Ardmore, OK--The Ardmore Development Authority has been named the top economic development group in the United states for cities with 50 thousand people or less.
Business Facilities magazine praises the Ardmore Development Authority for it's consistent economic strength,something president Wes Stucky attributes to having a vision for the community.
"We market to industries to attract them to move to Ardmore and then we help existing companies to expand and then we have an entrepreneurial program for startup companies" said Stucky.
The ADA offers financial assistance, affordable leases and helps with construction projects. Patricia White's son-in-law owns Countertop Dynamic, a small business in town. She said she appreciates the ADA for giving new companies these incentives to set up shop in Ardmore.
"I think it's wonderful because they're helping the community and there doing everything they can to keep everything they can within the community which needs to be done" said White.
Phil McAnally owns Ardmore Plumbing supply and is also the ADA chairman. He said the group has brought in dozens of big companies like Michelin, dollar general, and Best Buy to the area but also small businesses like his. And while the ADA brings the business in, it's the community's support that keeps them here.
"The sales tax it provided us the ability to do this, it has been unbelievable and the citizens of Ardmore are to be thanked because they are all part of this award that we just received" said McAnally.