News from Enid, Oklahoma


“A goal without a plan is just a wish,”

I know our many committee members who are working on creating concrete, measurable plans to meet our strategic goals would agree with this quote. Saying that you want to have the best education system in the state, or a water park, or a youth center are all easy things to say…but identifying the first actionable step to achieving the goal, identifying the person(s) responsible for that step, and securing the funding to make it happen, is a very different conversation. Another quote that applies here is, “A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.” We are taking the first step…

One of our specific goals is to make Enid the best place to do business in Oklahoma. We want to be known as welcoming, helpful, and expedient in the work we do with our local employers and new businesses moving to Enid. We know they have many choices in places to locate. Our goals is to give Enid the reputation of being eager to welcome new investment, new jobs, expansions, and new retail stores. The fact is, Enid is seeing growth in industry expansions, retail development, and quality of life improvements and we want to continue this momentum by letting everyone know that Enid is open for business and we welcome your investment here.
If we can do anything to support your growth in Enid, Oklahoma, please give us a call. We are open for business!

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Save the Date
Virtual Quarterly Luncheon

Sponsored by: AT&T

Thursday, October 8th
11:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Speaker: Bill Fournet
Founder / CEO of Persimmon Group

Topic: Lead for Tomorrow

*Invitation w/ Link to Register to Come*
Construction Progress

It's no secret that there is a lot of construction going on in Enid! Retail, housing, healthcare, and education are all seeing new developments being built across town.

A few of the developments include:
Colton's Steakhouse
Jiffy Trip
The Manor on Willow
Family Pharmacy
Autry Technology Center
Above: Jiffy Trip - "The District"
Above: Family Pharmacy - S. Garriott
Above: Colton's Steakhouse - "The District"
Above: The Manor on Willow
Above: Autry Technology Center - Diesel Technology, CNC machine, and Fab Lab addition
Skeleton Creek project still on tract for 2020 completion
NextEra Energy Resources announced their Skeleton Creek wind power project, is on track to be complete by the end of 2020 during a virtual community update in August.

The Skeleton Creek project will be the largest renewable energy project in North America to co-locate wind, solar, and battery storage.

Two Enid Companies Receive CARES Funding for Meat Processing Improvements
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry was appropriated $10 million in federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act, to expand meat processing capacity and address supply chain disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Locally, Enid Packing Company LLC, & Chisholm Trail Meats LLC, were two of the forty recipients awarded funds.
Sales Tax Up 7%
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, our retailers, restaurants, entertainment venues, and hotels have adapted, and our retail sales revenue is outperforming last year by 7%!
Governor Stitt Visits Enid
Governor Kevin Stitt, alongside Brent Kisling, Executive Director, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, made a visit to Enid on Friday, August 7 to meet with business owners and community leaders to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and see how the community and its businesses have adapted over the past few months.

Governor Stitt toured No Man's Land Beef Jerky and held a round table discussion with local businesses that were recipients of recent state COVID-19 relief funds.
Oklahoma Department of Commerce Executive Director Brent Kisling, along with Senator Roland Pederson, Rep. Denise Crosswhite Hader, and Rep. Chad Caldwell also joined in on the events and did an additional tour of A.W. Brueggemann Co.

Overall, 95 Enid businesses received funds through the Oklahoma Business Relief Program (up to $25,000 each of CARES funding), Aircraft Structures International Corp. received funds from the Bounce Back Program ($106,000), and No Man’s Land Food and PT received the Reboot Program Awards ($150,000 each). 

Vote for EYP Social Shaker Awards
You are invited to vote for the Enid Young Professional Social Shaker Awards. There are four categories that will be presented at the 10<40 Awards Luncheon on November 10, 2020. These awards are designed to honor local individuals, organizations, and businesses who have positively impacted the mission of EYP.

Respond to the Census by September 30th!
Have you completed the 2020 Census yet?

If you haven't, don't worry there is still time to respond! Responding to the Census impacts funding for federal programs, representation, and business recruitment and expansion decisions. If Garfield County has a 5% undercount we could lose an estimated $120,735,940 to help fund our schools, hospitals, fire departments, and police departments.

1. Online at
2. Text "Respond Now" to 313131
3. Call 1-844-330-2020 (English) or 1-844-438-2020 (Spanish)
4. Complete the questionnaire received in the mail & mail it back

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