Charles Wyrick, Oklahoma State Senator
One of the best things about the people and the state of Oklahoma is how we support one another, in times of plenty and in more difficult times. We’ve been through a rough year as a result of the national economic recession, and many people here in Oklahoma have been hit. Now, more than ever, I urge Oklahomans to support one another, and whenever possible, support our own businesses and locally produced products.
Although it is important for those of us in public policy to find ways to attract new industries and diversify our economy, we must never forget how important our traditional roots are to our economy today. Agriculture alone has an annual economic impact of $9 billion a year in our state, employing thousands of Oklahomans and providing food and products for people locally, regionally and even internationally.
One of the best ways to support our own is to look for “Made in Oklahoma” products. These are items that are grown, manufactured or processed right here in our state by our own friends, families and neighbors. We’re talking about everything from Oklahoma beef and dairy products to produce, spices, sauces, jams, honey, soaps, lotions and dozens of other items people enjoy every single day.
More than 40 businesses are part of the Made in Oklahoma coalition, employing more than 15 thousand people in our state, with an annual payroll of more than $500 million. The Made in Oklahoma coalition actually generates $2 and a half billion in annual sales, and that’s including national and international sales of Oklahoma-made products and foods.
As our state and county fairs roll around, take the time to check out some of these products, or visit their website at http://www.madeinoklahoma.net/ and learn more about the quality and variety of products available and where you can find them. When we support Oklahoma products and businesses, we are building a stronger Oklahoma for all of us.
As always, I welcome your comments on state government. Please feel free to contact me by writing to Senator Charles Wyrick at the State Capitol, Room 530, Oklahoma City, OK, 73105; call me at (405) 521-5561.