GUTHRIE AWARDED SECTOR PARTNERSHIP GRANT

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  • Chamber of Commerce
    Chamber of Commerce
  • Meridian Technology Center
    Meridian Technology Center
  • City of Guthrie
    City of Guthrie
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The Guthrie Chamber of Commerce, Meridian Technology Center, and the City of Guthrie have
been awarded a collaborative grant of $100,000 from the Oklahoma Office of Workforce
Development (OOWD). This funding will support the planning and launch of training programs
to build the local film and television industry’s workforce through Meridian Technology
Center’s new South Division Campus.
Guthrie is known as one of the state’s most film-friendly communities. Growing the capacity and
capability of the workforce in the area will further boost economic development in Guthrie, as
well as the entire state. “We truly value our unique experiences with film production and we are
excited to utilize this grant to capitalize on the opportunity of growing our workforce base in film
& TV,” said City of Guthrie’s City Manager, Leroy Alsup. “Thanks to the Guthrie Chamber of
Commerce for acting as the program manager for this collaboration with City of Guthrie and
Meridian Tech, and thanks to Meridian for making this a priority for their new South Division
campus,” said Alsup.
The Film Industry Sector Partnership will better position the local area, region and state of
Oklahoma to compete for television and movie productions. According to the Oklahoma Film
and Music Office, within recent months, the seven productions simultaneously working in
Oklahoma have struggled to find local crews. The industry and its members cannot afford to lose
opportunities moving forward. The vision of the partnership is to create a model which will be
viewed as a Center of Excellence for the film & television industry and a formula for workforce
development throughout the state.
The Guthrie Industry Sector Partnership was one of only five projects selected out of a
competitive applicant pool from around the state. “The Sector Partnership Grants continue the
Governor’s Council and the Office of Workforce Development’s commitment to expanding
business-led solutions to workforce challenges in the state,” said Executive Director Don Morris.
“These grants provide an opportunity for industry to identify specific needs and work side-by-
side with education, economic and workforce development, and community partners to solve
local and regional problems.” Other selected projects include workforce development for solar
energy and battery technology, manufacturing, logistics, supply chain and transportation. For
more information please visit okcommerce.gov.