Economic Development: Where The Jobs Are (KGOU)

By Kurt Gwartney

You can click through to the original article to hear the panel discussion moderated by Kate Richey on  Oklahoma’s economic development at our Summer Policy Institute. Links to other SPI panel discussions can be found here.

A panel speaking during the Oklahoma Policy Institute’s Summer Policy Institute talked about the ways economic development policies help support jobs in communities.

Panelists discussed the kinds of policies state and local governments should pursue in the creation of stable, good-paying jobs.
They also examined workforce development issues, including the affect of tax incentives and quality of life issues.

For Tulsa Hispanic entrepreneur Ruben Aragon, the impediments governments place between undocumented students and higher education, put more individuals in non-professional jobs.

The Oklahoma Policy Institute’s Kate Richey moderated the discussion Panelists were: Ruben Aragon (Latino Community Development Agency),  Shelley Cadamy-Munoz (Workforce Tulsa), Rachel Hutchings (American Airlines),Justin McLaughlin (Tulsa Regional Chamber), Terry McGee (McGee Enterprises).


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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