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January 25, 2013

BACK IN BUSINESS: City leaders work to build Claremore’s business climate

CLAREMORE — Business leaders are getting a glimpse of the future and a candid reflection on the past 12 months as Mayor Mickey Perry delivered the annual State of the City address.

“One of the toughest issues facing the city council and staff, is negotiating incentives to new business’s while at the same time being sensitive to our current business’,” Perry said. “It is very important that we have a plan for future development.”
The city council is exploring innovative ways to help businesses such as Tax Increment Financing, he added.
TIF financing has assisted in brining improvements to the city’s infrastructure including the new $3.2 million electric substation, without any tax increase, according to Perry.
The expansion will provide the necessary infrastructure to assist in the $40 million plant expansion at Baker Hughes.
Additionally it will provide opportunities for other business development.
“This is an excellent example of government and business coming together to provide positive results for the citizens,” Perry said.
The CRC Partnership will continue to focus on bringing industrial growth to Claremore, he added.
One step in that process was completed this year as Rogers County and the City of Claremore worked together on the rail spur project.
The railroad spur was completed in 2012 adding an asset to the city’s industrial park.
The rail spur is creating potential business and industry growth for the city, according to Perry.
City leaders are currently working on developing a plan, Claremore 20/20 that will outline where the city is going for the next seven years, according to Perry.
City staff is assessing needs for residential growth and infrastructure improvements.
“We want families in Claremore to not just work, shop, play and go to school here but to really invest in Claremore,” Perry said. 
“To do whatever they can to support local businesses. It is our goal to provide more outlets for residents to support their own community.”

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