Monday, November 27, 2017

County, cities working together for growth

By Claire Kowalick
An economic report from the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce to the county suggests communities working together for growth is the wave of the future.
Henry Florsheim, president and CEO of the chamber, met with the Wichita County Commissioners Monday to discuss an ongoing effort between the city, chamber and multiple stakeholder groups throughout the county.

Florsheim said Market Street Services, a community and economic development planning group based in Atlanta, is working with the Wichita Falls Economic Development Corporation (4A Board) to create a strategic plan for economic growth and community development.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

City Coalition Launches Survey

By Joy Hampton 

The Norman Economic Development Coalition wants to know what you think, and they’ve launched a survey to gather information from community partners.

During his second year at the helm of NEDC, Executive Director Jason Smith realized something was lacking. He was leading NEDC to look into programs, but the coalition didn’t know where to focus its efforts. "It became pretty clear there was no consensus in the community, or even among our stakeholders, on what constitutes a successful economic development program,” he said.

The Norman Economic Development Coalition’s mission is to improve Norman’s quality of life through the creation and retention of jobs. Established in 1996, NEDC is a joint effort of the University of Oklahoma, the city of Norman, the Moore Norman Technology Center and the Sooner Centurions, a committee of the Norman Chamber of Commerce.


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Jaycees take the lead in search for young professionals

By Bayne Hughes

Brittany Ackerman’s return to Decatur has been much more enjoyable than her initial experience as an intern. The 23-year-old 3M-Decatur project engineer attributes her happiness in the city to her involvement in the Jaycees, a Junior Chamber civic organization for ages 18 to 40.

After working on a Habitat for Humanity home in Southwest Decatur earlier this week, Ackerman said the Jaycees gave her a way to meet people other than her co-workers through socials and volunteer work.


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