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Our Team.

At Blackwell Economic Development Authority, we're committed to growing the local economy and supporting businesses in the Blackwell area. Our mission is to provide the resources and assistance necessary for businesses to thrive, creating more jobs and a stronger community. We're dedicated to fostering a supportive work environment to attract and retain businesses of all sizes. Contact us today to learn how we can help you grow your business in Blackwell.

Meet Us.

Charlene Flanery, CEcD

Executive Director

Charlene has served as the Associate Director the Blackwell Industrial Authority and Economic Development Authority since 2017. She has served as their Executive Director since 2022. 

She is an alumna of Northern Oklahoma College, University of Oklahoma, and Concordia University. Charlene and her husband, Michael have one child, Kristyn all who reside in Kay County.

Dream Project: To build onto the BEDA/BIA facility to add a technology and business incubator space to provide educational and technical support to existing industries for job retention and creation. This would benefit the entire Blackwell community by growing jobs, creating wealth and sustainability. 

Brianna Turner

Admin Assistant

Brianna Turner joined the Blackwell Industrial Authority and Economic Development Authority in in 2023 as the Administrative Assistant. She oversees the day-to-day administrative tasks of the organizations and assists the Executive Director in Economic Development initiatives. Brianna was born and raised in Blackwell and is a graduate of Northern Oklahoma College. She and her husband Josh, have two children, Landry and Lainey. She enjoys watching her children play sports and camping with her family. 

Board of Trustees

The Blackwell Industrial Authority meets every third Wednesday of each month at the Blackwell Industrial Authority & Economic Development Office located at 515 N 25th Street. The Blackwell Economic Development Authority meets monthly immediately following the BIA meetings. 


Darrel Grossardt


Mike Jeffers


Mike Loftis

1st Assistant Secretary

Mark Cordell

2nd Assistant Secretary

Jim McBride

Blackwell Mayor

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Blackwell Vice-Mayor

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