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July 4, 2012

Northwest Oklahoma Alliance to meet in Woodward on July 12

Woodward, Okla. — Northwest Oklahoma Alliance (NwOA) will be holding its quarterly meeting on Thursday, July 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Woodward Conference Center.

The purpose of the NwOA is to promote economic and community development in the region, according to Alex Mantz, treasurer of the NwOA.

"We are a volunteer board of people from different communities all wanting to see growth and development in our area," Mantz said.

The meeting is open to anyone who wants to bring back different ideas for economic development to their communities and includes a lunch, she said.

"We encourage everyone that wants to attend to register at our website, which is or they can call (580) 233-4232.  There is no cost for the meeting or the lunch.  And the group is very excited to have Tom Ward, chairman and CEO of SandRidge Energy speak at our event," Mantz said.

Ward has been the Chairman and CEO of SandRidge Energy since June of 2006 and served as its president until January of 2011.  Prior to his work at SandRidge he served as president, COO and director of Chesapeake Energy Corp. from the time he co-founded the company in 1989.  Ward is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma in petroleum land management and is a member of the board of the Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, according to the SandRidge Energy website.

Mantz said NwOA invited Ward to speak because "We try to bring speakers that are appealing to the community development for the region.  And oil and gas exploration has been one of the biggest areas of growth for our region."

It seems that several NwOA members are interested in hearing what Ward has to say about the oil and gas industry as many have already made reservations for the July 12 meeting. "Right now we are expecting around 75 people at the meeting, one of our biggest ones yet," Mantz said.

The NwOA includes the following counties in the state: Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Canadian, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grant, Harper, Kay, Kingfisher, Major, Roger Mills, Texas, Woods and Woodward.

For more information or to join NwOA, visit the alliance's website at

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