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Regional Economic Development

Regional Economic Development seeks to advance the development of economic regions through coordinated and mutually beneficial efforts in areas such as education, workforce development, business attraction, business retention and expansion, marketing/branding, infrastructure, transportation, and quality of life, for the benefit of all member communities/counties in the region.

Your Regional Economic Development Team

Each region of Oklahoma has a Regional Development Specialist (RDS). Your Regional Development Specialist lives and works in your part of the state and is your liaison to all of Commerce’s services and programs. They provide hands-on assistance, as well as referrals to resource and program providers. Your RDS stands ready to assist your community and region with a wide variety of assistance, in areas such as:

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  • Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E)
  • Community Development and Economic Development
  • International Trade
  • Business Attraction
  • Regional Economic Development Partnership Assistance/Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Workforce Development
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Regional Economic Development Partnerships

The Regional Development Team assists in the formation of regional partnerships, while offering ongoing support to existing partnerships.

Regional partnerships afford communities the opportunity to expand existing businesses and attract new ones through an expanded array of human and financial resources. By effectively marketing these resources, regions are able to boast an expanded workforce and a larger variety of available site locations, financial incentives, capital formation pools, and tourism attractions.

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To start a regional partnership or join an existing one contact your Regional Development Specialist or call us at 800-879-6552.