06-26-2017 Monday Memo

Now what are you going to do?
It’s that time of the year again, when we provide the City leaders and the Board Members of the SEDF with the proposed Goals and Objectives for the 2017/2018 fiscal year.   
And since our readers are an inquisitive group, we thought that we would provide you with that information, so you can share that with others, or simply be in the know about what is on our To Do list.
Continue to market the SEDF’s Shell Building to a wider audience, to secure a suitable tenant that will create new wealth-producing jobs.   This project has been a major investment of time and money for the SEDF and we believe it is our Number 1 task this coming year to secure the RIGHT tenant that will help us grow the economy even more.
Remain focused on the retail gaps in our local economy and aggressively recruit firms that will fill those consumer needs.  Our community has been fortunate to be seeing a lot of retail development over the past three years or so, and while that is welcome in the area, we are focused on a hand full of consumer options that we don’t have here. 
Increase our efforts at attracting more residents to live in our community.  To continue our growth and help stimulate the economy even more, we need to attract more people to live here. Increasing the population will help the City, County, Schools, Retailers, Home Builders, Real Estate Agents, Schools, Medical Providers, Employers, and a long list of others who are eager to welcome our newest neighbors.
Support the multiple partners in the various workforce development programs now underway or those that may be added.  With a current unemployment rate of 3.7% we have no doubt that we will be hearing more about the need to find and hire more skilled employees from our local and regional employers.  We know the pipeline of skilled workers is vital to our area’s growth, and it’s our goal to work with any of those who want to help us improve upon the number of skilled employees.  Everything is in place to help with those efforts and all we need to do is stay engaged in the process and do MORE to help those who can help fill the demand occupations in this area.  
Maintain and expand upon the BR&E efforts we have with our local and regional wealth generators.  Our greatest success in growing the number of jobs in this area, and even in attracting more business to the area, is by working with our area employers.  By supporting their needs, we can grow the economy faster than by any other means, and we can continue to show others that we are always interested in taking care of what is already here.
And in case you are thinking that our To Do list is a bit light… Here are some other items that we have included in our list of action items for this coming fiscal year.
New Business and Industry Attraction.  We are always interested in letting more businesses understand why this is a great place to locate their business and those efforts in our office are never taken lightly.   In case you haven’t figured it out by now, more is better in our book.
Improved Community Image.  From our perspective, which is highly biased, we continue to see improvements all around the area, and if we can help continue those progressive endeavors, then it’s time well spent.
Help Foster Entrepreneurial Ventures and New Business Developments.  With the three continued education entities we have in the community, St. Gregory’s, Oklahoma Baptist and Gordon Cooper Technology, we have a fertile field for those who want to explore growing their own business ideas.  Our goal is to help them find the resources and expertise that can assist them to follow their dreams.
Assist with developing the airport and its services.  Our community has a GREAT regional airport and the potential for more growth at that facility will only continue in the coming years.   As we strategize our own goals and objectives, we are keenly aware that we must do what we can to help those at the airport.  We think it’s an underutilized facility that has a lot of potential for growth, sooner, rather than later.
Remain focused on reopening the rail line between Shawnee and McAlester. We can NEVER quit our efforts in trying to reopen this corridor of commerce between our community and to the SE part of Oklahoma.  Our task is to keep this idea in front of our elected officials so it becomes part of their personal goals as well.
Publicize what the SEDF does to a broader market.  It is always a challenge to let others know what we are doing without bragging or being egotistical about the work we have underway.  We know the place we call home is ROCKING, so forgive us a bit if we get a bit boastful from time about what is happening, but we think it’s important for others to know about the activity we are now witnessing in the area.  We are ecstatic to be a small part of these exciting times.
Update and refresh the data used on the SEDF’s website and marketing.  Data that is old, outdated, irrelevant and incorrect drives us CRAZY, so we are always on a mission to redo those items that we use to help sell the community.   In an ever-changing world, it’s not easy to keep up with the relevant information, but rest assured we will continue to do our best in doing so.
And now you know what the different groups of leaders we work with know, as it relates to the coming fiscal year.   If you didn’t see something that you thought we should be doing, give us a call, or send us an email.   We are ALWAYS taking input on how we can do more for the area.
Educators Notes:
Were you aware that right here in Shawnee it’s possible for an individual to obtain training in Customer Service, Accounting, along with Administrative Support training for Business, Legal or Medical firms?
Did you know that it’s possible for someone to obtain training that would allow them to enter the world of Aerospace?
If you know someone who wants to use their hands, would you believe that they could acquire skills in Automotive Collision, Auto Detailing, Auto Refinishing Technology and Automotive Service Technology?
Maybe a person wants to learn about being a Carpenter, a Mason, or work on HVAC equipment or Electricity.   Did you know they could learn those skills in Shawnee as well?
And if a person wants to become trained on equipment that help make products, they can acquire skills that allow them to learn how to operate a CNC machine, or become a welder or a host of other manufacturing related jobs.  Yes, right here in Shawnee.
It’s quite possible that there are those in the community that want to enter the field of Multimedia Technology or Graphic Design or Network Systems Tech, or even do Web Design, yes, those skills can be learned here as well.
But the level of skills development doesn’t end there. If someone wants to be a cosmetologist or a nurse, or even gain a greater level of knowledge related to Pre-Engineering-STEM courses, they can get a heavy dose of that here as well. 
All of these skills development training programs and so much more can be obtained at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center facilities right here in Shawnee OK.   We thought it was a good time to remind everyone about those programs.   
We Like ‘Em A Lot:
If you haven’t guessed by now, we like people who are excited about what they do and who are always eager to learn more, do more and be of greater service to all those they encounter.
The individual we are highlighting today is one of those people and she has a laser focus on helping others in our area improve their quality of life, by assisting them in finding a great job or by accessing the resources that can help them develop better skills.
While we haven’t known this person for very long, she has a passion to help others and seems to exude a personal drive of making sure she helps all those that she meets.  On numerous occasions, she has offered to help someone, oftentimes even before they ask.
For us, that shows her willingness to be known as someone who says yes more than she says no, and that comes from wanting to make a positive impact on those she works with or those she encounters in her job.  To be perfectly honest, we like the fact that she is on our team of “go to” people and we are fortunate to have her working in our area and helping others.
Often, she is like a sponge in that she wants to soak up everything she can, all the while analyzing what she is learning to determine if it applies to what her own organization can offer to those in need, along with her role in delivering the services she has been tasked to provide. 
Her diminutive size doesn’t do justice to the size of her heart and her determination to accomplishing more each day, as she goes about her role in helping others. 
The person we wish to recognize this week is Carol Samuels.  If you know Carol, give her a call, send her a note or an email, and tell her how much we appreciate all she does for Shawnee and the surrounding 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
September 11:  Guns and Hoses Golf Tournament
9am at Shawnee Country Club
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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