” MidAmerica’s Story and It’s Impact on the State”
David Stewart – Executive Director
Mr. Stewart is currently Chief Administrative Officer and Trustee of the Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority located in Pryor, Oklahoma. The Authority is a public trust that owns and operates MidAmerica Industrial Park. Mr. Stewart was appointed to this position by the Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, in December 2012. The sole mission of the trust is to bring new businesses to the region and increase area employment. The Park consists of approximately 9,000 acres, of which 3,500 are in various stages of development. The Park is the home to over 80 companies in diverse industries with employment of approximately 4,500 people. The Park is one of the largest in the Nation with on-site rail, water and electric power. Current companies that operate at the Park include Google, DuPont, and Conoco Phillips.
Under Mr. Stewart’s leadership, MidAmerica has initiated a work force development system that revolves around the development of a branded STEM-based education and work skills training model that includes ten STEM labs in surrounding schools and the development of a new career center located on the Rogers State University campus in the industrial park. The new center hosts industry specific training programs and initiatives. The Career Center operates as a regional partnership of businesses, community organizations, High Schools and Higher Education to engage a new wave of work ready employees.
In 2018, MidAmerica launched a new initiative for support businesses and housing adjacent to the industrial park. “The District” creates a sense of place that employers and workers appreciate by providing housing with amenities such as restaurants, shops and walking trails. This development will compliment the overall growth in Northeast Oklahoma and provide additional opportunities for economic development.
Previously, Mr. Stewart was Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses, LLC. Under his leadership the Cherokee Nation experienced explosive growth in the gaming industry and diversified its business portfolio to include a wide range of businesses employing over 3,500 people.
Mr. Stewart currently serves on the State Board on Career and Technology, which provides oversight of the career technical training system in Oklahoma and is a board member of the Oklahoma State Chamber and the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Stewart earned his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science business degrees from Oklahoma State University in 1978 and 1977 respectively. He was certified in Oklahoma as a Certified Public Accountant in 1978. Civic duties included serving on the Board of Directors of The Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and for the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce. He also currently serves as a board member of the Oklahoma State Chamber.
Todd Brawley graduated from Putnam City High School in 1983 and earned his civil engineering degree from Oklahoma State University in 1988. He then started his professional career in the family’s business, Brawley Engineering Corp. becoming President in 1999.
He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers having served as both the Oklahoma City Branch and Oklahoma Section President. He is also a member of Engineers without Boards and has been involved with the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Public Works Association, and Engineering Ministries International. Brawley is an associate member of both the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors and the Oklahoma Municipal Contractors Association and was recognized by OMCA as Associate Member of the Year in 1994 and 1996.
He also served on the Board of Visitors for the OSU School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Active in numerous civic and community activities, Brawley has served on the Board of Trustees for Science Museum Oklahoma (Omniplex) since 2004. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Prevent Blindness Oklahoma (Oklahoma Society to Prevent Blindness) and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.
Brawley is a Paul Harris Fellow and Rotary 29 Community Fellow. He is also a member of Leadership Oklahoma City, Class 26. Brawley is a fourth generation Oklahoman. He and his wife Sarah, a successful businesswoman and co-owner of Metro Gymnastics, have a daughter, Blair. Brawley and his family are active members of Westminster Presbyterian Church.