July 2020 Newsletter
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Todd Hamilton, 2020-2021 Chamber Chairman
Growing up in Northwest Oklahoma, Enid was the big city we came to for entertainment, shopping, and an opportunity to dine out with options. After graduating from NWOSU in Alva I had the chance to move to Enid and quickly started to realize the once thought of big city had a lot of attributes and similarities of the small town I grew up in. Even though there are ten times the amount of people living in Enid compared to my hometown, it did not take long to develop many new friendships and relationships that made the transition very easy and welcoming for my family. My wife, Kendra, and kids, Kelson-13, Tayden-11, and Kambree-8, can truly not imagine calling any other place home other than Enid.

Involvement in the community has always been a high priority for me. The Chamber is actively engaged in so many different aspects of helping Enid retain, grow and thrive that it was an easy decision to serve and participate with all these exciting events. The expansion of the Koch Fertilizer plant that will begin in 2021, the new $2.5 million terminal at the Enid Woodring Regional Airport, and the community wayfinding signage plan are just a few initiatives I wanted to highlight.  Various Chamber events and activities also help to showcase many wonderful happenings in our community. From the Candy Cane Cash put on every year to the Enid Day at the Capitol, there is always something the Chamber has to offer.

The Chamber continues to work on initiatives identified in our 3-year strategic plan under the umbrellas of Education/Community Development, Federal, State and Local Economic Development, and Membership Development. Community involvement will help enhance and keep the momentum going to achieve the goals set forth with this plan.

I am honored to serve as your Board Chair this year and look forward to keeping the momentum going to help Enid grow in the right direction.

Todd Hamilton
Chairman of the Board
Cherokee Strip Celebration
“We are moving forward with the Cherokee Strip Celebration. I believe Northwest Oklahoma residents will be ready and excited to celebrate the largest land run in history on September 11-12. Cherokee Strip will be one of the first festivals in Enid since the pandemic and we will certainly have an emphasis on public health and safety.
-Jon Blankenship, Chamber President
Theatre Deal Approved
After two and a half hours in executive session, city commissioners voted unanimously to adopt Enid Regional Development Authority's recommendation to offer Apex Cinemas an incentive package for a movie theater tract in The District.

The deal, pending further contract negotiations, would donate 7.5 acres of land and provide a $3.5 million tax rebate to be paid throughout 15 years.

The 42,000-square-foot theater will have eight to 10 digital movie screens, reclining seats and expanded food options. The package also includes an additional 20,000-square-foot trampoline park by Big Air.

Located at the former Lahoma Courts site, at the southeast corner of Cleveland and Garriott, The District project also will feature Hideaway’s Pizza, Colton’s Steakhouse and a Jiffy Trip convenience store.
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Oklahoma Business Relief Program
Developed to help local businesses across the state overcome the economic challenges of COVID-19, the Oklahoma Business Relief Program (OBRP) offers vital funding for qualifying businesses that have suffered revenue loss due to the pandemic. Governor Kevin Stitt has authorized $100 million in Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for the program.

Starting June 29, Oklahoma businesses can request to apply for OBRP through participating financial institutions. The financial institutions will evaluate applications based on the program rules and make a preliminary determination of business eligibility.

Grant Details
  • Maximum of $25,000 grant per business
 
  • Grant amount equal to two months of average total payroll based on either:
  • The average 2019 monthly payroll for months where the business had payroll costs or the average January-February 2020 total payroll.
 
  • Business must have suffered an average monthly loss of 25% or more in revenue generated from business activities from March of 2020 through May of 2020 as compared to the average monthly revenue for any of the following periods:
  • January 2019 through December 2019
  • March 2019 through May 2019
  • January 2020 through February 2020
 
Revenue loss must be substantially caused by the impact of COVID-19 and the grant must be necessary to help the business recover.
Enid Net Taxable Sales
April:

2019                     
$70,786,694

2020     
$62,819,588

-11.26%      
Calendar Year to Date:

2019
$ 267,469,607

2020
$ 286,746,344.00
          
7.21%
Are you a great candidate or do you know someone who would be a great fit for
Leadership Greater Enid? Applications for Class 30 are available NOW! Find the application
online at www.leadershipgreaterenid.com. Completed applications are due no later than
5 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020 to leadershipgreaterenid@gmail.com

Thank You for Your Membership Renewal!
Your membership investment and community support make a difference for Enid!
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