Weekly Email Blast by Rich Cantillon

Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce - Keeping You Informed...

Chamber Staff

l-r Austin Unruh-Tourism Coordinator; Danielle Vap -Director of Finance; Tiffany Hermann-Membership Development Director; and Rich Cantillon-President/C.E.O.

2018 Chamber Executive Board

l-r Barry Bickle - Treasurer, Shast Scott - Vice Chair, Mandy Morris - Chair, Adam Leaming - Past Chair, and Erik Peitz - Chair Elect.

124th Chamber Banquet Award

l-r: Dr. Bill Stuever - Volunteer of the Year, Diane Anderson - Outstanding Citizen, MJ&H Fabrication - Gary Harvey, Not Pictured - Business of the Year - Brandts Ace Hardware

Ponca City Leadership Class

This is the 32nd. Ponca City Leadership Class.

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Making a Difference and Enhancing Ponca City and Our Region!

  • June 19 - Ribbon Cutting for 360 Turf and Outdoor Equipment
  • June 21 - PYE Kickball
  • June 22 - Elected Officials Candidate Forum
  • June 26 - Business After Hours hosted by Cherokee Strip Credit Union






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City of Ponca City

Whether you are only visiting or you already call Ponca City your home, you will find Ponca City a very memorable experience.
Ponca City is the home to the 2012 Oklahoma Mayor of the Year.
Visit The City of Ponca City website for more about our city.

Visit Ponca City

Ponca City has so much going on... From the wonderful people, to the beautiful attractions, Ponca City is a city full of history, art, and culture!
Don't miss out on all the fun events taking place in Ponca City! For a complete list of events head over to VisitPoncaCity.com.


The mission of the Ponca City Development Authority (PCDA) is to facilitate job growth in wealth producing industries in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Visit our website for more information on recruiting, retention, marketing and financial opportunities that exist in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Weekly Chamber Blast

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Chamber Email Blast

The Ponca City Chamber held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new owners of A+ Printing located at 119 N. 3rd Street. Cutting the ribbon are new owners Chad and Paige Winslow along with staff Tony Fairless and Marybeth Hughes. Holding the ribbon representing the chamber are Shane Blaes and Robyn Ryan. Check out this incredible print shop we have right here in Ponca City.

The Ponca City Chamber Board and the Ponca Politics Committee had an elected officials appreciation picnic. Shown with our elected officials, that could attend, are Chamber Chair Mandy Morris and Ponca Politics Committee Chair Bruce DeMuth. We had state, city, school and county officials attend our picnic.

The Ponca City Concert Hall is really coming along. What is taking place at Po-Hi is going to be incredible when we are showing potential people Ponca City. I am often asked to show people, that are being recruited for employment to Ponca City, around our city. If I had someone say, "my child plays football can I see your stadium?" I would get nervous. The artificial turf was impressive but beyond that it did not look good. Drab press box, old fencing, old ticket booths and poor workout facilities. But not now, thanks to our citizens we have one of the best athletic facilities in the state. Then if they said my child is in to performing arts. The band room is nice but the Howell and the Hutch, with window units, was a hard thing to get past. Now we will have one of the finest, if not the finest, concert hall in the state of Oklahoma. I am always so excited when I drive by my high school, it is so impressive! At my class reunion several of my classmates commented that Po-Hi is better today then when we went to school. Not a lot of schools can say that. Then with all the investments in our other schools including East, West and all the elementary's, you would be hard press to find a better rural school anywhere. You may wonder what else I'm asked about and that is a trail system. People want to ride and walk on an extended trail system. Our plans for Lake Ponca will do just that. Very exciting times for our city and schools!!

During the 32nd Ponca City Leadership class session on industry in Ponca City the class was unable to tour the Phillips 66 Refinery due to the turnaround that was taking place. This week the class toured Phillips 66 and learned about the company. They also got to have lunch in the historic Marland Board Room. Thank you Diane Anderson and Carla O'Neill.

Chamber News
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Candidate Forum
This Week!
We have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Tuesday at 2 p.m. for 360 Turf and Outdoor Equipment located at 10395 South U Street. Take Hwy 60 west and before the radio station turn left or South on U Street. Go about a mile and they are on the right. Please join us.
Friday, June 22 we will have a candidate forum from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall. More details on the forum are in this email blast.

