Latest Road to Rural Prosperity Features Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell And His Excitement about Agritourism in OklahomaMon, 26 Jul 2021 16:08:59 CDT
In Our Latest Road to Rural Prosperity Podcast, KC Sheperd talks with Oklahoma's 17th Lt. Governor, Matt Pinnell. Pinnell is also serving as the first Oklahoma Secretary of Tourism & Branding. Pinnell says lots of exciting things have Oklahoma on an upward trajectory- and he shares several highlights in today's conversation.
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Right now is an exciting time in Oklahoma with new projects coming up, and Pinnell has also been working on beautifying some existing projects. One of those has been the renovation of Quartz Mountain near Altus, "We invested 10 million dollars, and we are really going to fill that place up. It's one of our larger lodges that we have, and it's going to create a whole lot of revenue for that part of the State."
Another big project is the spaceport in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. The Lt. Governor said they are very excited about this prospect, "Because of the space exploration industry, I know its just billionaires going up into space right now, but that is just the beginning of this space exploration. We have one of 12 space ports in the country, and one of them is right there in Burns Flat. It's the 4th largest runway and longest runway in the entire world, not just in the country, but in the entire world." Pinnell says now is the time for Burns Flat as they are having some important conversations with start-up companies and established companies in the space exploration field to see how Burns Flat can fit into that equation, "Burns Flat is right near two great cities in Elk City and Clinton, right off I-40 and we believe that it is now the time to be telling the world about Burns Flat and hopefully bringing some businesses to that runway in the very near future."
Pinnell is also excited about the existing agritourism opportunities within the State, including the upcoming Coop Ale Works Center, which is going into the 23rd street armory and being renovated, "There's going to be a hotel, a brewery, and a pool club as well and it's really going to help anchor that 23rd street area."
Pinnell is about a year and a half into his term. He said so far he thinks we are doing a great job trying to achieve that top 10 status for the State, "Being top 10 with as many areas as we want to be top 10 on is going to take a while, from health and wellness to roads and bridges to a top 10 tourism industry." Pinnell said it's important to know that we Want a big goal, "I want to think that big. Let's be competitive; let's make sure we are not just saying Oklahoma is Ok, anymore; you know this is a great state, not just an ok state."
Pinnell added some of his favorite things to do throughout the summer months in Oklahoma is to enjoy all the local festivals and farmers markets, and he is looking forward to all the fun events in the fall for Oklahoma Agritourism. He added you can always check travelok.com or the Department of Ag's website to see all the events happening in your area.
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