The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 19, 2013

Let’s keep building on the momentum from Enid’s economic development


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The front page of Tuesday’s newspaper showcased Enid’s tremendous growth.

And all of the economic development isn’t based solely on the oil and gas industry.

One article explained how the city of Enid and surrounding area is entering a growth period, which will keep consumer spending strong and increase local sales tax collections for the next few years.

Retail sales have been surging in Enid, based on tax distributions to cities and towns from Oklahoma Tax Commission. We’re glad our local economy is diversified beyond the energy industry following the 1980s oil bust.

In 2014-15, we’re anticipating $1.2 billion in new construction projects expected to bring more than 2,000 construction workers.

Around $1 billion of that will be Koch Nitrogen’s expansion of its plant east of town. Additionally, Northstar Agri Industries is beginning work on its $200 million canola plant east of the city.

Need more reasons to be optimistic? Take a look at our photo package highlighting Enid’s evolving retail landscape. Four photos detailed new construction at Country Inn & Suites, CVS, Dollar General and the freestanding Chick-fil-A.

“This is a golden age in Enid and northwest Oklahoma,” said Brent Kisling, executive director of Enid Regional Development Alliance. “Let’s make sure this growth continues.”

Kisling is right. Let’s keep building on our momentum to propel Enid’s success well into the 21st century.