Ricky Hayes of Retail Attractions, Inc., spoke to the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting Thursday Jan. 8th. The topic was economic development for Collinsville which Mr. Hayes has been contracted by the city to support. Hayes is the former economic development director for the City of Owasso but is now an independent contractor working for several local communities.
Mr. Hayes indicated Collinsville "needs to build a sales tax base". And as is true with most communities, the trend is "grow or die". Hayes indicated 2-3 well known retailers are considering Collinsville at present but he could not disclose their identity. He also indicated public/private partnerships were key to the success in Owasso with incentives involved in every large retail acquistion there with the end result of sales tax revenues doubling.
Rickey Hayes was a cop in Texas before coming to Owasso in 2002 and helping fuel their remarkable retail growth..
|2009 Chamber Officers|
|The Chamber Installation Banquet is next Saturday Jan. 17th, 2009 at the Collinsville High School Commons. The guest speaker is Dr. Kara Gae Neal, CEO and Superintendent of Tulsa Tech. She has been asked to talk about the new Tech Center being builr between Collinsville and Owasso. She will also discuss the tech center's impact on Collinsville students.|
|The photo above is from the December 2008 Chamber meet when Mayor Stan Sallee presented tentative plans for a variety of city improvements. The city commission has since approved bringing a proposed sales tax increase to a vote of the citzens on April 7, 2009 to pay for those improvements.|