Heroes

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

Hollywood often times likes to portray a hero as someone who is a rugged kind of person, who overcomes insurmountable odds, by themselves, often in an exotic locale.   Most of the time we see those kinds of actors in action films where guns are blazing, explosions are taking place and the scene is filled with madness and mayhem. What …

Optimism

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

Most days is fairly easy for me to be an optimist.  In the business of economic development, we are fortunate to see what is before us more often than those things that impede us.   While the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a big monkey wrench into all of our plans, we WILL overcome this and come roaring back stronger than …

Round Two

Tim Burg Economic Development, Economic News, Monday Memo

Even when things all around us seem chaotic, the business of business goes on.  This past week saw us submit more information on a project that has us connected to a foreign manufacturer who was looking for a new place to produce their products.    We are convinced that RIGHT HERE is a good place for someone to consider doing …

Pandemic Panic

Jeremy Davidson Economic Development, Monday Memo

The sky is falling, the world is coming to an end, we are at the end of our rope, it’s madness in the aisle of our grocery stores, chaos in the streets and oh my gosh we are running out of toilet paper. In all seriousness the COVID 19 virus is a big deal and something we should be gravely …

Road Trip

Tim Burg Economic Development, Monday Memo

We aren’t sure if we were just fearless this past week as we drove deep into the heart of Texas to look at a new housing concept, or based upon the current pandemic, if we had totally lost our minds and were tempting fate. Either way, we joined others in our community who decided it was something we all wished …

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 …