Claremore Daily Progress


June 5, 2013

Thompson resigning economic development post


Mickey Thompson has submitted his resignation as executive director of the Claremore and Rogers County Development Authorities and the Claremore Rogers County Partnership.  
He has requested an effective date of July 1 but has offered his services on an as-needed basis to complete unfinished projects or for special assignments until a successor is in place. His not-for-profit organization management career focused on community, business and economic development.   
In addition to his work in Rogers County, his expertise has been employed by several Oklahoma chambers of commerce, economic development organizations (Tulsa Metro Chamber, Broken Arrow Chamber and Economic Development Corporation and Claremore Rogers County Partnership), State of Oklahoma Department of Commerce and United States Chamber of Commerce.  
The Rogers County Industrial Development Authority convinced Thompson to interrupt his planned retirement after his resignation three years ago as president and CEO from the Broken Arrow Chamber and Economic Development Corporation.   He was instrumental in combining the management and marketing functions of RCIDA and CIEDA into a more efficient and effective Claremore Rogers County Partnership; a move that he is quick to say is likely to make the most effective long-term impact on the area’s economy. 
Thompson is a graduate of Oklahoma State University’s School of Journalism & Broadcast; he completed the Institutes for Organization Management and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.  He was designated a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).  
His life work in business recruitment, business incentives and financial assistance, small business services, existing business retention and expansion, workforce development, economic and demographic research and marketing has helped attract numerous new enterprises, expansions of existing businesses and new venture formations.  His specialty is consulting on matters of business finance, facility locations and industrial real estate with expertise in governmental incentives, inducements and accommodations for business development.

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