ODOC team members Jon Chiappe and Christy Busch traveled to Woodward on October 11 to conduct a workshop at High Plains Technology Center. Jon and his team have been conducting workshops on how communities can find and use free data tools around the state for a few months now. The current series focuses on proposal writing and responding to the Request for Proposals (RFPs) companies often issue when researching where to add a new facility when expanding.
RFPs usually ask for detailed workforce and population information as well as available buildings and sites. Finding that data can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. Teaching smaller communities how to find the right data gives them the tools they need to go after larger business expansion projects that bring new primary jobs and investments to rural Oklahoma.
The hands-on workshops cover the proposal process, free tools from the U.S. Census Bureau and our own locateok.com buildings and sites database.
Jon says he and his team feel it’s important to get out of the office and meet the economic development professionals and non-profits working to improve their communities. Meeting in person also fosters the close and collaborative relationships Oklahoma is known for in the economic development field.