The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Economic Development 2011

February 13, 2011

Out on their own: With a little help from the community

Alliance networking with locals in order to promote the area

ENID — Enid Regional Development Alliance is doing well now on its own, but it couldn’t do it without help.

The alliance started as its own entity in 1997, but after the first director left in 2000 it combined with Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce.

Two years ago, Enid Regional Development Alliance once again began functioning on its own, this time under the leadership of new executive director Brent Kisling.

In his third year as executive director, Kisling said the development alliance has been successful in three areas: “Working with entrepreneurs, working with present businesses and soliciting new businesses.”

Shortly after Kisling was hired a few years ago, Lisa Powell was hired as office manager.

Powell, an Oklahoma State University graduate, said it has been great to see all the changes in her hometown since the development alliance started its work.

“I can see the changes in Enid because my memory is 20 years old,” she said.

Since Powell’s arrival, the alliance has added a third person to the team — Noah Smith, who acts as assistant officer manager.

Those three employees make up the alliance office.

“We’re a pretty small staff for comparative counties this size,” Kisling said, “but we’re part of a much larger economic development team.”

The alliance  branches out its effort for economic development through other agencies and businesses in the community, he said. Partnerships with Autry Technology Center, Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, Enid Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Main Street Enid work to promote Enid and Garfield County.

But it doesn’t stop there.

The alliance is part of Oklahoma City Regional Partnership, as well as Northwest Oklahoma Alliance, two organizations that help Enid Regional Development Alliance branch out its efforts even further.

Kisling said he is proud of three things in particular since becoming executive director.

The first is expansion of Aircraft Structures International, aowned by Mickey Stowers.

Stowers’ business has taken advantage of tax incentives and is poised to add many jobs in the coming year.

The second is construction of a new industrial park road by Enid Woodring Regional Airport.

Finally, Kisling said, he is proud of the rapport the alliance has with site locators.

Another statistic Kisling highlights is Garfield County has been the 27th fastest job-growing rural county in the nation in the last three years.

That, he said, is something to be proud of.

Individuals or businesses interested in Enid can view an array of statistical data about the city and county at the alliance’s website, growenid.com.

They also can view opportunities for retail development, local demographics and an interactive map of available properties.

The alliance also hosts quarterly meetings at Oakwood Country Club where they invite different businesses and organizations in the community to speak.

Kisling can be reached at 548-7181 or kisling@growenid.com.

1
Text Only
Economic Development 2011
  • CoverED2011.jpg Economic Development 2011

    One of the attributes of living in Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is the abundant pride residents have in its people, land and businesses. The 2011 News & Eagle Progress edition highlights these areas and pays tribute to all of those who make our region shine 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

    February 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • Inspire_Enid_1_BH.jpg Divine inspiration

    Inspire Greater Enid is an organization that has a mission to bring together professionals in marketing and communications fields and provide them resources, information, training and professional marketing.

    February 13, 2011 1 Photo

  • Eagle_Mkt_BBQ_2_CB.jpg ‘Ambassadors’ help Enid shine

    “We have become incredibly successful at marketing. We are a for-profit company but virtually everything we do has a spin-off for the local economy. We are trying to get good, fun events. We are trying to get Enid to be fun and a good destination for fun.” — Frank Baker, director of Eagle Marketing

    February 13, 2011 1 Photo

  • enid1stheader_2.jpg Enid 1st seeks stories that it can brag about

    Enid Regional Development Alliance, along with the help of the Enid News & Eagle, has launched an Enid 1st Campaign with the goal of drawing information from individuals, companies or organizations about what Enid is best at, has the most of, is first at doing or has the only of.

    February 13, 2011 1 Photo

  • Progress_EnidDevAlliance_JM.jpg Out on their own: With a little help from the community

    In his third year as executive director, ERDA executive director Brent Kisling said the development alliance has been successful in three areas: “Working with entrepreneurs, working with present businesses and soliciting new businesses.”

    February 13, 2011 1 Photo

  • Western_Enterprises_2.jpg Western Enterprises is Enid’s and the area’s master blaster

    The manufacturing of fireworks is considered an art form, which is kind of strange for something that blows up.” — Jim Burnett, owner of Western Enterprises at Carrier

    February 13, 2011 2 Photos

  • Mall_Angels_Delight_BH.jpg What’s new at the mall

    Kelly Goodwin, general manager, said they are working to entice several businesses into the mall.

    February 13, 2011 3 Photos

  • Social Network1.jpg Social networking offers a better way to promote the city of Enid

    Today’s social networking sites make it much easier for Enid to market itself and find new investment opportunities, said Brent Kisling, executive director of Enid Regional Development Alliance.

    February 13, 2011 3 Photos

  • ECVB_BH.jpg No secrets here

    Marcy Jarrett, director of ECVB, said the No. 1 goal is to find what people want in Enid and promote that directly.

    February 13, 2011 1 Photo

  • Progress_MattressHub_3_BV.jpg Turning the corner

    “Marketing Enid to national retail people is a tenacious and lengthy process and we are in the middle of it. We’re ahead of where we thought we would be, there is still a lot of distressed commercial real estate, and we still may not have seen the end of foreclosures, but we’ve turned the corner." — Rickey Hayes, retail consultant

    February 13, 2011 1 Photo