OKGIT meeting roundup: May 2017

In an effort to better connect our members, we wanted to send out a brief, unofficial report on May 16’s meeting. This does not supplant nor replace the minutes, which will be distributed closer to our July 18, 2017 meeting. Due to a scheduling conflict we held our meeting at the new offices of Catholic Charities OKC, where their Executive Director Patrick Raglow welcomed the OKGIT to their Chickasaw Conference…

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Oklahoma on display at Offshore Technology Conference with May 3 reception

Building on last year’s successful hosting of an Oklahoma-centric reception through a partnership of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Consular Corps of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team, the Sooner State will again take center stage at a May 3 evening reception during the annual Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. OKGIT member and special guest, Oklahoma Secretary of State, Chris Benge, will also be in attendance. Reception at Truluck’s…

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Oklahoma’s Sawyer Manufacturing Co. named SBA’s National Exporter of the Year

Oklahoma firms continue to show why they can compete with firms closer to the coasts through a spirit of innovation and determination to grow their businesses overseas. Several Oklahoma firms were recognized for their exporting achievements during last month’s Oklahoma World Trade Conference, while Tulsa-based Sawyer Manufacturing Co. recently received an honor from the U.S. Small Business Administration, as it was named the national Exporter of the Year. Sawyer Manufacturing…

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Governor Fallin recognizes Oklahoma exporters at OK World Trade Conference

While the focus of presenters at the 32nd annual Oklahoma World Trade Conference was raising Oklahoma companies’ online profile and protecting their digital assets once there, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin was on hand to present awards to six companies for their more traditional exporting work. The 2015 Oklahoma Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting went to Broken Arrow, Okla.-based Control Devices Inc. The firm is a leading manufacturer of pipeline…

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OKGIT member and Honorary French Consul for Oklahoma Grant Moak presents WWII vet with Medal of Chevalier

Though focused on business, investment and education, members of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team come from a wide range of professional backgrounds. Assistant Attorney General Grant Moak is one of those individuals, who in addition to his work for the attorney general’s office, also serves as the French Republic’s Honorary Consul in Oklahoma. Moak recently presented that country’s highest decoration, the Medal of Chevalier (Knight) of the French National Order…

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Investment in Oklahoma benefits from Foreign-Trade Zones

Though outsourcing has been of increasing concern for more than a decade in the U.S., the phenomenon is not a new one. In the dark days of the Great Depression, the federal government explored any means necessary to put the country’s workforce back into the factories and offices of the United States. In order to combat the ill-fated 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariffs, Congress passed the Foreign-Trade Zone Act. By designating specific…

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