Frontier Country Marketing Association, Edmond CVB win tourism industry awards
Frontier Country Marketing Association and several of its members were honored May 6 at the annual RedBud Awards Ceremony during National Tourism Week, May 4-12. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and “Discover Oklahoma” host Jenifer Reynolds presented the prestigious awards to the tourism industry at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.
Frontier Country Marketing Association, representing the 12 central counties of Oklahoma, received the RedBud Award for Best Overall Marketing Campaign and the Merit Award for Best Partnership.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by the Oklahoma tourism industry for our annual Trips on a Tank Full campaign and our new state-wide new sports marketing cooperative – GAMEPLAN OKLAHOMA,” said Sherri Rogers, executive director of Frontier Country Marketing Association. “We are also extremely proud of our Frontier Country members who received awards. We all work very hard to promote our area’s outstanding attractions, events and communities to make it a great place to live and visit.”
Included in those awards was Edmond Convention & Visitors Bureau’s “LibertyFest” marketing promotion, which received a Redbud award in the Outstanding Event category. There were 15 categories total.
AT&T provides 5,000 career opportunities for veterans
AT&T is stepping up its veteran recruiting efforts with the goal of hiring 5,000 veterans and their family members into career opportunities during the next five years, consistent with its commitment to equal employment opportunities.
AT&T announced the hiring goal at a White House event with Michelle Obama and other companies supporting the Joining Forces Initiative that she co-founded.
“It’s wonderful that Mrs. Obama has taken up the cause of those who have served our country so well,” said AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson. “All of us at AT&T are happy to respond to her call.”
AT&T also announced that it plans to lead an initiative with JPMorgan Chase and the 100,000 Jobs Mission to launch a veteran talent exchange later this year. The exchange will enable active-duty military and veteran job candidates to “opt-in” to a talent-sharing database to facilitate the sharing and referral of veteran candidates among participating 100,000 Jobs Mission member companies.
The 100,000 Jobs Mission was launched in 2011 by JPMorgan Chase, AT&T and nine other companies. It has grown to 101 companies committed to hiring at least 100,000 veterans by 2020. The coalition’s companies collectively hired 64,628 veterans through the first quarter of 2013.
To help veterans find career opportunities, AT&T has a veteran career site, which includes tools for veterans to match their military skills with AT&T jobs.
Eat pizza; raise dough
Top That! Pizza will offer a fundraiser Wednesday in support of the Oklahoma Strong tornado relief campaign. Additionally, Top That! Pizza is offering in-store fundraiser opportunities for teams, churches, schools or other organizations,. Top That! Pizza is one of only a few restaurants to donate 20 percent of the receipts collected at a fundraising event. Call 341-1695 to schedule a fundraiser. Visit Top That! Pizza at 1389 E. 15th St. in Edmond.
Frontier Country Marketing Association, Edmond CVB win tourism industry awards
New YMCA celebrated
The Edmond YMCA at Mitch Park, at 2901 Marilyn Williams Drive, recently had a ribbon cutting in conjunction with Edmond Public Schools and the City of Edmond to celebrate the grand opening of the new facility. Featuring state-of-the-art equipment, leisure pools and a variety of classes, the new structure also houses a competition pool that is owned by Edmond Public Schools and dedicated to their use by high school swim teams. For more information, call 330-4016 or visit www.ymcaokc.org.
Kimray announces relocation of Oklahoma City headquarters
Kimray Inc., a manufacturer of oil and gas control equipment, recently announced its intentions to relocate its Oklahoma City headquarters. The company plans to move to a 136-acre property on the northwest corner of Eastern Avenue and Britton Road. The company initially plans to develop about 30-35 acres of the property. The relocation will allow for decades of future growth and will improve the efficiency of Kimray’s operations.
Coolgreens to temporarily close downtown location
Coolgreens, a healthy alternative to casual dining offering fresh salads, wraps, flatbread pizzas and homemade soups, recently announced the temporary closing of its downtown City Place location at 204 N. Robinson March 1. The downtown store is slated to reopen in January 2015 with new morning hours and menu options, including breakfast items and a juice bar.
Local state representative wins technology award
Oklahoma state Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, has been designated as one of Government Technology magazine’s top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for his work to apply innovation and technology in Oklahoma state government. Since 2002, Government Technology has honored those individuals who have transformed the public sector through the smart use of technology.
Heartland Payment Systems breaks new ground in city
Heartland Payment Systems executives were joined by Edmond City Council members for a groundbreaking ceremony Friday at the site of the new Heartland Payment Systems’ 22,000-square-foot facility.
Heartland Payment Systems, one of the nation’s largest payment processors and a leading provider of merchant business solutions, celebrated the start of construction at the site in Edmond on South Boulevard.
Flourish delivers care from new state-of-the-art facility
In business since 2004, as part of its ongoing efforts to offer Oklahomans a premier healthcare experience in a caring environment, Flourish Pharmacy & Nutrition has opened the doors on a new, state-of-the-art facility on North Pennsylvania Avenue, just north of Memorial Road.
Flourish president and CEO Jerrod Roberts says the new facility is part of alleviating pain and suffering with unique pharmacy care practice on the cutting edge of technology.
One of the new facility’s hallmarks is the state-of-the-art compounding lab for preparing custom prescriptions. Flourish is the first and only Oklahoma compounding pharmacy to achieve accreditation by PCAB (Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board), a certification that ensures best practices for the quality and safety of compounded prescriptions.
Patton moves east for new corrections gig
In Robert C. Patton, Oklahoma is getting a new corrections director from Arizona who is more than willing to use private prisons as a means to deal with inmate overcrowding.
“I’m a (prison) bed manager. I’ll tell the policy makers I need beds, and if I can convince them that I need beds, then it’s their jobs on whether it’s public or private,” said Patton, whose first day as Oklahoma Corrections Department director began Tuesday.
Patton’s position on private prisons is far different than that of Jones, the former director who resigned in October following clashes with elected officials who wanted to put more inmates in private facilities.
The Oklahoma Board of Corrections last month approved a measure that allows the state to seek proposals from private prison companies to provide an additional 350 to 2,000 medium-security beds for state inmates.
Staples to close 225 stores as online competition hurts sales
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