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77 Series: Grady County

                                                         Chickasha Biscuits

     I believe we may be able to supply our needs for our state’s domestic consumption of all of our food; I believe through my work experience, education, connections, and drive that we can accomplish this through competition. Federal legislation will help us expand once we begin to thrive economically and to eliminate any barriers that should exist, preventing the state from industrial expansion. When we examine the Oklahoman economy, we see trends coming and going within each congressional district. In the third congressional district, there is a massive lack of industry and it is critical that we begin building industry; I have proposed two industrial projects that will bring about immediate economic prosperity to the area and I will touch upon both now.
     The first is a 3,000,000 barrel a day crude oil refinery in congressional district three. Right now, Oklahoma’s refineries cannot match our state production and we are losing money every day by not refining our own gasoline that we will be using as a state. 3,000,000 barrels will definitely cover our state production for the next one hundred years but we have another industrial economic benefit from the project; we can purchase Texas over production before it is sent overseas to be refined; this will greatly enhance the national economy as well, and Oklahoma will be the engineers of the operation. The second proposed project is doubling the Federal Oil Reserve in Cushing. We will need to expand the current operation and an important aspect of the function is to continuously flow crude oil through the facility and maintain reservoirs for emergencies, such as hurricanes and global trade disturbances. By doubling the facility in Cushing, it will go hand in hand with our new refinery and thousands of high paying jobs will result.
     I really like the Security Exchange Commission, the SEC. Being an industrialist, I am inherently competitive and this information that is given helps when making a strategy on how to win industrial competition. I can look through corporate finances and see where the company is headed and see where data our government provides and draw clear cut plans on how to proceed. I see the strength of our Oklahoman oil and gas companies and I wish to propose they fund the expansion themselves to compete with Exxon and Shell. The project will be in the billions but I know that Devon Energy has the personnel to oversee such a project but I know they may not have the capital given our current state of energy industry recovery from the market collapse in 2013. However, I would like to meet with these executives to see what capital we have to work with, and then fund the rest in the form of state bonds.
     I did not do anything to be in the French Legion of Honor, but my great grandfather got me in the club; for his duties in pushing the Germans out of France during World War 2. I do want to use my inherited intellect, reputation, and vision to serve the United States House of Congress.   My name is Bevon Rogers and I am running for U.S. Senate in 2020 as a Democrat. In order to support me in the Primary Election on June 30th, you will have to be a registered Democrat because Oklahoma has closed primaries. I have been closely examining each county in Oklahoma to discover where the weak links are in our state’s economy and I have compiled each economic essay in a project called the 77 Series. You can find the series on my campaign website, My primary focus is on Oklahoma economy, but in Oklahoma’s fourth congressional district, my focus is on building our industry through expansion in our meat processing industry. We have a hog processing plant in Guymon and a poultry processing plant in Ponca City, but I think we could really use a beef processing plant in congressional district four.
    This has large implications for our beef industry; it has been a long time since our ranchers received the full value from a heifer. Typically, we ship them off at around 400-800 pounds; we sell our yearlings in order for the processing plants to feed them to their full weight, then they process the meat, large packagers prepare it for shipment, then one or two distributors own the entire operation. I can understand how one hundred years ago this could have helped control disease and streamline our processes, but not in 2020. Now we have the technology to not only safely process the beef, but we can do so with the highest sanitation and with respect to the animals. The investment will be small in comparison to the amount of income it will bring Oklahoma.
     I am still researching the prime location for our beef processing facility, but I have not ruled out Chickasha. The ideal location for the beef processing plant is a town much like Chickasha, but with a population closer to 40,000. We will need an instant workforce of 300 or more depending on the scale of the operation. Currently, I am on the lookout for a beef processing technology summit that I can go to and learn about all the cutting edge processing methods. Until the design phase of Project D4 covers more of its scope, I am uncertain of where the plant will be. I will say that we need to focus on expanding our railways in congressional district four and I also wanted to touch on the expansion of our manufacturing in the state.
     All over Oklahoma we have economic opportunity. Some areas we need to bring industry, other areas we need to expand industry. In congressional district four, I want to focus on what we can do in order to better utilize our natural resources. We do not have much cotton, yet, nor hemp, but our neighbors certainly do. Right now, a large portion of the cotton is going overseas and being processed and turned into useable materials for subsequent textile manufacturing processes. We can also do more with our agriculture in the form of food processing and manufacturing. Grady County at one time made its own biscuits, I can see the old factory in this 1909 panorama below. As we build our state’s industry, Grady County has economic opportunity by building a manufacturing facility to make biscuits, or a textile mill process that utilizes raw cotton. Either way, congressional district four is going to see an economic boom from the state’s industrial expansion.

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