Located on Interstate 35 midway between the metropolitan areas of Dallas/Fort Worth and Oklahoma City, Ardmore is a prime location for attracting new business and industry. While Ardmore is ideal for economic development, its location is also perfect for travelers and recreation. Nestled in the Arbuckle Mountains, Ardmore is only minutes away from a wide variety of attractions throughout Southern Oklahoma.
"Oklahoma's central location makes it ideal for transportation-sensitive industries. It's a strategy that has begun to work for Ardmore." - The New York Times
Emphasis on Education
Ardmore's commitment to education is a key factor in making it an outstanding community. Educational offerings from kindergarten to college allow people of any age the chance to learn and succeed.
The Ardmore City Schools and Plainview Schools work diligently to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Teachers and administrators provide for the needs of over 4,500 students by offering a wide variety of programs in academics, fine arts, technology, and athletics.
A community-wide education initiative known as "Raising the Standards: Excellence in Education" was introduced to challenge students with a rigorous curriculum designed to provide them with the tools to succeed both academically and professionally. "Cornerstones", the second phase of the project, began a five-year program that introduced an accountability feature into the original standards process. Recruiting bonuses, teaching excellence awards, and enhanced summer school are additional components of the program. The 5-year program has over $3.3 million pledged.
The Southern Oklahoma Technology Center also offers courses designed for high school and adult students wanting to develop career or technical skills. In addition, the Ardmore Higher Education Center allows students to take day or evening classes in Ardmore from several regional universities.
Global Market Place
The strength of Ardmore is displayed in the diversity of its economic structure including energy, agriculture, aviation, industry and research. Ardmore is home to world-wide energy companies such as Noble Energy. Its industrial sector includes companies like Michelin North America, whose plant in Ardmore is non-union and consistently the most productive in the system. Aviation companies that have benefited from a former Air Force base-turned-Industrial Airpark include Japan Air Lines, McDonnell Douglas, Ryder Systems and AAR. Companies like Noble Energy, Slaughter Company, etc., attract and employ professional engineers and scientists from all over the world. The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation's 60 scientists were recruited from throughout the U.S. and 15 foreign countries.
Ardmore is a progressive community where the rural work ethic combines with a quality of life that provides an excellent environment for economic development and growth. The special working relationship between the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, the Ardmore Development Authority and the Ardmore Tourism Authority allows business and industry to grow and prosper.