By: Alex Pfingston | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2019
Darla Heller, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Economic Development.
The Broken Arrow Chamber and Economic Development Corporation are excited to announce and officially welcome Darla Heller as the Vice President of Economic Development. As the fourth largest Chamber in the state and third largest manufacturing hub, we are proud to have the addition of Darla to the team to enhance our services and help us lead the charge as we continue to grow and support Broken Arrow area businesses.
Darla Heller is an economic developer with 18 years’ experience demonstrating a history of working with state, local and regional economic development organizations to help grow Oklahoma’s economy by fostering job creation and capital investment. She has a positive track record of effective organizational management, securing and managing public and private sector funds, advocating for legislative priorities, engaging corporate boards and being accountable to a diverse and engaged public. Heller graduated from University of Tulsa, the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and Leadership Broken Arrow. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance (NORA). NORA is a regional economic and community development organization focused on workforce development, leadership advancement, legislative advocacy and community building for the 14 counties of northeast Oklahoma. Heller has held positions at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Wagoner County, Muskogee Economic Development Authority and The Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband, Johnny Heller, live in Wagoner County with their two children, Bruce and Claire.
“I have long admired the work being done in Broken Arrow revolving around job creation and retention,” said Heller. “I look forward to hitting the ground running and being of service to all business and industry in Broken Arrow’s growing industrial, health care, retail and service industries. Furthermore, I am excited to be joining a team environment at the Chamber staff where there is a strong working relationship with city, county and state officials. Broken Arrow has experienced so much success over the years and is now on the threshold of many future wins due in large part to the Chamber, BA EDC and City leadership. To say that I am honored to be of service to this great community would be an understatement.”
Broken Arrow is a thriving city with a bright future, and we are excited to bring someone on board to help us continue that growth and make Broken Arrow a better place to work, play and live.
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