037:Greg Massey and Choctaw Chief Gary Batton Imagine Durant, OK

by | Mar 15, 2017

When Greg Massey and Gary Batton met for a typical business lunch in 2013, little did they know they would generate an idea that has become the Imagine Durant community development initiative. 

Durant, OK, like many communities is working to reinvent itself to attract businesses and new citizens to the area. Durant is 95 miles from Dallas, TX, and 150 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. It is just east of the Lake Texoma recreational area. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is headquartered there and features the Choctaw Casino Resort. Durant is the home of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

On this episode of The Spirit of Leading I talk with the two business and community leaders about how their idea began and what it has led to. Greg Massey is CEO of First United Bank, and a life long citizen of Durant. Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation has lived in Durant since 1985.

Kara Byrd is the executive director for Imagine Durant. She is a member of the 2016 class of NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project.

Kara Byrd, Executive Director, Imagine Durant

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