To Valliant Area Citizens and Businesses:
We are well into 2015. Thank you for investing in our community, being devoted to the people of Southeast Oklahoma, and helping our community grow.
We need your help. The Chamber continues to be an effective agent for promoting Valliant. Please join the chamber, and please become an active member. The leadership of business owners is critical to our success.
Over the past ten years, the consumer/retail business environment in Valliant has grown significantly. Among others, Dollar General, Pruetts Foods, Cielito Lindo, Circle-K, and Sonic Drive-In have opened their doors in Valliant. Add to that, the opening of Paris Regional Healthcare, the Pruetts Pharmacy, and Shredz Fitness. Of course, we have lost a couple of businesses as well. Nonetheless, the sales tax revenues for the Town of Valliant have increased by 1,000% during this period.
The Chamber continues to recruit new services to Valliant and to facilitate other businesses who choose to locate here. We are working hard to land a Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Valliant and hope to hear positive news by the end of the year. Once VA announces the award of the clinic to Valliant, there are other retail businesses that intend to open in Valliant as well. Love’s Travel Stores has chosen Valliant as the location for a new Travel Center. They have purchased land inside city limits, just east of Sonic. We expect construction to begin in June 2015 and the store to open in January 2016, though the 2015 spring rains could delay the start of construction.
Valliant Public Schools is nearing completion of the construction of three Safe Rooms, one at the elementary, one at the middle school, and one at the high school. Each building will provide daily services to Valliant students, and each building is built to withstand the impact of an EF-5 tornado. Thank you to all who supported the school bond, providing for the safety of our students.
Housing continues to be a tremendous need in the Valliant area. There are a couple of land owners who are currently evaluating the infrastructure needs and feasibility of building new homes withing the city limits.
We ask you to join us as we work with the City of Valliant to improve our city infrastructure. Join us as we reach out to new businesses to rent the available buildings (former Dollar General, Milner’s Hardware, the old Pruett’s building, and others). Join us as we reach out to landlords and landowners to provide more housing in Valliant. Join us as we host community events for our citizens. More and more people are learning that Valliant is a great place to work, play, shop and call home. We are excited about the opportunities that lie before us.
Chamber officers are: President – Tracy Mussett, Vice-President – Tommy Dorries, Secretary – Lisa Mussett, and Treasurer – Julie Dorries. Other board members are: Steve Citty, Cindy Kennedy, Julie Dorries, Robert Lairson, Kayla Citty, and 1 empty position.
Tracy R. Mussett