Articles by Sarah Dickson

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).

Edmond, Oklahoma’s cost of living

By Sarah Dickson | December 7, 2021

An interesting and fun tool that the EEDA provides access to is the Council for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Calculator. The calculator provides comparisons of prices across product categories. This information comes from the Cost of Living Index, which measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services and is based on more than 90,000 prices covering 60 different items for which prices are collected quarterly by various organizations in participating areas.

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Kelly and Covell’s population and business growth

By Sarah Dickson | November 2, 2021

The southwest corner of Kelly and Covell has seen substantial development over the last 15 years, beginning with the construction of Walgreens in 2006. The area really began to take shape when Lowe’s built a 170,000-square-foot location in 2008 and then was further defined when Uptown Grocery Company built a 50,000-square-foot location in 2011.

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Data tracked by EEDA

By Sarah Dickson | October 5, 2021

The Edmond Economic Development Authority tracks a variety of data, including sales tax collections, permits, and demographics.

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Edmond’s monthly sales tax update

By Sarah Dickson | September 7, 2021

Edmond continues to see positive sales tax activity. Sales tax collections for the month of July totaled $6,776,529. Annual year‐to‐date sales tax collections for 2021 total $45,052,276, which is a nine percent increase over the same period in 2020.

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Profits for the hotel industry

By Sarah Dickson | August 3, 2021

Sales tax collections in the month of June totaled $6,872,394. Annual year-to-date collections total $38,275,747, which is a 10 percent increase over 2020.

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Edmond sales tax growth

By Sarah Dickson | July 6, 2021

Edmond continues to see strong sales tax collections. May collections totaled $6,683,225, and annual year-to-date totals for 2021 have increased more than 10 percent compared to the same timeframe in 2020. As municipalities in Oklahoma are primarily funded through sales tax collections, this growth is incredibly beneficial. However, it’s important that we not take these…

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Edmond sees record-high tax collections

By Sarah Dickson | June 1, 2021

Edmond saw record sales tax collections in April. Collections totaled $6,889,027—the highest amount ever for Edmond. Driving this increase were record-breaking collections in North American Industry Code System (NAICS) category 444: Building Materials & Hardware Stores. The category, which includes collections from home centers; hardware stores; building material dealers; paint and wallpaper stores; nursery stores;…

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New insights from EEDA preview series

By Sarah Dickson | May 4, 2021

The Edmond Economic Development Authority (EEDA) recently hosted the 2021 Edmond Economic Preview Virtual Series sponsored by First Fidelity Bank. The series of three events featured real estate experts from the residential, multi-family office, and retail sectors. EEDA Executive Director Janet Yowell and First Fidelity Bank Edmond Market President James Boggs also provided insights from…

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Beginning of 2021 better than 2020

By Sarah Dickson | April 6, 2021

Edmond sales tax collections continue to be strong through February 2021. Sales tax collections for the first two months of 2021 were more than 6 percent higher than collections in the first two months of 2020. Attributing to these impressive gains were large increases in the retail NAICS categories of Furniture & Home Furnishing Stores,…

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