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Press Release
December 9, 2015

OWRB named Top Oklahoma Workplace for third consecutive year

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) has been selected as one of The Oklahoman’s Top Workplaces for a third consecutive year.  The Oklahoman’s Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by a third party research firm that focuses on organizational health and employee engagement.

“I commend the OWRB and Director Strong for this well-deserved recognition as one of Oklahoma's 'Top Workplaces' for a third consecutive year," said Governor Fallin.  "The OWRB is a great example of efficient and responsive state government of which the citizens of Oklahoma can be proud."

"We are deeply honored to be named to the list of Top Oklahoma Workplaces for a third year in a row, and also to be the only state agency to have made the list three consecutive years.  It's my hope that we've made the list each year because of many factors.  I know it starts with the people first and foremost and we have a great group of Oklahomans working here at the OWRB.  They are talented, fun, and very generous," said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.  J.D. added, "I also think it's important to have a purpose, and the OWRB plays a very important role in managing Oklahoma's water resources.  We have great opportunities for individuals from a wide range of education backgrounds - from science and public service, to financial services to engineering - to grow and achieve their career goals.  I'm proud to serve the state of Oklahoma with each one of them, and Oklahomans can be proud of their forthright service."

Oklahoma’s water agency since 1957, the mission of the OWRB is to enhance the quality of life for Oklahomans by managing, protecting, and improving the state’s water resources to ensure clean, safe, and reliable water supplies, a strong economy, and a healthy environment. The primary duties and responsibilities of the agency—which employs approximately 100 scientists, engineers and financial analysts—include water use appropriation and permitting, water quality monitoring and standard-setting, financial assistance for water and sewer infrastructure, dam safety, floodplain management, water supply planning (including development of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan and the Water for 2060 Initiative), technical studies and research, and water resource mapping.

The Oklahoman published the complete list of Top Workplaces on Sunday, December 6th. For more information about the Top Workplaces, visit The Oklahoman's website or www.topworkplaces.com.

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