The Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce celebrated some significant community development highlights and successful events and activities at its annual meeting and banquet Tuesday night.

We heard some impressive numbers. There’s plenty to brag about in our community.

Vance Air Force Base increased pilot training from 320 to 420 pilots annually, and 2018 retail sales were up 5% above the previous year.

Wind development investment in Garfield County now has topped $1 billion with new projects underway.

Enid Public Schools is completing the final school improvements from the $93 million school bond approved in 2016, with the competition gym and fine arts center expected to open in late 2019.

The new $2.5 million terminal at Enid Woodring Regional Airport is nearing completion.

Currently under construction, the Best Western Glo is expected to open this year in downtown Enid. The Enid Brewing Company, Enid’s first craft beer company, already is open across the corner. And more new restaurants opened on Enid’s West Garriott retail corridor.

Retail development projects at Lahoma Courts have been announced. We’re eager to see more restaurants and a potential movie theater announced at that busy intersection.

The association in charge of the west Enid soccer complex project is launching a fundraising campaign, aiming to reach $3 million in donations to fund additional amenities and upgrades to the planned facility that will be a great asset for expanding athletic tourism.

Stride Bank Center is bringing outstanding entertainment events to Northwest Oklahoma and helping expand Enid’s visitor industry. Our community’s wayfinding signage plan helps guide visitors around our fine city.

The ENID 4 TEACHERS program expanded to provide business discounts for teachers in the region.

Candy Cane Cash event promoted holiday shopping in Enid and provided $15,000 in cash prizes.

The NW District Jr. Livestock Show attracted more than 2,500 visitors, supported youth agriculture education and raised $149,000 for premium sale exhibitors.

Enlisted Appreciation Night provided almost $20,000 in cash and prizes from Enid’s business community to support VAFB enlisted personnel.

Vance Air Force Base partnered to organize and promote Camp Tomahawk, a summer camp program for underprivileged children.

The Enid Chamber Committee of 100 contributions provided funding for the Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics at Autry Technology Center.

The Chamber also supported efforts to expand the United Way Coach-A-Kid Enid mentoring program.

In addition to sharing those highlights, the Chamber also presented five well-deserved awards at the meeting:

• Citizen of the Year, presented to someone who has made life-long contributions to the community and its residents, was awarded to Mike Ruby, Oklahoma Gas and Electric community affairs manager and all-around great guy.

• Business Person of the Year was presented to Greg Hodgen, president and CEO of Groendyke Transport, one of the nation’s largest tank-truck carriers.

• Civic Improvement Award was given to Retired Senior Volunteer Program for its dedicated advocacy and opportunities it provides to the elderly.

• Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Tricia Mitchell, who has been a chamber ambassador since 2012 and has served on the ambassador executive committee for the last four years.

• Volunteer of the Year was presented to the very active Mike Riddle, a loan officer for Bank of Kremlin, president of the academic board of Kremlin-Hillsdale Public Schools, a member of Kremlin Lions Club, a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer and a coordinator for 4RKids Miracle League.

Congrats to all of these inspiring honorees recognized for their deserving efforts.

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