DURANT, OK -- Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb stopped in Durant Friday to deliver a message about TEAM DURANT and job creation in Bryan County.
While here, he credited the city for helping Oklahoma keep it's unemployment rate under 4 percent.
Lamb also toured 3 local manufacturers that he says are helping create jobs in Oklahoma.
He says Bryan County is a major player in bringing down the unemployment rate for the entire state.
"We've had the lowest statewide unemployment in our 6 state region of Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. So Oklahoma has done well state wide and a big reason for that, the fact that we're under 6% is because of Bryan County," said Lamb.
TEAM DURANT has been working for 14 years to recruit new businesses to the community while supporting existing businesses. During those14 years the organization has helped create thousands of jobs in the Bryan County area.
"We're excited about as we're moving forward with TEAM DURANT we'll continue to attract new business and improve the quality of life for our citizens," said Tommy Kramer, executive director of Durant Industrial Authority.
During the luncheon, Mayor Jerry Tomlinson honored more than 40 local manufacturers and logistics companies for their efforts to put Oklahomans to work.
"Its just a reinforcement to us here in Durant and TEAM DURANT and Bryan County that kind of recognizing the results that have occurred here, and the good results," said Mayor Tomlinson.
Lamb also stressed the importance of not only selling goods, but manufacturing them within the state and country .
"The fact that we are making so many things in Bryan County, that's important for our state, that's important for our country," said Lamb.