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Weekly Update September 13, 2019

WELCOME TO THE PARTY …at yesterday’s PCDA Board of Trustees meeting, the subject of workforce came up, as it typically does. PoncaWorks Director Liz Leaming first described 1) a Fab Lab initiative that is a product of a lot of Ponca City based companies and institutions (an “Industry/Education collaborative”) that will help current and future workforce become comfortable with STEM careers (and so much more); and 2) The PoncaWorks Ambassador program and it’s product of identifying and connecting young professionals in local industry with a future workforce currently in school (Ibid: An “Industry/Education collaborative”) allowing the younger folks to, perhaps, listen a little more carefully to these young professionals than they would to older folk that do not have Snap Chat accounts; and 3) an Augmented Reality program recently approved by PCDA Trustees that will allow students to virtually walk through Ponca City industries while in school (remember the “industry/education collaborative” thing?) and determine what they need to do to get ready for careers there. Following this report, the Trustees were given a newspaper article from another town.

This was a very well written article about the workforce situation in that other Oklahoma community about the size of Ponca City. The environment and issues were the same. The economic development organization in this lovely Oklahoma community is well respected and PCDA works with them often. Here’s the fun part: The aforementioned, well written article said the economic development organization “will soon implement a program to grow our own workforce, focusing on education-industry collaboratives.” Brilliant…and welcome to the party. PCDA has been doing this for seven years. By the way and speaking of education, them Cats are 1-0. Savor that for a moment.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Tues, Sept 17// Grand Cafe Ribbon Cutting//5th & Grand 10 am
Help the Grand Cafe celebrate their ribbon cutting and
stay for some all day breakfast. 10:00 am

Wed, Sept 18//Procurement Tech Assist Center Day// City Central
Is your business ready to do business with the government? State & Tribal Contracting? Do you need to start the steps to be able to do government contracting?
Government entities are looking to do over $500 billion with small businesses this year.
Find out how you can get a piece of that pie.

Thurs, Sept 19//Emergency Services Training Center // Pioneer Tech
Ribbon Cutting for the new facility. 4:00 pm

Friday, Sept 20//Ponca City BIrthday Bash//Veteran's Plaza
Join hundreds of your closest friends to celebrate Ponca City's birthday, 5 to 9:30 pm. Activities will include music, food trucks and the Wizard of Oz
showing at the Poncan Theatre. Family friendly. Come celebrate!

Sat, Sept. 28 // 3rd Annual TallGrass Bike Tour // Wentz Camp Grounds
Get signed up for this amazing bike tour - Seven Route Options

Thurs, Oct 10//IENetwork Meeting// 5:30 pm in Gravity
Angelyn Myers, creator of My Buddy Towel
will be sharing her invention story with the group.
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PCDA does love the delivery of new machines to our industries in the AIP. This week, K&C Manufacturing got a HUGE new machine, complete with a robot arm. This 500 ton (yes, TON) Injection molding machine will allow them to do bigger, faster, stronger....no wait, that was a TV Show flashback. But definitely much larger plastic parts will be coming out of the shop at K&C with this boss on the floor.
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A LITTLE SOMETHING NEW
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Nothing excites us like a blank canvas! New things coming to City Central.
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$600 BILLION IN CONTRACTS
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Sept. 18 - City Central

Contracting with the Government

Is your business is ready to contract with the biggest customers (City, Federal, Native American governments), you need to attend this program.

Can't make this program? Ask Dawn your questions. She is ready to help your business with all things government contracting.

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CENSUS 2020 - Count the Kids!
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Kids were the most under-counted of all the demographics in the 2010 Census. Grandparents Day is this Sunday. If you have a grandchild or great-grandchild living with you on April 1st, 2020 make sure they are counted on your Census form.
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AMBASSADOR TRAINING....."Day in the life" videos happened this week at locally owned company Bowers Trucking. These young employees get to tell their story to our future workforce. If you would like to join this Ambassador Program, Give Liz a call or email.
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LOCAL RESOURCES
SMALL CITY/BIG LIFE
To stay informed about events, programs and entertainment in Ponca City this fall. The Visit Ponca City website has a great calendar with all the things happening in our community. Next month in back to school and September is busy, busy, busy.
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