Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb made Claremore the first stop on his recent Route 66 Tour. The event was hosted by Claremore Collective Tuesday, March 29th at the North Block Common Building in downtown Claremore. Upwards of 100 guests were in attendance.
Lamb, who is no stranger to Rogers County, spoke to the impressive accomplishments Claremore has attained in actively pursuing the retention and expansion of major employers and primary job creators and the invaluable tourism destinations the city has along with historic Route 66.
“Route 66 provided a vision and means for tourism and industry to flourish,” he noted. “In the same way, Oklahoma needs a vision for a diversified economy that protects our citizens and our families from disruptive economic cycles.
He also spoke to the value young professionals bring in developing a progressive future for the state of Oklahoma. As Lieutenant Governor, Lamb believes that developing next generation leaders is the state’s succession plan and hosts an annual statewide young professionals conference.
Matt Ballard, Claremore Collective Government Relations Crew Leader introduced Lamb as the event’s guest and took the opportunity to educate those in attendance on the vision and direction of Claremore Collective.
“We welcome any opportunity for discussion with our elected officials,” said Ballard. “Our focus is centered on representing the voice of young professionals to our public servants. We especially appreciate the Lieutenant Governor making Claremore a priority within his busy schedule.”
Members ofthe audience voiced their concerns regarding the challenges that currently face the state. Local business leader Frank Robson and Claremore city manager Jim thomas were among those who took the opportunity to voice their opinions.
Claremore Collective assembled in January focusing on representing the interests of young professionals in five key areas-- Attraction, Arts and Entertainment, Development, Government Relations, and Next Gen Leadership.
The Claremore Collective Government Relations Crew works to identify and address issues that affect young professionals and the future growth of Claremore. The crew is led by Matt Ballard, District Attorney for Rogers, Mayes, and Craig Counties and Jeri Koehler, Executive Director of the Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority.