Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Presley: Agency to Take Up Work Dumped by Feds

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Presley: Agency to Take Up Work Dumped by Feds

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Presley believes trends under way in Washington, characterized by phrases such as "the dismantling of federal government" and "the disengagement of the centralized bureaucracy," will cascade down to the local level.

"That includes economic development."

Economic development is the primary function of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, he said.

"If you look really at the responsibility of this agency, from the emission standpoint, it is to have a positive impact on the per capita income of the citizens of Oklahoma.

"If you are going to do that, then the strategy for this agency is to positively impact the economy. We talk a lot about that, but if you really get down to look at that, what the Oklahoma economy consists of is a lot of community economies," Presley said.

"We have the Oklahoma City economy, we have the Tulsa economy, the Stillwater economy, which, in some respects, are totally unrelated to each other. Things could be going great in the Tulsa economy and not so hot in the Oklahoma City economy, or good in the Oklahoma City economy and not so hot in Tulsa, and it is frequently that way."

Presley has served on the Governor's Economic Team and the Governor's International Team and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia.

He has worked extensively on community and economic development efforts through his consulting business.

"I think there are three major things that we want to focus on. "I think you still have to be continually out there talking to corporate chief executive officers and site locators and chief executive officers about the benefits Oklahoma has to offer them as they position themselves for competitiveness in the 21st century. I think we would be remiss if we weren't out there telling them the Oklahoma story," he said. "Especially, and not in any way to exploit, but to capitalize on the tragedy that happened, which created a different perception in the minds of a lot of people about Oklahoma," he said, referring to the downtown Oklahoma City bombing. …

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