The Pawnee County Economic Development Foundation was incorporated on November 23, 1988 by a group of Pawnee county citizens for the purpose of promoting Pawnee County through economic development and supporting the social welfare of our citizens.
The Foundation is and shall be nonprofit and nonpartisan, qualifying as a tax-exempt organization under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Click here for more Foundation information.
Since our beginning in 1988 the Foundation has strived to adhere to this purpose and in doing so have accomplished the below enumerated items.
- PCEDF helps promote tourism by aiding the events in the cities of Cleveland and Pawnee. In Cleveland these are the Fifth of July Freedom Celebration, the Oklahoma 100 Mile Yard Sale, the Catfish Festival and the Pioneer Day Celebration. In Pawnee these are the Pawnee Bill Wild West Show and the Oklahoma Steam & Gas Engine Show.
- Leased and later purchased the former Lakeshore Ford Building. To maintain the identity of the building the site was renamed to Lakeshore Professional Building.
- Leased 75% of the building to a small manufacturing business, Tulsa Valve until they moved in 2010 to consolidate with one of their other locations in Oklahoma.
- Assisted the Hallet Raceway in financing the blacktopping of their entrance road from Oklahoma highway 99 to their facilities.
- Assisted an existing manufacturing company, ICES Manufacturing, to relocate to the Cleveland area by acting as a "pass-through organization" for them to acquire a site south of the City of Cleveland. This company now employees 15 people from the area.
- Sold two of the original lots of the Lakeside Professional Building properties on which a state-of-the-art automatic car wash was built. This new installation, Tiger Pride, greatly enhances the property values of the surrounding area.
- PCEDF is currently in the process of developing a new industrial park off Highway 64. Click here for more information.
The Foundation membership stands at approximately 40 members. The Board of Directors consists of nine persons. They are nominated and elected from the open membership. They are elected for three-year terms from three districts, which corresponds to the same three districts as the County Commissioners.
The Foundation, regularly meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Indian Electric Cooperative Board Room on Highway 64 entering Cleveland. The annual meeting is held on the first Tuesday of June. Notice of meetings will appear in the Cleveland American and Pawnee Chief each month.
The Foundation continues to be committed to its primary purpose, namely, to promote economic development in Pawnee County and make it a better place to live.