The Pittsburg County Republican Women’s Club hosted an economic and community development lunch-and-learn last Thursday at The Venue in historic downtown McAlester.
The event featured guest speaker Oklahoma Lt. Governor Todd Lamb, who is running for governor and discussed topics such as infrastructure upkeep, the Oklahoma budget crisis and a plan to diversify the economy.
More than 30 individuals attended the event, including District 7 State Sen. Larry Boggs, R-Red Oak.
Lamb said his goal, if elected governor, is to have a thriving and growing 77-county state by diversifying the economy.
“Yesterday, I met with an advisory panel to focus on diversifying our economy,” Lamb said. “We have heard people talk about diversifying our economy for a very long time and now it is time.”
Lamb said one of the biggest assets in Oklahoma are small businesses — “98.3 percent of all the employers in Oklahoma are small business owners,” Lamb said. “That is the backbone of our economy.”
Lamb said there are not enough people in Oklahoma to want, buy and consume the things Oklahoma has to offer.
“We are fabricated, we just don’t have enough people,” Lamb said.
Lamb said the solution is for small businesses to increase and grow Oklahoma’s exports.
“Over 80 percent of the world’s population lives outside of this country,” Lamb said. “It is great opportunity for Oklahomans to diversify and expand with other countries.”
Lamb said his campaign for governor is to a five-point plan to RENEW Oklahoma, which stands for Reform and restructuring state government; Education investment a priority; Neighborhood focus of infrastructure and criminal justice reform; Economic diversity; and Work.
The event proceeds supported the Lois Edington Achievement Scholarship.
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