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ITC Great Plains expands in OKC

Transmission company ITC Great Plains announced today it is opening an office in Oklahoma City as it seeks to play a more prominent role in developing a modern power grid for the region.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: July 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm •  Published: July 15, 2013

ITC Great Plains said Monday it will soon open an Oklahoma City office as the electrical transmission company continues its effort to build new power lines in the region.

“We're very excited about this expansion we're making,” ITC Great Plains President Kristine Schmidt said. “It's part of a broader strategy of expansion that has been underway for multiple years, which is growing the ITC business in the region.”

The Oklahoma City office will give the company a stronger presence near the state Capitol, Oklahoma Corporation Commission and utility companies Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., Western Farmers Electric Cooperative and the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority.

ITC Great Plains is still negotiating terms of its planned lease in downtown Oklahoma City's City Center, Schmidt said. The office initially will house one permanent employee, but it also will provide space for Schmidt and other ITC employees who often travel among the company's other offices and will provide for future expansion.

“When we started looking at employing additional staff members as our business grew, we started looking at the skill sets and capabilities and recognized the Oklahoma area has a lot of the talent and capabilities we would need for expanding our operation,” Schmidt said. “As a result, we took a look at Oklahoma City and wanted to have folks here who can support the overall business, whether it's supporting some of our discussions with the Oklahoma stakeholders or if its in Topeka (Kan.) or Little Rock (Ark.). These positions in Oklahoma will support the broader region.”

Oklahoma Commerce Secretary Dave Lopez said ITC's expansion boosts the city's already-strong energy industry.

“We welcome the decision by ITC to invest in Oklahoma's growing energy economy by establishing a business development and operations office in our state,” Lopez said. “ITC's decision to create a presence in Oklahoma further validates the opportunities for energy companies to do business in Oklahoma and from Oklahoma.”

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by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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When we started looking at employing additional staff members as our business grew, we started looking at the skill sets and capabilities and recognized the Oklahoma area has a lot of the talent and capabilities we would need for expanding our operation.”

Kristine Schmidt,
ITC Great Plains President

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