Seminole State College and Rural Enterprises Inc. of Oklahoma (REI) were among 19 education and business partnerships honored recently during an Economic Development Partnership Recognition program.
The Economic Development Partnership Recognition honors outstanding partnerships that lead to significant contributions in furthering the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.
Through the joint efforts of SSC and REI, a Rural Business and Resources Center was established on SSC’s campus in 2005. The center has provided assistance to numerous individuals, businesses, chambers of commerce, economic development groups and city organizations within Seminole, Pottawatomie, Lincoln, Okfuskee and Hughes counties.
This partnership helped support efforts to provide a new home for the local Workforce Oklahoma and Oklahoma Employment Securities offices in the downtown Seminole area, as well as refurbish a former grocery store to serve as an incubator for a call center operation recruited to Seminole.
SSC and REI have held several economic development seminars that have been attended by civic and community leaders from within the college’s service area.
The organizations have visited with members of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., to solicit support for economic development in rural southeast and central Oklahoma.
Lana Reynolds, SSC vice president for institutional advancement, said the partnership between SSC and REI has been extremely beneficial to communities in the college’s service area, and to numerous individuals seeking to establish or grow businesses in Oklahoma.
“We are proud of our association with REI and pleased that our joint efforts have been recognized by the state regents,” Reynolds said.
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