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June 13, 2014

Northwest Oklahoma Alliance to meet

Woodward, Okla. —  Growth and development of Northwest Oklahoma are areas of importance to everyone in the area.

The Northwest Oklahoma Alliance is hosting a luncheon discussing those topics for both members and non-members. The luncheon will be at the Woodward Conference Center Friday, June 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

NWOA facilitates the efforts of area leaders to promote economic and community development, according to organizers. The organization hosts networking luncheons every three months in Woodward to update citizens on issues and topics relevant to the area.

Dr. Robert Sommers is the keynote speaker for the event. Sommers is the director for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and Oklahoma’s Secretary of Education. He is scheduled to speak about the priorities for education and workforce development in Oklahoma and how Northwest Oklahoma fits into those priorities.

He was chosen because education and workforce development are vitally important to the continued growth of Northwest Oklahoma, Brent Kisling, executive director for the Enid Regional Development Alliance said.

    Lunch is free to NWOA members but non-members must pay $15 to attend.

     “Non-members are welcome and encouraged to attend,” Kisling said. “They will have the opportunity to interact with other community leaders from throughout the region and learn about topics that they may not be exposed to on a regular basis.”

Specifically, those topics will be updates on housing, water, workforce and technology, Kisling said.

“Northwest Oklahoma is America’s newest economic hotspot,” Kisling said. “With a united voice, we can continue to grow our economy and attract and retain citizens.”

Those planning got attend should RSVP to Debbie Prescott at prescott@growenid.com or 580-233-4232.

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