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O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, October 2017

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

OEDC is committed to promoting the overall economic health of Ottumwa and Wapello County by expanding and retaining business and industry, assisting in the development...
Legacy Youth Alliance

Monday, October 02, 2017

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The newest Legacy grant committee will accept applications for its first grants beginning Saturday. The first grant cycle for the Legacy Youth...
City struggles with placarded buildings

Monday, October 02, 2017

  RAZE? REHAB?  City struggles with placarded buildingsMore than 150 properties on list By MATT MILNER Managing Editor The popular image of a placarded home in Ottumwa is a rental....
Manson: No student is ‘illegal’

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

District votes to protect DACA kids, their info By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Regardless of where they were born, or what language they speak, or...
Reality show zooms into town

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Leaders: Make city look good on Fireball run By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Having rally cars race though Wapello County is interesting, and having a...
Nurturing newcomer connections

Monday, September 25, 2017

Beyond basic needs for food and shelter, humans also have a fundamental need for social connection. Research suggests people with a rich network of social...
Public Safety

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — Firefighters, police officers and their supporters packed the Ottumwa council chambers for the second time in less than a month...
Capitol Theater’s Blast from the Past

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Capitol Theater Project sponsored by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation has been well underway. The Capri and Capitol Theaters are becoming the Ottumwa Theater,...
3rd Annual Nonprofit Summit Coming to Ottumwa

Monday, September 18, 2017

OTTUMWA-For the third year in a row the Southeast Iowa Nonprofit Summit will be providing much needed assistance to nonprofits from across the state.  The...
IHCC expands health services

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New provider allows more patients to be seen on campus By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Providing medical services for more than 4,000 students and hundreds...
Explore Ottumwa Online

Monday, September 11, 2017

The city of Ottumwa and its surrounding areas have a lot to offer. Visitors, newcomers, and even long-time residents can always find something new to...
Survey results guide design

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — After asking hundreds of people what they’d like to see downtown, planners are getting a picture of what our...
Loebsack visits Ottumwa Tuesday

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Rep. Dave Loebsack will be in Ottumwa Tuesday for a pair of business-focused visits as part of this “Iowa First” tour. Loebsack’s first stop is at...
Planner wants you out for a stroll

Friday, August 25, 2017

Urban bike trail improvement goal: no headaches By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — To go from one place in Ottumwa to the next shouldn’t always need...
Investor is eyeing new concept for old St. Joe’s

Friday, August 25, 2017

Blackbird concept involves taking down structure By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — An investor’s original idea to turn the old St. Joseph’s Hospital into high quality...
Renovating Main street one project at a time.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Five areas were selected in an upper floor housing case study done by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, these areas faced specific challenges and needed...
Record number of businesses open in 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The community may have lost some big stores, but the smaller, locally owned businesses have quietly increased. It’s the...
Owners confident about mall

Monday, August 21, 2017

New Jersey realtors see interest in available spaces By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Though specifics won’t be released until contracts are signed, the Quincy Place...
New Ottumwa tourism director named

Thursday, August 10, 2017

OTTUMWA — Under the past leadership of Mark Eckman and Abby Kisling, the Greater Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau has become a major player in...
ROARING GOOD TIME

Friday, August 04, 2017

New putt-putt business already starting to draw families By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — If you really focus on your next putt, you’ll barely notice the...
Big-ticket projects dominate council

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Infrastructure projects planned By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — Another light agenda allowed the city council to sprint through its Tuesday meeting, but some big-ticket projects led...
ALDI will close for part of remodel

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Temporary shutdown won’t start until end of the month By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Loyal customers of ALDI grocery store should stock up or be...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, August 2017

Thursday, August 03, 2017

OEDC is committed to promoting the overall economic health of Ottumwa and Wapello County by expanding and retaining business and industry, assisting in the development...
More stores wanted in Eldon

Friday, July 28, 2017

Could spend $10M per year if places to shop By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer ELDON — Business gurus have lots of advice, but one of the most...
IOWA DOWNTOWN CONFERENCE

