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Ideas To Action In 2018


Last week the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce convened the boards of the Ardmore Development Authority, the Ardmore Tourism Authority and the Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. to spend an afternoon assessing the community, identifying challenges and creating opportunities for continued growth and success.  The common theme throughout the gathering was one of consensus on the challenges and an overwhelming commitment to attempt to address the challenges in new and innovative ways.

A brief overview of the proposed plan includes:


                This is the most critical issue area employers face and one that requires strategies both short-term and long-term to address the challenge.  The group determined that this involved all levels of the education community, from early childhood to higher education (both career tech and college).  It was determined that many worthwhile efforts are currently underway, and it was imperative to recruit additional volunteers and leaders to assist in the efforts.  In addition to educational efforts, a new program is under consideration to provide support and education to individuals who need additional assistance in being prepared for the workforce.  Recognizing the many challenges of our K-12 area districts, additional support as needed will be provided ensuring our students are prepared for college or career upon graduation.


                The ability to attract and retain a talented workforce is dependent on the quality of education and the opportunities in vibrant community offerings.  Efforts are currently underway by the City, Main Street, Parks and Recreation, Tourism and others to create a pedestrian-friendly downtown that will attract additional restaurants, which create retail opportunities and more!  The relocation of the train to anchor Depot Park combined with the streetscape project will provide a huge boost to this effort.  In addition, the new fun park and activities along Rockford will create places for families to gather.  The need to include our major employers in providing input for options was identified and an increased emphasis on sharing of information and collaboration was identified.


                Increasing voter engagement was a key ingredient discussed at the retreat.  The need to better facilitate voter registration, information and actual voting is necessary to move our community and state forward.  Ideas were discussed on possible activities to increase engagement.  In addition to voter engagement, there is a need to create a pipeline of individuals who will educate themselves and run for elected office.  The Chamber, Leadership and AYP are in the process of creating opportunities to participate in “boot camps” or classes to provide valuable information to those considering public service.

                Over 30 individuals exchanged ideas and at the end of the session, the level of excitement and commitment from those present was incredible.  Opportunities for all area citizens will be identified soon – stay tuned and if you would like to be a part of our process, call the Chamber.