Strength Through Strategic Acquisition
Fusion is defined as the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity. That is just what was done this year when CIEDA took ownership of the Huntsville based, fivestar marketing firm Media Fusion. This established government contractor has a stellar 23-year history of doing business as a minority owned firm and boasts high profile clientele including NASA, Raytheon, Boeing, U.S Army, Lockheed Martin, and DARPA to name a few. Their contract history represents almost $100 million in successful contract awards and performance, making this acquisition a real win for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
Holiday Inn Atmore
Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA) is pleased to announce it has taken ownership of Atmore’s Holiday Inn Express (HIE). The HIE is located off of Hwy. 21 and Interstate 65 and is in close proximity to Wind Creek Casino Atmore.
Stephanie A. Bryan, Tribal Chair and CEO of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians remarked, “The HIE brand has a long standing reputation of their standard of excellence for customer service and guest experience. We are excited to add this hotel to our investment properties, and are positive that this purchase will help our community grow in the process.”
Construction by the Numbers
CIEDA’s Construction Team oversaw the building of the Poarch Creek Community Center. Their efforts include oversight for design, construction, furniture, fixtures, and equipment. They worked first-hand with the decision makers from the Tribe to create not just a building or a workable space but to create a total environment complete with furnishings and decorative components. Tasked with project development, management and oversight of construction projects, the CIEDA Construction Team works as a liaison between the Tribe and the architects and contractors involved in the project.
One of a Kind
Just a stone’s throw away from The Park at OWA sits Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority’s (CIEDA) newest hotel investment property, TownePlace Suites – Marriott at OWA. This is the most recent hotel development partnership project with Yelda Management. The recently opened 150 room hotel is an extended stay hotel, sitting next to the Foley Sports Complex and is just 9 miles from the Alabama beaches. The property boasts an indoor pool, free breakfast and game room. Each room offers a kitchen or kitchenette, allowing guests to save time and expense by having the option to make meals in-house. There are three room styles to choose from, and each offers a living/sitting area. Some rooms offer sleeper sofas for additional bed space, making it a perfect solution for larger families visiting the area.
The Island Newcomer
The second phase of hotel development in Ft. Walton Beach is wrapped up, and the Hilton Garden Inn is now open for business just in time to capitalize on the 2017 vacation season. The hotel sits Gulf front on Okaloosa Island and features 178 rooms, a lazy river, a dune walkover to the beach, an indoor pool, an onsite restaurant, and over 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
Women in Charge
The workforce in the United States is large, and finding where you fit in often is challenging. For women, it might seem daunting at first, but in recent years, the number of women in the workforce has grown and continues to increase tenfold. At Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority, we are happy to employ a vast number of women and are proud to have many women as managers in various departments. However, three businesses under the CIEDA umbrella have women as general managers: Creek Convenience Store Atmore, Creek Travel Plaza and Muskogee Inn.
CIEDA Social Media
We live in a technology, digital era. Practically everything you do is online or mobile these days. From paying bills and purchasing items to getting news information, sports alerts and funny memes, our lives are consumed with constant dings and sounds coming from our mobile devices.
Social media plays a huge roll in how a majority of people live their lives. A plethora of avenues exist in which consumers can get information — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumblr, Reddit, Google+ — the list is endless. The 24/7 news cycle doesn’t stop. That’s why it is important for businesses to be on social media and engage with their customers.
Owa: Destination Foley
And soon, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians — working through its economic development branch, Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA) — and the City of Foley will introduce a new entertainment destination that not only will benefit local and nearby residents but also the entire country.
Up in Smoke
Creek Convenience Store Atmore (CCSA) and Creek Convenience Store Wetumpka (CCSW) both started off as Creek Smoke Shops. Long before the gas and convenience store concept, Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority operated the two discount tobacco stores, exclusively selling tobacco products.
But like most industries, the economy changed how things were done. And so the move to a full-service convenience store and gas station emerged with the incentive of continuing to sell discount tobacco.
Being good neighbors
So when another Native American tribe asked for guidance, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PBCI) readily stepped up and assisted, taught and mentored. That is how the partnership between PBCI and the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California developed.
History of CIEDA (Part 3)
This is the third installment in a series about the history of Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA).
Slow, steady progress
For the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, economic development isn't a new thing. The Tribe has had a hand in it for decades.
Tribal members have gotten an education and built businesses that improve their quality of life. That, by definition, is the epitome of economic development.
History of CIEDA (Part 2)
This is the second installment in a series about the history of Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA).
Leadership forges prosperity
Eddie Tullis was the first chairman of the Board of Directors at CIEDA and was CIEDA’s first president when it was born under Tribal government. He continued as president for a short time when CIEDA was spun off into its own organization.
History of CIEDA (Part 1)
Elders soon began to plan for future generations and paved a path for today's young people to advance and not rely on others to provide a way of living.
