OEDC Holds Economic Development Day at the Capitol
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Professional Economic Development Council (OEDC) hosted its annual Economic Development Day at the state Capitol Tuesday. The event brings together economic development professionals from across the state to meet with elected officials and highlight the importance of economic development programs in diversifying and expanding Oklahoma’s economy.
“Our members want Oklahoma to be the most competitive state in the nation for business growth and expansion,” said Alba Weaver, Economic Development Project Manager for
OGE Energy Corp and current OEDC President. “Our message to lawmakers is to keep our programs in place that have been proven to be successful and key to Oklahoma’s recent economic boom.”
Economic Development Day attendees heard from Governor Mary Fallin, Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb, Secretary of State Chris Benge and legislative leaders and discussed key legislation that impact economic development efforts.
“Economic development professionals drive growth in regions throughout the state, from large metropolitan areas to rural towns, and lawmakers need to hear from them as they make decisions that impact the state’s future,” said State Chamber Senior Vice President of Political Affairs and Advocacy Mike Jackson. “OEDC is in a unique position to convene stakeholders from across our state to advocate on issues important to growing the state economy and building strong communities”.
At an evening reception at the Governor’s Mansion, the 2015 OEDC Legislator of the Year Award was presented to Speaker of the House Jeffrey Hickman.
“Speaker Hickman understands the challenges and opportunities faced by communities working to attract, retain and grow the businesses of our state,” said Lyle Roggow, chairman of OEDC’s Legislative Affairs Committee. “It is more significant today than ever before, that Oklahoma maintain a pro-business attitude while diversifying jobs to build a stronger economy. Speaker Hickman has consistently advocated for taking positive steps to help the businesses of Oklahoma.”
Photos from the day’s event can be found by clicking here.
For more information about OEDC, or for the full 2016 legislative agenda, visit www.oedc.net.