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The Oklahoma Economic Development Council (OEDC) announced the winners of the Excellence in Economic Development awards at a dinner ceremony Monday night. Gov. Kevin Stitt presented four awards at the Governor’s Economic Development and Workforce Summit, hosted by OEDC.
The Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority (CIEDA) was awarded OEDC’s Project of the Year Award for population 16,001 to 40,000 for the announcement of MST Manufacturing by Kenneth and Mary Statton. This project is expected to bring 100 quality jobs to Claremore over the next few years. This project was the culmination of a more than a two-year partnership between CIEDA and the company. CIEDA purchased manufacturing space to offer favorable lease purchase options along with other incentives and workforce aid that enabled the company to get up and running quickly.
“This project exemplifies success in working with private investment, while partnering with businesses and workforce partners for economic growth in the community,” said John Feary, executive director of the CIEDA. “The fact that companies such as MST continue to choose Claremore and Rogers County as home for their facilities is a true testament to our community’s willingness and commitment to help businesses achieve their greatest potential.”
MST Manufacturing has closely partnered with CIEDA and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) to help meet the company’s workforce needs, and have qualified as a participant for the Oklahoma Quality Jobs program.
“For more than 70 years, CIEDA has remained dedicated to aiding local business and ensuring the long-term economic success in our community,” said Ryan Neely, CIEDA chairman. “To be recognized on state-level for our organization’s passion to grow Claremore is a true honor. The work does not stop after the announcement, and we look forward to our continued partnership with MST in expanding its workforce and footprint in Rogers County.”
Award winners were recognized for their economic development projects based on community population. In addition, OEDC presented an award to the Economic Development Professional of the Year.
“Economic developers are on the front line every single day, working tirelessly to help make Oklahoma a top ten state,” said Christy Elkins, OEDC President. “We are happy to recognize the hard work of these groups and individuals to move Oklahoma forward.”