have to meet.  Your life will be better for knowing her.
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      
Shawnee News-Star:  Mail resume to Shawnee News-Star, PO Box 1688, Dept. 359, Shawnee OK 74802 or email to jalewis704@gmail.com
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 host 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
May 9:  City of Shawnee Strategic Planning Session
6:30p at Vision Bank Community Room, 4301 N. Harrison, Shawnee OK 74801
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 19:  City of Shawnee Strategic Planning Session
2:00p at First National Bank Community Room, 130 E. Macarthur, Shawnee OK 74801
May 23:  City of Shawnee Strategic Planning Session
6:30p at Shawnee Community Center, 804 S. Park St., Shawnee OK 74801
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
June 8:  Oklahoma Historical Society Banquet – Citation of Merit for Historic Shawnee Alliance
6:15p at Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, OKC OK
Register and purchase tickets at http://www.preservationok.org/2017-preservation-conference.html
June 10:  52nd Faith 7 Bowl – All Star High School Basketball Games
1:30p at Noble Complex on OBU Campus
For advanced ticket information contact faith7bowl@gmail.com
August 17:  Job Fair
9a-1p at Galilee Baptist Church, 1025 E. 9th St., Shawnee OK 74801
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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