Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Empowerment Zone Draws Biz Eyes

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Empowerment Zone Draws Biz Eyes

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The Oklahoma City Empowerment Zone program is finally getting the attention of business owners.

David Todd, chairman of the board of the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, told members of the Oklahoma City Council Economic Development Committee that efforts to educate the public regarding the empowerment zone are yielding results.

"A lot of people didn't even know they were in it," Todd said.

The chamber is taking measures to educate the public about the empowerment zone during the last quarter year. Flyers and maps went out to 150 manufacturers in south Oklahoma City, and chamber representatives discussed empowerment zone incentives with several local businesses.

The chamber is also working on a brochure to explain the empowerment zone's regulations and incentives to hand out to local businesses and citizens, as well as a Power Point presentation. A seminar is scheduled for Nov. 21.

"McAuliffe Norick [and Associates Advertising] is helping us with this," Todd said. "We're talking about calling I-240 the `Main Street of South Oklahoma City.'"

According to the report submitted to the Economic Development Committee, the chamber has spent only $457 of the $18,000 budgeted for empowerment zone education and marketing.

Watkins named division director

Hardy Watkins has been named director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department's Travel and Tourism Division effective Nov. 12.

"Hardy Watkins has the skills for this important promotional position and he has the heart for service to Oklahoma," said Jane Jayroe, executive director of the department.

Watkins was director of business development with Jordan Associates. He coordinated activities related to the construction, completion and opening of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the Memorial Center Museum. Representing the Memorial Trust and Foundation, Watkins facilitated an on-time and within-budget completion of the outdoor symbolic memorial and Memorial Center Museum. …

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