REI's Scott Dewald Invites Stakeholders to Join Him in Celebration of Oklahoma's Growing Rural ProsperityFri, 20 Sep 2019 11:29:40 CDT
This week, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays sat down with Scott Dewald, president and CEO of REI Oklahoma. During their visit, Dewald discussed REI’s mission and highlighted an upcoming event to showcase the organization’s achievements over the past year. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“REI stands for Rural Enterprise, Inc.,” Dewald began. “It is a nonprofit economic development firm that was formed about 36 years ago by our founder, Wes Watkins. He formed the organization so we could download federal program funding into Little Dixie at the time. We’re now delivering programs on a statewide basis.”
In addition, REI assists rural citizens providing them with development and training programming as well as financing for small businesses and home lending. These services are available to a wide range of stakeholders too, especially in food processing and manufacturing, two of REI’s largest customer segments.
“That’s kind of our sweet spot and we work with those folks a lot. It’s all about quality of life and creating opportunity out in the rural parts of the state. We’re making sure that everyone in rural parts of the state have the same opportunities for economic prosperity as people in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.”
Coming up Tuesday, October 8th in Shawnee at the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, Dewald says REI is hosting its second annual Dream Big Oklahoma event. This gala affair will serve to showcase REI’s many achievements over the past year and recognize deserving individuals for their contributions.
Dewald invites interested individuals and businesses alike to join them next month at the event to celebrate Oklahoma’s efforts to grow its rural prosperity. For more information about REI, click here, or to learn more about the Dream Big Oklahoma event and how to reserve your ticket, click here.
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