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Aircraft Production Returns to Oklahoma

Thursday, August 16, 2018

When California-based Kratos Defense and Security Solutions announced plans for a major expansion in Oklahoma City, the head of the company's drone division was clear on why it had chosen Oklahoma. "All of the pieces in Oklahoma fit what we were looking for," said Steve Fendley, president of Kratos' unmanned systems division. "We wanted a state that is supportive of the business we're in, supportive of the military, supportive of advancements in our capability testing, has a close proximity to military bases and has the potential for a flight test facility."
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Bailey says city is in ‘great shape’

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Mike Bailey is Bartlesville’s new city manager. He was appointed to the position by the Bartlesville City Council on July 9, with an effective date of Aug. 1, to replace Ed Gordon, who retired after a 27-year career with the city of Bartlesville — 12 years as city manager. Bailey is a Bartlesville native and graduate of Bartlesville High School. After college and a career across Oklahoma, he returned to Bartlesville with his wife, and they began their family here. Bailey served as an independent auditor and accountant for several municipal governments. Thirteen years ago, he accepted a position with the...
Closing the gap: Skills must catch up to demand in aviation sector, officials say

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Last month at a news conference at American Airlines’ Tulsa Maintenance Base, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe promoted a vision as large as the Boeing 737 staged behind him. The goal, the longtime legislator and pilot said, is to make Oklahoma the aviation capital of America. Whether the state soars that high remains to be seen. But to stay among the nation’s industry leaders, it must begin to close the gap between the demand for maintenance workers and the number of new employees joining the industry, otherwise known as the skills gap. Click here for the complete article.
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State's First Cricket Field Could Mean Big Business For Bartlesville

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Oklahoma’s first cricket field is opening in Bartlesville and community leaders said they expect it to bring thousands of dollars to the city. "While it's the second largest sport in the world, here in the Midwest, cricket is still relatively unknown," said Tyler Vaclaw, cricket club board member. Cricket is a game of deep focus, athleticism and a lot of endurance. Click here for the complete article.