Are We Ready?

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

Our little center of quite a lot is getting ready to really, REALLY grow a lot…   And how do we know that?  It’s not from reading tea leaves, or a crystal ball. We didn’t discover that information in a fortune cookie, overhear it at the coffee shop or see it in a horoscope…   We figured this BIG secret …

A Practitioner’s Perspective

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

For some the idea of economic development is only about growing the economy, and little more.  While that thought is at the core of what an economic developer does, there is much more to what economic development affects in a community.  To those who are struggling to make ends meet, economic development can mean a better paying job and more …

This is About as Simple as it Gets

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

Every person in the state of Oklahoma, no matter their age, gender, race, ethnicity, is worth $1,675.00 a year, every year, for the next ten years.    This funding is tied to Census numbers collected every decade and it is astounding how much each one of us counts for our community.  So you will be totally aware, the 2020 Census …

On the Move

Jeremy Davidson Economic Development, Monday Memo

In a world of global competition, we need to show any prospect that we are much more than a bunch of stand-alone communities, who compete with each other, and that we can provide more resources as a region than what each community has to offer individually. So EXACTLY what does that mean?  Our county has a population of over 72,000 …

But Wait There is More

Jeremy Davidson Economic Development, Monday Memo

At our recent OKC Regional Partnership meeting, we also covered the top three areas of what we were going to do and what we could use to grow our opportunities.  Those three key areas were: Increased business recruitment efforts among all of those who wish to participate.  The realization that we have a talent pool in this region that others …

Partnerships

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

Many of you may not know that our organization is a member of a ten-county association called the Oklahoma City Regional Partnership.    This partnership is comprised of Economic Development or Chamber of Commerce organizations, Cities, Counties, Utility companies and other entities that undertake the professional economic development activities in their respective communities or regions.  One of the key benefits …