Now, more than ever, RURAL OKLAHOMANS need to forge together to secure our future economy and quality of life.
Every day, decisions are being made in the halls of the state capitol and in Washington, DC as well as in private meetings in our largest cities—ALL WITHOUT ANY INPUT from those building businesses or industry in the rural communities across our state.
The Oklahoma Rural Association ensures rural Oklahoma RECEIVES THE REPRESENTATION WE DESERVE at both our state and nation’s capitol’s, with state and federal legislative agendas set by the members we represent legislative agendas.
Energy | The energy industry continues to lead the State’s economy in oil, natural gas and renewable power. A concentrated effort ensures each sector plays a role in the conversations that impact legislation.
Agribusiness | Both state and national policy changes have a direct impact on the future of agribusiness and landowners in Oklahoma. Land management, resources for livestock, trade issues and over burdensome regulations leave the industry with unpredictable results each year.
Manufacturing | For manufacturing to be a success in rural Oklahoma, we need to ensure policies that encourage growth rather than inhibit expansion. An aggressive incentive program that can compete with the larger metro areas is key to driving new employers to the rural regions. Additionally, access to a qualified, trained workforce is the most important factor in long-term growth in manufacturing. We must continue to invest in training and apprentice opportunities to meet the needs of the fourth Industrial Revolution.
Financial Services, Equipment and Utilities | A thriving, rural financial industry goes hand-in-hand with the equipment and retail industry. Businesses and citizens alike must have access to the best advice and lending services, so they can make informed decisions. Furthermore, utility providers, such as electric and rural water cooperatives, impact all industry sectors in the region and often require unique representation among Corporation Commissioners and federal regulators.
Our mission is to develop and advance policies and initiatives that promote growth, development and opportunity in rural Oklahoma communities and regions.
The Oklahoma Rural Association is dedicated to the development and advancement of policies that promote and protect the rural quality of life through enhancing rural Oklahoma communities in the areas of economic growth and development, energy, rural education, rural health and other issues impacting business and residents in communities across Oklahoma. The ORA collaborates with business and residents in communities across Oklahoma. The ORA collaborates with business and industry leaders as well as local, state and federal authorities to accomplish policy initiatives of the organization.
The very future of a community relies on the access to quality education and healthcare in the region. Communities and counties must work together in the future to provide strength at the state capitol and beyond when legislation seeks to reallocate resources on which we depend.