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Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College selected the City of Miami for the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Leadership from the City of Miami and the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau were recognized and awarded on March 27 at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The OSRHE business partnership award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions, businesses, and the community to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents economic development grants. 

The ceremony recognized 27 businesses and higher education partnerships. Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell, State Regents Chair Jack Sherry, State Regent Ann Holloway, and Chancellor Allison D. Garrett participated in the ceremony.

Photo: Members of NEO and the City of Miami leadership teams accept an award from OSRHE and the Economic Development Council on March 7. (left to right): NEO Executive Director of Development Ryan Orcutt, city communications manager Melinda Stotts, city MCVB tourism sale and service coordinator Keisha Lawson, city events and marketing coordinator Lauren Hart, OSRHE Chancellor Allison D. Garrett, State Regent Chair Jack Sherry, State Regent Ann Holloway, city Mayor Bless Parker, city manager Bo Reese, NEO President Dr. Kyle J. Stafford

Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses, internships that enable current students to work at the partnering businesses, faculty externships with the partnering businesses, or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment, materials, or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers.

“Producing more workforce-ready graduates by partnering with the business community and connecting students to the workforce is fundamental to meeting Oklahoma’s future workforce needs,” said Garrett. “We are proud to recognize these partnerships, which demonstrate successful collaborations with public, private and nonprofit partners to strengthen Oklahoma’s economy.”

NEO’s partnership with the city has resulted in notable infrastructure improvements both on and around the NEO campus, including remodeling Red Robertson Field, the Miami Multi-Purpose Event Complex, and improvements to lighting and streets around campus.

The partnership extends to campus safety initiatives fostered through collaboration between the Miami and NEO police departments. The city is also a vital partner to the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center housed on the NEO campus. The city continues to invest in NEO through the Miami Community Facilities Authority, and support NEO Foundation events and scholarship fundraisers.

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