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Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Commerce Announces New Regional Development Specialist for Northeast Oklahoma

NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA — Charlotte Howe is the new Regional Development Specialist (RDS) for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce in Northeast Oklahoma. Howe will serve a 16-county region in Northeast Oklahoma and will office in the area.

Howe’s major priorities are to assist regional businesses, connect them to appropriate state and federal resource programs, provide retention and expansion assistance, and interface with workforce development entities. Additionally, she will provide development assistance for counties and municipalities in her service region and on-going support for existing regional partnerships.

“Charlotte is a welcomed new member to the ODOC team and her region.” James Johnson, RDS Director. “She is an important asset for this area connecting communities, businesses and people with the resources and opportunities they need to grow their business.”

Her area includes Tulsa, the MidAmerica Industrial Park, the manufacturing hubs of Broken Arrow and Muskogee, as well as the McLennan-Kerr Navigation channel. A vital part of the RDS efforts are spent helping assist with business retention, expansion and attraction programs.

Howe’s background in economic and business development make her an excellent resource for companies in the Northeast Oklahoma area looking for incentives, workforce resources, funding avenues and more. Howe and her support team at the main ODOC office in Oklahoma City will continue to help new and established businesses flourish in Oklahoma.

“I chose this position because I realized how important regionalism is to economic development in Northeast Oklahoma. Growing up here and raising a family in this region, I want to show people our assets and also help improve our quality of life in the region,” Howe said. “I hope to be a resource in my new role for our businesses, our communities and our potential businesses.”

Before coming to ODOC, Howe worked in community and economic development for the City of Jay from 2011-2016. She worked with community leaders in Jay to advance economic development efforts for the city and has experience in bringing new business to the northeast corner of the state. 

Prior to that experience, Howe worked as a congressional staffer in Washington D.C. She has a degree from the University of Arkansas. She lives in Jay, Okla., with her husband and two children and is excited to help the region grow. 

Charlotte Howe, Economic Development Specialist for Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Phone: 918-619-2482; Email:



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