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March, 02 2021

Stakeholders prepare for MKARNS’ 50th anniversary

Lock & Dam 16 near Webbers Falls is one of five such structures the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates and maintains along the upper reaches of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. Preston Chasteen / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Southwestern Division  Having the ability to access seaports around the world by water from inland […]

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January, 14 2021

Our View: Aviation Welcome Here

It’s exciting to think that Muskogee could soon recruit aviation and aerospace companies. The industry is reported to be the state’s second largest, with an economic impact of about $44 billion annually, and Muskogee officials are finding ways to bring some of that money to Muskogee. The Port of Muskogee’s Industrial Development Office has announced plans to […]

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Frix Praises Muskogee Workforce Designation

State Rep. Avery Frix, R-Muskogee, commented on the announcement that Muskogee has been designated as one of nine Centers for Workforce Excellence under the Oklahoma Works Together program. The program establishes a local, industry-based workforce model that can be used to help existing businesses find workers and attract new industry to the state. “Muskogee and […]

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Port, City Invest in Aerospace Recruitment Efforts

Port of Muskogee’s Industrial Development Office plans to invest in the aviation and aerospace industry. Industrial Development Director Marie Synar said a tax incentive offered by the state generated “an increased number of leads for both the state and Muskogee.” She said Skydweller Aero Inc. identified Muskogee as a “finalist community” before selecting Ardmore as its […]

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December, 07 2020

Refresco Announces Plans for Growth

Refresco US, Inc. has announced plans to add 75 new jobs and invest nearly $12 million at its Fort Gibson operation.   The company says investments in facility and equipment upgrades will increase production capacity, modernize operations and increase efficiency.   “These investments will provide a better working environment for our employees and ensure this […]

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GMMA Education Scholarship Deadline Extended

Muskogee, OK- The Greater Muskogee Manufacturing Alliance (GMMA) Education Scholarship deadline has been extended to May 15th. The unprecedented closure of businesses and schools have prompted the extension.   “By extending the deadline, applicants will have additional time to complete and gather the necessary documents,” said Lindsey McCall, workforce development manager for the Port of […]

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More Than 75% of Businesses Have Lost Revenues Due to COVID-19

This week, the Muskogee City-County Port Authority and the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce announced the creation of a new task force intended to address how the community moves from disaster response to economic recovery.   The Muskogee Forward Economic Recovery Task Force is asking local businesses participate in a survey to provide data […]

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Port Secures Funds for Rail Project

On Tuesday, the Muskogee City-County Port Authority board of directors authorized the execution of a grant acceptance agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The grant, known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant, totaled $5,789,210 and will go toward rail access improvements at the Port of Muskogee.   Projects include track […]

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Industry Celebrated This Week

In recognition of National Manufacturing Day on October 2, Mayor Marlon Coleman has issued a proclamation, declaring the week of September 28 – October 2, as “Industry Appreciation Week” in Muskogee. “Our industry and manufacturing partners are key to the heartbeat of Muskogee,” said Mayor Coleman.  “Their investment and commitment to our community make us […]

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Muskogee Receives Workforce Certification

(OKLAHOMA CITY) –Sean Kouplen, Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce & Workforce Development, alongside members of the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development and industry leaders, announced today the certification of nine Centers for Workforce Excellence (CWE) under the Oklahoma Works Together program. “Governor Stitt has worked to implement his ‘Oklahoma Turnaround’ initiatives in a variety […]

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