The development of Iron Horse Industrial Park has been spearheaded by Citizen Potawatomi Nation Director of Economic Development, James C. Collard, Ph.D.

For more than five years, Collard has developed the rail-anchored industrial park that will serve as a destination for foreign direct investment and an import-export center for U.S. domestic companies. He has traveled extensively internationally on business and as a participant on trade missions and diplomatic delegations. He was recently appointed as a member of the Oklahoma District Export Council.

Collard currently sits on the board of directors of the International Economic Development Council. He is a current member and past chair of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team and past chair of the International Economic Development Council’s Public Policy Action Committee. He was recently appointed as a member of the Oklahoma District Export Council and serves on the Executive Committee of the International Intertribal Trade and Investment Organization.

Previously Dr. Collard Chaired the Morgan County, CO Economic Development Corporation and served on the Executive Committee of the St. Charles County, MO Economic Development Corporation.

Dr. Collard is also a certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council.

To contact James C. Collard, please call 1 (405) 275-3121 or email jcollard@potawatomi.org.

  • Ph. D. Political Science: University of Missouri - St. Louis. Current research examines the relationship between intergovernmental cooperation and regional economic indicators.
  • M.A. Political Science (emphasis in Environmental Policy Analysis): University of Missouri - St. Louis.
  • M.P.A.: Univeristy of Oklahoma
  • B.A. Political Science: University of Oklahoma
  • Economic Development Institute - International Economic Development Council
  • Economic Development Finance Professional (Certification) - National Development Council
  • International Trade Certificate Course - World Trade Center Association


Born in Bosnia and raised in Sweden, Vedrana has both an Undergraduate and a Master's Degree in International Business from Oklahoma Baptist University. After receiving her undergraduate degree and working a year at Arvest Bank, Vedrana moved back to Sweden to work for Retail Innovation HTT AB. Retail Innovation develops fiscal solutions with secured technology intended for sales recording systems used in different business sectors. Working for Retail Innovation, Vedrana gained five years of experience in international trade. Ms. Milakovic speaks three languages (Swedish, Bosnian, English). Currently, Vedrana works for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation as an Administrative Research Analyst and is a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) through NCBFAA. Vedrana is passionate about Foreign Direct Investment, FTZ administrative paperwork, and helping companies save money through Product Development, duty cost-saving strategies, such as changes in material, pricing, design, and marketing. Ms. Milakovic receiving her designation as CCS, makes it one step closer for her to become a foreign trade zone expert.

To contact Vedrana Milakovic, please call 1 (405) 275-3121 or email vedrana.milakovic@potawatomi.org.

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) In international Business – Oklahoma Baptist University, 2018.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) In International Business-Oklahoma Baptist University, 2011
  • Associate of Science-Panola College, 2008
  • Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) through NCBFAA
  • The Foundations of Economic Development Research Training-Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
  • NAFTZ Annual Conference & Exposition 2019-National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones


Courtney Palmer serves as the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Iron Horse industrial park. She oversees clerical support, scheduling meetings, record maintenance, travel arrangements and grant management. She coordinates administrative communications with the Governor’s International Team, Oklahoma and U.S. Department of Commerce, Greater Oklahoma City Partnership and the International Inter-tribal Trade Organization. In addition she works closely with foreign diplomats and trade representatives upon their visits to Iron Horse.

Courtney graduated from Oklahoma City University with a B.A. Degree in Psychology. After graduating she lived in Oahu, Hawaii for two years before she moved back to Oklahoma and has traveled extensively abroad. She was previously employed at Devon Energy Corporation for over sixteen years.

  • Oklahoma City University with a B.A. Degree in Psychology
  • Courtney is currently pursuing the OU Economic Development Institute program
For more information, please contact Dr. James Collard at 405-275-3121 or jcollard@potawatomi.org,
Courtney Palmer at courtney.palmer@potawatomi.org or Vedrana Milakovic vedrana.milakovic@potawatomi.org.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation is a federally-recognized government and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and federal law.

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