As a service to Oklahoma mayors, the Mayors Council of Oklahoma is pleased to announce the formation of a brand-new group, the Mayors Council on Economic Development (MCED). MCED was first proposed to the mayors in attendance at the MCO Retreat in Broken Arrow this past June, by a panel of four Oklahoma mayors, all with proven success stories and ideas to share about promoting economic development in their communities.

MCED is a mayors-only, working group, where you can share ideas, brainstorm, and hear from a variety of experts from the business and retail community, government agency representatives, and your fellow mayors from communities of all sizes, who have “been there and done that.” Our common goal is to improve our cities and towns, as well as all of Oklahoma by studying all phases of economic development enhancement. Through this cooperative effort, you can learn innovative ways to help you to be more effective ambassadors of your city, in order to attract retailers and business opportunities, while maintaining and improving relationships with existing vendors.

The first meeting of the MCED has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 16th, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and will be held at the OML offices. The program will feature an organizational meeting, followed by one or two presentations on selected topics of interest, with plenty of time allotted for open discussion and sharing of ideas. Lunch will be served.

Below, please find a list of preliminary topics that will discussed. We will build upon them as MCED continues to meet. Feel free to send us your ideas for topics that you would like to see covered.

Proposed Topics:
ˆ     Quality Jobs on Main Street – Oklahoma Department of Commerce
ˆ     What’s Happening with The Chamber Economic Development Group
ˆ     Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts
ˆ     Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma (REI)
ˆ     International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
ˆ     Site Location
ˆ     Creating an Elevator Speech for Your City/Towns
ˆ     Low Hanging Fruit: Easy Ways to Improve Economic Development
ˆ     Devon/Skirvin/ Projects: Innovative Ideas for Large Development
ˆ     Business Retention & Expansion
ˆ     Developing a Trust Factor with other Communities
ˆ     Putting Your Best Demographic Foot Forward
ˆ     Immigration Factors in Small Business

Please RSVP to Sarah Lingenfelter at OML [email protected] or call 405-528-7515 or 800-324-6651 if you are planning to attend the meeting on August 16th. Also, check the MCO web site often for updates on MCED.

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