Emerging leaders from across the state visited Duncan to learn more about energy and economic development.
The City of Duncan hosted Leadership Oklahoma Class 36 for its Energy and Economic Development Day this past weekend.
Over the course of 10 months, the statewide leadership class learns about various industries across Oklahoma in different cities across the state. For the February session, the 52-person class from diverse backgrounds, came to Duncan for sessions specifically focused on the energy and economic development sectors.
Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation CEO and President Lyle Roggow said this is the first time Duncan has hosted Leadership Oklahoma since they hosted Class 8 in 1994-95.
He said their main purpose for the visit was for the class to gain more knowledge about Oklahoma’s energy industry and economic development from the history to future goals.
Roggow said the tour focused on a variety of topics for current issues in the energy industry, as well as energy sustainability and alternatives.
On the economic development side, Roggow said class members learned about the role of economic growth in the quality of life of Oklahomans, as well as to “identify factors that contribute to and detract from economic development in Oklahoma to include geography, sectors, available skills and educational systems and networks of companies.”
He said they had a very good committee who worked to address as many topics as possible for the class in just a couple days.
The class took tours of a drilling site, as well as Think Ability.
“We made sure they had an opportunity to see all the great attributes of the community,” he said.
The class toured the Stephens County Historical Museum, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, The Territory and Halliburton Manufacturing and Technology.
With assistance from Model1, Roggow said the class traveled around the city in trolley buses.
Roggow said the Leadership Class gained more information about the economic development endeavors in the area, they learned about Duncan Public Schools internship program and they heard from Kenny Baker with Cactus Drilling as he talked about his experiences in the oil field.
A surprise activity for the class included a private performance with Kyle Dillingham.
Travis Weedn, class member, said even though he was born and raised in Duncan, he was excited for the Leadership Class to come to Duncan and see his hometown.
“Our tours of a Mack Energy Oil Rig and the Halliburton Manufacturing Center were new experiences for me, and they reinvigorated my pride for my hometown,” he said. “A rousing thank you should be given to Lyle and the entire Duncan planning committee for their tireless work to not only educate some of Oklahoma’s top leaders on important topics to our State, but to do so while also…