Linda David, center, OSU Extension Secretary, and Vice-President of the Cimarron County Chamber of Commerce takes attendees at the Strategic Planning meeting through the steps of the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) process established at the first meeting.

Cimarron County strategic planning committee meets

by Robbie French

Boise City- The Cimarron County Strategic Planning Committee met on April 15, 2004 at the Keyes Bank Meeting Room in Boise City to continue discussion on the various issues that Cimarron County needs to address in relation to community and economic development. Eighteen people attended.

The strategic planning committee is comprised of the Leadership Education and Development Committee (LEAD) and the Cimarron County Chamber of Commerce, combining their efforts to develop a long-term strategic plan for the county. Al l county citizens are invited to attend the meetings and give their input on how they see the various issues addressed.

The issues identified by various people attending the meeting are:


H To develop an organization that will unify all the county and government entities to oversee the overall strategic plan.

H To attract and develop more jobs within existing businesses and additional businesses.

H Increase agri-business; improve housing; plan in relation to the “Ports to Plains” such as tourism and auxiliary businesses, and to clean up the county to make it more attractive and competitive with surrounding communities.

Just as our ancestors once gathered close to the center of our town, a group of concerned citizens met under the auspices of the Cimarron County Strategic Planning Committee to ponder the future. As the centennial of the great state of Oklahoma approaches, there are questions to be answered: What will Cimarron County represent in the twenty-first century? Will the hard work and prosperity of our ancestors be acknowledged and built upon to insure a bright future for coming generations? What talents will be required to gather our diverse communities into an entity of planning, problem-solving, and action?

The process has begun with the combining of the Leadership Education and Development Committee (LEAD) and the Cimarron County Chamber of Commerce to form the Strategic Planning Committee.

One hundred years ago our forefathers were meeting to plan an infrastructure to support what they hoped to be their life-long home, a way of life in which they could prosper and build on the strength of community spirit. Now as then, our county population remains rural in location and in our lifestyle.

At the meeting several individuals volunteered to begin addressing the issues of educating and motivating the community, improving housing, and promoting pride of community by cleaning ours up. It is a beginning and everyone is welcome to come to the meetings and share their skills, expertise and special talents to assist in this development process.

The next meeting will be on April 29, 2004 at 6:30pm at the Keyes Bank Meeting Room in Boise City. Great things are beginning to happen and with participation and hard work, we will continue the legacy of Cimarron County pride and prosperity for another one hundred years.