Devon, OU nominated for honor
Two Oklahoma employers are semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the Department of Defense's highest honor for employers that provide support to National Guard and Army Reserve employees. Devon Energy in Oklahoma City and the University of Oklahoma in Norman are among the 138 semifinalists. Nearly 2,900 employers were nominated for the honor. Selected employers assist Guard and Reserve employees through initiatives such as setting veteran hiring goals, establishing military employee liaisons, providing child care for deployed employees, arranging care package drives and granting additional leave for military employees and family members before and after deployments. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense operational committee, will announce the finalists next month.
Economic summit set in Norman
NORMAN — Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby and Deidre Myers, director of policy research and economic analysis for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, will speak at the 2013 Norman Economic Summit. The conference will run 8 a.m. to noon May 2 at the Embassy Suites of Norman, 2501 Conference Drive in Norman. Sponsored by the Norman Economic Development Coalition, the summit also will include updates on the state of Norman's economy from various community leaders. For more information, call Maureen Hammond, director of operations for the Norman Economic Development Coalition, at 573-1900.
Hudiburg Toyota wins award
MIDWEST CITY — Hudiburg Toyota has received the Toyota Motor Sales President's Award for sales, service and customer satisfaction. The award is presented to the top 5 percent of Toyota dealers nationwide each year. Hudiburg Toyota, in business for 22 years, last received this honor in 2010.
OKC's Ghost wins national honor
Ghost advertising and design studio in Oklahoma City is one of two agencies chosen for HOW magazine's 2013 Your Best Work Design Awards. The bimonthly magazine for graphic designers featured Ghost in an article in its May issue. Ghost's portfolio of design work was selected as the nation's best in the small firm category based on recent campaigns for deadCenter Film Festival, Marfa Contemporary, Innovative Event Solutions and We Heart OKC, a self-directed initiative to highlight the creativity of Oklahoma City. Portland, Ore.-based Second Story took top honors in the large firm category.
Mower exchange program set
A lawn mower exchange program will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at State Fair Park. Participating residents will be able to exchange an old, gasoline-powered lawn mower for a $100 cash voucher toward the purchase of a new electric lawn mower. Vouchers are limited to one per household and available to all metro-area residents. The $100 voucher can be redeemed at the Black & Decker service center, 8507 S Western. Gasoline mowers for exchange must be operationally complete and drained of gasoline and oil. The program is being held in conjunction with the city's spring hazardous waste collection day, in collaboration with the state Department of Environmental Quality and Black & Decker. For more information, call 702-4216 or visit www.deq.state.ok.us/aqdnew.
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