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March 22, 2013

Transcript of Stillwater Chamber of Commerce's City Council forum Friday

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STILLWATER, Okla. — Weaver: "As being part of the administrative team at Oklahoma State, we run a pretty big business here in town. It is a business whether we want to admit that or not; it is. And we have a lot of complicated things we have to work out and I, like other people in the community that have to make decisions to run a business, so I think I'm like minded. I am an incumbent council member. I have learned how to work at City Hall and I understand the issues that people when they come to town, what they have to work through, what do they have to work with and I'm tuned in to what the problems are when they're trying to start up a business. I was on the CVB for six years, so I was able to get an idea of the things that are available in Stillwater and learn about how one makes your community a destination as opposed to just another place. The talents and experiences that I have and the fact that I've lived in Stillwater since I was 18 years old...I think I'm tuned in to what the community wants. I've been on the chamber board representing OSU for a number of years until I got elected to council. I think I've been able to work with enough members of the community and I've learned through my work experience and just living here in Stillwater that I think I'm tuned in to what the business community wants, but I'm always there to listen and I'm certainly willing to entertain any kind of ideas for how we can make Stillwater better.

Noble: "I have been a leader. I've been a vice president of a health care foundation. I had to do budgeting. I had to make decisions. I took care of staff. I hired people. I had to let people go. And I've worked with the media. I do understand, but here's the important thing. I'm going to listen to you. I'm a communications professional and I think one of the most important things I can do is to listen to you. I'm going to make it my job to listen to you. I can make decisions. I will listen to you, but you know what else? I'm a mom and I've made decisions for someone else for a long time. I've been the head of my household and I'm doing a pretty good job. I know how to make decisions. I know how to listen. I'm accessible. You can get ahold of me or I will get ahold of you.

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