By Jon Watje
Union City recently renewed their contract with the Central Oklahoma Regional Development (CORD), an organization that helps communities with economical development.
“We have been with CORD for about two or three years,” Union City Town Clerk Gina Dickerson said. “We were one of nine cities that renewed their contract.”
Union City pays an annual fee of $2,200 to be apart of CORD. The fee is based on the town’s population.
Other cities included in CORD are Piedmont, Watonga, El Reno, Kingfisher, Hinton, Calumet, Geary and Okarche. Minco was a member of CORD until they decided to not renew their contract last year.
Each member city has a representative and they all meet every month to talk about new developments in the region.
Dickerson said she believed Union City benefited from being a member with CORD.
“I think it is beneficial to the town to have someone that helps you with economic development,” she said. “Since we became a member, we have had a welding business open up, a new daycare, and a car restoration shop has opened up.”
CORD Director, Gene Pflughoft, said despite Union City’s small population, there is great potential in the area for new business owners.
“Oklahoma City is spreading out and more people are moving this way,” Pflughoft said. “They will need places to shop, fix their cars and daycares to bring their kids to.”
Dickerson said the town is seeing the possibility of some exciting developments in the future.
“There have been talks of more new apartments being built here and there are currently seven homes being built in the city limits,” she said.