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Celebration honored credit union executive

Friday, December 14, 2018

OTTUMWA — An executive who worked her way up is ready to step down. Teri Ortgies was named chief operating officer for Community 1st Credit Union...
A hands-on way to learn — and get hired

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

OTTUMWA — It may be a surprise to hear apprentice training programs called a new way to learn. But the way apprentice programs work now...
Community 1st Credit Union Embraces Diversity

Thursday, November 29, 2018

U.S. demographics have been rapidly shifting in recent years. According to the Latino Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Report, the non-Hispanic workforce in the U.S. shrank...
Land Sold: Site Certification Does its Job

Thursday, November 01, 2018

At its regular board of directors meeting October 25, OEDC accepted an offer from Alliant Energy to purchase 12.4 acres in the Helgerson Flats Industrial...
Helgerson Flats site almost ready for business

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

OTTUMWA — Even when spending millions of dollars building a new facility, industry investors worry about obstacles. That’s why economic development experts came up with...
AN IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF IOWA’S BIOSCIENCE STRENGTHS

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The state of Iowa commissioned TEConomy Partners to conduct a thorough analysis of its bioscience capabilities.  The resulting report, "Iowa Bioscience Development:  Core Competency Analysis, Platform...
OEDC Receives John Deere Foundation Grant

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

In June, OEDC was awarded $59,000 to financially support two OEDC projects: a Target Industry Study and Marketing/Communications Plan for OEDC. The Target Industry Study is...
Hometown Rewards Kicks Off in Ottumwa

Monday, June 11, 2018

OTTUMWA  – Alliant Energy and the Ottumwa Hometown Rewards Steering Committee partnered to bring Hometown Rewards to Ottumwa. The great opportunity was kicked off with a...
New Bagel Restaurant Set to Open in Ottumwa

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

OTTUMWA-The wait for bagels is over! The Blaine’s Bagels at 101 South Market Street, in downtown Ottumwa opened their doors to the public. Blaine’s Bagels is...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, May 2018

Saturday, May 05, 2018

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...
Indoor Pools at The Beach Reopening

Friday, April 27, 2018

OTTUMWA-The indoor pools at the Beach Ottumwa reopened Saturday, April 7th at 11 am. Recent improvements include new overhead indoor LED lighting, painting of the...
Iowa Sets Ambitious Workforce Education Goals

Thursday, April 26, 2018

In order to satisfy workforce needs, Iowa is fostering K–12 STEM education and aiming to increase postsecondary education and training via free community college and...
New website promotes Registered Apprenticeships in Iowa

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A new website launched encourages Iowa employers and job seekers to explore Registered Apprenticeship opportunities. Earnandlearniowa.gov focuses on helping employers understand how a Registered Apprenticeship Program works, the...
25 Best Colleges for Precision Agriculture

Monday, April 23, 2018

Choosing the right college is a process. It’s one that I’m just now embarking on with my teenage daughter. Long before she’ll find herself inundated...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, April 2018

Sunday, April 08, 2018

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...
'Leadercast' Coming May 18

Friday, April 06, 2018

To be the best leaderof others, you first mustlearn to lead yourself well. Attend this EXCLUSIVE rebroadcast of Leadercast Live to learn from world-renowned experts...
Tenco Establishes Endow Iowa Account

Friday, March 09, 2018

OTTUMWA-The Tenco Foundation has recently established an Endow Iowa Account with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines that provides an avenue to create a...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, March 2018

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

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...
McCune & Reed: Insuring Ottumwans Since 1960

Monday, March 05, 2018

It can be frustrating to spend money on intangible items such as insurance. But good coverage offers important protection for your most valuable assets. Knowing...
How to raise revenue in Iowa: Create economic growth

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Des Moines Register’s Jan. 7 editorial ["Top priority for Iowa: raising state revenue"] argued a top priority for the Legislature is to raise revenues. Iowa is experiencing...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, February 2018

Saturday, February 03, 2018

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...
2018’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family

