Oklahoma – The State of Success

Vol1 iss4 2015

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8 O K L A H O M A – T H E S T A T E O F S U C C E S S We live in a global economy. L E T T E R F R O M T H E G O V E R O R very day businesses have to make decisions to make themselves more competitive and more effcient. When your business operates in Oklahoma, we do what we can to help — from lowering workers' compensation costs through comprehensive reform to helping an industry sector fll gaps in the supply chain. When businesses in our state, or any state for that matter, face challenges, there isn't a perfect answer or a specifc program we can institute statewide. Business is not one-size-fts-all. That is why it is essential that we take the time to bring the stakeholders to the table and get them talking. Not every state approaches problems in this way, but here in Oklahoma we do. We know that with partnerships and collaboration, we are more effective. Our "Oklahoma Works" initiative operates the same way. Since I launched this initiative earlier this year, I've held meetings across our state, talking with business leaders, educators and community leaders to answer questions like: How ca tate age cies, schools a d busi esses work together to better prepare stude ts for the workforce? How ca e better co ect skilled Oklahoma s with great jobs a d careers? How ca e e sure that Oklahoma compa ies have the skilled workforce they eed to succeed? We know that every business, whether it is next to a metropolitan area or somewhere more rural, is always keeping an eye on the pipeline of talent that will sustain future operations. In Oklahoma, we want to make sure that our businesses have access to the talent they need to be successful and that our citizens have the training they need to secure quality jobs. It is essential to the success of our state, and we stand ready to help in any way possible. That same principle is applied when we are working with a business looking to relocate or expand here. When you meet with the Oklahoma Team to discuss how our state can work for your business, you'll fnd our partners at the table. A higher education representative can discuss the types of talent you need and where you'll fnd them, and representatives from our CareerTech system will tell you about the technology centers in the area and how they can train people to meet your company's specifcations. You want your business to be successful. We know your business can be successful in Oklahoma. We aren't here to simply help you get an operation up and running in our state. We know that long-term partnerships and collaboration are key to your success and ours. E Consider Oklahoma. Let's work together. Governor, State of Oklahoma Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin

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