Throughout the state, Oklahomans are working toward the future in various areas. Sometimes it’s transportation issues. Other times it’s development of new business. Or it might be getting rid of the old to make room for the new.
There’s always work to be done to make dreams become a reality. Here are some examples of how cities, towns, counties, organizations and individuals are taking steps toward the future.
*On track: Another in a series of meetings in the Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study took place recently in Ardmore at the Santa Fe Depot and the Daily Ardmoreite carried the story. The study is coordinated by both the Oklahoma and Texas transportation departments, as well as the Federal Railroad Administration. The meetings are designed to get input from citizens on possible enhanced rail services. Transportation officials brought information about future congestion along the Interstate 35 corridor, as well as on higher-speed trains and considerations such as access points and environmental impact. Check out the story and see how you can share your thoughts. (http://tinyurl.com/bpg96kx)
* Earn and learn: How about some expert assistance in learning how to begin your own business and maybe earning a nice bit of start-up cash for doing so to help pay for business expenses? That’s the possibility for participants in the upcoming Cherokee Strip Business Model Competition. The Enid News & Eagle reports that the competition at the Autry Technology Center “promotes strategic planning and encourages testing and implementation of a business model.” In other words, you’re expected to put together and present “an initial business plan as an investment proposition that will attract customers and be a sound investment.” Sounds pretty good, huh? But there’s more. The winner will get a package worth $15,000. That includes “one year as a client in the business incubator, expenses except Internet included.” If you finish second, it’s worth $8,000 to you and third place gets $5,000. Read how you can become a winner. (http://tinyurl.com/cyohs23)
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