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Bob Klabenes, Economic Development Director

Bob Klabenes is the Economic Development Director for the Okmulgee Area Development Corporation in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.  In his capacity as ED Director he works on a continual basis to attract new employers to the greater Okmulgee area.  He also stays in touch with the area's commercial industrial operations and assists retail establishments as time allows.  Bob is committed to working will potential employers as well as existing employers to help them become more competitive in a global economy.

 
Between 1983 and 2011 Bob served as the president of the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee.  During his time at OSUIT, Bob facilitated the establishment of hundreds of partnerships with world-wide corporations to help them better fulfill their needs for skilled workers.  He also served in administrative positions at The Ohio State University and at Southeast Nebraska Community College, Milford Campus.  He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska.