July 2021 Newsletter
Jason Turnbow, 2021-2022 Chamber Chairman
For me, growing up in Enid was tagging along with my dad and our English Setters at the Grand National Quail Hunt, baseball at Crosslin Park, church on Sundays, waiting on my parents at restaurants because in Enid, you know everybody – and you better make your rounds! It was birthday parties at Electric Eagle Arcade, cruising Van Buren and getting to lend a hand and help build Leonardo’s Adventure Quest.

After meeting my wife, Torry, in college, we began our careers, married and landed in Oklahoma City. We loved the opportunities a big city provided and we were thriving, raising a young family, and navigating the adventures of early adulthood. But something was missing. COMMUNITY.

It turns out all those childhood things I loved about my hometown didn’t have so much to do with the facilities they took place in. There’s always some place else doing it bigger or flashier. The memories and experiences that were nostalgic to me had everything to do with the relationships, the values and the pace of life Enid offered...

Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce recognizes community leaders with awards

ENID, Okla. — Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce honored several people who have impacted the community during its annual meeting and banquet Tuesday night.
“We honored some great honorees and some very meaningful people to our community that have made an impact,” said Jason Turnbow, who took over as chairman of the board for the chamber’s 2021-22 year. “They’ve led by example for so many years and set the tone for what Enid is all about.”
Six awards were given out: Ambassador of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Civic Improvement Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Citizen of the Year.
Citizen of the Year, traditionally presented to a person who has made lifelong contributions to the Enid community, was awarded to Janet Cordell, a “generous, compassionate and community-minded” key volunteer in Enid’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, which resulted in more than 30,000 vaccines...
Citizen of the Year
Janet Cordell
Volunteer of the Year
Crystal Harmon
Ambassador of the Year
Keri Haines
Civic Improvement of the Year
Enid Public Schools
Business Person of the Year
Presented to Alex Williams for
Kyle Williams
Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to the Dillingham Family for Dan Dillingham
Cherokee Strip Celebration
After canceling the 2020 Cherokee Strip Celebration due to the pandemic, we are excited to host our annual event again this year! We look forward to seeing Enid and Northwest Oklahoma residents at this
family friendly event including the parade.
National News:

Centrist Senators Announce Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
A bipartisan coalition of senators said they have reached a deal with the White House to advance a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, ending the grid-lock and negotiations of the past few weeks. The plan is supposed to primarily target and improve America’s declining transportation infrastructure, including railway, bridges, and waterways but will also include funding for “child care, education, long-term care for seniors and other issues.”

Twenty one centrist senators, including eleven Republicans and ten Democrats, have been trying to reach a consensus since President Biden announced his American Jobs Plan in April.
“For the most part we have a framework, but there are components within that framework that need to be worked out,” Democratic Senator Jon Tester said.
“We’ve agreed on a framework and we’re headed to the White House tomorrow,” Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters as he left the Capitol late Wednesday evening, shortly after deliberations conclude.

Biden: My Threat Not to Sign Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Was Not Intended as a Veto Threat

On Thursday, hours after agreeing to framework for an infrastructure bill with a bipartisan group of senators, President Biden said: “If this [bipartisan deal] is the only thing that comes to me, I’m not signing it.”

On Saturday evening, the president said in a lengthy statement that his Thursday comment “created the impression that I was issuing a veto threat on the very plan I had just agreed to, which was certainly not my intent.”

But in his new statement, Biden doesn’t go so far as to say he would actually sign a bipartisan bill if Congress does not also send him a reconciliation bill (which Democrats can pass on a party-line vote).

State News:
Prison officials defend decision to close Key despite lawmaker criticism

OKLAHOMA CITY — Corrections officials doubled down on their decision to close a Northwest Oklahoma prison while facing questions Tuesday from lawmakers who argued the decision was made behind closed doors with no public or legislative input.
Tricia Everest, Gov. Kevin Stitt’s secretary of public safety, said William S. Key Correctional Center in Fort Supply is a 19th century prison that needs more than $30 million in immediate repairs. She said closing the 1,100-bed prison about 15 miles northwest of Woodward, is “right and proper,” but acknowledged officials bungled the communication.

Everest said while top state officials, including Stitt, already had approved plans to close the minimum-security prison by the end of the year, the public was not supposed to find out so soon. However, news of the closing was leaked to The Woodward News, which led DOC to “hastily” publicize its plans June 16. State lawmakers and local leaders questioned why DOC had written closure plans in place by May 13, but didn’t inform them until the news broke publicly.

Oklahoma blood supply reaches critically low level, Oklahoma Blood Institute in need of donations
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR), JUNE 24, 2021 – The nationwide blood shortage is being felt in Oklahoma as the state’s blood supply falls to a critically low level.
Oklahoma Blood Institute officials are putting out a call for donors.
OBI currently only has enough blood on hand to cover just one day. Officials prefer to have a supply that can last three to five days.

The pandemic is a big reason for the shortage, according to officials.
“This is a different call to action. If you’re used to hearing the message for blood and say ‘that’s for somebody else,’ it’s not for somebody else anymore. It’s for you, your family, your loved ones, the people you work with, all those people,” said Dr. John Armitage with the Oklahoma Blood Institute. “Anybody can use a unit of blood at anytime.”
Blood donation takes about an hour.

Visit 301 E. Cherokee in Enid to donate or visit www.obi.org to find other blood drives and donation locations.
Local News:
State of the City Address
Mayor George Pankonin

Alexander Ewald/ Enid News & Eagle/ June 30, 2021
ENID, Okla. — Enid Mayor George Pankonin marked his first State of the City address by thanking Enid’s residents for doing their part to put COVID-19 in the rear-view mirror.
“We always stayed focused on protecting the community not only from the disease but from economic impacts on area businesses,” he said. “There was never a decision that would make everyone happy, so we kept our focus on what was best, not what was perfect.” Pankonin said in hindsight, he believes the elected leaders of Enid City Commission made the right calls at the time, but said, “Not everyone will agree with me.”
The city’s ban on large, non-distanced gatherings also got in the way of his plans for more town hall meetings, but Pankonin said he intends to hold the so-called “coming attractions” in each ward later this year after meeting with fellow city commissioners...

Office complex planned for Enid's Stonebridge area on heels of rezoning request
June 25, 2021 
ENID, Okla. — A new office complex is being planned as development in Enid’s Stonebridge Village continues around the intersection of Chestnut and Cleveland.
City planning commissioners on Monday unanimously recommended that a 6-acre property at 2600 W. Chestnut be rezoned from a planned business center district to a general commercial district.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission’s recommendation comes ahead of plans to build a complex of 15 offices ranging between 3,500-4,000 square feet each, developer Gene Anderson, with Waukomis-based AC Developments, said Monday.
The complex would be built in a style called Texas Hill Country, a residential-like appearance similar to exteriors of office parks in Edmond and Oklahoma City, Anderson told MAPC commissioners.
“We’ve got quite a bit of interest (in the space), so that’s why we’re doing it,” he later said Wednesday... Full Article
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Freedom has a high cost.
Lives given, the ultimate loss.
That cost they willingly give
So freedom can continue to live.

So, we remember today
All those who went away-
And gave their lives that we
Might live here and stay free.

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