The recent loss of Continental Resources is certainly a hot topic in Enid right now. When Harold Hamm made the announcement that he would be taking the 4th largest public company in the state of Oklahoma away from Enid and placing it in Oklahoma City, many were taken aback. Those people need to open their eyes.
Enid is good place for a business. No. It’s a great place for a business. However, its really hard for a company like Continental to recruit new employees and grow in Enid. The problem is that unless Enid grows and increases its attractiveness to other businesses and people then it will always have this problem.
You will often hear people ask why Enid doesn’t attract more industry. Better paying jobs would help our town and economy. True. But how?
By using a bit of business sense. That’s how. Spend money to make money. Invest in your town. When bond issues come up don’t automatically say, “that’s a waste of taxpayer money!” or “they should use that money to fix the potholes on East Birch!”
People underestimate the quality of life issues in a community and what it can mean to a business and attracting new people and entities.
Look no further than Continental Resources and Oklahoma City.
Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm is planning to move into the 19-story Devon headquarters once Devon has moved into its new 50-story building downtown. That tower wouldn’t be going up if MAPS had gone down — Chairman Larry Nichols has said he would have probably taken his company elsewhere because he wouldn’t be able to attract the talent a world-class company needs.
Since that first vote, taxpayers have approved two other MAPS projects and a huge bond issue to improve infrastructure. These have kept us attractive to large companies such as Devon, Chesapeake and SandRidge. Now Continental is coming.
Hamm says the city offers a vibrant base, including talent, to support Continental’s expansion plans. It’s not a stretch to say such a move wouldn’t have even been considered if the city hadn’t been willing to invest in itself through the years.Source: NewsOK.com
Several years ago, Oklahoma City looked forward. They decided they didn’t want to suffer the fate of many cities and stay stagnate. They wanted to reinvent and reinvest in themselves. Spend money to make money.
It paid off.
We can do it too. Let’s get aggressive.