Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce 2020-2021 - Page 9

GREATER ENID CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 9 LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT / GOV’T. AFFAIRS COUNCIL Increase Enid’s retail market share, drawing power and sales tax base (Billion By 2025 Plan) • Highlight the importance of supporting local businesses (keep retail and tax dollars at home) • Encourage expansion of local retailers and support the recruitment of national retailers that complement existing businesses and fill a “gap” in Enid’s market (increase shopping and dining venues) • Support the new retail development in The District (movie theatre, trampoline park, restaurants, etc.) • Advocate the use of incentives to promote community infill and re-development • Revitalize and/or repurpose Oakwood Mall • Promote holiday shopping in Enid through Candy Cane Cash event • Support efforts to increase hotel room nights in Enid (conferences, conventions & sports tournaments) STATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT / GOV’T. AFFAIRS COUNCIL Promote state legislative initiatives that benefit Enid and NW Oklahoma • Organize and promote Enid Day at the Capitol • Support sound state funding sources for Medicaid expansion which was approved by voters in June 2020 (avoid a reduction in other core services) • Support the thorough review of business incentives and tax credits through the Oklahoma Incentive Evaluation Commission (eliminate or phase out those that are not effective or cost efficient) • Protect effective business incentives that have proven to attract capital investment and create new jobs • Work with other mid-size cities to protect and enhance rural healthcare, support regional colleges and universities, and support local control for municipalities • Promote legislation to support key sectors in Enid’s regional economy (oil & gas, agriculture, medical, etc.) • Advocate increased state funding for Enid’s higher education institutions (improve access to Higher Ed) • Utilize Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission funding for projects that support VAFB • Support building the new Greer Center facility in Enid (for dually diagnosed clients) • Support regional highway improvements and continued funding for ODOT’s 8-year plan • Identify and promote local citizens to serve on state boards ojects that support VAFB