Monday, January 29, 2018

Raising a healthy, stable family sometimes requires moving to a new state. And the reasons are often similar: career transitions, better schools, financial challenges or...
Home Base Iowa welcomes community

Monday, January 22, 2018

OTTUMWA — It took time, and effort, but the community has achieved Home Base Iowa status. Organizers have set a schedule for a public ceremony...
Iowa again leads US in graduation rates

Monday, January 15, 2018

Four-year graduation rates in Iowa once again lead among the nation's public school systems, with Bettendorf, North Scott and Pleasant Valley districts tracking above the...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, January 2018

Sunday, January 07, 2018

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...
Grocery open: For how long?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Owner fears loss in African population By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — A new grocery is expanding the tastes available for residents of Wapello County. For...
Buildings that need the most renovation

Saturday, November 18, 2017

MARK NEWMAN Ottumwa Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — In less than two weeks, four addresses have changed owners in a single block. The hope is to continue...
Many Cultures, One Workforce

Monday, November 13, 2017

On an average day, the workers at JBS Pork in Ottumwa, Iowa process 20,500 hogs. Their hard work feeds 80 million people each week in...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, November 2017

Wednesday, November 01, 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...
Better Block

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Visit Downtown Tonight to see Ottumwa’s potential Temporary changes are like a dress rehearsal for improvements By MARK NEWMAN Ottumwa Courier staff writer This evening around 5 p.m.,...
Store will be a third larger than before

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

By MARK NEWMAN Ottumwa Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Beginning 9 a.m. Friday, ALDI will offer grocery shoppers a fresh experience as it officially reopens its Ottumwa...
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

Sunday, September 10, 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,...
New Reformations Underway at IHCC

Monday, July 03, 2017

Indian Hills Community College is always seeking to improve on all aspects of their college experience. Recently, due to new Capital Projects, the Centerville campus...
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...
Come In, Sit Down, Stay a While

Monday, June 26, 2017

As Ottumwa, IA, focuses on building up their community in many ways, one problem was brought to light: newcomers don’t feel welcomed into this city,...
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...
Downtown…Where the Health Centers Go

Monday, June 19, 2017

The River Hills Community Health Center has been offering its medical and dental services to those without insurance or who are unable to afford care...
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...
IEDA & TAI: PROUD TO PARTNER TO PROMOTE IOWA TECH

Thursday, June 01, 2017

By Debi Durham, Director at Iowa Economic Development Authority The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is proud to partner with the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI)...
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...
County expands public areas

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Recreation area purchased near Kirkville By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Wapello County has a new public area for outdoor enthusiasts as a result of the...
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...
ORHC Celebrates Employee Years of Service

Friday, May 05, 2017

OTTUMWA-Ottumwa Regional Health Center recently showed their appreciation of employee service at their annual Service Awards Dinner held at Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa. Phil Noel, CEO...
Tenco Has Arrived in Lucas County

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

OTTUMWA-Tenco is ready to welcome the community to visit their new location in Chariton. Tenco has begun to provide hourly residential and employment services for...
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...
Happier Trails

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Wapello County Trails have been a source of natural entertainment for years. Recently, they have gotten even better. Thanks to a Community Attraction and Tourism...
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...
Principal will be new to Evans, not Ottumwa

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Principal will be new to Evans, not Ottumwa OTTUMWA — After being gone from Evans Middle School for 10 years, Steve Zimmerman returns to his roots. A...
State: Main Street looks like a million bucks

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ottumwa receives award for large private investment By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The Main Street Ottumwa representatives came back from Des Moines with an award...
CAN YOU RAISE CAPITAL IN IOWA?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Iowa offers one of the lowest costs of doing business in the country, but can you raise capital in Iowa? Yes. Want proof? Cedar Rapids’ NewBoCo, organizers...
Forefront Dermatology Expands In Iowa

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Forefront Dermatology is pleased to announce the addition of two new dermatology practices, Skin Solutions Dermatology and Associates in Dermatology, in Iowa. These new relationships expand...
Let’s Get Physical (Therapy)

