January 2016
ECU TO Launch Water Policy Institute
The new OWPSI at East Central University will partner with the Chickasaw Nation, the U.S. EPA Kerr Research Center, the Ada Jobs Foundation, Sciences and Natural Resources Foundation, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and Ada Water Resources Board, amongst others.

"This gift should have far-reaching effects in studying and improving water-quality issues in the state as well as enhancing our students' learning efforts and experiences through research," said ECU President John R. Hargrave.
By virtue of the gift, ECU will launch the Oklahoma Water Policy and Science Institute (OWPSI), a non-profit institute for water resource studies and programs. The institute will develop leaders, both students and citizens, in water policy and management that are focused on science-based policy and are project-driven in nature, thus becoming an economic development driver for the area. 
2015 Progress Report on Economic Development Plan
The Ada Economic Development Plan adopted in 2014 calls for periodic reporting as to how implementation is progressing. Progress and development in the community over the past two years has resulted in considerable change.  People from across the state say they are amazed by the projects that Ada has accomplished and then their amazement becomes astonishment when they hear about the projects planned over the next 5 years or so.

The Ada Jobs Foundation Board, Ada City Council, and Community of Ada should be commended because no action is much easier than action.  Ada Oklahoma is a Small Town with Big Opportunities!  

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