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Registration Open for 9th Annual Regional Summit

Published: Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The 9th NORA Regional Summit will be held in Tahlequah on October 24 at Northeastern State University. Early-bird registration is now open and runs through September 15 for $65.00, regular registration will be $75. The regional organization will focus this summit on health as an economic development driver. Resources will be shared on the important role health plays in creating a strong growing economy.  Area leaders, stakeholders, and business professionals are encouraged to attend.

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 Nick Buettner will be the conference keynote. Buettner has firsthand knowledge of the Blue Zones -- places that have the greatest life expectancy and where more people reach age 100 than anywhere else in the world.  Nick is the Community and Corporate Program Director for Blue Zones Project and is responsible for taking the Blue Zones’ lessons to 39 communities in 9 states, impacting over 2 million people’s health across the United States.

 Using National Geographic photography and a dynamic, storytelling delivery, Nick will take you to these longest-lived cultures, sharing his observations from the field, and will provide you with ideas to immediately increase your own healthy longevity and well-being as well as that of your community.

 Event Chair Anna Knight, Cherokee Nation Commerce Department Director believes this topic is overdue in the region. “NORA starts the conversation on topics that enhance community and economic development in the 14 counties of northeast Oklahoma. We want to paint the picture that the health of our population and economic prosperity of our region are directly connected.” 

 More information about Blue Zones:

The Blue Zones Project® is dedicated to creating a nation of Blue Zones communities – healthier cities, states and businesses where people live longer, better.

  • The built environment: Improving roads and transportation options, parks, and public spaces
  • Municipal policies and ordinances: Promoting activity and discouraging junk food marketing and smoking
  • Restaurants, schools, grocery stores and workplaces: Building healthier options into the places people spend most of their time
  • Social networks: Forming and nurturing social groups that support healthy habits
  • Habitat: Helping people design homes that nudge them into eating less and moving more.
  • Inner selves: Encouraging people to reduce stress, find their purpose, and give back to the community.

 Other Conference Details:

Terry Cline, Ph.D., Oklahoma Commissioner of Health/Secretary of Health and Human Services will kick off the conference offering information about the health of the region and ways to connect important resources in the state to grow strong healthy communities.  The day long conference will have offer more than 15 workshops focusing resources to help northeast Oklahoma grow and prosper.  Topic areas include:

  • Resources that directly impact health
  • Financing for communities
  • Education and workforce development
  • Business resources to increase connectivity and customer service
  • Tourism
  • Advocacy

 “While our focus is how healthy endeavors can lead to economic success, we still want to provide our attendees with relevant and current resources they need to grow the region,” said NORA Executive Director, Darla Heller. “Our attendees have come to expect quality programing from this conference. This year will not disappoint”

 More about NORA:

The Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance, NORA, is a 501(C)3 corporation dedicated to the growth, prosperity, and vitality of Northeast Oklahoma and its communities, by promoting regionalism throughout the area, leveraging regional resources, recognizing common issues and identifying collaborative solutions, expanding regional networks, and communicating our regional story.


 For more information about NORA contact Darla Heller at 918 772-8334.