Murray State College and Johnston County Chamber Partnership Award


 Murray State College and the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce have been awarded the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award for 2017.  The awards are presented annually by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to highlight successful partnerships and to further cultivate the higher education environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

Each of Oklahoma’s colleges and universities are encouraged to apply for the awards by citing the relationship between the institution and a partner and describing how the partnership benefits academic and community climates. Twenty-eight awards were presented this year.

A description of the partnership between Murray State College and the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce is reprinted below from the award ceremony.

As the hub for Johnston County economic development, the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce has moved the county forward by improving downtowns, supporting local businesses, and reaching out to new industries.

The chamber works on a daily basis to serve and support local businesses while reaching out to those who have yet to discover Johnston County.  The chamber’s tourism development program capitalizes on the area’s natural beauty while promoting hunting and fishing which are two of the state’s largest business segments.

Murray State College has brought to Johnston County a wealth of resources in the form of talented faculty and staff, eager students, jobs that benefit the local economy and national recognition for specialized programs.  In an effort to revitalize Main Street areas, Murray State College has created thriving retail offerings in both downtown Tishomingo and Ardmore. 

By working together, Murray State College and the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce are making strides daily on behalf of the county they serve.  Through combined leadership and outreach, a strong system of support has been formed within communities and also brought about regional growth.  With unity and strength of purpose, MSC and the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce have created a powerhouse that extends far beyond their shared county line.  

“We are extremely pleased to join in partnership with the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce to enhance opportunities in Tishomingo and the surrounding areas.  It was a pleasure to join with Carl, Kristie, and Dan in receiving this award,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

“All of us are excited about 2017 and expecting great things for the college and Johnston County communities,” McDaniel added.


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