05-22-2017 Monday Memo

In the days to come…
Beginning in the latter part of 2009, our community has been fortunate to witness a lot of growth in the manufacturing, retail, education, medical, housing, infrastructure improvements and commercial services sectors. 
There is no doubt that it took a lot of people making the clear choice to collaborate, which allowed all of the different projects to become a reality.  We hope that same cooperative spirit sticks around to allow us to work on a lot more projects that will create jobs and attract more capital investments to our area.
As the end of our 2016-2017 fiscal year draws to a close, we are keenly aware that there is a lot more to do, and that for the betterment of our area’s economy, it’s best that none of us rest on the laurels of our past successes or take anything for granted.  
There is no slack time in the business of economic development and we wanted to take this opportunity to share a few areas that we are going to focus our time and energy on as the new calendar year moves forward. 
  • Continue to market the SEDF’s Shell Building to a wider audience, to secure a suitable tenant that will create new wealth-producing jobs.
  • Remain focused on the retail gaps in our local economy and aggressively recruit firms that will fill those consumer needs.
  • Increase our efforts at attracting more residents to live in our community.
  • Support the multiple partners in the various workforce development programs now underway or those that may be added.
  • Maintain and expand upon the Business Retention and Expansion efforts we have with our local and regional wealth generators.
In case you think our To Do list is a bit light, we will also remain focused on:
  • New Business and Industry Attraction
  • Improved Community Image
  • Help Foster Entrepreneurial Ventures and New Business Developments
  • As needed, assist with developing the airport and its services
  • Remain focused on reopening the rail line between Shawnee and McAlester
  • Publicize what the SEDF does to a broader market
  • Update and refresh the data used on the SEDF’s website and marketing materials
Or we could have just said, “The usual business of attracting and supporting business.”
Educators Notes:
For all of those educators associated with the Career Techs in Oklahoma, Summer Conference registration is open.
Registration for the 50th annual Oklahoma CareerTech Summer conference is open at http://www.okcareertech.org/summer-conference/registration.
The conference will be Aug. 1-2 at the Oklahoma City Cox Convention Center.  For more information, visit http://www.okcareertech.org/summer-conference.
“We Like ‘Em A Lot”
A few months ago we highlighted a local group of employees who had taken it upon themselves to roll up their collective sleeves in order to complete some long overdue improvements to one of our local educational facilities.  For those of us who saw the before pictures of this facility, we were pleasantly pleased with the after results.
We have a fondness for individuals who see something that needs to be addressed, are compelled to take action and then provide some results.   For individuals like that, rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and they spend their time providing results.
It just so happens that we have had an opportunity to spend some additional time with one of the leaders of these “do-gooders” which has revealed a lot more about that leader’s character.  Stick with us and we think you will see why we have mentioned them here today.
As we have gotten acquainted with this individual, we have found a person who has a heart for those who need a little bit of help and a passion toward those who others may be overlooking.  While at first his exterior demeanor portrays an image that is big and burly, his inner workings tell us so much more.
For us, we can tell when a person’s heart is in the right place, when they give of their own time and talents, to those who will most likely never be able to repay the gift of wisdom and service that has been provided to them.   Doing something for others and not gaining anything for oneself is not the normal behavior pattern in today’s “What’s in it for me?” world. 
The individual we are recognizing today is someone who is quick to go out of his way to seek out opportunities to make our community and region a better place.  We’ve seen him give of his time to a wide variety of groups, organizations and entities in the area, and we are fairly certain we don’t know the half of what he has helped others with.  
In the simplest of terms, we need more people in our world like him, as by our book, the character traits of compassion, service to others, a desire to make our world a better place, all being accomplished with a friendly smile, is ever in abundance.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Stuart Wood.  If you know Stuart, 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      
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.
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
June 14:  SEDF Board Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates:  7/12/17; 8/9/17; 9/13/17; 10/11/17; 11/8/17; 12/13/17
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
tburg@sedf.biz   *  scaldwell@sedf.biz   *  www.sedf.biz  *  405-273-7490 * facebook.com/shawneeEDF

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