News from Enid, Oklahoma


The change of seasons from winter to spring is always welcoming. Temperatures start rising, flowers start blooming, and people come out of hibernation.

There is excitement in the springtime air with all of the new development and activities here in Enid. In the past three months, Jiffy Trip and Colton's Steakhouse have opened in The District, and Five Below opened at Enid Crossings. In 2021, The District will welcome Hideaway Pizza and Great Plains Bank's new location. Downtown Enid will also see the excitement with the opening of the new conference hotel and First Fridays starting back up. Stride Bank Center has a concert lineup including; Rodney Carrington, Matthew West, and Chicago. The Oklahoma Flying Aces Indoor Football Team and Enid Outlaws Basketball Team will also start their season. There is much more happening in Enid that appeals to all ages and interests.

We welcome you to get out and experience all that is happening in Enid to help you discover why our community is the best place to live, work, and grow.


ERDA Board of Directors

Sandra Robinett
Matt Parrish
Scott Athey
Brady McCullough
Martie Oyler
Don Roberts
Brian Henson
Scott Northcutt
Kyle Williams
Dave Lamerton
George Pankonin
Rob Stallings
Jonathan Waddell
Todd Hamilton

Non Voting:
Jerald Gilbert
Jon Blankenship
Lenox Drive-In, Family Martial Arts each receive $10K grants from ERDA
ERDA is excited to announce Lenox Drive-in and Enid Family Martial Arts as our 2021 $10,000 MicroEnterprise Grant recipients.
The two awards were funded by $10,000 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) — through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) — and a $10,000 match by ERDA.
Both Enid Family Martial Arts and Lenox Drive-In will utilize their funds in different ways that each provide value to our community.

Click on the link to read more about each Lenox and Family Martial Arts plans for their grant funding.

St. Mary's 2nd in state to receive robotic technology for knee replacements
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center recently acquired new robotic surgical technology for knee replacement surgery, becoming first in the region and second in the state to do so.
According to a press release from St. Mary’s, Robotic Surgical Assistant, or ROSA, was developed by Zimmer Biomet and is designed to help a specially trained surgeon tailor the placement of the knee implants in patients who need a total knee replacement.

Hammer Williams brings convenience to area with Jiffy Trip Stores
t was considered radical when K.V. Williams and partner Larry Hammer opened their first Jiffy Trip convenience store in Cherokee in 1972.

It was a place where you could get some food or snacks and drinks along with gas.

“My grandpa took a big risk when he did that,” said Alex Williams, chief operating officer of Hammer Williams Co., which now owns and operates 26 Jiffy Trip stores in the area. “A convenience store then was a place where you could buy gas and oil … it’s amazing how things have evolved.”

Small Business & Entrepreneur Support Grants Update
The Enid Regional Development Alliance in a partnership with the City of Enid supported 39 businesses in Enid through Small Business and Entrepreneurship grants utilizing CARES Act Funding.

  • 39 businesses assisted with $400,252 total awarded
  • Awarded businesses employ total of 172 employees
  • $12,590.55 average award for Small Business Support with an average of 8 employees per business. 
  • $8,267.71 average award for entrepreneur assistance with an average of 3 employees per business.   
  • Average loss of revenue among applicants was 40% of gross revenue when comparing March-December 2019 and March-December 2020.   

Elevate Enid Update

On Friday, February 26 ERDA hosted the first yearly Elevate Enid Reporting Session. The session allowed for all of the committees to come together to hear an update on progress being made in each group.


Industry Recruitment & Retention
Retail Recruitment & Retention
Education & Workforce Training
Quality of Life & Tourism
Downtown Development

ERDA Quarterly Luncheon
Join us April 8th at the Stride Bank Center for ERDA's first Quarterly Luncheon of 20201. During the luncheon we will hear an update from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce on state economic development efforts.

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Grand Ballroom - Stride Bank Center
11:30 am - 1pm

Registration information to come soon!
Sales Tax up 4.61% YTD
December 2020 Sales Tax was reported up 2.53% compared to 2019. Overall, Enid ends up 4.61% for 2020 sales tax compared to 2019.

December 2020 - $70,513,517.18
2020 YTD - $848,209,397.18

Severe Winter Storms (Getting Help from the SBA)
Was your business impacted by the recent winter storms? The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a various services to help businesses recover from the effects of severe winter storms. The documents below provide an overview of services available.

ERDA Joins new State Organization: Select Oklahoma
February 9th was a historic day for Oklahoma Economic Development Professionals with the formation of Select Oklahoma an Economic Development Partnership, Inc.

The new organization takes place of the Oklahoma Professional Economic Development (OEDC) and Governor's Economic Development Marketing Team (GEDMT). Select Oklahoma will be focused on supporting statewide efforts to recruit and retain existing primary jobs and capital investment in the state. In addition to marketing, the corporation will support a healthy economy for the State of Oklahoma through legislative advocacy, education, training and development, and professional collaboration.

ERDA Executive Director, Lisa Powell will serve as the organization's Past Chair. Previously, Lisa held the role of Chair for OEDC. ERDA Marketing & Business Development Manager, Trent Misak is also a member of Select Oklahoma.