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The WHO, WHAT and WHY of the OADC

Updated: Jun 3, 2020

The OADC was established in 1996 as the Okmulgee Area Development Corporation and is a non-profit private organization that strives to serve all of Okmulgee County with economic development services. It is supported by private donations, corporate donations, and a management services contract for Economic Development Services with the City of Okmulgee.

The OADC is the official contact point for the Okmulgee Business Complex, the Okmulgee Regional Airport Industrial Park, the West Industrial Area of Okmulgee and the South Industrial Park. The OADC owns the Okmulgee Business Complex; the Airport Industrial Park is owned by the City of Okmulgee. The West Industrial Area is not an official industrial park but additional land in the West 20th Street area is available from private owners. The SOuth Industrial Park is owned by Okmulgee County.

The OADC focuses our efforts to:

  • Retain existing jobs

  • Encourage the expansion of our current industrial partners

  • Recruit new industry and business (industrial and retail)

  • Encourage and support new start-up firms

  • Support public education in Okmulgee County School systems to emphasize STEM classes from K-12

We are led by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of thirteen women and men who represent a wide variety of industries, utilities and development agencies.

The OADC is currently staffed by Court Newkirk (Executive Director) and Deb Marshall (Assistant Executive Director) who bring decades of combined development experience to the table.

If your group would like a presentation about the OADC, contact us at or call 918-759-8676.

About the Author

Court Newkirk is the Executive Director of Okmulgee Area Development Corp (OADC). A native of Oklahoma, he has decades of community and economic development experience, some of which was in Okmulgee in the 90s. Court is a big believer that Okmulgee can be anything it wants to be, if we all work together. Contact Court at

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