Steve Thompson, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), is confirmed as a speaker for the OEDC monthly meeting on September 8! For more information on DEQ, please visit their web page: www.deq.state.ok.us/. Additionally, we will have hands on dialogue about OEDC’s upcoming ED Summit, new developments in planning for economic growth in Oklahoma and OEDC’s role as well as items for consideration on the OEDC 2012 Legislative Agenda.
Remember that this meeting was originally scheduled for September 6 but was moved to accommodate the Governor’s Economic Development Marketing Team’s (GEDMT) meeting change to Thursday, September 8. The meeting will still begin immediately following the GEDMT meeting (12:00 noon) and include lunch at The State Chamber. We realize this change may affect some of you, prohibiting your involvement and for that we apologize. The OEDC Executive Committee felt it was important to move this meeting to accommodate a key speaker for the GEDMT meeting. If you have any questions, please let me know.
To RSVP for this meeting, please email Sara Sciara by September 5, 2011.
A Bit about our Speaker:
Steve Thompson has a long history of state service, culminating with his current leadership of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). He was appointed as Executive Director of the DEQ in July 2002, after having served as Deputy Executive Director since August 1993.
During his tenure with the DEQ, Mr. Thompson has been an active and consistent advocate for Oklahoma in many national efforts. Especially notable is his ongoing leadership role in the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the national organization of state environmental directors, for which he served as President in 2004 and 2005. He currently serves on the National Environmental Finance Advisory Board.
Prior to his tenure at DEQ, Mr. Thompson held the positions of Director of the Oklahoma Department of Pollution Control and Assistant Secretary of the Environment, as well as management positions in the private sector.
In 2009, the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration awarded Mr. Thompson the “Distinguished Public Service Award”, recognizing his high standards of excellence in public service and his dedication to Oklahoma.
Mr. Thompson is a 1970 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Business Administration. He resides with his wife Linda, on their family farm, near El Reno, Oklahoma. He is a proud grandpa to grandsons Sayer and Sutherlin and granddaughter Sheridan, who live with their parents, daughter Cydni and son-in-law Brantley, in Locust Grove, Oklahoma.