Articles by Ashley Neese

About Ashley Neese

Ashley Neese is the Communications and Marketing Manager at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce where she promotes Chamber events and helps members gain exposure. She also leads the Edmond Young Professionals organization and the Chamber’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Ashley grew up in Edmond and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2017 with a degree in Mass Communication. In her free time, she enjoys brewing coffee and finding the best local eats.

The Icehouse Project provides sustainability

By Ashley Neese | September 7, 2021

Since 2015, the number of food halls around the nation has grown from 25 to over 300. In the Oklahoma City metro area, we’ve seen the rise of the trend in the last few years including Parlor, Collective, and Railyard—the first of which opened only two years ago. But, what if instead of a food hall, there was an ecosystem of sustainable food, gathering places, and education?

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Celebrating hard-working Edmond locals

By Ashley Neese | August 31, 2021

The Edmond Chamber of Commerce recently hosted their annual Legislative Reception to celebrate local public officers, legislators, and school officials. H.J. Reed, chair of the Chamber’s Government Relations Committee, and Jan Moran, Area Manager of External Affairs for the presenting sponsor AT&T, welcomed state senators, state representatives, municipal leaders, school board members, superintendents, and more to be recognized for their dedication and service to the Edmond community.

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June and July 2021 ribbon cuttings

By Ashley Neese | August 3, 2021

Despite the high temps and humidity, the Edmond Chamber staff and Ambassadors celebrated nearly a dozen businesses during June and July, including eight grand openings. From generators and phone repair to brunch and diamond rings, Chamber members from a variety of industries shared major milestones with the community.

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion in Edmond

By Ashley Neese | July 6, 2021

Diversity, equity, and inclusion have become major topics in every facet of American life, including workplaces, public organizations, and local government. Edmond is no different, and 2021 has been a year of reflection and refocus for many local leaders looking to have honest conversations about diversity in our own community. Preserving and paving history In…

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April and May 2021 ribbon cuttings

By Ashley Neese | June 1, 2021

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce staff and ambassadors had a busy spring with twelve ribbon cuttings and celebrations for Chamber members, including five grand openings, three service launches, one anniversary, and one groundbreaking. Our Ambassadors are great advocates for the Edmond business community and continually welcome, support, and highlight members. We are thrilled to…

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2021 Edmond Chamber golf tournament

By Ashley Neese | May 25, 2021

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual Cinco de Mayo Golf Tournament presented by OU Health Edmond at the Golf Club of Edmond. On Friday, May 7, 36 teams represented various industries and businesses across Edmond. Local celebrity players included newly elected Mayor Darrell Davis, Major Ed Pulido, Edmond Police Chief JD…

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March Madness brings boosted business

By Ashley Neese | May 4, 2021

The Edmond Chamber and Edmond Economic Development Authority (EEDA) recently wrapped up the 2021 March Madness Restaurant Rebate, which rewarded residents with gift cards for supporting restaurants in Edmond city limits. The rebate program brought in nearly $20,000 in generated sales, translating to almost $3,000 in gift cards purchased from local restaurants. Residents could submit…

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Edmond Chamber 2020 award winners

By Ashley Neese | April 6, 2021

On March 25, the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2020 Annual Awards Banquet, recognizing individuals and businesses that made considerable contributions to the community over the past year. The event was especially impactful and meaningful after a difficult year for many local businesses.  The 2020 Small Business of the Year designation was awarded…

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February and March 2021 ribbon cuttings

By Ashley Neese | April 6, 2021

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce was proud to host eight ribbon cuttings throughout February and March to celebrate three anniversaries, three new businesses, and two new locations. We appreciate our local business owners’ dedication and look forward to watching them flourish in the Edmond community!

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Candidates weigh in on Edmond business issues

By Ashley Neese | March 2, 2021

The Edmond Chamber recently held a forum with the six city council and mayoral candidates to learn about each individual and understand their priorities.  When asked about what makes them the best candidate, Davis and Miller leaned heavily into their previous city council experience. Davis has been on the city council for the last nine…

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