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FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR...

67.9 miles.

If you stacked 1 billion dollar bills next to each other, that's how far they would go.  That's farther than I can run and its almost farther than I can drive without stopping once or twice.

Imagine having that much money in one place.

Well, the Enid Regional Development Alliance has imagined it and have made it part of our vision for the next few years.

Our goal by 2025 is to have $1 billion in retail sales in Enid...and it is a very achievable goal.

In 2010, the total retail sales in Enid was $650 million.  7 years later in 2017, our total sales were $815 million.  If we can accelerate our growth just slightly more over the next 7 years, it will happen.

But what do we have to do to become a billion dollar city?

Three things:
  1. We need more people.  These people need to be residents and tourists..  We need jobs for these residents to take and we need venues for the tourists to enjoy.  We need to continue to tell our story in Enid and we need more people to come be a part of this story going forward.
  2. We need more wealth.  The people who live in NW Oklahoma love to buy local.  But they can only spend money that they have.  We need jobs that pay higher salaries, and we need more income supplements in the area such as oil and gas and wind energy land payments.
  3. We need more shopping venues.  Enid has been very aggressive in the area of retail attraction the past few years, but we can do even better.  ERDA will do our best to aggressively pursue new retailers and help our existing retailers grow.
Becoming a billion dollar city is not something ERDA can do alone.  It will take an entire community effort to make this a reality over the next several years.  We welcome your ideas and we welcome your partnership.  Let's create 67.9 miles of prosperity in our city!

Brent Kisling
Executive Director
UPCOMING EVENTS

NwOA Legislative Reception 
March 26, 2018 - 5:00 -7:00 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City
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ERDA Quarterly Luncheon
April 12, 2018 -  11:30-1:00 p.m. 
Oakwood Country Club, Enid, OK 
Guest Speaker: Berkley Young,  President of  Young Strategies, Inc. 
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Drones & the Future of Food Forum
April 24, 2018  8:30-1:30 p.m. 
CNB Center, 301 S. Independence, Enid, OK 
For more information and to register, click  here!
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2018 Oklahoma Gubernatorial Candidates Forum*
May 29, 2018  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
CNB Center, 301 S. Independence, Enid, OK 
*All Gubernatorial candidates have been  invited to participate.

Growing Retail in Enid
Enid's retail market has grown over the past seven years, and officials continue to work on attracting businesses and restaurants.  "I think the important thing to understand with the retail market in Enid is that over the last seven years, we've gone from around $650 million in total retail sales to well over $800 million in retail sales. We had peaked a couple years ago at $900 million, whenever we were at the height of the price of oil and gas in our area," said Brent Kisling, Enid Regional Development Alliance executive director.   Read more...
Stitching Together A Business
For nearly a decade, the Strate Center business incubator at Autry Technology Center has been helping fledgling businesses make a go at it in Northwest Oklahoma. "We've had 27 businesses in the nine years and an 81 percent success rate," said Brian Gaddy, director of technology and the Center for Business Development.  Read more...
Main Street Enid Finalist for State Awards
Main Street Enid is a finalist for several state awards to be presented May 8 at the 29th annual Main Street Awards Banquet. Main Street Enid is one of 11 finalists for Main Street Program of the Year. The others are Altus, Cherokee, Claremore, Collinsville, Newkirk, Okmulgee, Ponca City, Sapulpa, Stockyards City and Tulsa Route 66.  Read more...
Premier Center Now Open
After two years of anticipation, INTEGRIS Bass is excited to debut its premier cancer center in Enid. The new facility opened March 8, and is the first of its kind in northwest Oklahoma. With a mission that focuses on community wellness, the hospital is eager to provide patients with an integrative and sophisticated experience that they hope will not only allow the patient to live longer, but to live better. Read more...

Downtown Threads Celebrates 40 years in Enid
Local business Downtown Threads is celebrating its 40th anniversary by giving back to the community.  The family owned business specializes in screen printing and embroidery and recently announced its plans to celebrate 40 years of business by giving back.  "We chose 'Giving Back is Always in Style' as our theme because we wanted to give back to the loyal customers who have given us their business over the last 40 years," said Robin Munger, owner of Downtown Threads. "Just like a T-shirt, it's always in style to give back. We wanted that to be our focus for the year."  Each month, Downtown Threads will be spotlighting a nonprofit from the area and collect donations or raise funds for the chosen organization.  Read more...
1 Million Cups Launched in Enid
1 Million Cups - a national program to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs, launched in Enid. F ounded by the Kauffman Foundation, the event is focused on entrepreneurs networking and finding solutions over one million cups of coffee.  The free monthly gatherings - set for 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Five80 Coffeehouse, 122 E. Randolph - are for entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members, according to a news release. Read more... 
Johnston Seed Company Celebrates 125 Years in Business
In an era when large corporate firms dominate the seed business, Johnston Seed Co. - the oldest and largest independently owned seed supplier in Oklahoma - takes pride in being family run, service oriented and community minded.  On March 9, the company will celebrate 125 years in business - it's 14 years older than the state itself - with a ribbon cutting and open house at the remodeled headquarters at 319 W. Chestnut in Enid, which include a new 3,000-square-foot retail store, a tripling of on-site warehouse space and new cleaning and processing equipment.  Read more...
Telling Our Story
Brent Kisling was invited to News9 to tell the Enid and NW Oklahoma Economic Development Story.  "We must continue to be aggressive as a state and we must keep our word." Kisling said.   You may watch the video here and click the play icon at the bottom left.