33rd Ponca City Leadership Application Deadline
Just a reminder the deadline for 33rd Ponca City Leadership class applications is this Friday, June 22nd.

Party at the Palace - Get your tickets today!
Tickets for the Party at the Palace at the Marland Mansion on Friday, August 17th are available at the Chamber Office. They are $30 each and include great food, 2 drink tickets, music and dancing. Call the Chamber Office today 765-4400 and we will mail them to you.

Ponca Politics Candidate Forum
Please plan to attend the Candidate Forum this Friday, June 22nd from 12 - 1:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall. We will feature our candidates for the Oklahoma Senate District 10 and for the House of Representatives District 37 and District 38. We have commitments from Bill Coleman, Gary Lanham, Steve Vaughan, Ken Luttrell, John Pfeiffer, Casey McAninch and Brian Hobbs. Be an informed voter! The election is Tuesday, June 26th. If unable to attend you can view the forum on the Chamber's Facebook, Web Site and City of Ponca City Web Site.

Put your flyer in our news email blast.
Check out the flyers in this email blast and the important information they have to share. It only costs $75 to put your flyer in our email blast for 4 weeks. Email austin@poncacitychamber.com your flyer and we can get it added.

Dear Mr. Rich Cantillon,
My name is Sara Frazier and I am a recruiter for DCCCA Tallgrass Family Services. Tallgrass is a non-profit agency contracted with OKDHS Child Welfare to recruit, certify and support foster homes across the entire state of Oklahoma. Reports reflect a strong need for foster homes within your county as more children placed in state custody are being placed outside of your county at an alarming rate. Placing children outside of your county makes it difficult for children to stay connected with their families, culture, and community. Below you will find OKDHS Statistics from April 2018 directly related to families involved with Child Welfare in Kay County.

In April 2018, Kay County alone had 259 children in OKDHS Custody. Of those 259 children, 62 Children from your county were placed in foster homes outside of Kay County and 14 children from other counties were residing in foster homes in Kay County. This indicates that Kay County alone needs a minimum of 49 new foster homes to keep children within their communities and county. This number has likely increased since April.

I am seeking to partner with those that are dedicated to helping children in foster care within Kay County. It is my hope that the Chamber of Commerce would like to participate in remedying the alarming rate of children being placed in OKDHS Custody and the lack of quality foster homes within the county.
I look forward to hearing from you and working with you on this endeavor. Below is my contact information.


Sara Frazier
Recruitment Specialist
DCCCA Tallgrass Family Services
616 S. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74119

Cell: 918.822.3258
Fax: 405.217.0183

Chamber meetings:
Tuesday, June 19 - Ambassador Committee will meet at 8 a.m. at the Chamber office. Brittany Atauvich with City National Bank is the Chair.

Tuesday, June 19 - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 2 p.m. for 360 Turf and Outdoor Equipment located at 10395 South U Street.

Wednesday, June 20 - Finance Committee will meet at 11 a.m. at the Chamber Office. Barry Bickle is the Chair.

Wednesday, June 20 - Executive Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber Office. Mandy Morris with Evans and Associates Enterprises.

Wednesday, June 20 - Pride Training on quality customer service from 6 - 8 p.m. for First National Bank of Oklahoma employees.

Thursday, June 21 - Community Development Committee meeting at 10 a.m. Johnny Thornburgh with Pioneer Technology Center is the Chair.

Thursday, June 21 - Membership Drive Committee meeting at 4 p.m. at El Patio. Mandy Morris with Evans and Associates Enterprises is the Chair.

Friday, June 22 - Ponca Politics Committee will meet at 11 a.m. in the McFadden Room at City Hall. Bruce DeMuth with Pioneer Technology Center is the Chair.

Friday, June 22 - Candidate Forum from noon - 1:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall.

Looking Ahead in June:
Tuesday, June 26 - Business after Hours from 5 - 7 p.m. hosted by Cherokee Strip Credit Union.

Business After Hours Schedule 2018
June 2018 - Cherokee Strip Credit Union

July 2018 - Paradise Casino

August 2018 - Party at the Palace

September 2018 - Equity Bank

October 2018 - Camp McFadden

November 2018 - Phillips 66

December 2018 - Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors & the City of Ponca City


*Business After Hours takes place on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 5pm-7pm.



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