Staff engaged and enthralled PCDA Board of Trustees and a full house of community leaders and members this week at the August PCDA Trustee Meeting. Topics ranged from workforce recruitment to housing to retail involvement (specifically PCDA's), with a little sidebar on childcare and what comes next. And then, what comes after what comes next. Engagement with community leaders was excellent. Questions were asked. And then more questions were asked. Answers may take a little longer, as will gathering anecdotal information and statistics. But never fear, PCDA Staff are here, along with our fearless partners at The Chamber, The City and our Education Administration.
Along with this rousing conversation, July contacts were presented including 20 new industry contacts, 152 existing industry handshakes and four leads with four total projects. Spec Building Duke has concrete poured and is heading towards the final punch list of to-do items in September. Girl Power STEM camp highlights were had as well as a new Trade Show Brigade forming to attend the ICBS Government Contracting Show happening in October. You have to get up early to hear this stuff first hand. But keep reading to get some of the highlights.
Talking About Labor Market Data
Labor force participation rate…. Some really sexy verbiage for those of us in workforce. Let me hit you with some numbers.
Our labor force participation rate is 58.6%(data.census.gov). Those are the people who above the age of 16 years old, who are working, or have recently stopped working and are looking for work.
The national average labor force participation rate is 62.6% (BLS.GOV). The difference between these two numbers is 4.2%. There are about 20,000 people in our labor force in Kay County(Chmura Economics and Analytics), 4.2% increase in that would be 1,364 people. Phew! If you’re still reading, this is the kicker for you: in the last 30 days we’ve had about 1,026 open job postings on the internet for this area. All this data shows us that there are some barriers to work. If you’ve felt this in your business, or have any insight into the problems you’ve faced, please let us know about it! Over the next several months we will be diving into some of the barriers staff have seen and what we can do about them.
1 Million Cups Returns
Summer is coming to a close and that means 1 Million Cups is ready to share more local business stories. 1MC provides a supportive, inclusive space for entrepreneurs and their communities to gather and connect, where they can work through business challenges and identify opportunities. All this is accomplished with a million cups of coffee.
Join the Ponca City 1MC on Wednesday, Sept.6 at Pioneer Technology Center to hear the SWG story, told by Jessica Fields. Get back into the swing of all things small business at 1 Million Cups. If you are interested in telling your business story to the community, please go to1MillionCups.com/PoncaCityand apply to present at one of the next meetings. Always the first Wednesday of each month. Share your story over a cup of coffee.
Welcome Trailer Butler To Ponca City
A few months ago, Ponca City was recommended to Troy Ormonde as a possible location for his small manufacturing business. After a few phone calls and a site visit, his family owned business Trailer-Butler is settling into their new location on First Street here in Ponca City. Along with his wife, Mother and Uncle, several Ponca City Chamber members helped cut the ribbon and officially welcome Trailer Butler to the business community last Friday.
If you want an excellent explanation of what Trailer Butler is, please click here and watch this short video of Troy explaining and demonstrating his product to the crowd last Friday.
Friday, August 18 // Party At the Palace & Auction
Get your tickets from the Chamber office
Saturday, August 19 // Stuff the Bus // Walmart
The PC Chamber will have a bus ready
for school supplies donations.
To volunteer, call the Chamber office
Thursday, August 24 // First Day of School // Ponca City
Be on the lookout for the kiddos
as they head back to school.
Thursday, August 31 // Apprenticeships // Pioneer Technology
Make plans to attend to find out
more information on Oklahoma Apprenticeship
opportunities. 10:30 am
Monday, Sept 4 // Labor Day // National Holiday
PCDA & City Central will be closed.
Wed, Sept 6 // 1 Million Cups // Pioneer Technology