07-17-2017 Monday Memo

May we have some more please?
The board members of the SEDF, along with the SEDF staff, are firm believers in the use of data and that what gets measured, gets accomplished.  That belief means that if you don’t know what has been taking place, good or bad, then you aren’t able to adjust your actions to make improvements, or in some cases, just lease things alone.
At the last regular scheduled SEDF Board meeting, due to the help of a LOT of partners, we were able to review a series of 10-year trends, which sheds some light on the economic progress of this community.   While there is always room for growth and improvement, things are trending in the right direction.
Since we know you’re sitting at the edge of your chair waiting for us to share more information about the data, we won’t dilly dally around anymore and get right to the heart of the matter.
Over a ten year period of time PROPERTY VALUES in the County have seen a 49.25% increase, which is a positive indicator of increased development in the county, along with economic prosperity and population growth. 
In the same time frame, the County has experienced a 6.17% POPULATION INCREASE, while the City has grown a bit less at 5.05%.  Some of the difference can be attributed to the growth of housing developments outside of the City limits, as the smaller town and rural areas around Shawnee continue to expand their housing options.   Regardless, the population growth is headed in the right direction.
The next area we reported to our band of community and business leaders was the Per Capita Income trend over the years from 2006 through 2016.  For those of you who may want a bit of a refresher on the meaning of PER CAPITA INCOME, in simple terms it means: Income per person in a population. Per capita income is often used to measure a country’s standard of living
Over the ten-year period that we measured, the Per Capita Income in Pottawatomie County rose by 20.08%.   That is just one more positive indicator of the ongoing growth and wealth that is being generated in this area.
We also shared the WAGES LEVELS in the County for the ten-year time frame, which showed that wages had increased by 39.65% during the trend analysis period.  That was great news and validates that an individual with the right skills can make a good living in our area.  In 2016, over $777 million dollars of wages were derived from employers located in the County.
Coupled with the wages that are derived from the Pottawatomie County Employers are the wages that are brought back to this County by individuals who work outside of the County, but live here.  We conservatively estimate that those wages exceed $352 million annually, which indicates that those who work and reside in Pottawatomie County generate over $1 billion dollars in annual wages.  From our point of view, that’s nothing to sneeze at or ignore.
We are still working through a couple of other datasets to analyze how the employment base in the County has grown over a ten year trend and we are also trying to gather as much information as we can regarding the amount of new construction that has taken place over that same ten year period. 
Some of that data is difficult to obtain, as there aren’t reporting mechanisms in place that allow us to assemble all of the information.
We bet you’re wondering now that we have all of this data what are we going to do with it?  Great question and we are glad you asked.  
Our office has already started providing this information to national retailers who are always looking for locations that are growing.  We have also sent the data to those who are in the development business and even those who have an interest in making investments in the community.
In the corporate world, there is always a competition on where to make an investment and having trends that validate the growth of an area helps the decision makers evaluate what is taking place in our area. 
In the selection process of deciding where to expand a manufacturing facility or place a new retail venue is decided, having positive growth in all of these areas is certainly something that bodes well for our area.
At the same time, as we work on recruiting population and growing the skilled workforce in this area, those same growth trends are excellent recruitment tools.
As we have said repeatedly time and time again, there are three directions a region can take. Decline, remain stagnant or grow.   Our guess is we don’t have to tell you which one of those paths we think is the best. 
 Educators 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 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 9:  SEDF Board Meeting and Annual Unit Holder’s Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates:  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
August 26:  Blue Zones Project Pottawatomie County Kick Off Celebration
10a-12p at Performing Arts and Athletic Center, Shawnee High School Gym
Free, Family-Friendly Event
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
September 21:  Harvest for Hope Banquet Fundraiser, sponsored by COCAA
6-9p at Expo Center, 1700 W. Independence, Shawnee OK 74804
RSVP by August 30th to info@cocaa.org or 405-214-3426
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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