06-19-2017 Monday Memo

Things we are good at…
A week or so ago we hosted twenty-one individuals from a community in Kansas that is not too dissimilar than ours.  They came to ask some questions and learn more about how our community undertakes the tasks of retail attraction, marketing, improving our community image, workforce development, recruiting more population, community development and how we worked with our regional partners.
While that might sound like a lot to go over, we think we covered the high points of those topics quite well, or sufficiently enough for them to see what our strong points are, which specifically applies to those seven areas.
The short answer to “what are we good at” is, Quite A Lot.  But the in depth answers that our Kansas visitors were seeking takes a bit more explaining and information. 
While it’s easy to rattle off a long list of attributes about this community, we wanted them to understand how we used what we are good at to address the seven areas of interest they were interested in.  So hang on for a quick primer in how what we are good at helps us to so many more things.
Shawnee is good at making things. Our manufacturers make and sell things all over the planet.  To produce those products, they need skilled employees, and those employees are also consumers who buy products themselves. 
When we visit with a potential retailer, the fact that we have a large number of manufacturing businesses in the area certainly plays a key role in getting them to consider placing a retail operation in this community.  In fact, a lot of our marketing materials are tied to our population, its growth, their income and education levels and much more.
Shawnee is good at building homes, whether those are located in the city limits or around the perimeter of the community, more housing options helps us attract a larger population.  By our best count, we know of 18 to 20 different single-family housing developments and that is what helps us grow our population base.
As a community and region, we are extremely fortunate to have a wide range of educational institutions that help train and supply a skilled workforce that not only helps fill the open positions in this community, but also helps companies all over the entire OKC Metropolitan area. 
We have a distinct advantage in our workforce development efforts due to the many talented groups that understand that without a skilled workforce for the business community to hire, not much else matters.
From our perspective, community image and community development go hand in hand, as one reflects a desire to make this location appeal to a wider range of residents and that at the same time is what community development can help accomplish as well. 
As better roads, parks, sidewalks and other quality of life amenities are invested in around the community, our image improves.  Those positive actions take place when our local leaders learn more about the community they serve.
We believe our community does that by listening to the residents, by assessing the assets and resources available to our city and county, along with analyzing the pressing needs and issues our community faces.
The last item on our Kansas visitors “we need to know” list is how we work with our neighbors.  While there is a good chance our perspective is a bit biased, we think we are doing a good job in that area.   Our regional relationships connected us with the leadership of those at Tinker, the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and even those who are in leadership positions at a state level.
And while all of that is a decent representation of regional partnering, as possible, we also work with those in the surrounding counties, as they are part of our economy as well.  For your consideration, as badly as the OKC Metro area needs some of the skilled workforce our area can produce, we need the communities to the north, east and south to help supply us with some of their workforce as well.
While it’s not every day that we share what makes us tick with out of state visitors, when we are able to do so, it gives us a better perspective.
Educators Notes:  
We wanted to share a couple of things related to the Oklahoma Career Tech system that might be advantageous to your work in education and also help toot their horn a bit more…
CIMC offers resources for you
Oklahoma CareerTech’s Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center offers a range of free and budget-friendly resources for teachers on its website, including an employability skills web page of resources to support employability efforts in all areas.
Also on the CIMC website is a web page of products and links for adult education and career preparation. This web page includes samples of CIMC products, as well as links to free resources from a range of organizations.
In addition to these topic-specific web pages, CIMC provides a free, 62-page booklet of resource links to download titled “Websites, Apps & More.”  The current edition of this free resource continues a tradition started by CIMC more than 20 years ago when teachers needed useful websites for instructional purposes. The booklet lists organizations and websites reviewed by CIMC staff and organized by cluster.
Visit the new CIMC catalog at http://store.okcimc.com/ today and check out what CIMC has to offer as we celebrate 50 years of service to Oklahoma teachers.
This past year over 88,000 Oklahoma students were involved in learning leadership skills through their membership and involvement with the various Oklahoma Career Tech Student organizations.
When the 2017/2018 Officers of those various organizations were asked what it had meant to them in their lives to be part of these programs, their individual responses were worth sharing.
Many of them stated that the leadership skills development they were exposed to helped them find direction, confidence in themselves in a period of their lives which is difficult.  Many offered that the student organizations helped them prepare for college or a career of their choice, or even simply provided them with a better idea of which career path to consider.
Some of the leaders felt that they had experienced a life changing experience and that the impact on their life changed their world, which made them grow as a better person.   And almost every one of those new officers were certain that their personal experience was something that will allow them to be better prepared to serve others.
The programs and student organizations that are offered through the Oklahoma Career and Technology Education programs is something that ALL Oklahoman’s should be proud of, and without question it will continue to provide young new leaders to the communities in our state, along with leadership for our nation.
We Like ‘Em A Lot:
The individual we want to highlight today is someone who has taken care of our fresh produce and specialty gastronomic needs for the past seven years or so, and a person that we think many of you may never have met.
This fantastic lady is an entrepreneur with a big heart and has surrounded herself with like-minded people who are all eager to help others who are almost as friendly as she is.  In fact, we could just name her entire place of business and all of the employees as a favorite of ours and be done with this section of the MM.
But we don’t want to do that, as we think you need to know more about why she is someone we are focusing on today. 
In the business of attracting business to a community, oftentimes we are asked by a prospect or visitor to meet them for lunch in a location where we can discuss business. We are blessed in this community to have a lot of different choices to pick from and on occasion we try to go to a spot that is different and unique, with the idea that our visitors will remember us a bit more if their taste buds have been satisfied.
Over the past five years or so as we have visited our out of the way dining location, the owner and her team have always greeted us warmly, been pleased to see us, treated us like family and made us and our visitors feel right at home. 
Those are lasting impressions that stick with us and of course, those who are accompanying us.
That type of attitude and having a genuine interest in each customer begins at the top, with the owner of the business.  Catering to someone’s individual needs is never easy, but this lady has made it her mission to be nice to everyone she meets and to go out of her way to try and accommodate them.  
Recently, as she was contemplating making a crucial business decision, her concern was as much about the disappointment her clientele would be facing, along with the implications to her business.   All that is a long way to say, this is a person who cares about others and we need more of that kind of caring in our lives.  
The person we wish to recognize this week is Tammy Johnson.  If you know Tammy, give her a call, send her a note or an email, and tell her how much we appreciate all she does for Shawnee and our area. 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 National Bank:  Contact Darci Williams at 405-275-8830 or dwilliams@fnbokla.bank
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 Sherry Pennington at  spennington@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
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.
July 4:  SEDF Office Closed for Independence Day
Additional Dates: 09/04/17 Labor Day; 11/10/17 Veteran’s Day; 11/23-24/17 Thanksgiving; 12/25-26/17 Christmas
July 12:  SEDF Board Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates:  8/9/17; 9/13/17; 10/11/17; 11/8/17; 12/13/17
August 7:  Celebrate Pottawatomie County Teachers, sponsored by Avedis Foundation
8am-12:30pm at Heart of OK Exposition Center, 1700 W. Independence St., Shawnee OK
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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