The Shawnee Economic Development Foundation executive board interviewed three candidates Nov. 19 and was able to find the prime candidate to fill the executive director position. Tim Burg from Ponca City was named Tuesday as the leader for the organization.

The search for an executive director was conducted by executive search firm PACE. The process began in June.


The Shawnee Economic Development Foundation executive board interviewed three candidates Nov. 19 and was able to find the prime candidate to fill the executive director position. Tim Burg from Ponca City was named Tuesday as the leader for the organization.
The search for an executive director was conducted by executive search firm PACE. The process began in June.
“We are excited about the hiring Tim as the executive director for the SEDF and the attributes he brings to our community. He is well thought of among his peers in the state and around the nation. He will be a great asset to Shawnee,” said SEDF Chairman Marion McMillan. “I would also like to share my sincere appreciation to the members of the board for their patience and diligence with this employment process.”
Burg is the assistant economic development director for the Ponca City Development Authority. During his interview, he said he is a “self-made man” and didn’t attend college. He learned everything on the job, he said.
“My education has been hard work,” Burg said. “That doesn’t make me better. It makes me unique.”
In the interview, Burg said his vision for the first 100 days is to meet with stakeholders and city, county and state leaders; discuss strategic plans; identify target markets; and develop a regional economic development approach.
Burg said his passion for economic development continues because it is fun to discover how to help people and improve their situation.
“I am looking forward to working with this dynamic group of business leaders. Shawnee has a strong history of success and an attractive list of economic resources to offer to businesses.” Burg said. “Shawnee is a special community and we will be telling the rest of the world about the opportunities that exist right here in the heart of Oklahoma. My wife Linda is delighted about relocating to Shawnee.”
The Burgs have a son in Oklahoma City and a daughter who is currently a junior at Oklahoma Baptist University.
The SEDF executive board chose Burg, but the decision is subject to approval by the entire foundation during the Dec. 3. If approved, Burg will begin his duties as executive director Jan. 2.
To help foundation salaries, the city of Shawnee budgeted $96,000 in the 2008-09 budget. The foundation also receives $100,000 annually from the city for contracted economic development services.
Because SEDF took longer to hire an executive director than expected, board members postponed receiving monthly installments of the $96,000 but continued to receive the monthly installments from the $100,000. When Burg begins work, SEDF will begin receiving the additional monthly funds.
SEDF also is looking to raise $96,000 annually though unit drives, which are private funds.
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Amanda Gire may be reached at 214-3934.