Monday, April 10, 2017

The YMCA is known for promoting health and wellness. That’s just what they do. Well now the Ottumwa YMCA offers another way for community members...
Smithsonian exhibit coming to Ottumwa

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Historical Museum will play host next year to an exhibit from one of the best-known museums in...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, April 2017

Monday, April 03, 2017

Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) and Alliant Energy are creating a new industrial park geared toward economic growth and job gains in the region. Helgerson Flats...
GLOBAL STARTUPS ENTER INSURTECH ACCELERATOR

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Now in its third year, Insurance Journal writes that the Global Insurance Accelerator in Des Moines is experiencing a “growth-spurt.” The accelerator has seen an increase in...
City eyes property improvement incentives

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tax abatements could lower cost of upgrades, ‘nudge’ owners to renovate, expand By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — For more than a decade, Ottumwa has maintained two...
Best and Worst States for Millennials 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Each generation is different, and is shaped to a large extent by its circumstances. For members of the millennial generation, those circumstances are a mixed...
Ottumwa Job Corps among top 10

Friday, March 24, 2017

Director: Success dependent on trainees By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer "It’s hard to put your finger on one factor to account for becoming a top 10 Job...
District Expands

Thursday, March 16, 2017

4-year-olds offered classes, day care all-day preschool "Every day, they really do learn something.' "We are ... focusing on providing strong foundational skills that will give our...
County expands public areas

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Recreation area purchased near Kirkville By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Wapello County has a new public area for outdoor enthusiasts as a result of the County...
Donated Items Solicited for Annual Book Sale

Saturday, March 11, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottumwa, Iowa (March 13, 2017) – Donated items will soon be accepted for the sixth annual Pages for Pennies Book Sale. Donations of gently...
Turning By-Products into Biotechnology

Monday, March 06, 2017

Iowa is known for one main thing: corn. And in this region, nothing goes to waste. So what happens when four major companies ban together...
Ottumwa schools: ‘Early outs’ each week

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Change will give students more hours with teacher By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Students in the district will get out of school early on Friday....
Report: Investment into community colleges pays off

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Analysis: Community colleges give state 25.3 percent return By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The financial return Iowa receives for its investment in community colleges far...
Uptown/Downtown solicits donations

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nonprofit seeks funding through GoFundMe By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer ELDON — Eldon’s Uptown/ Downtown is actively recruiting donors to fund its plan to revitalize the small...
Officials to consider funding request

Monday, February 20, 2017

Eldon initiative asking for assistance By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Eldon Uptown/Downtown will ask Wapello County supervisors for financial assistance at the regular Board of...
IHCC receives $103,000 internship grant

Monday, February 20, 2017

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — A two-year, $103,248 grant will allow Indian Hills Community College to provide paid internships for its students during the...
IHCC sets budget hearing for March 13

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The Indian Hills Community College Board of Trustees agreed to hold a public hearing concerning its proposed 2018 fiscal...
Broadband money may benefit rural area

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Farm areas should have access, official insists By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Rural voters sometimes speak out to remind elected officials that farmers feed America....
Eldon commences library renovation project

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Historic building almost 104 years old By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer ELDON — Making repairs to a building that is listed on the National Register of Historic...
City’s new roundabouts take step forward

Thursday, January 19, 2017

By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — Two new roundabouts in Ottumwa are closer to construction, moves that could have Ottumwa drivers looking for detours later this...
Community’s customers have needs near and far

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Business conference discusses exports By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — A local economic development official is checking on business opportunities to the south. Far to the...
City to close viaduct to do repairs

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Jefferson Street work to take place in spring By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — A litany of problems will be addressed this spring when the city closes...
Cities reject county wage ordinance

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — When Wapello County’s minimum wage raises Jan. 1, most of the towns in the county, including the largest, will...
Top stories of 2016 from ottumwa.com

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Business news took two of the top three spots Economic news claims two of top three spots By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — Business news took two...
Cardella to open center

