News from Enid, Oklahoma


A community with a strong focus on arts and culture is a place that attracts a creative and talented workforce. Enid, Oklahoma is a community over-flowing with arts and culture. We are blessed with a strong number of artists who consistently invest their time and energy to enriching our community. Did you know, Enid now has 27 public murals with more on the way!? These beautiful pieces of public art can be found in every area of town, and demonstrate the creativity of our community. In addition to the visual arts, Enid boasts Gaslight Theater as one of the state’s oldest and most active community theaters. The Enid Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1906, continues to bring world-class musicians and music to Enid with over 10 performances each year. If you start looking, you will notice visual, performing, and musical arts on every corner of Enid.

Artists are often referred to as “makers” and there is no better “maker” than a manufacturer. Today, Friday, October 2nd, is the kickoff for Manufacturing Month. Manufacturing is one of the highest wealth generating industries in our economy. Our manufactures make products that are sold around the world and they bring that revenue back home. Today’s manufacturing is about computers, technology and engineering and in no way resembles the dirty factories we see in old movies. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of American manufacturing and the supply chain that supports them has been the focus of much discussion. Enid is fortunate to be home to many manufacturing companies that provide hundreds of good paying jobs to our community.

Keep being creative!
Visit to jump start holiday shopping
ERDA Hosts Job Fair for GEFCO Employees
On September 23rd, ERDA organized a job fair for GEFCO employees seeking new career opportunities. Twelve area companies participated in the event showcasing available positions open that matched job descriptions of the GEFCO employees.

The event was a success and we appreciate the companies that took time to join us. We know there were some great connections made.
NWOBI Expansion
ERDA partnered with the Northwest Oklahoma Blood Institute to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony of the new donor center on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The $1.4 million building addition and renovation will allow NWOBI to continue to grow and serve the 16 counties, 12 hospitals, and four air ambulances in their territory.

Enid is Vibrant with 27 murals and counting
Jeans N' Roses - 2219 N. Grand
Jim Morrison - 600 block of N. Independence in the alley
Thank You Complete Count Committee
The responding period for the 2020 Census ends officially on October 5th. In the coming months we should learn the results for Enid and Garfield County. On behalf of ERDA, we want to extend a sincere THANK YOU to the members of the Garfield County Complete Count Committee. This group of over 30 volunteers worked hard to spread the importance of the Census to help get an accurate count!
Sales Tax Revenue up 5.87% YTD (July)

NwOA Virtual Quarterly Networking Meeting
Join the Northwest Oklahoma Alliance (NwOA) for their October virtual quarterly networking luncheon on Tuesday, October 27th at 12pm.

Dr. Tim Faltyn, OPSU President will be the keynote speaker and sharing the importance of working together and being innovative during challenging times.

Downtown Enid Survey
Main Street Enid, Visit Enid, and ERDA are constantly looking for ways to improve the downtown Enid experience. As someone who has an interest in Enid, we would like your feedback. Please consider giving us about 10 minutes to answer questions concerning the present and future of downtown Enid. Your answers will assist us moving forward to make downtown Enid an even better place for our residents and visitors to shop, dine and be entertained.
October is Manufacturing Month
Launched annually on the first Friday in October with events that continue throughout the month, MFG Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

ERDA Members

Thank ERDA members for your support and contributions which allows us to run programs like the Grow Enid Loan Fund, location assistance, Elevate Enid planning meetings, and to connect businesses with resources and funding to support their growth in our community.
Pace Setter Members
Autry Technology Center
City of Enid
Dillingham Insurance
Edward Jones
Encompass fsi
Enel Green Power
Enid News & Eagle
Garfield County Industrial Authority
ITC Great Plains
Jiffy Trip
Koch Fertilizer
Messer-Bowers Insurance
Nicholas Commercial
Oklahoma Natural Gas
Security National Bank
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center
Stride Bank
Tyson Foods
Trail Blazer Members
Aircraft Structures International Co.
A.W. Brueggeman Co.
Bank of Kremlin
Dense Mechanical
Groendyke Transport
Gungoll, Jackson, Box, and Devoll
Henson Construction Company
Hutton Construction
Invenergy, LLC
John Stambaugh CPA
Johnston Seed Co.
Jumbo Foods
NBC Oklahoma
No Man's Land Foods
Northern Oklahoma College
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Oxbow Calcining
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Sidwell Strategies
Stonebridge - AC Developments
Stride Bank Center
TPI Staffing Services, Inc.
Transportation Partners & Logistics, LLC
Wymer Brownlee Wealth Strategies
Digging into Economic Development - Small Business Support