Community/Chamber Highlights

 2016 Community Development Highlights

  • Enid voters approved a $93 million Enid Public Schools bond issue to add classrooms, upgrade transportation and security, improve technology, and build new athletic and fine arts facilities.
  • A $360 million Kaw Lake water pipeline project was approved by Enid voters. The project will provide a diversified, sustainable water source for Enid's future.
  • A recently completed wind farm and the Koch Fertilizer plant expansion, which is under construction, represent a $1.5 billion investment in Garfield County. Additional wind development has been announced.
  • Several housing projects (houses and apartments) are under construction and others are planned.
  • Companies have completed or announced local expansions. New industrial businesses and corporate headquarters are moving into Enid.
  • New retail businesses and hotels opened and other major retail projects are in progress.
  • Enid is investing in important infrastructure and quality of life improvements (enhanced water resources, parks & trails, road upgrades, wastewater plant, etc.).
  • New dormitory facilities at Northern Oklahoma College were completed. The dorms are available for NOC and NWOSU students.
  • Leonardo’s Children’s Museum grand re-opening was celebrated after completing a multi-million dollar renovation.
  • The runway extension at Enid Woodring Regional Airport was completed. The new runway is an important asset for Enid and Vance Air Force Base.
  • Central National Bank Center continued to expand Enid’s visitor industry and bring outstanding entertainment opportunities to NW Oklahoma.

2015-16 Enid Chamber Events & Activities

  • Coordinated federal legislative trip to Washington, D.C. Topics included: Vance AFB, Woodring Airport projects, undue federal regulation, medical sector and education.     
  • Organized Enid Day at the Capitol legislative breakfast. Topics included: state budget shortfall, education funding, reviewing incentives and tax credits, and Woodring runway extension.
  • Partnered with the State Chamber to offer the Small Business Chamber Alliance. The program provides legislative “Action Alerts” and enables small businesses to engage in direct legislative advocacy.
  • Supported legislation which increases the state’s ability to collect sales tax for online retail sales, thus leveling the playing field between Oklahoma retailers and national online retailers.     
  • Participated in Oklahoma Mid-Size Cities Coalition to support legislation for economic development and municipalities.
  • Partnered with sponsors and other organizations to celebrate Enid’s history and heritage through the Cherokee Strip Celebration.
  • Candy Cane Cash event promoted holiday shopping in Enid and provided $15,000 in cash prizes.
  • NW District Jr. Livestock Show attracted over 2,500 visitors, provided support for youth agriculture education and raised $139,000 for premium sale exhibitors.     
  • Enlisted Appreciation Night generated over $24,000 in cash and prizes from Enid’s business community to support enlisted personnel at Vance Air Force Base.     
  • Organized and promoted Camp Tomahawk, a summer camp program for underprivileged children, in partnership with Vance Air Force Base.
  • Worked with United Way to expand mentoring in Enid Public Schools through the Coach-A-Kid Enid program.    
  • Provided membership networking opportunities through Business Spotlight @ Lunch and Business After Hours events.    
  • Provided academic achievement awards to students and retirement recognition for teachers.
  • Enid Chamber Committee of 100 contributions supported the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Regional Center at Autry Technology Center.     
  • Chamber Ambassadors conducted many ribbon cuttings for new or expanding businesses and provided volunteer support at many Chamber and community events.