Monica Miller Introduces the Oklahoma Rural Association - A Collective Voice for Rural OklahomansTue, 16 Oct 2018 10:48:45 CDT
There already exists a myriad of groups, organizations and associations that advocate on behalf of rural Oklahomans in one capacity or another- particularly focusing on one area of interest in most cases. Many are surely familiar with organizations that deal in general with farming and agriculture, as well as areas such as rural water, healthcare, education, energy, etc. However, according to Monica Miller, with a choir of voices singing out from the state’s countryside, the need to unify those voices has presented itself. As executive director of the newly formed Oklahoma Rural Association, Miller is reaching out to stakeholders statewide who regardless of industry or affiliation, fall under the umbrella designation of being a rural interest. She sat down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays this week to introduce listeners to the ORA. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“While there are many groups that are advocating on behalf of rural Oklahoma, there is not one group that is serving in a collective capacity,” Miller said. “And so, we (the ORA board of directors) came together and formed this association with the intent of being that group that’s seated at the table to collectively represent the 75 counties that outline the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas.”
According to Miller, the ORA is based on a grassroots structure with membership levels designed to cater to the individual, to associations and to corporations. The ORA will offer a unified voice at the State Capital as a legislative advocate for its collective membership which will ultimately set the organization’s policy agenda. Miller adds that the ORA will also have a public relations component as well to help sustain rural Oklahoma’s constant presence in the media and to keep it top of mind throughout our statewide community.
“Really, any group that brings up that rural base and needs an advocate and a partner to help grow and forge a future for rural Oklahoma,” Miller explained. “We want rural Oklahoma to be a place where people want to do business, to stay there and to grow their businesses.
“What makes us unique as an association, is our membership and our bylaws allows us to bring in association groups, corporation groups and individual LLC-type groups that will help develop that policy so we can take this collective approach to forging a future for rural Oklahoma with others who are already doing this in their given fields - that truly have a heart for rural Oklahoma.”
The ORA will hold its next membership meeting November 7th, 2018 in Edmond where the organization will set its agenda and policy guidelines for the upcoming legislative session. For more information about the ORA, visit their website at www.oklahomarural.com.
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