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.