OKLAHOMA CITY - Speaker of the House Todd Hiett, along with members of the Rural Economic Development Initiative task force, will be in Ada and Pauls Valley on Nov. 8 and 9, respectively, to explore new ideas for sparking job growth in rural Oklahoma.

The Rural Economic Development Initiative (or REDI), unveiled by Hiett (R-Kellyville) earlier this year, is a long-term action plan for rural Oklahoma.

The project has two main goals: to spark job creation in rural parts of the state by matching up rural businesses with the right financial and technological resources, and to use the legislative process to implement new policies that will encourage economic growth and business development in rural areas.

While visiting Ada and Pauls Valley, the REDI task force - which is made up of 10 members of the state House of Representatives - will hold public meetings in both communities and will listen to testimony from industry experts, local leaders, business owners and other interested citizens.

A number of local officials, including state Reps. Lisa J. Billy (R-Purcell) and Bob Plunk (D-Ada), have been working to coordinate both days' events.

In Ada, the public meeting will be held at the University Center's Estep Center meeting room, located on the campus of East Central University.

The Pauls Valley meeting will be held at the Bosa Banquet Center, located at 207 Bosa Avenue. Both meetings will begin at about 1:30 pm on the respective dates.

In Ada, task force members will hear testimony on the issue of rural tourism, including historic tourism, agri-tourism, nature-tourism and tribal tourism.

In Pauls Valley, the panel will listen to testimony regarding housing issues, such as revitalization of available housing and the use of modular homes.

Over the course of the fall, the REDI task force is holding public hearings in a total of 12 communities across rural Oklahoma. Members kicked off the tour on Oct. 4 in Blackwell and will close out the series on Nov. 30 in Poteau.

The REDI program is being chaired by former U.S. Congressman Wes Watkins. The REDI task force is co-chaired by state Reps. Don Armes (R-Faxon) and Dale DeWitt (R-Braman).

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