The Town of Ponca Community Development Committee held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, September 16 at 10 a.m. in the Boardroom of the Chamber of Commerce.
Brad Fox opened the meeting and after approving the minutes from the previous meeting, committee members provided their updates.
Kelsey Wagner of Ponca City Monthly and MyMediaMatters announced they have hired a third social media manager and thanked the Business Council for awarding them the Business of the Month award for September.
Lori Henderson from the Ponca City Development Authority had several updates.
Amazon will open its warehouse on Tuesday, September 21. Starbucks is currently operational, although they have recently had a few close contact closures, but remain open.
Henderson indicated that there are four different companies interested in the PCDA hangar at the airport.
Century Products just moved to town, they are hiring now and are currently looking to expand.
The new owners of Head Country are currently looking for storage space for the ingredients of their products.
And finally, there are 2,095 jobs currently available in Ponca City.
Janet Schwabe of Pioneer Technology Center discussed a new client in the incubator and that construction on Pioneer Tech’s latest expansion was supposed to be completed by the end of September, but they will have to wait and see how construction progresses.
Cindy Bunney of the Board of Realtors shared her report.
Entries are slowly gaining and are currently below 100 at close. Bunney attended the Oklahoma Real Estate Board meeting and learned that the committee collected $ 87,000 in fines this year and conducted over 1,400 inquiries, none of those fines or inquiries had was carried out in the Kay County area.
Lisa Breedlove from Home Sweet Home Realty shared that they’ve had a busy month.
Christine Thompson had passed her broker’s test, so now Home Sweet Home Realty has two brokers.
Home Sweet Home now offers DIY services for Marland’s Place, Kildare Schools, and the Humane Society. They have also started using the Opportunity Center for various services they need in their own office.
Home Sweet Home also repaired and rents two previously vacant homes and has received help from the Soroptimist Club to clean a house full of furniture and other items.
Ben Welch with 104.7 The Bull has revealed they are hiring a part-time operator for high school football games and their remote broadcast. The Bull is also recruiting a full-time salesperson.
Kelly Cross from Rick Scott Constructions has made several updates.
Rick Scott’s current projects include the new Public Safety Center in Ponca City moving forward, the Kay County Courthouse Annex and the extension to Newkirk, the Kay County Amphitheater structure has arrived and will be built soon.
They’re still in pre-construction on the Newkirk Public Safety Center and have smaller items they’re working on in Shidler.
Zach Trantham, Ponca City Chamber, provided an update on tourism.
A tour operator will visit in October to see the attractions of the town of Ponca. Between 50 and 60 out-of-state travel agencies passing through Oklahoma have their eyes on Ponca City.
What’s new? Ponca City will soon have a new host, and trade shows are coming soon with the first in Irving in October.
Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell’s Tourism Summit will take place on October 7. Those who wish to attend can inquire and confirm their presence on the OTIA website, the summit will begin around 1:30 p.m.
Don Nuzum, director of Ponca City airport, explained that air traffic is currently on the rise and the military is keeping the airport busy.
Nuzum also announced that Enrique Avila Atencio, founder of Mexican restaurant Enrique at the airport, died earlier in the week.
Bret Smith of Ponca City Public Schools encouraged people to vote on Oct. 12 for the upcoming bond issue and shared some photos of plans for new facilities and updates to older facilities than the bond issuance will allow.
The return parade also took place on September 16 and the return match on September 17 against Ardmore.
Mindy Meyer of Alliance-Health spoke about new doctors at the hospital and the search for registered nurses. AllianceHeath has also started working with the town of Ponca City to organize a lunch and health awareness classes.
Brooke Jones of Redlands Office Solutions and The Humane Society made several updates.
Office furniture is currently difficult to find because vendors do not have stock. It will be in January or February before the officers’ furniture becomes available again. Paper is also scarce due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting supply lines.
The Human Society will hold its Petstivel at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, and will kick off the Humane Society’s goal of making Ponca City a community without death by 2025.
Maci Heppel of Ponca City Main Street shared upcoming events for the organization.
The Brewfest will take place on Saturday, September 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., it’s $ 30 to enter if purchased in advance, and $ 35 during the event. At the same time as the Fête des Brasseurs, the Art Festival will also take place.
Goblins on Grand is slated for September 21 with a rain release date of September 28, there will be around 2,000 kids to come.
Brad Fox, Evans and Associates, provided an update on current projects.
Construction north of Newkirk is ending, work is underway on several projects including Main Street Blackwell and various streets in Newkirk, as well as Newkirk tennis courts. The Ponca Town Water Treatment Plant and Otoe Tribal Complex now have parking lots.
PC Concrete sinks more than 1000 meters per week.
The Speaker of the House, Rich Cantillon, provided an update on the House.
The House has several ribbon cuts coming up, including Leaf Kings at 2 p.m. on September 24 and Luxx Lash Studio on October 6.
Business After Hours will be organized on Tuesday September 28 by Equity Bank in its city center.
The October Cash Mob will take place on Monday, October 4 at El Patio at 4 p.m.
The Chamber will host a leadership session on the history of Ponca City next week and customer service training for Osage Casino on October 6.
Finally, Ponca City Young Employees will be doing a 3D printing class on Thursday October 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., it’s $ 20 and you need to call for RSVP.
The next meeting will be on October 21.