Chamber sees exciting 2019 for Frisco Center
Clinton Chamber of Commerce, which manages the Frisco Center for the City of Clinton, is preparing for a busy 2019. Chamber president Julie Burden says the center is in a good position this year to attract organizations that rent facilities just like the Frisco Center in which to hold meetings and conferences.
“This center was built for things like that, to bring people in from out of town,” said Burden. “Our goal is to go after these different Oklahoma organizations that hold conferences and get them to come here.”
She said there are already many organizations taking advantage of Clinton’s conference center regularly. Just a few of the center’s repeat customers are Bar-S, Oklahoma Wildlife Department, Oklahoma State School Board Association, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. But Burden hopes to attract even more organizations here this year.
“As a chamber executive, my goal is to get people here to shop. If you think about it, everywhere you go you shop for something. People have to eat, and they need gas for their cars. It may not seem like it but those things add up.
“Everywhere you go leaves some sort of economic impact on a community, so the more visitors we have the better the economic impact on Clinton.”
One of the first events she’s bidding on this year is the annual conference of the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives (OCCE), which will be held later this year. Burden is the OCCE board chair this year and she’d really like to hold the conference in her own back yard.
“Including Clinton, there are four cities in the running this year so we stand a good chance. More than 100 chamber professionals from all over the state would be here, renting hotel rooms for several nights, eating dinner, and shopping.”
She said OCCE’s annual conference is a three-day continuing education event that brings in speakers from all over the country including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of Organizational Management, the program from which Burden graduated in 2018.
“Clinton did host the OCCE conference once before, but that was almost 10 years ago in 2009. It’s kind of a big deal, so it’s exciting to think of it being held here again.”
Burden said there are many such organizations in Oklahoma that hold conferences, and the Chamber is focusing on bringing them here.
“This is hopefully the beginning of a long list of different things we can do,” said Burden. “I think if we get people to come to Clinton and let them see what we’re about, hopefully we’ll have even more repeat customers.”