Thus, in the mid-1980s, Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA) was born. CIEDA secures the Tribe's future beyond gaming by optimizing returns on funds and natural resources entrusted to them by the Tribal Council. CIEDA empowers talented leaders to focus their energy and build profitable organizations by adding value with our capital and management expertise to high-potential business ventures. This creates opportunities for the Tribe and generates wealth, leaving a lasting legacy.
Just A Tank Away
Road trip season is here, and if you're on a budget, you might not want to go very far. Check out these places that are within driving distance of CCSA and CCSW. The top leisure travel activities for U.S. domestic travelers are (1) visiting relatives, (2) shopping, (3) visiting friends, (4) fine dining and (5) beaches. So pack your bags and hit the road!
Driven by Success
That is the case with Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA) and its economic investment in The Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North hotel.
Opening in November 2009, the hotel became fully operational in 2010. CIEDA’s involvement began in 2014 when visiting another investment venture in Huntsville, Ala. CIEDA representatives were approached by the Yedla Management Co., and talks initiated on how CIEDA could be brought on board for the new partnership.
Q & A with the BIA
The Division of Capital Investment (DCI), from the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs (ASIA), recently held a conference at the Poarch Band of Creek Indians reservation. Representatives from DCI also were treated to a tour of the reservation by Muskogee Technology's Director of Marketing, Mal McGhee, and a presentation given by Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority President/CEO James T. Martin.
From start to finish
With the opening of Wind Creek Montgomery (WCM) this month, and the ending of another year, now is a good time to look back at the construction history of the Tribe, as managed by Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA).
Since the mid-2000s, a plethora of major construction projects have taken place under the guidance and leadership of the CIEDA construction management team.
Poarch Band of Creek Indians sponsors 5k event
Put together by the Mobile Airport Authority, the 5k race and 1 mile fun run/walk was a benefit event for Doyle Park, an overgrown 24-acre space adjacent to Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.
CIEDA Promotes Safety
Every month, the staff gathers for a safety meeting, led by Training and Development Coordinator Jemison Cunningham. CIEDA also runs safety slides at all seven properties it manages to remind workers to take precautions to ensure a safe work environment. These are fun and informative ways to stay alert and safe without management always bringing up issues, Cunningham said.
Ground Zero: CIEDA land management team clears land for projects
The blazing summer heat waits for no one. Construction and maintenance projects still must be completed, and the land management team at Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA) is hard at work getting them done.
Not one worker complains. At each job site, all you hear are the men joking around, smiles on faces, discussing the next part of the project while wiping sweat from their foreheads and taking a swig of ice water from the cooler that is stocked with bottles.
Tribal Member Profile: Renovation Station — Kevin Rackard
Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority is in full-swing mode when it comes to construction management projects. The finished products are usually what people remember, but it’s the behind-the-scenes work and planning that make it all happen.
Although these efforts are accomplished by many people, to the general public it seems almost like only a few people are onsite to build or remodel a structure. However, projects of all sizes have levels of management and supervision, and those people are planning, brainstorming, reworking changes and have hands-on oversight of the entire task.
30 years of service
For 30 years, Kitty Stuart has been a constant in Poarch Creek Indian business ventures. From the beginning of Creek Bingo Palace all the way through to the envision and completion of Creek Travel Plaza (CTP), Creek Convenience Store Atmore (CCSA) and Creek Convenience Store Wetumpka (CCSW), Stuart had a hand in it all.
Now, after three decades, Stuart is hanging up her many hats to enjoy retirement. To show appreciation for all the hard work she has put in throughout the years, Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority and PCI Gaming threw a celebration in honor of Stuart on June 30, 2015.
CIEDA — Not your average job
There comes a time when just about everyone begins looking for a job. Some search because their circumstances changed, some search out of boredom, but whatever the reason, people work to make a living.
And despite plenty of available jobs to choose from, not all jobs are created equal. But here at Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority, all jobs ARE created equal. Every employee is offered the same benefits package, regardless of level of employment.
Land management team spruces up Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve
Spring is here, and summer is fast approaching. With that comes gorgeous weather and the need to be outdoors. Birds are chirping, the creek is bubbling and calmness settles in as the sun beams through the trees and warms the Earth. If you close your eyes, you just might can picture yourself stretched out in a hammock feeling the breeze rush over you as your children run around and play.
Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve has been in full swing preparing the park for visitors. The horse trails opened up in March, and the campground has been filling up with RVs and tents as families and friends gather to relax and enjoy the peacefulness.
Tribe’s conservation efforts enhanced with planting of longleaf pine trees
In the past few months, the land management team at Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA) has been busy clearing about 93.1 acres of what is called the CLM Property in preparation for planting longleaf pine trees. The CLM property sits on Highway 21 about a mile south of Wind Creek Casino and Hotel and is part of ongoing conservation efforts managed by the Tribe, Project Coordinator James Agerton said.
This work, performed under an EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program) contract established with the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), was completed in March under the supervision of Agerton and David Elliott, NRCS Tribal liaison, who maintains the government-to-government relationship between the Tribe and NRCS and addresses the resource needs of the Tribe and tribal members.