When the population rises, Elkins said, the city of Chickasha will be able to target different types of retail. She aims to help formerly established business grow as well.
“Growing population is very important as far as getting to the next level with everything else,” she said. “I’m going to be aggressively trying to somehow — whether it’s working with existing businesses or new — get quality jobs here that pay a good wage so that the people that live here can live a better quality of life, and then we can also attract new people that can come in and make our community bigger and stronger.”
“We’re never going to be Oklahoma City and we don’t want to be,” Elkins said, “but you can grow and be able to have a better quality of life based on adding some population, and that’s a target for me with whatever I do — trying to improve the quality of life for everyone in Chickasha.”