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Prepare to be inspired! The Downtown Conference is the premier statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in preservation-based downtown revitalization in Iowa and neighboring...
Benefits of Beverages and Bottles

Monday, July 24, 2017

Beverage and bottling has been a large aspect of Iowa’s history and economy. There are quite a few major brands that support this quiet region. The...
Airport receives major grant

Sunday, July 09, 2017

OTTUMWA — The city is getting a big piece of the puzzle for airport upgrades with a $400,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant,...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, July 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

OEDC is committed to promoting the overall economic health of Ottumwa and Wapello County by expanding and retaining business and industry, assisting in the development...
Community improvement team gets one boss

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Will help four organizations push forward together By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — There are some good people working to improve this community, said a local...
Stocking the store at Hobby Lobby

Monday, June 26, 2017

Employees work to prepare for June 30 opening By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer Manager David Schwartz is impressed with the employees setting up inside the new Hobby...
A taste of East Africa

Friday, June 23, 2017

New grocery starting up downtown By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The downtown area does not have a lot of grocery stores. A couple is adding...
Main Street receives $50K grant

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

OTTUMWA — The National Endowment for the Arts has tapped Ottumwa as one of 89 recipients of an "Our Town" grant. The $50,000 grant will help...
Business going totally solar

Monday, June 19, 2017

Protecting nature is ‘bonus,’ but decision was made for finances By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Brian Brown is taking control of his business. Not what...
Mercy’s medical clinic completed

Monday, June 19, 2017

Model facility to open its doors June 20 By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer Patients will notice a more spacious, peaceful series of rooms when Mercy’s new Ottumwa...
Burned school building bought

Monday, June 19, 2017

Beleaguered Christian school made ‘a good offer’ by company By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — A local construction firm has purchased the old Ottumwa Christian School,...
Trailways changes Ottumwa location

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Long-distance bus service has no plans to leave By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — If you don’t see the big red bus pulling in to drop...
Downtown Ottumwa is Smith’s canvas

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — For 18 years, Sue Smith has been keeping downtown Ottumwa beautiful. Connie Hammersley-Wilson, executive director of the Ottumwa Area...
Mercy move increases room for patients

Friday, May 26, 2017

Date for opening new clinic has been scheduled By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — For months, Ottumwans have watched the new Mercy Clinic move toward completion....
Council eyes energy savings

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Reduction in energy use encouraged By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — The city’s participation in Alliant Energy’s Hometown Rewards program was overshadowed Tuesday by debate over fireworks,...
Hobby Lobby opening early July

Thursday, May 18, 2017

OTTUMWA — Quilters, crafters and generally creative customers have been waiting: Hobby Lobby has announced a schedule for opening. A release Wednesday from the national chain...
Meeting set on t rate hike

Monday, May 08, 2017

By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — Alliant Energy announced in March it is seeking a rate increase for Iowa customers. Those customers have a chance to...
Focus for Growth

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ottumwa could see annexation opportunities Managing Editor When sewer infrastructure work moves to the north side of Ottumwa, it will mark a major change to what the...
To raze or renew?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

City faces dilemma with 140 placarded area homes By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — Dilapidated properties pose a challenge for Ottumwa. Demolishing them is a long, potentially...
Proposed apartments take first step

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"This is not low income or public housing. This is moderate income. It is moderate rate housing is what it is. Will there be people...
Fly Iowa unveils Ottumwa logo

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

OTTUMWA — Fly Iowa has unveiled the logo for this year’s event, which is scheduled for Aug. 26-27 in Ottumwa. The logo pays tribute to Ottumwa’s...
Will budget derail Amtrak in Ottumwa?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Iowa stations actually had 6 percent more traffic "The budget proposal to eliminate funding for Amtrak’s long distance service could impact many of the 500 communities...
Bringing Broadband to Ottumwa

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

CHELSEA DAVIS  |  Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — In Ottumwa’s never-ending quest to further economic development in the city, broadband access will play a key...
Deere Reports Record Third-Quarter Earnings

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Net sales and revenues increase by 15 percent. Demand remains strong for U.S. farm equipment while construction continues solid recovery. Company forecasts record full-year income of approximately...
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