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October Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce meeting

Chamber of Commerce president Nikki Garrett (middle) presents the

Chamber Member of the Month award to Tayler Rental.

Monday, October 30, 2023 - The October Chamber Member of the Month recipient was awarded to Taylor Rental during the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday.

Taylor Rental Sallisaw is a local, family-owned general equipment rental and sales company serving Sallisaw and the River Valley since 2007. They have provided essential tools to build our community for over 15 years.

Every year, the family works hard to research and try out new products so they can offer the best equipment in the industry. They have also been privileged to work with several amazing dealerships and bring those products to Sallisaw.

As a family, the owners look forward to many more years of watching the City of Sallisaw grow and passing on their experience to the next generation.

October’s keynote speaker was the Economic Development Director for the City of Sallisaw, George Bormann.

Bormann has served as the director of economic development for the city of Sallisaw since 2017. Through combined efforts between city officials, community business leaders, the Cherokee Nation, the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, and the Sallisaw Improvement Corporation, the City of Sallisaw has experienced unprecedented growth. Within the next 3–5 years, companies have already started working to secure more than 1,000 new jobs and $350 million in investments, according to Bormann.

“These are conservative numbers,” Bormann stated.

In addition, Bormann presented a new geofencing tool for the city in partnership with the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) that will allow the city to collect mobility data such as traffic counts, visitors entering and leaving the city, and the number of individuals attending community events such as the rodeo.

Geofencing is the use of GPS or RFID technology to create a virtual geographic boundary, enabling software to trigger a response when a mobile device enters or leaves a particular area.

“So instead of waiting for the census data to come back, we can now look at data from just three days ago, which makes this tool extremely beneficial to the city,” Bormann added.

Lindsie Dyer, KXMX Staff Writer

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