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2018 Regional Summit

Summit Program


The Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance 10th Annual Summit took a look back at the decade of impact NORA has had on the regional economy while focusing on future trends we can build on for a stronger northeast Oklahoma.   Speakers and workshops  were designed to help communities, businesses, and organizations discover how focusing on the future and wealth generation practices can build a stronger northeast Oklahoma. More than 300 stakeholders from the region attended to collaborate and participate in this one-day event.

Dr. Russell Evans brings academic and business perspectives to his teaching at Oklahoma City University and specializes in regional and fiscal economic forecasting, local analysis of fiscal systems, economic impact analysis, and custom policy modeling. Dr. Evans will report out on the impact NORA has had on northeast Oklahoma over the last decade and set the stage for future collaboration opportunities.

Dr. Andy Hines is Program Coordinator at the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Foresight, bringing together the experience he earned as an organizational, consulting, and academic futurist. Dr. Hines is motivated make foresight practical and useful, and he believes that foresight can help deliver the insight that is so needed in today’s organizations and the world. His goal is to show northeast Oklahoma how to make foresight more actionable in NORA communities and our region.

Northeastern State University, Tahlequah

601 North Grand, Tahlequah, OK

Agenda OCTOBER 23, 2018

8:00 – 10:00 AM

Breakfast & Opening Session

Herb Rozell Ballroom

Registration and Breakfast: 2018 Summit Emcee: Chuck Hoskin Jr., Cherokee Nation Secretary of State



Steve Turner, NSU President

Larry Rice, RSU President

Johnnie Earp, NORA Board President


Opening Session: Presenter, Dr. Russell Evans


10:00 – 11:15 AM

Morning Workshops

Workshop 1: NORA’s Community Shark Tank, RM 224

Workshop 2:  Raising Revenue Through Retail Engagement, RM 222

Workshop 3:  Medical Marijuana: In the Workplace and in our Communities, RM 223

Workshop 4:  Sustaining Healthy Lifestyles in Communities, Ballroom Lounge

Workshop 5:  Grant writing 101, RM 225

Workshop 7:  Developing Your Community's Future Today, Morgan Room

Workshop 8:  Innovation is Flourishing in Rural Northeast Oklahoma, Redbud Room


11:30AM – 2:00 PM

Awards Luncheon & Keynote Address

Herb Rozell Ballroom

Darla Heller, NORA

Bill John Baker, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief

Stephen Highers, NORA Leadership Academy Presentation


Keynote Address, Dr. Andy Hines


2:00 – 3:15 PM

Afternoon Workshops

Workshop 9:  Tourism: Discovering Your Community’s Uniqueness, Morgan Room

Workshop 10:  Answering RFPs- Oklahoma Department Commerce Can Help, Redbud Room

Workshop 11:  How Career Tech is Shaping our Future Workforce, RM 223

Workshop 12:  Insights into the 57th Oklahoma Legislative Session, Ballroom Lounge