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Deer Creek's Chamber of Commerce steps in for city government

Deer Creek's Chamber of Commerce acts as a virtual city. It is involved in activism and community leadership.
by Jonathan Sutton Modified: April 27, 2013 at 9:36 pm •  Published: April 28, 2013

Deer Creek has no mayor. It has no city council, no court, no post office. It's a school district in a fast-growing residential area.

But it does have a nearly 100-member chamber of commerce.

Not to be confused with the small town in Grant County, Deer Creek Schools is a 72-square-mile district founded in 1921 that includes portions of Oklahoma, Logan and Canadian counties, and parts of Oklahoma City and Edmond.

“The reason we started the chamber was we figured why not create a virtual city to do things a municipality could do without being one,” said Rob Talbot, executive director of the chamber of commerce.

Most of the member businesses are not situated in the district, but the business owners and employees live there.

When organized as a chamber of commerce, Talbot said, residents can work with schools, county commissioners, Edmond and Oklahoma City to influence development.

The chamber was established in 2009, and membership has steadily increased to 97 businesses.

Chamber President Mike Ellenberg said he would like the chamber to become a place where people can go to voice their grievances.

“We want to be able to have a presence to be able to rally people together,” he said. “If you don't want certain housing or businesses coming in, where do you go and who do you go to?”

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by Jonathan Sutton
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Jonathan Sutton is a reporter covering breaking news and crime for The Oklahoman and He grew up in Ada and has a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student...
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At a glance

Deer Creek School District Chamber of Commerce

Dues are $100 a year for business with 10 or more employees, $60 for companies with two to nine employees and $25 for individuals. Individuals can join regardless of whether they own a business. Send dues to P.O. Box 31231, Edmond, OK 73003. For more information, call 471-7526 or email


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