07-31-2017 Monday Memo

When something new, really isn’t…
One of the trends we see gaining more and more attention around the country is what is classified as Upskilling existing employees that are already working within a business.   That new idea really isn’t new after all, but in reality is something that has been going on for a long time, and it just might be that we’ve forgotten what has worked so effectively in the past.
Wouldn’t it be great that when a company wants to find more skilled employees, that they could just go to a centralized location and pick and choose from those who have the right types of skills that fit the needs of the business?  Wouldn’t that be awesome?
Of course it would, but that utopian scenario doesn’t exist in a world where there are more employment options than ever before, where advancements in technology are more and more prevalent, and the competition for skilled employees requires more time and effort than ever before.
When you mix in the fact that we live in a global economy, and that there is a HUGE disconnect between those who will be the next generation of employees and their potential employers, workforce development gets even more challenging.
But lucky for us we have programs and professionals who are already focused and engaged in helping to connect the resources which can ease the skilled labor shortage so much of this country faces.
Right now, as you are reading this, in our community and in this immediate region, we have businesses that are engaged with their local educational systems. Those local businesses are investing in the education, training and development of their existing employees. Those efforts will improve the company’s bottom lineand can deliver positive returns on investment, net savings and increased internal promotions.
While it’s critical to meet the needs of the employers in the area, it’s also important to think about what the employees require from an employer to help them feel more satisfied in their work, and in fact help to build some loyalty with their employers and the community they work in.
Oftentimes, employees will leave an employer because they don’t see any opportunity to progress in their career within that facility. Those employees who are part of an Upskilling program can help reduce employee turnover and improve the company’s retention efforts.
And it’s been proven over and over that employees expect to receive more training, as they realize that they have to continuously train and learn new skills in order to remain competitive in their fields. Having an employer assist in those efforts is a show of support and improves the employee-employer relationship, and from our perspective that is a win-win for everyone.
There are a lot of different methods to retrain, add skills and add Upskilling to the existing employees at a facility and many of them have been around for a long time.  Some of those areas include:
  • Apprenticeships
  • Pre-employment training
  • High school completion or equivalency
  • New employee training
  • Customized in-house training with a qualified skills development entity
  • Professional certifications
  • College degrees
If those sound familiar, that is because those areas have been around for a long time, and may have simply been overlooked by those companies that need to use them the most.  It’s not unusual to run across companies that aren’t using all of the available programs effectively or to their best advantages.
In a diverse mix of business, many employers simply view Upskilling as a necessary evil required to stay competitive in the recruiting process, or they don’t want to invest the funds or take the time to accomplish what might ease some of their skilled labor issues.
But lucky for us, a lot of the companies that call our area home understand the need to grow their own skilled employees internally and that is paying off in benefits to not only the company and their employees, but to our community and region as well.
Educator’s Notes:
As educators, you control more than you realize.  Your actions, your educational instruction, your motivation, your challenges to those in your classrooms and your help in developing the next wave of skilled employees will dictate how much our economy will grow in this community and even the region.
At the same time you’re saving the universe, you are helping to maintain the economy and potentially increase the prosperity in this region.  And that in our book, is an excellent idea.
Economic development is not performed in a vacuum by one single person, group or even organization.  It is best carried out in a well-organized, strategic manner that takes into consideration all of the available resources in a defined area.  All of those assets helps to increase the success and sustainability for the specific area the work is being done in, and the goal is to benefit as many people and partners as possible.
For us at the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation, the stronger our partnerships are, the greater success we will have in improving and sustaining this area’s economy. 
As your summer time transitions back to a normal day filled with students, staff meetings and all the things that make up the life of an educator, keep in mind that your work is vital to more than just the students in your classrooms. 
Your work is what keeps us moving forward and so much depends on your success.  We can never tell you how much you are appreciated.
When the days get long, the challenges seem overwhelming and you begin to wonder if what you do is important to anyone else, we hope you remember that what you do is not just important, but vital to so many different entities in our area.
Thank you for all you do, and we know it’s not easy saving the planet…
We Like ‘Em A Lot:
Oftentimes, the first words we hear from a prospect or existing business is “what can you do for me”, which is fairly common in the economic development profession.  So when we hear someone ask us what they can do to help us, our area and the area’s businesses, that immediately gains our attention. 
What REALLY gets our attention, is when we know the person asking those questions is genuinely interested in the well being of our area.
In the case of the individual we are recognizing today, they have been keeping their eye on our area for a long time and their personal concern about our well-being has been something we have benefitted from in this region for many years.  The simple fact is they want to see our area prosper.  
We don’t know about how you feel, but we NEVER want to take that kind of support for granted and find it refreshing when an individual is truly interested in the betterment of our area.
In addition to being attentive, concerned and focused on what actions or influence he and his team members can have to benefit our area, the region and the state, this week’s recipient is an all around good guy, who has a great sense of humor. 
Most of the time, the first impression he offers to those he meets is a big smile and firm handshake.  Needless to say, we like him a lot.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Craig Smith who is the District Director for Congressman Russell’s office.  If you know Craig, 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.
August 4-6:  First Annual Firelake Fireflight Balloon Festival
Event is free and open to the public.
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 8:  COHRA Presents:  The 6 Key Elements of an Effective Talent Acquisition Strategy
11:30a-1:00pm at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C Bruton Blvd., Shawnee OK
Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cohra-presents-the-six-key-elements-of-an-effective-talent-acquisition-strategy-sherry-johnson-tickets-36442197594?aff=erelexpmlt
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
10a-3p at Galilee Baptist Church, 1025 E. 9th St., Shawnee OK 74801
Employers register at galileebc4@att.net.  For questions, call 405-878-1160
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
For more information, go to their Facebook page.
August 26:  Cops N Kids
1-4pm at Woodland Park, 101 E. Highland, Shawnee OK
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
October 26:  Harvest Moon at the Market
5:30-7:30pm at Community Market of Pottawatomie County, 120 S. Center, Shawnee OK
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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