Economic Development

Cetes and Cameron University have partnered with several economic development organizations in order to generate wealth, create jobs, retain and grow businesses, and establish a brighter future for southwest Oklahoma. CETES provides the expertise and experience of its staff along with the resources of the University to develop solutions to economic and workforce challenges. CETES works and has worked with the following organizations listed below have partnered with and is a member of:

Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council (OEDC) The OEDC is the professional economic development council for the state of Oklahoma. It consists of professional economic developers representing communities, the state, utilities, higher education, and career technology. This organization works with the state legislature to provide information on key economic development issues. As a member, you can immediately begin saving on crucial business services, and you can rest assured that they never lose sight of your long-term interests.

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Economic Development Council (EDC) The purpose of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Economic Develop Council (EDC) is as an advisory council to the Chancellor, State Regents’ staff, State Regents’ Presidents Council and other state officials. The EDC is a statewide panel of economic development professionals from each institution in The State System of Higher Education. The EDC identifies and prioritizes specific actions that create a high quality environment to retain college graduates, attract business to Oklahoma, grow existing Oklahoma businesses, and develop new Oklahoma businesses through the efficient use of resources. The CETES Executive Director serves as the Cameron University representative on this body.

South Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board (SCOWIB) The South Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board, Inc. was established under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998–the Federal employment and training legislation. SCOWIB is one of 12 workforce investment boards in the State and is at the forefront of efforts to improve the economy of South Central Oklahoma. This business-led board is charged with providing strategic policy, planning, and oversight for local workforce development programs and addressing workforce and economic development issues.

Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition (SOIC) SOIC’s mission is to reinforce and grow wealth in the southwest quadrant of Oklahoma by maximizing and coordinating workforce and economic development opportunities. SOIC members include all the institutions of higher education and career techs in SWODA (South Western Oklahoma Development Authority) and ASCOG (Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments). As one of the founding members, Cameron University provides resources to this regional organization to engage in sector strategy planning and implementation. Through this coalition, state resources are leveraged to have the maximum impact on the southwest region of the state.