The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 19, 2014

Enid Day at the Capitol: Civic leaders meet legislators

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

OKLAHOMA CITY — Local civic leaders and politicians mingled Wednesday morning during the seventh annual Enid Day at the Capitol, sponsored by Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees included chamber board members, as well as representatives from member businesses, the city of Enid, Visit Enid, Enid Regional Development Alliance, Autry Technology Center, Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid and Northern Oklahoma College Enid.

“We had good attendance from many legislators,” said Jon Blankenship, president and chief executive officer of the chamber, including Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, an Enid native, as well as Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman and House Speaker Jeff Hickman, of Fairview.

Among the items discussed was the expansion of the Insure Oklahoma health insurance program, which the chamber supports.

“It is good for working families and employers, and it is good for our medical community,” Blankenship said.

The chamber also advocates continued low taxation for horizontal drilling, while it opposes new regulations on the wind energy industry.

Blankenship thanked state Sen. Patrick Anderson and Rep. Mike Jackson, both Enid Republicans, for their support in hosting the event.

“It is a great public relations event for Enid,” Blankenship said. “We are always happy to host that.”