ARDMORE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, ARDMORE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, AND ARDMORE TOURISM AUTHORITY ANNOUNCE NEW PRESIDENT/CEO
The Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, Ardmore Development Authority and Ardmore Tourism Authority today announced that William P. “Bill” Murphy, CEcD, EDFP, has been named as President/CEO effective January 1, 2022. As President/CEO, he will work with the Chamber Board of Directors and ADA and ATA Boards of Trustees to lead the three organizations.
It takes little more than a short drive around Ardmore to see that things are happening. From industrial employers to restaurants and retail, this town is growing and quickly. With new business and industry, comes new members to our community. As our team is helping local industry expand and recruiting new industry, one of the many issues we must consider is housing. Where will the primary workforce live? Where will the leadership team live?
Oklahoma and Texas, along with the rest of the world, are getting back to something resembling pre-Covid life. For those of us in economic development, that means in-person gatherings and a few less virtual meetings.
Manufacturing is a vital and growing part of the Oklahoma economy. Employing over 140,000 people across the state, manufacturing has grown approximately 10% since 2010. Events of 2020 hit manufacturers across the country especially hard, forcing many to examine supply chains as well as their own capabilities. To aid Oklahoma companies in this endeavor two new state programs are rolling out this month.
Without question the gem of economic development in Ardmore is the Ardmore Industrial Airpark. Over the years it has developed into a hub of industrial and aviation activity for Southern Oklahoma.