EOCP opens new corporate office

The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce and Harrah Chamber of Commerce host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership’s new office. (Photo by Ryan Horton)

The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce and Harrah Chamber of Commerce host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership’s new office. (Photo by Ryan Horton)

Eastern Oklahoma County Partnership recently hosted an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce and Harrah Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the opening of their new office, located at 17311 NE 23rd St.EOCP was formed in 2010 as an effort to unite the region and build a globally competitive business climate in Eastern Oklahoma County, and after more than five years of being housed in Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center’s Business Development Center the organization has now opened its independent corporate office.
Eastern Oklahoma County community and business leaders were in attendance Thursday, Aug. 25 to support the partnership as they relocated to a facility that is conveniently located off of Eastern Oklahoma County’s heavily trafficked NE 23rd Street between the industrial and retail districts of Choctaw and Harrah.
“We love that this location is in the center of our region. Having a window in the heart of our region on NE 23rd Street means the world to us and really reflects the true regionalism that we’ve tried to establish over the last five years,” said EOCP Executive Director Tim Hight.
“We’re very appreciative of the EOC Technology Center, and the team there. The opportunity allowed us branch out on our own and develop this corporate office, and establish a brand for the partnership. This move is a graduation of sorts. We had to be incubated somewhere, and the technology center allowed us to do that and establish our brand.”
The newly renovated 1,800-square-foot office space will accommodate small meetings and larger conferences as the EOCP continues its mission of encouraging job growth and economic development in the Choctaw, Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park communities.
In addition to the cities that united to launch the partnership, business membership has increased to make the organization a true public-private partnership.
While membership expands, the EOCP remains focused on generating business leads, supporting area businesses and developing regional capacities.
“Our corporate support has tripled over the summer, and we anticipate that to grow. We expect our organization to become a place for the businesses community to participate directly in job creation, existing business support and legislative advocacy,” explained Hight during the official opening of the new corporate location. “We’ve built the model out. We were formed with the full intention of being a public-private partnership. What you’re seeing today is the culmination of those efforts. We’ll always represent our communities and their interests, and those interests will be at the very center of what we hope to achieve. Our corporate partners allow us to make those goals realities just like you see today.”
Earlier this year the EOCP launched the “EOC Excellence 2021” campaign seeking funding commitments totaling $2 million from the public and private sectors.
The campaign detailed strategies for attracting new jobs, outside investment and increased revenue to the EOC region.
Among the goals presented were plans for 500 primary jobs, with average salaries of $46,000, and 498 secondary jobs, $20 million in new capital investment, $50 million in new road construction or expansion and $15 million in water and sewer infrastructure improvements predicted by the year 2021.
Hight says the partnership is well on its way to making those goals reality, and the new presence along NE 23rd Street simply forecasts the growing success of the EOCP brand and eastern Oklahoma County as a region.
For more information on EOCP’s efforts to promote jobs and the region, visit www.eocpartnership.com.

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