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Western Oklahoma I-40 Corridor Regional Team Meeting - Module 9

July 10, 2013 at the Frisco Center in Clinton, OK.

The final official Module (Module 9) of the Stronger Economies Together workshop was held in Clinton, Oklahoma at the Frisco Conference Center.  The meeting began with a review of what the group had accomplished during Modules 6, 7, and 8.  The team website was brought up to highlight the work that had gone into each Module and note how each effort built upon work completed during the previous sessions.  The group then walked through a discussion of how to “Measure FOR Success” by building in checkpoints along the way of each regional strategy.  
Module #9 focused on noting possible places to “correct the course” of a regional plan.  This included assessing measurement data to determine whether the desired changes in Attitudes, Behaviors, and Conditions (discussed in Module 8) were actually occurring.
  
The key questions that need to be answered at each phase of the strategy are:

    ●    What information do we need?

    ●    Who has access to that information?

    ●    When should we gather it?

    ●    How can we gather it?   
The team worked through an example of using this measurement template to measure progress associated with the regional goal of *Reducing the RN Shortage Across the Region.*  

Participants then broke up into sub-groups that worked through an exercise using the measurement template to develop measurement strategies associated with two additional regional goals:

        1.Increasing availability / use of local beef production

        2.Expanding or attracting retirement centers / other long-term care options to the region
Examples of the measurement plans constructed can be found here [Measurement Plan Template - RN and Animal Prod.pdf]

Steps For Moving Forward

Given that this was the last official module for the group, the team attempted to come up with a way to move forward and complete the High Quality Plan that uses material from most of the completed modules.  The basic plan was laid out as follows:

1)  Re-visit the 6 Module 6 strategies
         a.Set specific goal (SMART Format) for each strategy selected
         b.(Module 4 (http://www.greatplainsrcd.org/set6.html) defines SMART goals)

2)  Link strategy to regional assets (people, institutions, associations, physical resources)
          a.Handout 6 of Module 7

3)  Link strategy to ABCs (Attitudes, Behavior, Conditions)
         a.Handout 2 of Module 8

4)  Develop plan of action for strategy
         a.Handout 3 of Module 8

5)  Develop Measurements for “checkpoints” in each strategy
         a.Handout 2 of Module 9

These handouts can be found as a group here:
[Mods 7 - 9 Relevant Working Handouts.pdf]

Incorporate each of these into High-Quality Regional Plan (“Regional Economic Goals” Section starting on P. 4)

1)  Write goal (in SMART format)

2)  List key strategies designed to reach the goal from Module 8

3)  List target outcomes (A, B, C) from Module 8

The next meeting will take place on August 14 in a location to be determined.  This meeting will occur without oversight from OSU Extension.  Team members were assigned to the 6 regional goals as specified below; they are responsible for bringing on other SET members as needed to help complete the plan.

1)  Animal Production - increasing the availability / use of local beef production
         a.Larry Wright & Jim Mason

2)  Expand capability of machine shops in region:  jobs / income
          a.Ed Cole & Amber Zimmerman

3)  Expanding gypsum processing for pharmaceuticals / wallboard
         a.Kathie Price & Jodi Jackson

4)  Improve upon shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) in region
         a.Ron Wright & Chuck Dougherty

5)  Expand or attract retirement centers / other long-term care options
         a.Gene Pflughoft & Curtis Austin

6)  Attract energy and healthcare corporate / regional management / administrative offices
         a.Clark Southard & Jana Harris

Each team should use the handouts above from Modules 7, 8, and 9 to set a SMART goal and develop strategies / checkpoints related to that goal.  Each team should then incorporate their work into the High-Quality Regional Plan.  
Note that all PowerPoint slides from each Module are available here:  http://srdc.msstate.edu/set/curriculum3.html

The group will meet again on September 11 to discuss the progress made on the High Quality Plan and its possible submission to the National SET Program.  
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