USAO, EDC, city earn Regents Business Award

Friday, May 3, 2013


EDMOND – The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education honored the Chickasha Economic Development Council, the city of Chickasha and the University of Science and Arts with the Regents Business Partnership Excellence award for forging a cooperative relationship that will make meaningful contributions to the economy and quality of Chickasha’s community.



Chickasha Economic Development Council (EDC) is slated to move into Canning Hall on USAO’s campus June 1, a partnership expected to be beneficial to both the university and the EDC. It will provide the EDC access to intensive research materials and provide EDC professionals with more resources to grow the city’s economy.


“We are excited about this partnership and the opportunity it will provide for the university, the city of Chickasha and the Chickasha Economic Development Council,” USAO President Dr. John Feaver said. “Higher education must play a vital role in the growth of the local, regional and state economy. Housing the EDC on campus will provide maximum opportunity to coordinate the community’s and region’s economic development assets.”


Chickasha’s EDC is designed to attract and aid in additions and expansions of businesses within the city.

From this new base of operations, the EDC will have routine working contact, communication and collaboration with the experience and expertise of USAO faculty as well as the energy and enthusiasm of its students.


Overall, the partnership will provide the EDC and city government a much-enhanced public profile and visibility for advancing Chickasha and regional development projects.


The Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants, according to the Regents’ website.


USAO’s was one of 27 partnerships between businesses and colleges and universities across the state that Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recognized at the award presentation, which took place on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.


Speaking at the presentation were Glen Johnson, chancellor of the Regents, and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.


Both speakers highlighted the importance of higher education in the state’s economic development and ultimate prosperity.


Lamb credited Oklahoma’s ability to avoid the current economic recession to the state’s collaboration effort with higher education.


“It’s happened here because we have a very unique … higher education program,” he said.


This is the second year in a row the Regents have recognized USAO for a business partnership. Last year, USAO’s partnership with Oklahoma A+ schools earned the distinction.


For more information about the EDC, visit its website,