Over eighty young professionals, elected officials and interested community members attended Claremore Collective’s Launch Party Thursday night at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Leaders of the young professionals group introduced themselves, their visions for the second year of the organization, and celebrated progress from their inaugural year.
Ben Lepak, Assistant District Attorney for Oklahoma District 12, will lead the group as chair in 2017. He shared pride in all that had been accomplished in the first year, setting up the vision of continued success.
Claremore Collective consists of five crews. Those interested can participate in as few or as many of the crews they desire. The crews are Arts & Entertainment, Attraction, Development, Government Relations, and NextGen Leadership. During their first year the group assembled, formed a strategic plan based on members input and established three initiatives. They range in short to long-term consisting of: Claremore Lake Development, Downtown Development, and West Bend Green Development.
The first Thursday of each month will feature Think Tank and Monthly Mixer events hosted downtown at North Block Common. These will kick off on Thursday, February 2nd. As described by Ryan Eaton, Vice President of Commercial Lending at BancFirst and Development Crew Leader, “Think Tanks are a ten to fifteen minute pitch, followed by an open forum so that today’s ideas, might become tomorrow’s reality.
“While programming is targeted to those ages 21 - 45, those young at heart are also welcome to join. Monthly Mixer happy hours are one of the best ways to get a foot in the door, and meet fellow young professionals,” said Meggie Froman-Knight, Executive Director.
For more information about the organization or how to get involved, visit www.claremorecollective.com or their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.