By Tim Priebe
October 31, 2023

Young Professional Q&A: Gina Arter

From Edmond Public Schools to Oklahoma Christian University and now the EEDA, Gina Arter shares her journey.
Gina Arter with the Edmond Economic Development Authority (Photo: Brent Fuchs)

As the Data Coordinator for the Edmond Economic Development Authority (EEDA), Gina Arter stands out as a dedicated young professional making waves in her community. Dive into our conversation to discover her roots, aspirations, and the passions that drive her both at work and in her personal life.

Q: Do you live in Edmond, work in Edmond, or both?

A:  I work in Edmond. I have lived around Edmond my whole life and claim it as my home.

Q: Where did you grow up and go to school?

A: I grew up in Edmond and went to Edmond Public Schools. I then went to Oklahoma Christian University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2022.

Q: What did you do prior to getting involved with the EEDA?

A: This is my first job out of college.

Q: How did you get involved with the EEDA?

A: I found out about the EEDA through a mentor who mentioned they were in need of a part time data coordinator. From there, I became a full-time employee.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: My favorite thing about my job is the people I get to work with and meet. It is also fun to get a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s development. There is a lot of growth happening in the city, and it is exciting to get a front-row seat to it all.

Q: What’s something you’re passionate about in your personal life?

A: One thing that I am passionate about in my personal life is mission work in Honduras. I have been able to go on several mission trips and grew to love the people of Honduras. I am currently working with an organization that helps kids in Honduras go to school.

Q: What’s an accomplishment you’re the proudest of?

A: When I was a senior in college, I was in charge of the philanthropy project for Spring Sing at Oklahoma Christian University. I raised $12,250 for the Christian Service Center, which was almost double the highest amount raised for an organization through that program at the time. The money went to helping supply canned food, clothing, furniture and meeting other needs in their community.

Q: What is one of your big goals you’d like to accomplish?

A: Ten years from now, I hope to still be involved in some organization that helps people to be their best and have the best opportunities. My goal in life is to constantly be helping others, however that may present itself.

Q: What do you like about Edmond?

A: I love Edmond because of what it is, but I love it even more for what it could become. I think that the community is such a big part of that.

Q: What is your number one tip for other young professionals, either for work or life in general?

A: Find something you’re passionate about in addition to your work. When the stress of work comes, it’s nice to have a passion to turn to outside of it.

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About Tim Priebe

Tim is a public speaker, author, publisher of Edmond Business, and the owner of Backslash Creative. He helps businesses that are worried they don’t have the expertise or time required to invest in doing their own digital marketing. He helps them plan where and how much to invest and often helps execute the plan.

Tim started the Edmond Business online magazine in May 2020 to fill a need in the community when The Edmond Sun shut down and stopped publishing their monthly magazine, The Business Times.