May 8, 2013

Chickasha sites spark business' interest

The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — Two separate businesses will have representatives visit Chickasha in the coming weeks after they selected sites in town for potential future building.

Christy Elkins, President and CEO of the Chickasha Economic Development Council, said while she could not reveal the names or what type of industry the companies operate in, they are not a part of major corporations.

“Both are start-ups, but they have the potential to grow quickly and offer good paying jobs,” Elkins said.

Two or three weeks ago, Elkins said the EDC responded to a request for proposal (RFP) from the state Department of Commerce for companies looking for a specific type of property. Chickasha was one of the cities chosen to go through a round of site visits.

“Essentially, we made the cut,” Elkins said. “The turnaround was very quick. It doesn’t mean anything yet, but it is a step up for us in competing.”

The EDC has been receiving at least four RFPs a month for the better part of a year now, Elkins said, which shows the area economy is strengthening after the recession. Even with the amount of RFPs coming in, getting through to the “second round” of site visits is significant.

“It shows that we’re getting closer and putting our name out there,” Elkins said. “Based on the amount of RFPs we’re getting, it’s a positive sign for the economy.”

Should they decide to move in, the businesses would follow in the footsteps of Game Stop and Boomerang, who opened there doors in town within the last few months. The owners of an Interurban restaurant say the Chickasha location is expected to open this fall, while Elkins said she has not heard anything more about a Dollar Tree also coming to town.