08-14-2017 Monday Memo

Knock, knock…

One of the roles of your economic development organization is to review, analyze and respond to the different projects that cross our desk each month.

While we could just tell you there has been a lot of activity in the month of July, we thought we would give you a little bit more insight into the types of projects that we are seeing and provide you with some of the criteria that helps us determine if we are able to actually respond.

As you delve into our world a bit, keep in mind that economic development it isn’t about what WE want, but more about what we can offer those who have an interest in our area.

  • Inbound call center prospect seeking an existing, plug and play, (ready to occupy) facility and 200 employees to man that facility.
  • Manufacturing facility that would also serve as a regional headquarters. The company is seeking a perfect 15-acre site and wants as many local incentives and free things as it can get. Free isn’t something that we have a lot of around here.
  • A prospect that is interested in developing a RV park, with some tiny houses that they can rent. The developer is weighing their options on the best location in our area and what the factors are that is driving the growth in this area.
  • An oil and gas service company seeking a service yard that is close to the STACK and SCOOP oil fields in the western part of the state, but wants to do a wide search of the region.
  • A retail jewelry prospect that is seeking the perfect, existing site in our community, that has great visibility, high traffic counts and is close to I-40.
  • A heavy industrial manufacturer that is seeking a 40 acre location, (which we have!), and more potable water per day than we are able and comfortable in providing to them.
  • Another heavy industrial manufacturer seeking 50 acres that requires rail on site, next to an airport, the interstate and more.
  • An international aerospace firm that wants to find 80 acres, an existing 80k square foot industrial building and a specific amount of the skilled employees to help them operate the activity their facility would be doing.
  • Yet another manufacturer that wants to find an existing 150k sq. ft. building that meets the criteria for their operations.
  • And one more manufacturing prospect that wants to locate an existing 500k sq. ft. facility, or have one built to meet their specifications, then leased back to them.
  • An energy supportive service company that wants to find an existing 50,000 square foot building to house their operations out of. We just happen to know someone who has a building just like that!
  • Plus a handful of other prospects that range from a construction service firm, a back office/shared service business wishing to expand and an existing businessman that wants to redevelop his property to a larger size to house his own business and also offer additional space to retail or commercial users.

Mix in another twelve ongoing projects that started as far back as 2011 and you kind of get a taste of the various opportunities that we reviewed and responded to in the month of July.

We won’t get them all, but it’s clear to us that we are blessed to have a lot of opportunities to consider…

Educator’s Notes:

With school starting again, we know your to do list is overwhelming and you don’t need one more thing to do.  We get it.

But we wanted you to be sure to save the following link, which can help you and your pupils plan their education future, along with the personal Career Guide that they can monitor themselves.

Sometimes, one more thing to do, can save a whole lot of time and provide a priceless amount of value.

The Oklahoma Career Guide is for educators, students, their parents, adults, Veterans and even Employers…


We Like ‘Em A Lot:

Since we have only been in the community a little over eight and a half years, there are a lot of outstanding people that we don’t personally know or those who we have only heard great things about.

So on occasion we reach out to some of our most trusted partners to gain their insights and ask them to share their opinions on those they feel need to be highlighted in this weekly dispatch.

While we have had a little interaction with the person we are recognizing today, they were someone one of our partners quickly suggested that we feature.  And after they told us why they were suggesting this person, we knew we had to follow through on their recommendation.

As we were quizzing our partner about this individual there were several obvious character traits that surfaced in the conversation that quickly let us realize that we need to have more people like her in the community.

In the words of those who know her well, they shared that she is passionate about putting her strengths to work to help others in a wide variety of areas that include helping them and the organizations she works with be financially sound.

They told us of how they have witnessed her willingness to give of her time and expertise toward civic causes that benefitted the community and the people who live here.   They also shared that she is an example of someone we should suggest others emulate, as our community would be a better place if more people worked as hard as she does, not for herself, but for the benefit of others.

As we continued discussing this person, they offered that she is often not in the forefront of a program, as her efforts are behind the scenes helping others charge forward with the project that benefits the community.

It was also suggested to us that her institutional knowledge of how things work in the community is invaluable as our leaders continue to work toward common goals of improving our area.  As evident with her personal work with United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Shawnee Community Foundation, it’s evident this is a person who is invaluable to our area and our common goals.

The person we wish to recognize this week is Shelly Welch, Department Manager at Finley and Cook.  If you know Shelly, give her a call, send her a note or an email and tell her how much we appreciate all she does for Shawnee and our surrounding area. 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:  Visit http://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

Newton Wall:  Apply in person at 1600 N. Harrison, Shawnee OK

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:  Visit http://www.shawneemilling.com and 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 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 13:  SEDF Board Meeting

9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801

Additional Dates:  10/11/17; 11/8/17; 12/13/17


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


September 28:  A Tasty Affair

5-9pm at Expo Center, 1700 W. Independence, Shawnee OK 74804

For more information, visit http://www.shawneechamber.com/chamber-calendar/m.calendar/874/view/888


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:

Calendar of Activities & Programs, SSC Brochure and Quote & Pics of the Month


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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