Rural Business Program

Rural Business Program

OKC Campus

The goal of Langston University’s 1890 Program is to develop income-producing projects for under-developed rural communities in Oklahoma. The 1890 Program targets the following rural counties in Oklahoma: Caddo, Okfuskee, Logan, Okmulgee, Carter and Seminole.

Additionally, the program seeks to create self-sustaining, long-term economic development in targeted areas of high unemployment through partnerships and assist and guide these communities in becoming self-sustainable.

Strategic Partners
City of OKC - The 1890 REOD Program has an excellent working relationship with Ward 7 Councilman Skip Kelly, the City Public Works Department and the Mayor.
Oklahoma Department of Commerce – Minority Business Development Division - The Program Manager has an excellent working relationship with Mr. Ken Talley; minority business liaison and Secretary Kathryn Taylor of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation - The 1890 Team is able to download bid notices and tabulations and forward the information to rural entrepreneurs.

Oklahoma Technology Centers – The Team an excellent working relationship with technology centers located throughout the Oklahoma MSA. We trade referrals when appropriate with the Oklahoma Tech Centers statewide.

Oklahoma City University – The 1890 Team has a signed teaming agreement with Oklahoma City University’s Economics Department to research the impact of globalization and economic theory on rural businesses.

U.S. Export Assistance Center ­ - We partner with this organization to provide rural growth businesses with assistance with information and opportunities regarding exporting and importing.

USDA Rural Development
USDA Rural Development

Capitol Chamber of Commerce – The Capitol Chamber of Commerce is committed to stimulating the economy of the Northeast quadrant of Oklahoma City by enhancing the business climate and the appearance of the area. The NE quadrant of Oklahoma City is primarily African American. Their current focus is to provide business assistance, economic and community development to individuals, organizations and businesses of all sizes. The team works closely with the Capitol Chamber in the following areas: Developing networking opportunities with the community’s leading business professionals to develop contacts and generate additional business for rural firms.

Other Partners include:
MetaFund
Bank One
Langston University’s Small Business Development
City of Langston
Federal Aviation Administration Office of Small and Disadvantaged Enterprises
Local Oklahoma Bank
Eastside Capitol Gateway Main Street Program
Oklahoma Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC)
Langston Community Development Corporation
Oklahomans for Indian Opportunity (OIO)