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Ponca City Development Authority WEEKLY UPDATE     
October 31, 2014

IT IS many things are going in in Ponca City this weekend for Halloween! PCDA was out last night with the Goblins on Grand, but that was just the start to the festivities.  Tonite is Trick-or-Treat night for all the little ghouls and ghosts (or let's face it - mostly Ninja Turtles, super heroes and Frozen princesses).  It's official.  You'll be up all night dealing with children on sugar highs.  If you are brave enough, head on out to the new disc golf course by Ponca Lake.  They'll be scaring the life out of people starting at 8 pm Halloween night.   Tomorrow morning (Nov 1 already!), check out the Fly-In Breakfast out at the Ponca City Airport and look to the West to see cranes in the air at three AIP companies.  Tomorrow night, the Poncan Theatre is showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show complete with costume contest ( get more info at  If that's not your thang, head on out to the Osage Casino for their Wicked Weekend Party complete with costume contest (you see a theme here?).  Or, take your family out to the Camp McFadden on Saturday or Sunday for FallFest 2014. There is always something going on in Ponca City! Ponca City is busy!  Not to mention us folks here at PCDA.  



Thurs, Nov 6: Ponca City Noon Lions 16th Annual Dinner & Auction Dinner at 6:00 pm, Auction after- ward. Tickets at door or call 580-763-3273 


Sat, Nov 8:  - Veterans Day Parade, Downtown Ponca City, Grand Avenue 10:45 a.m

Thurs, Nov 13:  PCDA Regular Board Meeting in the Chamber Conference Room, 7:30 am.  

Thurs,Nov 13: Healthcare Lunch & Learn at Pioneer Tech Center, Seminar Rm 11:30 to 1:00 pm. Box lunch provided, reserve your seat 580-765-4400.  

VIBRANT, COHESIVE, INNOVATIVE....were some of the adjectives heard by PCDA to describe living, working and playing in Ponca City City. Specifically, from an upper level Small Business Development (that's SBA for short) Deputy Director wanting to put on a lending resource event here in Ponca City. This type of event is "speed-dating" for lenders and entrepreneurs/business owners.  Each lender has an area they are comfortable dealing with: some like restaurants. Others want to concentrate on franchises or specific small business enterprises.  Other lenders want to only deal with less than $500,000, while some banks won't look at a project of less than two million.   More information to come on this event, but save the date on your calendar:  Friday, December 5th. Location to be announced, but we guarantee it will be vibrant, cohesive and absolutely innovative!
Anderson & Company Salon and Spa and Graf-X-Tina Graphic Design represented Ponca City in the Cherokee Strip Regional finals for a $5,000 prize sponsored by Dream Big Oklahoma and Rogers State University Innovation Center.  Though T&C Meats won the $5,000 prize for their business, both  Ponca City entries were congratulated by the judges on their presentations and presence while pitching business ideas.  These types of business funding competitions are held around the state by organizations and funding groups to encourage entrepreneurs willing to get up in front of strangers and pitch their ideas to compete for amounts of money from several hundred to several thousands of dollars of investment funding.   PCDA, Enid Regional Development Authority and RSU Innovation Center sponsored the Cherokee Strip Region prize of $5,000.   
   A green two-way street sign pointing to Buy and Rent, symbolizing being at a crossroads and deciding between renting a house, car or other object versus the benefits of buying YOU CAN TELL....about workforce and housing shortages in some interesting ways. In the past, when PCDA mentioned housing shortage under our breath, we would invariably get a call from someone selling their house who seemed to incorrectly believe that PCDA was acting as a buyer's agent for someone looking for a house. Not so anymore. Now we're getting calls from people who are "feeling" the housing shortage in one way or another and wish to educate PCDA that there is a housing issue. Thank you. Most seem to understand that PCDA is in the job creation business not the housing business so they don't argue that the half cent sales tax should be building houses. Our attorney thanks you for that.  These helpful souls typically hope "we know a guy..." So these days, they tell us about land they know of (and usually own) that could be used by what they assume to be the multitude of housing developers combing over Ponca City looking for said land. Thank you again. We wish we had multitudes of housing developers combing the good streets of town but the reality is that land is not the problem, the national housing market is the problem. Getting housing developers out of their comfort zones, in other words non-urban areas, is difficult. The good news is that we do have some housing developers in town checking things out. The bad news is that Ponca City's "very competitive" housing market makes things a challenge. Good or bad, housing being constructed is always a good thing in Ponca City.  Our apologies to the Airline Drive-In, but bring on the housing development. 
Cranes were spotted at several locations in thePonca City Airport Industrial Park this week. This one is doing its thing at Dorada Foods.
         JOBS, JOBS, JOBS....

Hello world of PCDA Weekly Update readers! For all the job seekers out there, PoncaWorks wants to encourage you to check out to set up an account and submit a resume.  This is the Ponca City Workforce Center's site, and they have over 100 jobs listed for candidates to review: Everything from physicians openings to entry-level and many in between! And if you already have an account, please be sure to log in, edit your resume, and check out what opportunities are out there currently!  Job seeking can be a full time job, so we want our Ponca City job seekers to have the most visibility possible! 


PoncaWorks has added a few new job opportunities on the website as well.  Administrative Assistant, HR Assistant, Tool Crib Inventory Operator, Electronic Technician and more! Check them out and send the information to anyone you think might be a great candidate for our local businesses. PoncaWorks/Jobs


Contact Sarah at 580-765-7070 or with any job openings, questions or candidates!

                            Ponca has jobs!  We just need the right people to fill them.
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