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NEO and the Miami CVB partnership recognized by State Regents

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Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Chad Davis, Amanda Davis, executive director of the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and director of tourism for the City of Miami, Dr. Jeff Hale, NEO president, and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Chad Davis, Amanda Davis, executive director of the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and director of tourism for the City of Miami, Dr. Jeff Hale, NEO president, and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA A&M COLLEGE

Miami, Okla. – Thursday, March 27, 2014 – Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recently recognized as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.

The Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) have partnered together on multiple projects, including Rodeo Miami, Oklahoma Freewheel, Eight-Man Football and multiple NEO spirit events. Staff at the CVB recently helped NEO plan the East Central Bridge dedication by developing event ideas, participating in on-campus meetings and securing speakers. During homecoming festivities, the CVB worked with NEO to obtain special hotel rates for students and their parents, as well as donated the goody bags. They also work with NEO during the biggest recruiting event of the year – the annual high school basketball tournament – where hundreds of students, parents, coaches and fans flood Miami to participate.

“The Miami CVB is honored to receive this special recognition. NEO does a fantastic job of hosting events that bring visitors into our city. We appreciate their continued support in our efforts to expand visitor development in Northeast Oklahoma,” said Amanda Davis, executive director of the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and director of tourism for the City of Miami.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Economic Development Grant for the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

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

“Oklahoma’s colleges and universities are enhancing our state's economic future by strengthening partnerships with business and industry, ensuring our academic programs continue to align with the needs of business in each region of the state. Through these partnerships, students receive hands-on, career-related experiences and broader preparation for college,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships with business make vital contributions to Oklahoma’s economic growth through investments in education, research, job training and service.”

For the complete list of recognized partnerships, please visit: http://www.okhighered.org/news-center/edc-program2014.shtml or call Angela Caddell at 405-225-9346.

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