But What Else Is At Stake?

Tim Burg Monday Memo

All Oklahoman’s win with an accurate and complete Census count. The more people counted means more money and power for Oklahoma residents at home and in Washington. Oklahoma stands to lose $1,675 per person per year of federal funding to support programs that use Census data.  That is $16,750.00 per person over ten years.  Census data are used by public …

Count All the Kids

Tim Burg Monday Memo

In the 2010, there were a large number of children with complicated and/or intricate living conditions, those living with grandparents or family other than their mom or dad and even children living between two households who were not counted and were missed in the 2010 Census. To give you a perspective on what that means, if 1,000 kids are missed, …

Keeping A Great Idea Alive

Tim Burg Monday Memo

This past week, a Resolution was passed in the Chambers of the House of Representatives that did not gain a lot of attention, but for some it was a really big deal, and a step in the right direction.  HCR 1012 passed with unanimous consent and that Resolution, or at least a form of it, is in the hands of …

The Site Selectors Visit

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

In the business of doing the business of economic development, every now and then we have something unexpected take place. Sometimes those surprises are good and sometimes those surprises are not so good. This past week we had a good surprise.  A Site Selector who we had met a long time ago, paid us a visit along with a good …

The Days Ahead of Us

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

February is beginning to shape up as a month-long series of meetings, intermingled with everything else that is on our To Do list.   Or in other words, it’s going to be a fairly normal.  In a world that is more interested in explaining what we got done, rather than how busy we are, here are the highlights of what …

A Bigger Perspective

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

Just in case you thought we were simply all about dollars and cents and growing the economy, (truth be known that is REALLY what we are all about), we wanted you to know that we are more than a one trick pony. Over the last 30 days, in the midst of everything else going on in our crazy and busy …

Good News and Bad News

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

Over the past 60 to 90 days we have had a lot of requests from individuals or businesses that are looking for a building to place their business in.  Those who are seeking a location have businesses ventures that range from a saddle and leather shop, an auction house, a resale location for a variety of items, a clothing re-seller, …

Be Woke

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

Every month there are 25 to 35 people, from all different walks of life,  who gather early on a workday morning, at a different business location in Shawnee to learn more about the business they are visiting, its ownership, what they offer or do, and much, MUCH more. While your initial thought might be why are they doing this, what …

We Knew You Were Going to Ask

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

Predictably someone will ask, “Sure you were busy, but what did you get done?”  Great question and one that is asked almost on a daily basis in this profession.   There is another common denominator in the business of economic development and that is it requires patience. Patience is a virtue that is in short supply these days, with everyone …