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)
* Cleaning up: It’s interesting to see how cities, towns, counties and others work with their citizens. Among the most useful — and often biggest
events — are those that involve waste disposal, more specifically, getting rid of items that simply need to be carried off. I found this one recently in the Claremore Progress and thought it worthwhile to mention it as a massive spring cleaning idea in which everyone can benefit. Cities and towns in Rogers County have planned a “Trash Off Day” for three days actually, April 18-20, the newspaper reports. It’s so big that it will take several locations to handle it. Each county commissioner will be involved. “Offering this service once a year gives the residents of Rogers County a chance to dispose of items that are difficult to get rid of, and keeps them from being dumped in ditches and on county roads,” District 1 Commissioner Dan DeLozier said. I’m all for that. The Progress reports that DeLozier has been offering the trash dump day in cooperation with the Oklahoma Annual Trash-Off event for five years. This year, the county will offer five fully staffed dump sites for residents. So here’s your chance to do some good, for you and for your county. It’s worth the effort. (http://tinyurl.com/c5bo6p4)