NOVEMBER 16, 2005

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Southwestern using software system to help manufacturers

Southwestern Oklahoma State University, along with three other universities, is using a software program to interview manufacturers in southwestern Oklahoma.

The Synchronist Business Information System provides a tool to help define, organize data, analyze, and report existing company information, allowing community decision-makers invaluable insight into the dynamics of a local economy.

Dr. Marvin Hankins, director of the Center for Economic and Business Development at SWOSU, recently attended a meeting in Chicago, which was sponsored by Blane Canada, Ltd., designer of the Synchronist system.

The Synchronist system evaluates each company’s value to a community, growth potential, risk of relocation or downsizing, satisfaction, and employment trends. The Synchronist system is built to bridge the critical business information gap in economic development organizations.

“This research tool is used to help us identify today’s business needs to help plan successful local, regional, and statewide business retention and expansion initiatives in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce,” Hankins said.

Other universities participating in the program are Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, Cameron University in Lawton, and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.

Additional information is available by calling Hankins at 580.774.3750.