Ponca City Development Authority Wins Awards

Ponca City Now - October 6, 2023 6:19 am

Lori Henderson and Kat Long, accepting awards for PCDA at the 2023 International Economic Development Council’s conference.

The Ponca City Development Authority (PCDA) has emerged as a shining star on the economic development stage, securing four prestigious gold awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). In recognition of its exemplary efforts, PCDA has been honored for its outstanding contributions in talent development and retention, partnerships in education, business retention and expansion, as well as innovative programs and initiatives. Additionally, the organization secured two silver awards for fostering economic equity and inclusion and its pivotal role in the neighborhood development scene.

The International Economic Development Council is renowned for recognizing excellence in economic development across the globe, and PCDA has undeniably earned its place in the limelight with these remarkable achievements.

Gold Awards:

Wildcat Internship Program: Talent Development and Retention & Partnerships in Education

The Wildcat Internship Program, a partnership between Ponca City Public Schools and PCDA, has been celebrated with a gold award for its remarkable contributions to talent development and retention and for its instrumental role in nurturing local talent and bridging the gap between academia and industry. The program empowers students with practical experience, ensuring a seamless transition from classroom to career. PCDA’s dedication to nurturing homegrown talent has truly set a gold standard.

Shared Work Program: Business Retention and Expansion & Innovative Programs and Initiatives

PCDA’s Shared Work Program has also been honored with a gold award in two categories: Business Retention and Expansion, and Innovative Programs and Initiatives. This groundbreaking initiative has paved the way for industry in Ponca City to thrive, innovate, and expand while fostering a collaborative environment that encourages growth and prosperity.

Silver Awards:

Hispanic Heritage Festival: Economic Equity and Inclusion

PCDA’s commitment to fostering economic equity and inclusion shines through with its silver award for the Hispanic Heritage Festival. This celebration of culture, diversity, and economic empowerment has had a profound impact on the community, promoting inclusivity and equality.

Ice on the Plaza: Neighborhood Development

PCDA’s vital role in the Ponca City Main Street event, “Ice on the Plaza,” has garnered a well-deserved silver award in the category of Neighborhood Development. This event has not only brought the community together but has also played a significant role in enhancing the local neighborhood, making it a more vibrant and inviting place for all.

In response to these prestigious awards, David Myers, Executive Director of Ponca City Development Authority, commented, “We are incredibly honored to receive these awards from the International Economic Development Council. This recognition reflects the dedication and hard work of our team and the strong partnerships we’ve forged within the community. Ponca City is a place where innovation, inclusivity, and economic growth thrive, and we are committed to continuing our mission of driving excellence in economic development.”

The PCDA extends its heartfelt gratitude to the International Economic Development Council for this honor, as well as to its partners, stakeholders, and the Ponca City community for their unwavering support.

For more information about PCDA, please visit GoPonca.com



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