The City of Muskogee is celebrating Economic Development Week this week, a news release states.

The International Economic Development Council created the week last year to celebrate its 90th anniversary. This will be the first year for Muskogee to participate.

The week is designed to showcase efforts of economic developers nationally and to increase awareness of what they do to create jobs and improve the quality of life for residents.

Marie Synar, director of the Port of Muskogee’s Industrial Development Office, said activities planned for the week are intended “to engage supporters to talk about what we do, and enhance relationships with community stakeholders.”

A variety of activities involving the City of Muskogee, the Port of Muskogee, the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Muskogee are planned for the week, including a mayoral proclamation to be read and signed at the City Council meeting Monday.

Email and social media campaigns will also highlight facts and short videos from area companies about why ‘Muskogee Works’ for their business. The community is encouraged to follow and engage with the #MyMuskogeeWorks campaign by commenting and posting their videos during the week.

“Economic development is about creating and maintaining high-quality jobs, increasing and diversifying our local tax base, creating retail and recreational opportunities, providing access to health care and housing, and ensuring a vibrant downtown for our citizens,” Synar said.

The goal of Economic Development Week is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life.

To learn more about Economic Development Week, visit IEDC online:

Information: Marie Synar, director of Industrial Development, Port of Muskogee, (918) 682-7887 or

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