Weekly Update May 15, 2020

Forward Together: Ponca City Development Authority
NEVER WASTE A GOOD CRISIS…the current pandemic is hitting everyone at the same time. Some states and communities more than others. Ponca City appears to be in the “than others” category as the economy begins to pick itself off the ground ahead of many others. At yesterday’s PCDA Board of Trustees meeting, the “Forward Together” plan was revealed as a roadmap to economic recovery and growth in the future. Several things are specific to the pandemic and these were included under the “Core” part of the plan. These include working with industry on certifications (think changes to supply chains and on-shoring more manufacturing), portals for on-line marketing, assisting in the implementation of new technologies, aggressive B2B connections and so forth. There is also a “People” component that not only addresses workforce, it also addresses the absolute need to build a strong sense of community. As we have said in the past, economic development is a team sport, more specifically a community sport, and the communities that thrive in the future will be those that do not take community spirit, support and cohesiveness for granted. For a city to succeed, it’s people must be involved, committed, excited and have pride. To do that, they need to be invited to participate in and take charge of their community’s future.

A small but mighty element of the “People” part was on display last Saturday night when PCDA and Heather Cannon Honda sponsored a real live drive-in movie in the parking lot of the University Center (who we also thank). There were also specifics under the “Ignite” portion, which is a different approach to the traditional role of attracting investment. In addition, the city’s “Fiber to the Home” project was identified as a key to the future as was the need to get out in front of what will surely be changes to health care, education, child care, housing and transportation. It may be obvious to you if you have read this far that several of these things are outside the legal playground of PCDA so this is a community plan, not just a PCDA plan, and we have some great partners with whom to work. Finally, and this is truly a partnership thing, there will be an almost immediate need for a community wide response plan for events such as COVID-19. This will become almost mandatory in the future in order to attract investment. With medical professionals projecting the potential for a resurgence in the fall, what better time to start than now? By working together, we are stronger together. By being stronger together, we move Forward Together.
Po-Hi Announces Top 20 Students from Senior Class of 2020

PCDA congratulates all 2020 graduating seniors. Who caught our eye in this picture, of the top 20 seniors in Class of 2020, was Emari Shields. She is a Girl Power! grad from the inaugural class of 2015. Good Job Emari!
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Monday, May 18 // Grab & Go Meals for students //High School & White Eagle
See Flier Below for Information.

Friday, May 22 // Ponca Politics Committee//11:00 am Chamber office
Chamber members. Get involved with Ponca Politics.

May Business after Hours Cancelled
Thank you to First National Bank of Oklahoma the May Sponsor.
They will host again in May 2021.

Thursday, June 4 // Small Business Pitch-Off // City Central
Due date for small business plans is Tuesday, May 26th. Email to to be entered in the Pitch-off.
Find all the information in flyer below.

Tues, June 23 // Business After Hours// Ody's & Custom Mechanical Equipment
Support your local small businesses by using curbside pickup, delivery options
and purchasing gift cards from local merchants.

Wed, June 24 // HR Handbooks// Ponca Chamber Lunch & Learn
11:30 to 1:30 pm at Pioneer Tech, Seminar Center East.
$10 includes catered lunch. Register @580.765.4400
Workshop for creating a HR Handbook tailored for your business.

Identifying & Finding your Customer
Thursday, June 18 11:30 to 1:00 PM

Every business needs customers. Learn how to identify what your "best" customer looks like and where to find them. Using free resources, available to anyone in the community. Bring your best customer criteria with you to this virtual session.

Email or call 580-761-3028 to sign up for this program.

Thursday, June 18 11:30 to 1:00
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