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well,” he said. “This also contributes to the local economy.” In Stigler, a community of roughly 3,000 residents, the Choctaw Nation is a top-five employer in the city. It’s also a top-five employer for all of Haskell County. The Choctaw Casino–Stigler is east and south of Webbers Falls along Interstate 40, and it employs local residents. City Manager Bobby M. Mouser said the municipality is within the tribe’s 10-and-a-half-county-footprint. “They are an excellent partner from both a commerce perspective and a giving perspective,” he said. “The Choctaw Nation provides grants for road improvements in Haskell County, and they partner with our health clinic to provide flu shots.” In Stigler, other tribal operations include the nation’s health clinic, community center, fitness center, day care and dental clinic. Though most of the Choctaw Nation health initiatives are limited to tribal members, the tribe plays an active role in helping Stigler grow. “They have been very active from an economic development stance,” Mouser said. “They are interested in us growing as a city. I feel like they are very connected with the towns and cities within their footprint.” Kirk Ridenour, community and economic “They have been very active from an economic development stance. They are interested in us growing as a city. I feel like they are very connected with the towns and cities within their footprint.” ~ Bobby M. Mouser, Stigler City Manager development manager in McAlester, said the tribe is an economic driver for the city, but maybe not as much as for the border co mmunities. “As far as McAlester goes, the casino is not as big of a tourism draw as it is in those cities close to the borders of Texas or Arkansas,” he said. “The casino here mainly serves this region and may bring in people from surrounding counties, but it’s still a sizable employer.” POPPED IN OKLAHOMA The casino in McAlester employs 110, but Ridenour said the tribe’s effect in southeast Oklahoma is too big to measure. “The Choctaw Nation has been the biggest driver for development in southeast Oklahoma,” he said. “They work to drive opportunities into the communities they are in. Companies who are looking at locating in Oklahoma are now reaching out directly to contact the tribes. Overall, beyond casinos, they are a fantastic economic development partner.” AVAILABLE SERVICES Wholesale Popcorn SELL our popcorn in our 3 cup, 6 cup or 9 cup bags at your business! Gift Tins Popcorn Tins in 1 Gal, 2 Gal, 3.5 Gal & 6.5 Gal. Have 1 to 3 different flavors in the tins for a great gift! Fundraiser We have a fundraising program guarenteed to make you money for your organization. And More Weddings, Celebrations, Christmas, 1021 SW 19 th Street Moore, Ok 73061 Tel 405-300-9222 WWW.OGPOPCORN.COM 3209 S Broadway Suite 129 Edmond, OK 73013 Tel 405-657-2795 Facebook & Instagram Oklahoma Gourmet Popcorn J O U R N A L R E C O R D . C O M • THE JOURNAL RECORD 9