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The Ada Jobs Foundation contracts with the City of Ada to promote and recommend economic development opportunities with the city. We were established in 1998 to create and retain quality jobs for the Ada area. We serve as a "one-stop-shop" for economic development by coordinating with the city and other entities for your benefit. The Ada Jobs Foundation works in partnership with state and local government, educators, training providers, financial institutions, and business.

Our partners include Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, Ada Industrial Development Corporation, Chickasaw Nation, City of Ada, East Central University, Pontotoc County Commissioners, Pontotoc Technology Center & Science and Natural Resources Foundation. Ada's central location, trained labor, low utility costs, and unique incentives are just some of the reasons why Ada, Oklahoma is the ideal location for doing business.

The Ada Jobs Foundation staff is dedicated to business growth and development regardless of company size.
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read more › Ada's pro-business environment means access to unique local incentives and numerous training programs. Ada is also centrally located to serve a global business community, and has ample quality labor with a variety of skills. The low cost of living makes doing business in Ada cost effective. Few other communities compare to Ada, Oklahoma. We are home to one of the largest and most progressive Native American tribes, a 4-year university, an US EPA research facility, formerly a New York Stock Exchange listed community, and numerous other growing and entrepreneurial businesses.

read more › In 1998, the citizens of Ada passed Proposition 2, a quarter-cent sales tax to fund economic development projects. In 2002 and 2007, Proposition 2 was renewed by an overwhelming majority. Proposition 2 funding was instrumental in retaining Pre-Paid Legal Service's corporate headquarters in Ada. Proposition 2 funding has also been used to recruit the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, Globe Manufacturing OK LLC, and many other companies. Incentives are customized for each client, and can include cash inducements.

read more › Ada, Oklahoma is centrally located in the United States. This prime location can reduce distribution and shipping costs, which will give a business a competitive advantage over competitors located on the coasts. Local businesses have noted that their lower distribution costs as one way they remain competitive in pricing within their industry. As distribution costs continue to rise, a central location will continue to be a major factor in operating costs. Ada is the transportation hub of four main state highways and is located within 45 miles of both major interstates and the highway 69/75 corridor.

read more › The Pontotoc Technology Center provides businesses with skill and technical training for their employees. The Training Fro Industry Program allows PTC to provide on-site training that is customized to meet specific business needs. This program can usually be provided at no cost to the employer. PTC also provides OSHA safety training to employers at little to no cost to a business. PTC can also provide training to exiting employees to help them improve their skills to advance within a business. PTC participates in the WorkKeys and KeyTrain program and can assist potential employees improve their skills.

read more › Ada is known for local entrepreneurship with many companies starting here and growing to national recognition, including Legal Shield, Powerlift, Tornado Alley/GAMI, and MyGov. The Ada Jobs Foundation continues to do its part to help local entrepreneurs. We published a guide to starting a small business in the community that highlights major milestones and available resources. The document contains links throughout. The Ada Jobs Foundation also works closely with the Oklahoma Business Incubator Association, which helps Oklahoma build strong companies by bringing entrepreneurial leaders together.

read more › Ada's medical community serves as a regional health care hub that serves not only Pontotoc County but the citizens of neighboring counties. Ada is home to three main medical facilities: Valley View Regional Hospital, Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, and Rolling Hills Psychiatric Hospital. Valley View Regional Hospital was established in 1938 as a non-profit, acute care general hospital. In 1986, a new facility was constructed to house the growing hospital. Valley View Regional Hospital has over 700 employees which includes over 100 physicians that specialize in over 20 different fields.

read more › Ada has a wide variety of housing options, including apartments, rental houses, and homes for purchase. Our low cost of living means rental and home prices are relatively low in comparison to other parts of the country. Homes for purchase are available all price ranges, styles, and types. During the first three quarters of 2010, there were 313 homes sold in the Ada Market, and they had an average sales price of $110,480. Home were on the market an average of 153 days. When compared with the first three quarters of 2009, the total number of homes sold is down 4%, but the average price is up 3.7%.

read more › Sporting activities are popular among all ages in Ada, Oklahoma. Both the high schools and East Central University offer basketball, football, soccer, softball, and baseball. Numerous other sports are also available. Youth and adults can participate in the City of Ada sponsored softball league in late spring and early summer. The Co-Ed adult league is popular with area young professionals. The Ada community is a proud supporter of all its athletes. Ada, Oklahoma was the birthplace for numerous sports icons, including Jeremy Shockey, tight end for the New Orleans Saints.

read more › Ada, Oklahoma is a bustling retail hub that serves the surrounding communities and counties. Several strip shopping centers and Main Street are the main shopping districts. Specialty boutiques provide a unique shopping experience for customers with a variety of budgets. A variety of national chains also serve the Ada retail community. Home Depot opened their first Oklahoma store located outside the greater Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area in Ada in 2005. Main Street: Main Street has and will always be one of the primary shopping districts for Ada and the surrounding areas.

read more › Ada is home to a variety of restaurants and eateries, including the famous Polo's Mexican Restaurant and authentic Italian food at Papa Gjorjo's. Ada restaurants have everything to fulfill you culinary desires from true barbeque to true American burgers. The Blue Moon Cafe, a classic cafe and diner, was recognized as one of the top 100 most delectable delights in the state by Discover Oklahoma. Folger's, which is famous for it's burgers, was recognized as on the top 150 best hamburger stands in America.

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