OEDC Investment Proposition

Mission Statement

Ottumwa, IA Economic Development Corp. is committed to promoting the overall economic health of Ottumwa, IA and Wapello County, IA by expanding and retaining business & industry, assisting in the development of a quality workforce, and supporting vibrant community improvement projects which inspire additional growth.

OEDC strives to be transparent and accountable for its programs, including the Five Strategic Priorities for 2019-2020 fiscal year:

  1. Prospect and recruit new industry for Helgerson Flats, an 82 acre state-certified industrial park
  2. Focus on target industries in the areas of Warehouse & Distribution, Machinery Manufacturing, Automotive Supply, and Food & Beverage Processing
  3. Guide new industry towards both local & state incentives available to qualified expansion, retention and attraction projects 
  4. Focus our collective resources with other regional area partners to market new and upskilled workers to the 10 county area
  5. Provide economic development outreach to other communities within Wapello County, assisting them with identification and prioritization of projects


  • We continually work to prepare industrial sites to meet the needs of prospective tenants and growing businesses through development and certification.
  • We work to fill industrial sites/buildings by targeting the types of industries identified through our 2018 Targeted Industry Study and other compatible businesses.
  • We meet with our major employers to explore and address their retention and expansion opportunities or challenges.
  • We direct and assist new and expanding major businesses to help them navigate the financial support mechanisms available for their qualifying project needs.
  • We monitor and make referrals regarding talent issuse to meet needs of business and industry.

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Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation 217 East Main Street Ottumwa, Iowa  52501
Phone 641-682-3465 Fax 641-682-3466 info@ottumwaiowa.com