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March 11, 2014

Stillwater Chamber's economic development director out

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and its Director of Economic Development Eric Miller evidently have parted ways.

Neither Miller nor his position are listed on the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce’s website. In response to a Stillwater News Press interview request about Miller’s departure, CEO/President Lisa Navrkal wrote in an email: “The Chamber will not be able to comment on internal employee matters. I am sure you understand the sensitivity of this nature. The CEO oversees all entities with the Chamber, and I will ensure the Chamber meets all the needs of the community, including economic development.”

The city of Stillwater has an economic development services contract with the Chamber. In November, the Stillwater Economic Development Authority approved the $150,000 contract, which essential turns the Chamber into the industrial recruitment arm of the city. The contract calls for the Chamber to give quarterly updates to the Authority.

Navrkal said in an email: “The contract for economic development with the city of Stillwater is with the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and not specific to a position or person within our organization. The Chamber staff and CEO will continue to deliver the services as directed and outlined in the contract.”

Navrkal announced Miller’s hiring in February 2013.

 

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