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National Emerging Aviation Test Bed

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is building a one-of-a-kind national test asset to support innovative research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) of emerging manned and unmanned aerial system technologies in a safe and low-risk environment.

Spirit AeroSystems

More than 1,100 aerospace entities have found success operating in Oklahoma — and for good reason (Aerospace Engineering Tax Credit, 108 publicly owned airports, +$43B annual economic activity, et. al.). Spirit AeroSystems in McAlester is a significant driver in the local aviation economy.

McAlester Army Ammunition Depot

The McAlester Army Ammunition Depot in Savanna is the largest defense air depot in the U.S. Approximately a third of all munitions stored by the Department of Defense are located at the base.

Diamond T Trailers

Oklahoma’s manufacturing industry contributes more than $18 billion to Oklahoma’s economy. There are many metal fabricators, like Diamond T Trailers near Rattan, and manufacturers throughout the Choctaw Nation territory who greatly benefit from the skill development programs at 11 Kiamichi Technology Centers.

Carlton Landing

Residents have a variety of housing options throughout the Choctaw Nation territory. Carlton Landing on the southern banks of Lake Eufaula is a growing New Urbanist community offering a unique experience in Oklahoma.

CMC Commercial Metals

Durant recruited CMC Metals to locate a new, state-of-the-art micro steel mill (+/-$300M investment). The combination of Oklahoma’s pro-business attitude along with local, tribal, and state incentives contributed heavily in the decision process.

Recreation and Leisure

Choctaw Country offers residents the opportunity for urban amenities while relaxing in a tranquil, rural environment. Residents have the best of both worlds.


Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Choctaw Nation is passionate about creating jobs, improving outcomes, and building workforce development initiatives, along with enhancing the economic vitality and sustainability of communities. Tribal leadership is committed to building rural America and takes great pride in the past, continually works to improve the present, and looks ahead for opportunities to connect people in meaningful ways.

Southeastern Oklahoma

The regional economic development partnership within Choctaw Nation's 10 ½ county territory is dedicated to coordinating, engaging, and empowering local leaders to grow a vibrant, sustainable economy. Working together to leverage regional assets, the partnership with local cities and counties is driving economic growth and creating viable communities by advancing a collaborative strategy, coordinating a regional brand, and establishing business retention, expansion, and recruitment programs.


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Key Industries

Choctaw Nation, in cooperation with local economic development partners, have identified industrial sectors which are growing and have a higher than average wage for which the region has a strategic advantage over other areas in the United States.


“Competing against much larger communities with the financial ability to attract industry would be virtually impossible without regional marketing partnerships. The City of Atoka is a beneficiary of such partnerships. Working with Choctaw Nation, rural communities, and other regional agencies, we have experienced local growth not seen in several decades.”
Brian Cathey, Mayor of Atoka
“The partnership between the City of Durant, Choctaw Nation, and the State of Oklahoma welcomed CMC with open arms and immediately made our team feel like part of the community. Beyond the competitive site selection, the partnership has worked with us to recruit employees and address public improvements. CMC is proud to be a part of Team Durant.”
Alan Jackson, Plant Manager for CMC Commercial Metals
“Choctaw Nation has helped our community tremendously. The tribe’s economic development partnership enables us to compete with larger urban areas that we wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity. Thank you Choctaw Nation for making our community better and stronger!”
Vickie Patterson, City Manager of Broken Bow

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