Woodward: A hidden gem in NW Oklahoma

The travel site Only In Your State just published a glowing shout out to Woodward, calling it "The most criminally overlooked town in Oklahoma". 

Named as a finalist for the “Friendliest Small Town In America,” Woodward is your place to go for small town hospitality. The town is the central hub for the northwest portion of the state and, with just over 15,000 residents, the town is thriving. Woodward has so much to offer its residents and visitors with its natural beauty, attractions and history.



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Lavern Phillips retires as Industrial Foundation President












(Phillips with U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe)

After over 25 years in the position, Lavern Phillips is retiring as Woodward Industrial Foundation President. Phillips was honored at a reception earlier in November at the beautiful Woodward Conference Center, a facility that exists in large part due to his dilligent work for the city.

The event drew nearly 100 colleagues, friends and family - including Sen. Bryce Marlatt, former Oklahoma Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley, High Plains Technology Center Superintendent Dwight Hughes, City Manager Alan Riffel and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, who flew in for the event.

Oklahoma Department of Commerce Director of Business Development Charles Kimbrough paraphrased Will Rogers to describe Phillips' work ethic. "If you want to be successful, it's just this simple: know what you're doing, love what you're doing and believe in what you're doing", Kimbrough said.

Phillips was humble in his comments, saying "I have the benefit of having wonderful support - especially from my wife. I just want to thank all of you again for the many accomplishments we have had. Phillips said anything he accomplished was because of the people he had "doing the real work."

Alan N. Case has been hired as the new Foundation President, and will begin his new role December 1st 2016. Phillips will be retained as a consultant for the Foundation.

Read the entire Woodward News article here.

Posted on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 11:53AM by Registered Commenteradmin | CommentsPost a Comment

Oklahoma on course to be ranked 3rd in wind energy

A recent Tulsa World article reports that Oklahoma looks primed to surpass California as the number 3 wind-producing state, behind Texas and Iowa.

As far a wind energy supportive topography, Oklahoma has more than enough — and it shows in Oklahoma’s wind generation rankings.

“Especially in the western part of the state, there’s some of the best wind resources in the country — and actually in the world — and that’s because of the elevation, topography of the southern great plains area,” said Mario Hurtado, executive vice president of Clean Line Energy Partners.

According to Lavern Phillips, President of Woodward Industrial Foundation in Northwestern Oklahoma, wind is about creating jobs and opportunity. "This is a major source of income for landowners, tax revenue for our schools and county government, and creates good paying steady employment for the operation and maintenance of the turbines".


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Foundation to attend AWEA Windpower 2017


Woodward and Northwest Oklahoma will be well represented at AWEA's WINDPOWER 2017 Conference and Exhibition in Anaheim, CA. 

WINDPOWER is not niche. WINDPOWER is not alternative. We are not the energy underdogs. WINDPOWER is mainstream. WINDPOWER is big league. WINDPOWER contributed more new electric generating capacity in 2016 than any other source.

WINDPOWER is the choice of some of the world’s most iconic brands. Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Walmart, General Motors, IKEA, Yahoo! to name just a few.

High Plains Technology Center (HPTC) and the Woodward Industrial Foundation headquartered out of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce Booth promoting the benefits of locating wind farms in Oklahoma, the pro-business atmosphere, and the best incentive package in the nation. The State Commerce Department features Woodward as a strategic location for wind energy. Check out the Oklahoma Wind Energy Brochure.

HPTC is recognized for having one of the premier Renewable Energy Technician Programs in the nation.  Dedicated in June of 2014, the school's new Energy Training Center houses the only safety climbing tower in the state, and HPTC is perhaps the only school in the nation to have such a facility. Click here to view the High Plains Technology Center Wind Training Brochure (pdf).

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100th Anniversary Celebration for Research Station


The Woodward Industrial Foundation hosted a reception and dinner in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Southern Plains Range Research Station on September 3, 2014.  Working closely with the Oklahoma Congressional delegation, the Foundation has been instrumental in securing additional funding for the new Research Laboratory, new administration offices, and recurring financial resources in support of the research effort of the facility.

Congressman Frank Lucas was the keynote speaker and a response was given by the Acting Area Director, Dr. Larry Chandler, USDA, ARS, NPA, Ft. Collins, Colorado.  Everyone at the event was excited about the growth potential and continued development of this world class research facility.

Via Woodward News:

Wind whipped tall grass and made it clap its hands as interested landowners, Woodward residents and those who simply want to know more about what is going on with all those grass plots followed tour guides at the USDA Southern Plains Range Research Station Thursday.

Crowds gathered for a late summer hay ride/tour of the research plots and heard talks on emerging forage science.  The field day was part of the 100th years celebration of the existence of the first research station established here in late 1913.


Read the entire article here.

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