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November-December 2015

OSU-OKC's Robin Roberts Krieger Acknowledged With Special Economic Development Designation

Robin Roberts Krieger, vice president for business and industry training and economic development at OSU-Oklahoma City, was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Economic Development by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), recognizing her lasting commitment to economic development.

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony in October during the IEDC Annual Conference held in Anchorage, Alaska.

“The Chairman’s Award is given by IEDC to an active or former member who has been successful in expanding the boundaries of the economic development profession and who has added richness and depth to the field,” said JoAnn Crary, IEDC chair and Saginaw Future Inc. president. "Robin Roberts Krieger has been dedicated to our industry and has, indisputably, earned this distinction.”

Krieger has spent more than 25 years leading economic development efforts in communities. In her current position as vice president for business and industry training at OSU-OKC, Krieger connects the campus with the business community, focusing on training and development programs.

Throughout her career, Krieger has worked to bridge the gap between local, state and business entities. In 2004, she assumed the role of executive vice president for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Krieger led the 10-county region in its business expansion and recruitment, adding more than 50,000 jobs during her tenure. She was pivotal in the county’s acquisition of the idled General Motors facility, a Brownfield redevelopment site, and facilitated a major project to lease the site to Tinker Air Force Base and the U.S. Air Force.

At the Greater OKC Chamber, Krieger worked to enrich the region’s economy. Since 2004, the region’s bioscience R&D base has grown by 25 percent, with large capital investments and a push toward greater commercialization. She led the effort to assist Boeing in major expansions during her tenure. She was also instrumental in the fundraising of Forward Oklahoma City, a campaign to maximize the region’s competitive advantage, opportunities and investment.

An Oregon native, Krieger held several key positions in the state prior to her time in Oklahoma. She served in the Oregon Governor’s Office from 2001-04 as a community solutions regional coordinator, collaborating between all levels of government to spotlight issues including transportation, land use, housing, and economic development. Prior to that, she was director of economic development for the Portland Development Commission focusing on urban renewal and economic development.

Krieger has shown dedication to community beyond her work. She has served on the board of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC), is on the executive committee of Leadership Oklahoma, was a 2011 finalist for Woman of the Year in Oklahoma, is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Society, and was named the Oklahoma Economic Developer of the Year in 2011. She is a member of the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Civic Leader Program and an honorary trustee with the Oregon State University Foundation. She was also, notably, the first woman elected as chair of the IEDC board of directors in 2008.

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