By Sarah Dickson
March 1, 2022

EEDA hosts Economic Preview

The EEDA has held the Economic Preview, an annual event held the last 25 years consecutively.
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The Edmond Economic Development Authority recently held the 2022 Economic Preview, sponsored by First Fidelity Bank. The EEDA has held the Economic Preview annually for the last 25 years.

Originally, the event was a half-day seminar-style event with speakers from various sectors providing end-of-year updates as well as forecasts for the year ahead. Attendees were also provided the much anticipated Preview binder with print outs of all reports submitted from all the speakers. The event was a chance to receive useful and timely information that wasn’t readily available through many other sources.

As information sources and technology have changed, so has the format and delivery of the information provided at the Preview. The event has been condensed to an hour and a half long program held over lunch with a featured speaker or small panel of experts. Perhaps the biggest change that technology has produced was the move away from the Preview binder. Over the years, the reports provided in the binder were made available to attendees as a CD, then a flash drive and, finally, the reports now live on the EEDA website. Reports available on the site include discussions on trends and projections in the retail, office, residential and multi-family real estate markets; an Edmond overview; City of Edmond information; and profiles from Edmond Public Schools, University of Central Oklahoma and Francis Tuttle Technology Center.

Even as changes are made to the Preview, the purpose of the event remains the same: to provide valuable and insightful information to Edmond-area residents and the business community. 

The 2022 event consisted of a real estate panel and an Edmond update from Janet Yowell, EEDA executive director, which has remained a staple since the early days of the event. The real estate panel included William Forrest with CAPSTONE, discussing the multi-family market; Brian Preston with RE/MAX at Home, discussing the residential market; Jonathan Thompson with Turner & Company, discussing the office market; and George Williams, CCIM, with Price Edwards & Company, discussing the retail market. 

If you were unable to attend the Preview, we hope you can join the EEDA for the 2022 Market Forecast this fall. In the meantime, visit www.eeda.com/reports to view the provided reports and other valuable information available on the EEDA site.

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About Sarah Dickson

Sarah Dickson is the communications director for the Edmond Economic Development Authority (EEDA). Sarah has been with the EEDA more than 10 years, serving in multiple communications roles. She is responsible for producing demographic, workforce, economic, and statistical reports as well as managing all communications for the organization.

Sarah is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI) and Leadership Edmond Class XXV. Sarah serves on the boards for the Public Relations Society of America – Oklahoma City Chapter and the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education. She is also an active member of the Oklahoma Venture Forum.

Sarah has earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) as well as the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).