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May 3, 2013

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“Our goal is to come up with a long-term plan that is both robust and economical that will meet the needs of our citizens,” he said.

Wiens said the hospital’s 2,800 employees are continually navigating the changing health care environment. The new watchwords in health care, she said, are cost containment, doing better with less and quality improvement.

Bowen said Moore-Norman graduates contribute $104 million annually to the economy.

“Beyond the numbers, people’s lives are changed at Moore-Norman,” she said.

She said the school’s two campuses served more than 60,000 students and 528 businesses last year. Ninety-two percent of their students are employed or going on to continuing education.

Wood, whose organization put the summit together, said Norman has about 57,000 workers in the labor force, with an average annual net growth rate of 2.5 percent.

“We will have 20 percent growth over the next 10 years if we stay on the same trajectory,” Wood said. “We’re not seeing the recession effects that have occurred in other parts of the country because of the diversity of our economy.”

Wood said the city is a finalist for four projects, including one where he will make a presentation next week.

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