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November 4, 2013

Gov. Fallin to Speak at Next Council Meeting

Gov. Mary Fallin will be in attendance at the next Governor’s Council meeting on Friday, January 24, 2014. Gov. Fallin will address the Council on her economic development initiatives.

The meeting will begin at 9am on the campus of OSU-Oklahoma City. We hope to see you there!

Council Members Receive Presentations & Hold Discussion

At the last meeting of the Governor’s Council, members received two presentations, Labor Insights, a labor market research tool, and Tulsa Career Advance, which helps participants gain a career in a high demand occupation with family-supporting wage growth.

The Roundtable discussion focused on helping Gov. Fallin’s National Governor’s Association initiative and how the Council can support it. The Council also discussed what it can do in 2014 to help move her agenda forward.

The Council’s Executive Committee will meet to discuss strategy related to the 2014 plan of work, potential changes to the Council’s meeting schedule and potential key metrics that may be utilized to measure how the Council’s progress. 

Gov. Fallin Names Larry Parman Secretary of Commerce and Director of the Department of Commerce

Governor Mary Fallin has announced that Oklahoma Secretary of State Larry V. Parman will be appointed the director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) and become the governor’s Secretary of Commerce on Nov. 1. Read More

Oklahoma Closing Achievement Gap for Minorities in AP and SAT Scores

Participation on the SAT among minority students in Oklahoma has increased significantly over the past five years. At the same time, Oklahoma students continue to post SAT scores that are higher than the national average across all subgroups. Read More

Hiring Event Connects Companies and Military Personnel

A visit earlier this year to Fort Sill led Illinois residents and military veterans Marcus and Laura Powell to Oklahoma CareerTech’s military hiring event, new jobs and a new home.
The couple was visiting Fort Sill to see if they wanted to live in the area with their three children, Laura Powell said. They picked up the post newspaper, saw an advertisement for the hiring event sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and six other entities, updated their resumes and attended – and each of them got a new job out of it. Read More

September Jobs Report Impacted by Recent Government Shutdown

Due to the recent federal government shutdown, a statewide employment report for the month of September will not be made available. Instead, September’s statewide employment report will be released as part of October’s employment report at a future date to be determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of August, Oklahoma’s unemployment rate was 5.3%.

Upcoming Events

• Governor’s Council, 9am: January 24 at OSU-OKC.

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