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Oklahoma has a legacy of aerospace innovation and success dating back more than 100 years, with pioneers like Wiley Post, who launched his career of exploring the limits of high-altitude, long-distance flight in our state. Today, some of the world’s most successful aerospace companies operate in Oklahoma. 

Meet the Oklahoma Team

Oklahoma is committed to helping your company achieve success in our state. The Oklahoma Team offers the highest quality, one-stop professional assistance to make that happen.

Hopper Smith, Brigadier General, ARNG (Ret.)
Hopper Smith, Brigadier General, ARNG (Ret.)
State Director of Aerospace + Defense
Leshia Pearson
Leshia Pearson
Deputy Director of Aerospace + Defense
Allen Mitchell
Allen Mitchell
Program Manager, Aerospace + Defense
Leshia Pearson
Leshia Pearson
Deputy Director of Aerospace + Defense

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Saturday, July 29 at noon
Pober Pixie Tent, EAA Grounds

Join the Oklahoma Department of Commerce,
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and our
community partners for lunch during the 2023 EAA Airventure Fly-in.

RSVP: Brooke Edwards, brooke.edwards@okcommerce.gov

Oshkosh 2023 Partner Directory

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Ada Jobs Foundation

Jim Eldridge, President & CEO

The Ada Jobs Foundation is committed to improving and expanding the economic footprint of Pontotoc County through key partnerships with local government offices, businesses, investors and other nonprofits.

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Ardmore Development Authority

Andrea Anderson, Vice President of Economic Development

Ardmore is the place where a passion for aviation meets true Southern hospitality with two airports to meet your needs.

The Ardmore Industrial Airpark is home to Ardmore Municipal Airport (KADM). The Airport features two runways (9,002 feet and 5,400 feet), a federal contract Air Traffic Control Tower, multiple instrument approaches, and thousands of square feet of apron space. The Airpark has been recognized as an up-and-coming multi-modal destination.

Nestled neatly on the southern end of the city, Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport (1F0) boasts a 5,000-foot runway, two instrument approaches, a massive apron area, and friendly FBO staff.

Bartlesville Development Authority

Chris Batchelder, VP, Business Development

Bartlesville is an incredible community. We enjoy easy living and the benefits of knowing our neighbors. Simultaneously, we have big city amenities and cultural activities that are typically only found in large cities, thanks to the contributions of our businesses and community members. Bartlesville is a true gem and a picture of the America that sometimes feels like a memory. Here, businesses and citizens work side by side, hand in hand to create something special. The Bartlesville Development Authority is here to tell our story and to invite other businesses and citizens to join us in living the American Dream.

City of McAlester

Chase Tindle, Airport Manager

Centered between Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa, communities in southeast Oklahoma rely on McAlester for employment, retail, and healthcare, creating a focal point for development opportunities. Home to the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant and Choctaw Defense, McAlester is a premier defense and aerospace community. Raytheon, General Dynamics, Textron, and Boeing utilize the McAlester workforce for its unique production specializations. Through its partnerships, McAlester is at the forefront of innovation. The Choctaw Nation’s Integrated Pilot Program (IPP) for unmanned aerial systems is aligning the private sector with federal, state, tribal, and local governments to test drone operations in the national airspace.

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Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

Sandra Shelton, Communications & Government Relations Manager

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is a state agency created by the Oklahoma Legislature in 1946 whose primary mission is to encourage, foster, and assist in the development of the state’s second largest industry, aviation and aerospace. The Commission ensures the needs of commerce and communities are met by the 108 airports that comprise the Oklahoma Airport System, promotes and advocates for the growth of the industry, helps to educate students and prepare them for a career in aviation and aerospace by hosting a robust AERO Education Program, and supports the integration of advanced air mobility technology across the state.

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Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust

Daniel Regan, Director of Real Estate and Business Development

Tulsa International Airport (TUL) is the hub of aerospace activity in Northeast Oklahoma. With 700+ acres of developable real estate, the airport is a prime location for businesses looking to relocate and expand. TUL’s central location in the Midwest is easily accessible by a multi-modal transportation network. With a total of 4,000 acres and 14,000 on-airport employees, it’s clear that TUL is the region’s core of aerospace activity, and an ideal location for your future business operations.

Monday, July 25 at 2:30 p.m.
Skyscape Theater – EAA Aviation Museum

Join the Oklahoma delegation for an exclusive
preview of this groundbreaking documentary
at EAA AirVenture.

“Inside the Sky” charts the history and growth of the Oklahoma Aerospace Industry, from wooden biplanes to the B2 bomber and the State Spaceport. This groundbreaking documentary was produced during the pandemic and shows the growth and adaptation of this incredible group of people and their aircraft during this time.

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