STILLWATER, Okla. — Noble: "Research is always a good thing when you're looking at problems. And when you find problems that you need answers to that are going to save you money in the long run, I think it's important that we hire consultants when we need to. We need a plan to move forward. If a consultant can help us do that and save money in the long run, that's important. Stillwater is growing and we need to make plans for the long term; not just for the next couple of years. Anytime we can use something that's going to save us money, save us planning and save us from making mistakes the first time, it's a good thing."
"What specific experience makes you attune to the needs of the business community?
Pina: "For, I think, about 11 months, I've been in the hot seat, so to speak. I've had that strong and hard learning curve and because of it, in the prior experience I had through the Agra town board, I come with a different kind of flavor. I come with the idea that I'm not going to make rash and irrational decisions. I'm going to study what the issue is. I'm going to look at what the business community needs and I'm going to turn around and say to myself, 'Am I in a position to help that? Am I in a position to help the Chamber of Commerce? Am I in a position to make sure the Chamber of Commerce has the tools and research to help them do their jobs?' And if the answer is yes, I'll be the first one to say yes. If I'm not in that position, then I'm going to back off and find a way to be more attuned. I've had several opportunities to talk to business people and to get their perspective on things. I've had a lot of opportunities to see what the staff believes. So, putting that all together, what I think I'm saying is I'm going to go out there and support those entities that will bring business into our community. I'm going to make sure that I know as much as I can know, what you all want, what the City of Stillwater needs and operate off of that."