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Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
June 3, 2004
Bringing Jobs To Collinsville
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Collinsville is positioned for economic growth ... whether we want it or not
Roy Cartwright discussed the process and stiff competition in attracting businesses (& jobs) to Collinsville. He cited the highly successful example of Tahlequah as an approach Collinsville might want consider.
Ron Pennington of the Commerce Dept. followed Mr. Cartwright with an emphasis on the statistical information that is available for the complex process of drawing new businesses to Collinsville.
Mr. Cartwright has owned Tahlequah Abstract & Title since 1987. Before that Roy (raised in Skiatook) had a successful banking career followed with a stint in Washington D.C. as an economic specialist and advisor for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Dept. of Commerce, Secretary of the Interior and the Federal Housing Authority. Both Cartwright and Pennington stressed that Collinsville would need to make a serious committment of leadership, community involvement and massive preparation to attract jobs here while competiting against all the communities in several surrounding states.
Next Chamber meet: July 1 at V.V.E.C. -- City Worker Appreciation Lunch
... We would be wise to plan and try to control it