The Ardmore Chamber of Commerce will be hosting two events next week at the Ardmore Convention Center. On Wednesday, they will host the Ardmore Community Forum which will provide details about city accomplishments over the past year as well as its upcoming projects and goals. Then Thursday they will host Chad Wilkerson, vice president and Oklahoma City branch executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, at the Southern Oklahoma Leaders Luncheon.
Tyler Young, vice president of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, described the community forum.
“This is our event that we do every year in conjunction with the city staff, but it’s actually the city’s program,” Young said. He added Chamber President Mita Bates and Chamber Vice Chair Kevin Lassahn would be giving a brief introduction to the program before the city takes over.
Assistant City Manager Kevin Boatright provided some insight about what to expect during the presentation.
“Basically we just try to give a complete overview of the city,” Boatright said. He added that because of the success of the video format of the presentation last year, the city will be bringing that back.
“We had a lot of positive feedback with the video that was made last year, and based on that we’ll be bringing that back again but with updated information,” Boatright said.
During the video, Mayor John Moore will visit with heads of various city departments and they will each discuss various aspects about their projects and various programs.
Boatright said after the presentation is over, the various city departments will have tables set up where citizens can ask questions or get information.
“We really want to be there to make ourselves available to the citizens and this is just another venue to do that,” Boatright said. “I also think sometimes people see things in the presentation that generate questions and this will be the perfect opportunity to go find out more.”
Young said during the Southern Oklahoma Leaders Luncheon on Thursday, Chad Wilkerson, branch executive of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank’s Oklahoma City branch office, will talk about the economic outlook for Oklahoma along with the rest of the country.
“He’ll present an economic overview for the trends that he has been seeing as well as discussing some of the specific indicators that help him make those predictions,” Young said.
 “This is going to be a really good event because the Federal Reserve is obviously integral to everything that we do with the United State’s economy, so it’s an excellent opportunity to learn a little about that — and an even better opportunity to ask questions for those who work in a financial field,” Young said.
The Ardmore Community Forum will take place at the Ardmore Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. The event is only open to chamber members and tickets are $20 per person. RSVP to frontdesk@ardmore.org by Friday, July 12. The Southern Oklahoma Leaders Luncheon is from 11:30 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. There is no cost for chamber members and tickets for nonmembers are $15. RSVP to frontdesk@ardmore.org by noon on July 16.