Northeastern State, Broken Arrow Chamber, OCAST plan August 23 state technology showcase
July 31, 2013
Three partners – Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and OCAST – will showcase 10 of Oklahoma’s most innovative small businesses August 23 at the 2013 Oklahoma Technology Showcase. The event will be held on the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University.
Governor Mary Fallin is the post-luncheon speaker. Other presenters include Stephen McKeever, Oklahoma Secretary of Science and Technology; Bill Solomon, president, Vacuworx Global of Broken Arrow; C. Michael Carolina, executive director, OCAST; Wes Smithwick, president, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce; the Honorable Craig Thurmond, mayor, Broken Arrow; Steve Turner Ph.D., president, Northeastern State University and Matt Newman, director, Business Management, Covanta Energy, Tulsa.
The 10 tech firms are examples of world-class advanced technology firms becoming more common in Oklahoma due to the state’s commitment to fund research and development as a driver for the economy. The firms were recruited for the event by OCAST, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. According to Dan Luton, Director of Programs for OCAST, “This event provides a great opportunity for purchasing managers and investors to get in on the ground floor of breakthrough technologies.”
NSU, the site for the showcase, is the oldest institution of higher education west of the Mississippi. The university has served as a leader in education and innovation in Oklahoma for more than 150 years. With campuses in Broken Arrow, Tahlequah and Muskogee, NSU provides a broad array of lifelong learning, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. The three campuses attract students from across the state, surrounding states and foreign countries.
The Broken Arrow campus is the newest and in its short history has become established as a leader in higher education. President Steve Turner said Northeastern sees the technology showcase as an extension of the university’s growing impact on the area economy. “Higher education is a basic underpinning of a region’s economy. We want NSU to be an integral part of developing a vibrant economy that will create opportunities and support quality of life for our fellow Oklahomans for generations to come.”
Broken Arrow’s Chamber of Commerce references their city as the second fastest growing city in Oklahoma. Broken Arrow is consistently listed as a best place to live and is quickly becoming a manufacturing center of northeast Oklahoma. The community has embraced the innovation economy by attracting and expanding high-tech industries and being home to first-in-class schools and institutions of higher education.
Joining NSU, the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and OCAST in the showcase sponsorship are Vacuworx Global, Covanta Energy, TulsaTech and i2E.
Additional Showcase highlights include an overview of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) federal funding program presented by federal program managers; an intern Showcase highlighting OCAST’s Intern Partnership Program; and a network reception.
SBIR program managers will be on hand from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Congress requires these and other large federal agencies to make research dollars available to small businesses each year. Oklahoma targets these programs to give small businesses the opportunity to compete with small business in other states.
Intellectually curious and enterprising Oklahomans interested in meeting small business leaders and who are interested in pursuing grant funding should attend the Showcase. The latest in new technology and collaborative opportunities will be available for Showcase attendees. An ‘early bird’ registration fee of $35 is available through August 11. Visit www.nsuok.edu/otis to register today. More information is available at the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology www.ocast.ok.gov.