Seeing how state funds helped Alva businesses


September 13, 2020

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Left Photo: Connor Martin of Peak Environment talks with visitors Wednesday afternoon. From left are Martin, Alva Mayor Kelly Parker, Representative Carl Newton and Oklahoma Commerce Director Brent Kisling. Alva Chamber Director Jodie Bradford is behind Kisling. Right Photo: Gathered in the Peak Environment shop equipment area are, clockwise from left: Connor Martin of Peak Environment, Alva City Business Manager Angelica Brady, Rep. Carl Newton, WCEDC Director Neal Williams, Alva Mayor Kelly Parker, Commerce Director Brent Kisling and Alva Chamber Director Jodie Bradford (back to camera).

What do a dough-making plant, a movie theater and a landscaping business have in common? All are located in Alva, all benefited from state business relief programs and all were visited Wednesday by representatives of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC).

Commerce Department Executive Director Brent Kisling is no stranger to the area having grown up in Burlington located northeast of Alva in Alfalfa County. Kisling was combining his trip to Alva with a family visit that evening. Stan Ralstin is also familiar with the area since he's the northwest regional development specialist for the...

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