Last updated: May 14. 2014 11:13AM - 839 Views
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Mayor Jerry Tomlinson and DIA Director Tommy Kramer Present Rick Hammel with a parting gift as he leaves the authority to spend more time on his business.
Mayor Jerry Tomlinson and DIA Director Tommy Kramer Present Rick Hammel with a parting gift as he leaves the authority to spend more time on his business.
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The Durant Industrial Authority said goodbye to one of its members at its regular meeting Tuesday May 13.


Rick Hammel decided to resign from the authority becuase of time restraints due to his business. Hammel said he will continue to support the DIA and hoped everyone the best.


“I enjoyed every minute of it,” said Hammel.


As the authority proceeded with its meeting, members discussed DIA-owned property on the west side of Durant.


DIA Director Tommy Kramer said the land is being surveyed for possible improvements such as draining the ponds to make it more appealing to industries.


Authority members also discussed the possibility of leasing the land out for grazing or hay on a temporary basis until an industrial company moves onto the land.


The authority agreed that the main focus had to be site improvement for industrial use, but they would look at these options once improvements were decided.


The DIA also discussed ways to stop customers from leaving Durant to shop in other towns. They looked at plans from other micropolitan areas and discussed the types of retail options needed in our area.


Following the DIA meeting, the Durant Economic Development Council met at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Durant for an update and tour of the facility.


KTC Director Mike Goodwin and KTC Industrial Coordinator Brian Hallmark gave the council an overview of the progress being made at the campus.


Two focus points were the development of the Fire Fighter Services and Practical Nursing programs


Goodwin said the last time the council saw the facility, the Fire Fighter Services program was just being started and the practice tower had just been completed.


During this visit, the council saw the future building of the Practical Nursing Program. The program will soon be housed in a renovated building already on the campus.


Goodwin told the council that the building housed smaller classes and KTC decided to reorganize these classes to make better use of the space on hand.


With an increasing growth in medical fields, the nursing program can use the space in the building more efficiently than smaller classes.


The building is in the process of being renovated and equipped with state of the art tools for the program.


The renovation are expected to be finished in time for the classes that begin in June. but other arrangements have been made for the classes location if the project is delayed.

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