07-03-2017 Monday Memo

Within the daily and weekly efforts of undertaking our role in economic development, we receive a fair amount of ideas that offer suggestions about what we could do or should do as it relates to the local economy.  
For the official record, we always love to hear what others thinks we may want to consider, so keep those ideas headed our direction.
You know by now that our organization does not operate in a vacuum and that we have a board of directors that approves our annual program of work, which also is reviewed by the City’s Contract Review Committee and the City Commissioners themselves. 
That’s a long way to say we have a LOT of eyes that review the work we have underway over here at 131 N. Bell.
But having a program of work doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t consider or be receptive to looking at doing something else, or being receptive to different ideas. 
You never know where a good or great idea will stem from, and listening to those suggestions just might lead to the next best economic development project we can be part of or help with.   For us the test of an idea to pursue isn’t a long drawn out process, and initially review is fairly simple.
We like to stick with the facts focusing on if the idea will be a fit for the community? Will it add wealth and create jobs locally? Does it bring in some additional capital investment for the area? And what does it do to diversify the economic base in this area?  All are important items when we start to consider doing different things   
At the same time, we have to consider if the idea is actually doable based upon the time constraints and funding we have available to our organization, plus is it something that we really should be doing within the purpose of our organization at all?   That last statement alone can often be the deciding factor with a whole lot of different ideas.
We realize that we will never do everything to please everyone and that haters will always be seeking for a reason to discourage and disapprove of anything we attempt to accomplish.  That is what often drives us to try harder and fuels the will to do more.
For us, it’s important to move on, to persevere, to stay focused on the “what can be” and be less interested on the negative side of things.   So if you have a good or even great idea, or even a suggestion you want to bounce off us, send it our way and we will run it up the flagpole of those who give us our marching orders.
Educators Notes:
The educators in our area are AMAZING… and since we only print the facts, and occasionally our own highly biased opinion, you know that it has to be true. 
But just in case you want some facts, let us share with you a few statistics about what has been going on around the region these past few months in the area of STEM Education…
At a recent Gordon Cooper Regional STEM Alliance Meeting, those in attendance learned:
  • So far, 2017 has reported 417 STEM Learning Activities for students in grades 1 – Adults. Members agree that this number is potentially much higher due to lack of reporting.
  • State assessments for 2016 have been released. Substantial improvement indicated in 3rd grade math, 7th grade math, 8th grade science & Algebra 2.
  • Steady increases are reported in enrollment in GCTC Pre-Engineering program, including the 17-18 projected enrollment. More schools in this region are implementing a high school “STEM Class.”
  • STEM-based Professional Development for teachers is also increasing for teachers in this region.
  • OBU reported that in partnership with North Rock Creek School, OBU hosted approximately 60 students in a 3-week long STEM Camp.
  • GCTC reported 369 students enrolled in 2 weeks of STEM Camp
  • Seminole State College reported that approximately 200 students participating in Upward Bound
  • St. Anthony Shawnee reported on Junior Volunteer Program – Approximately 68 high school students participating this summer – large increase from last summer.
So what does all that mean to those who are not engaged in the process of education?  Eventually all of those efforts lead to more individuals with degrees and skills tied to engineering, medical professions, employment in science related fields, manufacturing and aerospace.  And much, MUCH more…
“We Like ‘Em A Lot”
In our business we always love it when we stumble upon someone who goes above and beyond his or her normal duties and goes the extra mile to get something completed that helps others. 
Finding people like that is similar to finding one more present under the Christmas tree or getting that unexpected Thank You card in the mail.  It’s what can help us restore our faith in our fellow human beings, which these days oftentimes sorely needs some restoration.
The individual we are recognizing today is one of those individuals who doesn’t think in terms of that’s not my job, but more so, is quicker to say, how can I help? A lot of people can identify a problem, but it’s much rarer to find someone who once a problem is identified, takes it upon themselves to resolve the issue. 
Individuals who go above and beyond their own respective role or area of responsibility, to make things right, are the kind of people we need more of in our world and this community.
In our interaction with this person we have found her focused on making this a better community, eager to be part of a positive process of helping others succeed and acts like a sponge soaking up the different aspects of her profession so she can continue to serve as a new upcoming leader.
When we visited with those she works with on a day-to-day basis, the positive adjectives flowed like running water.  In their own words, they shared that she was a diligent person, energetic, hardworking, imaginative, pro-active and always helpful.
They also added that she has been incredibly resourceful in taking what she knows from her professional world and applies that background wherever it can make a difference. 
They were quick to say she is eager and passionate toward learning new skills that will allow her to excel at whatever she choses to do and that her unique perspective helps them offer some creativity in what is oftentimes a black and white world.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Brittney Burton.  If you know Brittney, 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 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
July 14:  Block Party Bash
3-8pm at Community Market, 120 S. Center, Shawnee OK
For more information, click HERE
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
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