07-10-2017 Monday Memo

Conducting the business of BUSINESS…
Ah, those lazy days of summer, when life slows down and living is free and easy…
Trust me when I tell you that few economic developers we know EVER used those words to describe the activity level of their economic development organization, and your economic development organization is no different.
So far, 2017 has been a record setting year in the number of projects our organization has reviewed and continued to work on, which is good, plus we are always in the middle of refreshing, revising and updating the information we have on our website, Facebook page, marketing materials and everything else we use to market the community.
In a small two person staffed office, we attempt to keep the information related to economic development as current as possible, which is at times a herculean task. This year we have gone through our website, top to bottom, page by page, link by link and document by document to attempt to provide those who are looking at that source of information things that are relevant and accurate.
While that might seem to some as a simple task, to us it is similar to changing out an aircraft engine while flying at 30,000 feet.  Keeping the process moving forward while undertaking updates and necessary changes is oftentimes easier said than done.
At the same time, we are updating the property information that we use to highlight what is available in our area, which we post on three different GIS sites at a local, regional and state level.  What makes that difficult is that property continues to change hands, new properties become available and the world of real estate is ALWAYS changing.  But knowing what is available in our area is important, which is why we spend time chasing this info down.
We are also in the midst of revising the skills information that we share with the area K-12 schools, which is tied to the higher paying jobs in our region.  However, to obtain those well paying jobs, an individual needs to have the right skills, which is the reason we attempt to get that information in front of the region’s educators.  Yes it is a not so disguised attempt to grow the per capita income of this area.
We are also in the midst of developing a ten year trend analysis of how the economy has grown in areas of Per Capita Income, Population, Wage Data, Construction Permit Amounts in Shawnee, Sales Tax Revenues and Pottawatomie County Property Values.
And if your think all of this is just busy work, let us share with you that nothing is more frustrating to a business prospect than not being able to find the information they want, when they want it, and then to find out that it is inaccurate or totally outdated.  
Long story short, the world is constantly changing and if we hope to market ourselves to others, we need to try to keep up…
Educator’s Notes:
CIMC expands reach with CareerTech curriculum
In celebration of its 50th anniversary as Oklahoma’s source for CareerTech curriculum, the Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center, a division of Oklahoma CareerTech, has concluded an agreement with Village Virtual LLC for the development of online courses using CIMC content.
Village Virtual is a K-12 provider of online learning, offering nearly 240 full-time and supplemental programs in partnership with schools or districts.
The initial product of the new agreement will be a career exploration course titled “Journey to Careers.” This course will integrate career exploration and employability content developed by CIMC with new media created by Village Virtual and delivered via its own learning management system.
Village Virtual customers include public and private schools, home schools, charter schools and community organizations. CIMC and Village Virtual anticipate expanding the new agreement to include courses in STEM and other CTE areas.
For information about current products, visit CIMC at www.okcimc.com and Village Virtual at www.villagevirtual.com.
We Like ‘Em A Lot:
It makes our day when those we interact with start off using the phrase, “How can I help you?”  Hearing those words makes us realize that we have another partner who is focused on doing things for the greater good of the region and that their intent isn’t self-serving or a one sided relationship. 
The individual we wish to highlight this week is someone we think hits all the right buttons when it comes to serving others, and their passion to do so is evident to all those who have the fortunate opportunity to work with them.
This person interacts with a wide range of businesses all over the region and is oftentimes the first impression a business has regarding the resources that are available in the area.  His jobs means he needs to know a lot about all of the different businesses he interacts with and how to deal with a wide range of personalities, which allows him to disseminate how best he and the organization he works for can help those in our region.
His supportive demeanor and ability to gauge a business’s needs is what often makes the difference in just having a meeting, or actually bringing things to the table that are beneficial to the company and their employees.   When you’re focused on doing good, along with providing a tangible result to the client and their employees, that is where you can see the true character of the individual we are recognizing today. 
Our recipient this week is more interested in doing what he can to improve the businesses he interacts with, rather than seeking recognition for himself, and that is one of the main reasons why we like him a lot.  
Helping others, having a great disposition, recognizing that he is part of a larger team, using his wisdom and expertise to help others, and being an all around good guy, are just a few of the character traits that distinguish this person in our area.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Bob Stephens, who is an Industrial Coordinator at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center.  If you know Bob, 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 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 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
July 20:  Kids Chopped Challenge
12-5pm at Community Market of Pottawatomie County
For more information and to apply, contact Lindsay at 405-788-4957
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 4:  SEDF Office Closed for Labor Day
Additional Dates: 11/10/17 Veteran’s Day; 11/23-24/17 Thanksgiving; 12/25-26/17 Christmas
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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