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About the Northwest Oklahoma Alliance

It would be nice if communities could be the same way they were twenty years ago, but nothing stays the same. Change can mean adversity and change can mean opportunity. Uniting into one regional organization provides an opportunity for constructive change.

Residents across Northwest Oklahoma recognized the need for an organization to work for the entire region instead of just focusing on certain areas. The Northwest Oklahoma Alliance is an organization designed to coordinate, consolidate, develop and promote regional resources. We provide a platform to unite Northwest Oklahoma.

Northwest Oklahoma exhibits symptoms of out-migration, an over qualified workforce, and a lower than average wage base. In order to find solutions to Northwest Oklahoma’s challenges, it will take the combined effort of our communities working as a unified body.

The NwOA is looking for business and community leaders to help create a vision for the region. It is imperative that decision makers have the opportunity to join forces with state agencies to develop an organization that is a central location of information for legislative issues, business recruitment, resource consolidation, and opportunities for economic growth. The NwOA has identified four industry sectors which are Agriculture/Tourism, Business/Industry, Education/Health Care, and Transportation/Utilities. The organization will work through these sectors to shape the future of our region.

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The Northwest Oklahoma Alliance is offering a scholarship to attend the Heartland Economic Development Course in the Spring of 2022. The Heartland Economic Development Course (HEDC) offers intensive training in the basic concepts, information, methods, and strategies of local economic development. A diverse and experienced faculty, composed of both academicians and practitioners, gives an excellent blend of theory and practice. Course content is oriented toward practical applications. Graduation from HEDC fulfills one of the education prerequisites for those who wish to take examinations for Certified Economic Development (CEcD) designation.

The course will be in Blue Springs, Missouri, April 26- 29th. The course includes three full days of training, instruction, networking, and a half-day on Friday the 29th. The format consists of interactive presentations, panels, and discussions facilitated by Heartland’s expert faculty. The scholarship will cover registration for the course and meals (excluding Thursday evening). Recipients will be responsible for hotel accommodations, Thursday dinner, and other incidentals. Applications are due Friday, January 21st, to info@nwoka.com. For any questions, please contact Trent Misak at 580-233-4232 or info@nwoka.com.  

Who Should Attend?

The Heartland Economic Development Course (HEDC) is designed to serve the needs of both full-time practitioners and people in ancillary positions, i.e., representatives of public, civic, and private sectors. Participation in the course offers a rare opportunity to exchange ideas and become familiar with economic development programs and activities. Participants have included representatives from federal, state, regional, and local planning and development agencies, financial institutions, public utilities, chambers of commerce, and local, state, regional economic development organizations, and volunteers.

More information about Heartland Economic Development Course can be found at https://bcs.uni.edu/heartland/course-information