By: Eddie Stephens | Category: Financial Services | Issue: April 2007
Ted Fisher brings experience and a passion for Sapulpa to his new role.
A retired state senator, Ted Fisher has newly been appointed as the first ever economic development director in Sapulpa. Before selecting Fisher for the prestigious role, the city manager of Sapulpa partnered with a citizens panel to decide who should be chosen for the new position. With Fisher’s history of loyalty to and involvement in the community, it was an easy choice to have him begin this past January as economic development director.
A native Oklahoman, Fisher grew up in Jenks but has lived in Sapulpa for many years. His involvement in Sapulpa has been extensive. He represented the 12th district in the state senate for 20 years, serving as economic development chairman for 14 of those years and senate majority leader for four years. In 1992, through his position on the Economic Development Committee, he wrote the Quality Jobs Act, a legislation that has been responsible for creating 93,000 jobs statewide.
About his new position, Fisher says, “My responsibility is to attract new business to Sapulpa. Community development and improvement have a great deal to do with my primary task of drawing new business to our city.” The high quality of life had by Sapulpa residents is a major factor for companies and businesses considering relocating to the city. Fisher is prepared to help those organizations realize this quality of life, as well as other positive traits of Sapulpa, to attract their business. “Sapulpa has a great chamber of commerce, and our cooperative efforts, including city clean-up and beautification, will help increase our appeal,” Fisher says.
In addition to beautification projects designed to develop the city’s rich history, a benefit to Sapulpa is its location. “We are perfectly located from a situational perspective,” Fisher comments. “Five four-lane transportation options are available to and from the Tulsa metro: historic Route 66, Interstate 44, Highways 97 and 117, the Creek Turnpike, Interstate 44 and the Turner Turnpike all intersect our city.”
Enriched with the recent addition of two new elementary schools, Sapulpa has great schools and school facilities, as well. Fisher points out that the school system’s basketball gymnasium and football stadium have both been hosts to annual tournaments.
Fisher believes that Sapulpa’s greatest strength is the city’s people. “This community provides an easy opportunity to get acquainted with other people while being as involved as anyone would choose to be.” People new to Sapulpa are quickly adopted into the community’s activity and lifestyle. “Sapulpa shares its heritage with all who desire to live and do business here, and they are openly welcomed,” Fisher mentioned.
Fisher sees his new role as a challenge, but he is hopeful that his city’s assets will continue to accomplish his goal of attracting new businesses. “We have good developmental potential, and I’m looking forward to doing my part to meet it.”
The economic growth of Sapulpa is in good hands. With Ted Fisher’s experience and appreciation for his city, he is certain to make a difference as the new economic development director.