The Norman Transcript


September 1, 2013

Date set for Equal Opportunity Economic Development Summit

NORMAN — State Rep. Anastasia A. Pittman will join other elected officials and business and community leaders at an economic development summit Sept. 5.

The Equal Opportunity Economic Development Summit will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5 in the grand auditorium of Metro Technology Centers — Conference Center, 1900 Springlake Drive in Oklahoma City.

Rev. E.W. Bryant, pastor of Wildewood Baptist Church and an organizer of the event, urged pastors to spread the word.

“We are asking pastors to present this information to your social action ministry and congregation for those who are interested in a career change or need to find employment immediately,” Bryant said. “We are also asking for your congregation to provide transportation for your members to attend this event.”

Pittman said the event will feature an economic development foundation.

“The summit will feature Tim Burg, executive director of the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation,” said Pittman, D-Oklahoma City. “This foundation has created and provided employment connections for a broad array of people.

Rev. Morris Holmes, the pastor of Higher Ground Baptist Church, said the event is an opportunity for any individual looking to improve their economic status.

“Our ultimate goal through this economic development summit effort is to provide a sound economic development process that enhances prosperity through the business sector to motivate as much risk-taking and competition as possible in the context of a level playing field,” Holmes said. “Jobs are a vital element of prosperous families and communities.

“Economic growth is defined as a sustained increase, over a period of time, in the material goods and services produced within a specified geographic region. This is an opportunity for anyone seeking a job or better career opportunities.”

The program participants include: Harold Roberts, Rep. Anastasia A. Pittman, Commissioner Mark Costello, former Secretary of Commerce Russell M. Perry, other officials, local pastors and employers from across the state.

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