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2015 CIEDA ANNUAL REPORT

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LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Will Rogers said “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” Claremore is on the right track and no one would accuse us of just sitting still.On the right track and moving forwardOur website asks the question: where is Claremore, and answers the question: Everywhere! 2015 is a validation of that. Our economic development team has been seen in Tulsa, in Oklahoma City, in Houston, in Oshkosh, in New York City and Washington DC. Our Director, Jeri Koehler, hosted the Tulsa Future’s Regional Partners at the Will Rogers Museum. Our Economic Development Authority was recognized in 2015 by Southern Economic Development Conference with its Award of Excellence for branding and its Award of Merit. The SEDC is the oldest and largest regional economic development organization in the North America.On the right track and moving forward

Our economic development team invested in our best and our brightest by launching a new group for young professionals called Claremore Collective. Organized into specific work crews these young professionals, led by Brandon Irby and Crystal Campbell, plan to promote Claremore. Our economic development team has secured a business partner for every public school in Claremore at a critical time for public school funding in Oklahoma. Dr. Keith Ballard, Vice-Chairman of our Board of Trustees, will continue CIEDA’s good work with our public schools and our Claremore Public School Foundation.

On the right track and moving forward

Claremore’s Renaissance continued in 2015 with the opening of three new hotels and a conference center. Jason Scarpa announced he would invest over $2 million dollars in downtown with the location of his Main Street Tavern Restaurant. With CIEDA’s help, Chick-fil-A picked a location and announced it was coming to our community. Amy Gordon and Robert Melton opened the North Block Common, and Food Truck Friday was launched at the Will Rogers Museum.

On the right track and moving forward

The findings contained in this report tell our story well and validate the extraordinary performance of our director, Jeri Koehler and her team of professionals. Make no mistake about it, Jim Thomas is right when he says “it is a new day in Claremore!” On behalf of the Trustees of the Claremore Industrial & Economic Development Authority, it is my privilege to share with you many of the measures taken to ensure our renaissance continues.


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Phil B. Albert President,
Pelco Structural, LLC