Governor visits chamber boards, police, fire departments

Governor visits chamber boards, police, fire departments

Chamber Staff Reports

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt visited Jenks last month for a private meeting with the boards of the directors for the Jenks and Bixby chambers of commerce. Following the meeting and brief visits at a handful of Jenks businesses, Stitt continued to meet with Jenks police officers and firefighters.

“We were honored to host Gov. Stitt and his cabinet,” said Heather Turner, owner of Anthem Road Academy and 2020 Jenks Chamber chair. “When his office reached out, we were more than willing to take the opportunity for a briefing from the governor and his cabinet.”

In addition to hearing updates from Gov. Stitt, attendees were also briefed by several cabinet members including Secretary of Commerce Sean Kouplen and Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, who serves as Stitt’s Secretary of Tourism and Branding. State Reps. Sheila Dills and Lonnie Sims as well as State Sen. Allison Ikley-Freeman were on hand for the update.

In visits with Jenks area businesses, Stitt discussed the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and how the businesses have modified their operations.

In meeting with Jenks’ police and fire departments, Stitt reviewed new fire equipment and climbed a firetruck ladder.

Jenks City Councilors Cory Box and Craig Murray were also on hand to greet Stitt at Jenks Fire Station 1.

Jenks Chamber President Josh Driskell said the chamber plans to invite cabinet secretaries back to Jenks for more conversations with community leaders and businesses about Jenks’ growth and how the state and community can more closely work together to grow the economy.

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