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Chamber of Commerce
Jan. 4, 2007
Economic Development Insight
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Economic Development Director Spoke To Collinsville Chamber
Collinsville Economic Development Authority Sworn
Economic Development Authority Meet
Collinsville Meet: Jan 10th, 2007
Ricky Hayes was a police
oficer from Texas applying for a law enforcement job in Owasso in 2002 when
Owasso's Rodney Ray made him an offer that changed his career path. Ricky
became Owasso's Economic Development Director and has helped Owasso continue
a remarkable retail growth period.
Hayes gives Rodney Ray
much of the credit for having "the vision to see what could happen if
we (Owasso) work hard." All Owasso city departments are "development
friendly" and "proactive instead of reactive". Mr. Hayes also
noted that about 80% of Owasso's residents (including himself) have lived
there less than 5 years. He said many comment to him that "it has been
months since I've been to Tulsa" with all of the shopping opportunities
now available in Owasso. That now includes two hospitals also.
Ricky Hayes says the retail
growth continues as each new business seems to spawn others. Owasso is also
putting an emphasis on trying to draw corporate headquarter relocations to
Owasso. For retail economic development Hayes recommends plenty of networking
and an annual retail convention in Las Vagas as one key to Owasso's recent
success. He also says he never takes "no" as a final answer and
continues to put Owasso's potential in front of potential large retailers
looking for their next location.
Hayes cited two small
Texas communites as gatesways into Dallas (McKinney from the north and Rockwall
from the east) as being in similar situations to Owasso being a northern gateway
into Tulsa. He said the Owasso zip code populations was 33,800 with about
25,000 in the city limits but that the populations of Collinsville, Skiatook,
and communities as far north as Coffeyville are included in "Owasso's
trading area" projections. Hayes said Collinsville is poised for retail
growth in the future.
Community Can Grow"
Has To Be Development Friendly"
Must Have A Vision ... To See What Could Happen If We Work Hard"
Take No As An Answer"
Is Poised For Growth In The Future"
Chamber gathering is Jan. 20th banquet