The Lawton Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation (LED) recently announced that Lawton has been named a “Great American Defense Community” by the Association of Defense Communities. Lawton competed with numerous military communities for this national acknowledgement.
“Lawton has a long history of its premiere dedications to the missions of Fort Sill and its military personnel,” said Mayor Fred Fitch. “The community should be very proud of this national award.”
“LED has seen an increase of interest from relocating industries looking at major military communities,” said Phil Kennedy, chairman of the Lawton Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation. “This national acknowledgement will raise awareness to those new industries.”
“Lawton’s recognition and selection as a ‘Great American Defense Community’ comes as no surprise to Oklahomans and our military who have been fortunate to call Lawton home,” said U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) “The people of Lawton exemplify all that is good about Oklahoma and our nation. Their patriotism and pride in supporting and caring for our service members and their families stationed at Fort Sill is unmatched.”
The Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation is a 501 (c) 6 not-for-profit corporation supported and led by the community’s business leaders, city government, and top academic institutions. The Lawton-Fort Sill EDC collaborates closely with other entities throughout the southwest OK/Lawton region and the state to ensure a globally competitive and sustainable regional economy through quality job creation.