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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...
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Food industry leaders provide valuable insight to OSU’s food processing center

Thursday, August 16, 2018

A group of food and agricultural leaders is leading the charge to help Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center meet the needs of Oklahoma’s diversified food industry. “FAPC is fortunate to have an advisory board that is invested in the future of the center,” said Roy Escoubas, FAPC director. “The committee members understand the importance of FAPC and are continuously looking for ways the center can grow and better serve the food and agricultural industries.” More than 600 companies make up Oklahoma’s food-processing industry, which accounts for almost 2 percent of the state's employment base, according to...
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New retailers boost city revenue

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The ever-changing retail landscape of Bartlesville has provided a dramatic increase in shopping options across the city, while at the same time filling the city’s coffers with additional sales tax revenue. With the addition of Silver Lake Village Shopping Center and the soon-to-open Dunham’s Sports at Washington Park Mall, the city of Bartlesville’s sales tax revenue continues to improve, a report shows. According to a financial report for sales tax revenue through January 2018, the city of Bartlesville has collected more than $8.4 million since July 1, 2017, the beginning of the fiscal year. Click here for the complete article.
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Oklahoma’s LawnAmerica Becomes 7th in Nation to Earn Landscape Industry Accreditation

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Bartlesville Chamber member, LawnAmerica is proud to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious designation of Landscape Industry Accredited Company by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). This is the first such designation for any landscape company in Oklahoma, and only the seventh accreditation awarded in the nation. While there are over 14,000 professionals who’ve earned the individual NALP certification, LawnAmerica became one of only seven professional organizations to earn the company accreditation designation by demonstrating their commitment to customer satisfaction through superior business, financial and ethical standards. They were also awarded the accreditation for employing Landscape Industry Certified...
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.