Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Oklahoma— The Enid Regional Development Alliance Board has approved two applications for funding to support the growth of existing businesses.

Through ERDA’s new support programs, Wako and Jumbo Foods will receive funds to support their respective projects.

Wako will receive a $20,000 Equipment Purchase Grant to help purchase equipment to increase manufacturing of its v-blades product line. Wako LLC was established in Wakita in 1962 and is operated by the second generation of the founding family. In 1986 the company moved its headquarters to Enid, where it currently operates a retail store, manufacturing, assembly, heat treatment, warehouse, R&D and agricultural facilities.

Jumbo Foods will receive $25,000 through the ERDA’s infrastructure assistance program to help redesign its loading dock area.

The redesign will allow for a smoother process for its trucks bringing in product and won’t cause traffic congestion on Willow and Cleveland, according to ERDA.

Jumbo Foods has been in Enid since 1987 and is Enid’s only local grocery store with over 300 employees.

“Today has been an exciting day for the ERDA,” said Lisa Powell, Executive Director of the ERDA. “Wako and Jumbo’s are two outstanding companies that have continued to experience growth, and ERDA’s contribution is a nice gesture to thank them for their continued investment in Enid.

Housing study

The ERDA Board of Directors has approved a $35,000 contract with RDG, of Omaha, Neb., to commission a third citywide housing study.

RDG will provide a community housing study which will offer more time and detail on community perceptions of housing and physical conditions and develop an atlas of housing issues for Enid. The study will take seven to eight months and will include market research and analysis, listening sessions with stakeholders, town halls and presentation of results.

“Now is the perfect time to conduct a housing study in Enid,” Powell said. “The last housing study was completed in 2015 and provided data to support the need for residential development. Enid has continued to grow since our previous review and will once again affirm our need for continued development. Working with RDG will also provide us with a unique perspective as they will look more into our older neighborhoods and potential programs and funding opportunities for redevelopment.