Archive for the ‘News & Updates’ Category

05-15-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Tear them down…   Our community was once described by a local politician as a forty-acre farm, with 120 silos, each of them holding a quarter inch of grain in them.  That was certainly a harsh description of this place many of us call home, but there is also a certain amount of truth in [...]

05-08-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, May 15th, 2017

It’s Economic Development Week and we think that’s important….   Okay, we know that right from the get-go you’re thinking that this memo is a self-serving rant about the economic development profession.  We must confess that a part of that is true, but there is much more to the economic development profession than being a [...]

05-01-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Regional strength = Bigger Picture…   In case you weren’t aware of it, the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation has been a member of the Oklahoma City Regional Partnership, (OKCRP) for the past eight plus years, and there are a lot of positive attributes about being part of that relationship that we hope to share with [...]

04-24-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Have you sold it yet?   We get a lot of questions about the status of the SEDF’s Spec Building, which we built in the industrial area north of the community, and the short answer is no we have not sold it yet.   However, this building and the property it sits on has been [...]

04-17-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Buried…   Economic diversity is a good approach in allowing us to describe the overall economy in Shawnee and at the same time, it helps us explain what we are working on here at your economic development organization.   From our perspective, the greater amount of diversity we have in our economy, the better we [...]

04-10-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, May 15th, 2017

A billion reasons to read this…   A portion of what we do in the profession of economic development is to analyze data about our area to determine if the economy is improving of declining.  Knowing the right information about who we are and what comprises our strengths and weaknesses helps us focus our attention [...]

04-03-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Have a baby….   Over here at our offices we hear from a lot of people who tell us what kinds of retail establishments they would like to see in this community.   We have a long, LONG list of the names of those retailers, and trust us when we say the list continues to grow [...]

03-27-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Persistence…   It is often said that football is a game of inches, which equates to the idea that every opportunity to advance or to stop the advancement of the ball may determine whether the contest is either won or lost.   There are a lot of different strategies to winning in a football game, and [...]

03-20-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Sometimes it’s not just about us…   With all of the new retail development in the community over the past five years or so, we get a fair amount of comments from those who reside in the community about what types of restaurants they would like to see locate here.    By far, food seems [...]

03-13-2017 Monday Memo

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Old dog…   You’ve all heard the statement that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  Well, that might not be totally accurate if that old dog wants to learn new tricks…and when it comes to marketing, this old dog absolutely, without any hesitation or reservation, wants to up his game when it comes [...]