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On the Road Again

09/17/2017

The team at the Ardmore Development Authority has spent a lot of time this year outside of Ardmore promoting our community and Oklahoma as a place business should want to be.  Along with other communities from around Oklahoma we attended various shows across the country over the summer months. At the start of the summer, we attended SelectUSA in Washington, D.C. where we met with international companies with interest in establishing themselves in the United States. We also attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where we had the opportunity over seven days to put Oklahoma’s aviation capabilities in front of over 550,000 people from over 80 countries.

As with any entity, travel and overall busyness comes in waves.  After a much needed few weeks in the office, the ADA team is back out on the road. Last week we participated in the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar Power International Show in Las Vegas. This event is attended by businesses in multiple renewable energy sectors. In the coming weeks, we will be traveling to Southern California with the Governor’s Economic Development Marketing Team, where we will meet business leaders about their company’s possibility of expanding to Oklahoma.  After that, there will be stops in Richmond, Virginia, Greenville, South Carolina and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, just to name two.

Every one of these shows, no matter where they are or who they are geared toward, have things in common. First, the main goal of every trip is to build relationships.  In economic development, nothing happens overnight. Bringing new business to a community takes time and is largely dependent on relationships in multiple industries built over years.

The second goal of “getting on the road” is to get our name out there, especially with people who may have never thought about Ardmore, Oklahoma as a place for their company. From the cost of living for employees to overall tax burden, Oklahoma is a great place for business. For Ardmore in particular, our strategic location on Interstate 35 and proximity to Dallas, is attractive to companies looking at this region, but who may be turned off by the rising costs of locating in Dallas.

Finally, each trip has the expressed intent of gaining new insight or knowledge. Because we are working closely with other economic development professionals from across the state and the U.S., we learn things that help us do the work of strengthening Ardmore’s industrial base. What works in one community may not work exactly the same way here, but can be tailored to Ardmore.

The coming weeks should be exciting as we are presented with new opportunities from each show we attend and each conversation we have about Ardmore, Oklahoma!