For many of us who have been around here for years, it’s tough to imagine the economy any better.
El Reno is experiencing record-breaking sales tax reports. New houses are being built, major companies are looking to invest in this area.
And yet, after hearing some El Reno educators at the Thursday morning El Reno Now breakfast, we’re reminded not everyone is living in such a positive economic fashion.
There was plenty of good news, in fact, great news delivered at the event.
Matt White, El Reno’s mayor and acting city manager, revealed an unnamed firm is considering investing more than $2 billion in an operation here. No, that’s not a typo. You read it correctly, $2 billion.
Imagine the economic impact an investment like that would create. While no one is saying, there’s little doubt something like that would have to be energy-related. Amazon already announced it's setting up shop in New York and Virginia so it’s not that outfit.
And White said if El Reno doesn’t land this economic monster, there are two other major operations considering El Reno.
Hundreds of new homes are being built. Apartments are being built and remodeled and small-business permits are being issued at City Hall.
The economic news has never been better.
Major developments are taking place. The new Love’s Travel Stop has opened on Radio Road. Crossroads Pointe, the development being created by El Reno’s Paul King and Ron Ward is taking shape and appears to be a success right out of the gate.
Canadian County and El Reno are working with the Jensen family on what has the potential to be an enormous job creator in the form of a new fairgrounds, Expo Center and retail development at I-40 and U.S. 81.
Even the blow that Mercy no longer wants to manage the city-owned hospital is lessened by word that other health-care providers are eager to talk with El Reno and a deal may still be worked out with Mercy.
El Reno’s economy is truly on a roll.
And yet, when Etta Dale Principal Kim Landers told about the seventh-grader who when asked what he would buy at Walmart with $50, he said, “groceries, so my family can eat,” all the great economic news seemed a little less important.
It’s hard to understand how in a country like ours some still go hungry. Especially children.