Devon Energy’s support manifests itself in different ways across the community
John W. Nichols and his son Larry wanted to build a power plant when they founded Devon Energy in 1971.
“We were always looking for new technologies and modern ways to produce oil and gas because we wanted to be innovators,” said co-founder Larry Nichols. “I’m proud to say that I think that’s exactly what Devon has been in the industry for over the years.”
However, exploring and producing oil and gas isn’t the only thing the company has done right.
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Over the past five decades, Devon has also been a major contributor and community partner in its operational areas through the support it has provided to science, technology, engineering and math-focused education centers located in more of 50 schools across the state through a partnership with the Cal Ripken Sr.
In addition, it annually supports community service organizations such as the United Way, local food banks and emergency response organizations and also supports organizations that improve the lives of residents in other ways, such as Allied Arts, the Lyric Theater and the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. .
“Devon takes a thoughtful and compassionate approach to helping our communities. For us, it’s not just about providing checks. We build long-term relationships so we understand what people need and how best to support them, ”said Christina Rehkop, her director of community relations.
Other contributions the company has made to the community are very visible, such as its head office which forever changed the city’s skyline.
As part of this project, Devon played a pivotal role in helping Oklahoma City reinvent its downtown. A tax raise fundraising district created to provide Devon with funds to help it carry out its project raised around $ 156 million which the oil and gas operator handed over to city officials, who used revenue to renovate the Myriad Gardens, redo downtown streets and sidewalks to create an environment that residents could enjoy, and to create an economic development fund to help bring employers back to downtown.
He has also made significant contributions over the past decades to help improve the city’s River District ($ 5 million to build the Devon Boathouse) to help keep St. Anthony’s Hospital in Midtown ($ 500,000 for a project to create a new campus for the facility), for the Overholser Mansion renovation in Heritage Hills, and has regularly supported community events, such as Downtown in December.
“Devon has always put being a good neighbor first and tried to go above and beyond for the communities that allow us to do business,” Nichols said. “They support us, and we support them. “