08-07-2017 Monday Memo

In the thick of it all…
Without question, it is a good time to be involved in the profession of economic development in Oklahoma and specifically in our center of quite a lot, Shawnee.
Each month we see a wide range of projects which, for the most part, are all unique in there own right and while some of the requests will follow a pattern, many require a customized response.  And that is part of what we do at your economic development organization.
The opportunity to respond to a prospect’s request for information is like getting a turn at bat in a baseball game.  While we may not always hit a home run, or even get on base, just having the chance to be in the batters box is in its own small way, a step in the right direction.
Instant success in our business isn’t something we typically see in our profession, as making a decision to make a significant capital investment isn’t what most businesses take lightly.  Those determinations take place after a LOT of analysis, and there are usually multiple layers of input from a lot of different individuals who are engaged in the process.  
Some of the projects we work on take YEARS from start to finish, which requires us to have a great deal of patience, which one of our staff members has to be constantly reminded of.  But sticking with the plan and the process is where the success actually comes from. 
Economic development is a mixture of sticking with the process, knowing what you have in the way of resources, developing a great team of partners, a little bit of luck and developing methods to stay connected to the prospect without being overbearing or intrusive.  
Over the next few weeks, we are going to share with you some of the different aspects of economic development, which includes some of the projects we have responded to or reviewed in the past month, plus a bit of a deeper dive into what some of those prospects are seeking from a community, area or region.
We will also share with you the highlights of the executive summary that we are presenting to the SEDF’s Unit Holders on August the 9th, to keep you in the know and to let you realize that each one of you is a partner in the process of growing the local and regional economy.
Having a strong economic development team is critical to the success of our area, and I’m particularly biased, because I believe we have a GREAT team…
Educator’s Notes:
In case you weren’t aware, once again, the Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership event, which concluded in July, was a tremendous success.  Spearheading the event is General Ben Robinson and some of the highlights that were associated with the event are mentioned in this update, along with comments from a few of the sponsors and attendees.
As most of you know, we held three 3-day Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership (OEIP) events this summer with 228 teachers attending. 
All three separate events where highly successful with tours, speakers, workshops, networking and an excellent employer panel.  We awarded 35 grants and provided over $100,000 in scientific equipment back to Oklahoma classrooms.
If you would like to know more about the OEIP program, you can access that information through these Dropbox links:
Here is the OEIP Facebook link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/OEIP2015/
We Like ‘Em A Lot:
One of the bonuses of being in the economic development business is that we get to meet and work with a lot of great people.  Many of them most of our readers will never get to meet, but we want to share with you who they are, because they make our lives and yours better. 
The person we are highlighting today is someone who is ALL in when it comes to improving the economic prosperity for our region, as she is focused on helping others achieve their goals of growing the economy in a lot of different communities around the state.
As she has continued to grow in her professional career, we have seen her display the same level of enthusiasm for those she works with, regardless if it is a small community, medium sized or a major metropolitan area.  Her desire is to help all of them any way she can, her drive to accomplish those goals is well known across our state.
With a keen awareness of how business, government, and economic development all fit together, she is a team builder who uses her expertise and leadership skills to help build consensus among those she is associated with.
In addition to her role as a full time wife and mother, she has been a constant volunteer with the Oklahoma Academy of Goals, where she has been able to provide her insight into how we can improve our state. 
Without question, her character and passion for helping others are just a few of the things we appreciate about her and we are fortunate to have her supporting us with whatever role she is able to assist with.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Alba Weaver, who is the Economic Development Manager for OG&E.  If you know Alba, 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 rest of the state. 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
Direct Colors:  Email resumes to: shipping@directcolors.com or fax to 405-275-2815
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
Great Plains Kubota:  Apply in person at Great Plains Shawnee, Highway 177 and Acme Road
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 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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