08-21-2017 Monday Memo

It was a very good year…

This past week we provided those in attendance at our Annual Unit Holders Meeting with an Executive Report related to growth in the community over the past fiscal year.

If you live here it’s not hard to see the growth taking place, but for those who are fortunate to live among us, we like to put all of that together in a report that makes it a bit easier for our prospects, partners, investors, Board Members and guests to digest.

Here are some of the highlights of that report which covered the areas that our Board Members have deemed to be important to our economic development efforts.

Business Retention and Expansion:

  • The reinvestment and expansion by Shawnee Milling after being in business for over 111 years is certainly cause for celebration.
  • Likewise the Georg Fischer facility addition, robotic equipment upgrades, creation of a new sales and training area, and locating the R&D Center for all of the Americas at the Shawnee facility is an excellent boost to our areas economy.
  • The acquisition of Wolverine Tube by the Shawnee Tubing Solutions group is a win for the community, as a large number of jobs were retained and having local ownership of the facility is vital to its longevity.

New Business and Industry Attraction:

  • 2016/2017 saw the opening of the Universal Forest Product manufacturing facility, which helps diversify the types of manufacturing jobs that our area has to offer.
  • Keystone Food Services is now a member of the community and also adds employment diversification to the area in what kinds of services our area can offer.
  • The completion of the SEDF’s Shell Building has allowed us to market our location to over 29 different prospects and created 7 different site visits to our community. Few, if any, of those prospects or visits would have taken place without having something to help attract their interest.

Workforce Development and Attraction:

  • One of the main focuses of this past fiscal year was our continued involvement with our area K-12, Career Tech and institutions of Higher Learning.
  • While our role is supportive in nature, this is a vital component in growing the area’s economy and we are fortunate to be able to play a small part in helping businesses increase the awareness of their employment positions and at the same time help those seeking work, to find a wealth creating position.
  • Whether it is an involvement with the regional STEM Alliance, the Jim Thorpe Academy working with the Professors or students at OBU, or maintaining a quality relationship with Gordon Cooper Technology, the workforce pipeline in our area is on track to continue making a difference in the prosperity of our area.

Improved Community Image:

  • Your economic development organization continues to advertise in the Oklahoma City Metro area through a magazine that prints 22,000 copies per month and places them in 550 locations. We highlight the homebuilders, the realtors, the subdivisions, new and old, and everything else that is great about this community.
  • This past year, through collaboration with a lot of different partners, we were able to bring the Oklahoma Horizon’s TV crew back to Shawnee to do a featured story on the state of the art nursing center at OBU.
  • While maintaining our own social media presence, the SEDF has developed its own LinkedIn and YouTube site, plus continues to work with other media sources in the area to promote to others the attributes of this area.

Retail Business Recruitment:

  • The continued increase of retail development investment in the community was clearly evident in 2016/2017 by the addition of several different major projects. Some of those include:
    • The addition of Victoria’s Secret at the Shawnee Mall
    • The Domino Plaza retail development on Harrison
    • The acquisition and ongoing renovation of the Kickapoo Plaza retail site on Kickapoo and Independence.
    • The new Bison Crossing retail center on Kickapoo
    • Other projects either completed or underway include:
      • Domino C-Store on Kickapoo and the Kickapoo Spur
      • Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Aspen Dental
      • Shlotzsky’s restaurant
      • And a whole lot more than space allows us to share
    • With the guidance and help of Catalyst Commercial, 2016/2017 also saw us update the marketing materials that we use to attract new retailers to the community.

Because the past fiscal year saw a strong amount of growth, without doubt, there are a lot of other individuals or businesses that are not referenced in this memo who deserve to be acknowledged for their efforts to grow the area’s economy.  Because of their efforts, we have a more vibrant community.  Thank you to all of them.

Hopefully, you will see the same things our Board Members recognize in that by making an investment through their funds and time, Shawnee and the surrounding area witnessed a lot of success this past year.

How about we do some more of that…

Educator’s Notes:

As educators, you know it’s never to early to start helping those in your classrooms chart a career course that will allow them, IF THEY SO CHOOSE, to have a great life.

We know you can’t force them to plan ahead or stay focused on what is important or do countless other things that will benefit them now and later in life, but we hope you will keep trying to do those things.

Many of us learned a long time ago that life is about choices, some we make will springboard us to achieve loftier goals than we could have ever imagined, and some poor decisions will stick with us, regrettably, for the rest of our days.

As the Knights Templar told Indiana Jones as he was searching for the Holy Grail,  “Choose Wisely.”

Today’s note to you isn’t to tell you something you already know, nor is it to admonish or scold anyone.

Our thoughts as we put these word down on paper, are to encourage you to help your students try harder, achieve more, and challenge them to go out and change the world.

Our area, the region and the world desperately need those in your classrooms to be the best and brightest our planet has ever seen, and without your help that won’t take place.

Whether it was during the time of my own educational process or later in life as I continued to acquire new skills in my own life, I can trace the successes I’ve had to someone who took the time to teach me.

Those same mentors coached me, encouraged me, scolded me when I got complacent and lazy, and they also humbled me when I was in need of such discipline.

Every bit of their support has been, without doubt, part of the best lessons I ever learned, whether it was in a formal setting or in the workplace.  I need to give them credit for the good parts of my character and abilities, as they are what helped mold those traits.

And you are doing the very same thing every day with those who are in your sphere of influence.

Please keep doing the great things you are doing and know that there are hundreds and even thousands of us who are in awe of your passion and desire to be a teacher.

You are what helps us be a great place and thanks for all you do.

We Like ‘Em A Lot:

One of the many great things about this community are the number of people who go out of their way to make the lives of others easier and more enjoyable.  The person we are recognizing today is one of those people.

This individual has a passion for what he does that stems from just wanting to give back to the community and others who serve.  He does that through his many hours of volunteer work and his selfless ministry to others. He strives to first get the basic human needs met for the people he comes in contact with and then follows up with the other needs that exist.  We call that going the extra mile.

Our outstanding person of the week spends hours every week reaching out to various members of the community, as he focuses on tackling the issues facing our community with his own personal manner of care and compassion.  And if that wasn’t enough, he recently organized an appreciation cookout this summer for the first responders in our community, where his church members and staff provided lunch.

This community and those who serve in it received a gift when this individual, who had recently retired from his full time job of more than 30 years of service to the Federal government, made the decision to jump right into volunteer work as a police Chaplain while also serving as a local church minister.

As a police Chaplin, he makes a difference in the community by bridging a gap that can naturally exist between the police and the community. His patience and insight helps the police officers understand the needs of the community, and at the same time he assists the community with the understanding of police procedures.

Volunteering to stand in the gap to help communicate between those who need a service and those who serve a need is indeed a gift that we all benefit from.  And as if that wasn’t enough to keep this individual busy, he has helped get the Shawnee Chaplain program up and running again thanks to his leadership.

As the community and its Police Officers become more familiar with the Chaplains who volunteer their time, they are more comfortable with relying on their areas of expertise.

This person’s time and effort have helped both the Shawnee Police Department and the community at the same time.  Wouldn’t it be great if we had more people like him in our community?

The person we wish to recognize this week is Ken Kerbo, the Shawnee Police Chaplain Coordinator.   If you know Ken, 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:  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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