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

OTTUMWA — Regional Economic Development Investments (REDI) Inc. announced a business assistance award to Thomas L. Cardella, owner of TLC Associates, Inc. of Cedar Rapids. Cardella...
Indian Hills culinary arts named best in state

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The culinary program at Indian Hills Community College has been named the best culinary school in Iowa by Best...
Reynolds poised to lead Iowa

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Just two years ago, Iowa was one of only four states that had never sent a woman to Congress. Republican Joni Ernst broke that political glass...
Tenco Expands to Mahaska County

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tenco is a non-profit corporation, founded in 1965, that currently serves over 300 people with disabilities. Tenco’s mission is to provide opportunities for people with...
Ottumwa has best tacos in Iowa

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Want the best taco in the state of Iowa? Don’t leave the town of Ottumwa. At least if you trust the judgement of JayJay Goodvin. Goodvin writes...
Supervisors act on zoning change

Monday, November 21, 2016

A public hearing has been set for Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Wapello County courthouse regarding a zoning change along Hutchinson Avenue in Ottumwa....
Frito Lay warehouse coming to Ottumwa

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"We were pleased when they directed us to locate a site for them in Ottumwa." OTTUMWA — You may notice a bit more crunch in the...
Bond issue explained to Rotarians

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Rotary Club of Ottumwa heard details of a proposed $36 million bond issue for facility improvements to Indian Hills...
Wastewater rates go under the microscope

Monday, November 07, 2016

"As with any enterprise fund, rates need to be reviewed on set time intervals or when major events occur." PUBLIC SERVICES DIRECTOR LARRY SEALS By MATT MILNER Managing...
Buxton targets businesses to locate in Ottumwa

Monday, November 07, 2016

Officials hope company can help city pursue development more effectively By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — The pursuit of new businesses in Ottumwa is about to take...
Changes to wage ordinance assured

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Questions answered in Wapello County Supervisors meeting By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Changes to the Wapello County minimum wage ordinance are certain following a discussion...
Minimum wage back on agendas

Monday, October 31, 2016

Wage decision set for Tuesday council By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — The city council is being urged by staff to reject the county’s minimum wage hike...
Supervisors revisit minimum wage issue

Monday, October 31, 2016

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Board of Supervisors will revisit the minimum wage question at its regular meeting at 9:30 a.m....
IHCC intensifies efforts in bond vote

Monday, October 17, 2016

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College has begun its information blitz to encourage the public to vote yes for its proposed...
Greenhouse a big step in Tenco’s growth

Friday, October 14, 2016

Hydroponic facility sees grand opening By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — It’s one thing to hit the ground running after taking a new job. It’s another to formally...
ORMICS Celebrates 35 Years of Service

Friday, October 14, 2016

Ottumwa Regional Health Center held a reception today to honor 35 years of ORMICS (Ottumwa Regional Mobile Intensive Care Service) service on Friday, September 30,...
Job Fair 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Job Fair 2016 Thursday, November 10 Penn Central Mall 200 High Ave W. Oskaloosa 4:00 - 6:00 pm Includes over 40 employers from: Mahaska County Marion County Monroe County Wapello County and more! Download registration form...
City seeks growth through focus

Friday, October 07, 2016

Development agencies finding a more modern approach By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — If Ottumwa wants to grow, agencies here must update the way they compete...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, October 2016

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation, Inc.– committed to promoting the overall economic health of Ottumwa and Wapello County by expanding & retaining business & industry, assisting...
Newsletter Correction

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The October issue of O’Town O’ptomist has an error regarding the LeadershipNOW regional conference. While the date, time, and location are unchanged, speaker content is...
Al-jon seeks investment partner

Friday, September 09, 2016

Has millions of dollars in orders By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer Millions in sales await whoever takes over the management of Al-jon Manufacturing: Of course, there’s work...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, September 2016

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Ottumwa Economic Development Corp. is committed to promoting the overall health of Ottumwa and Wapello County by expanding and retaining business and industry, assisting in...
New year brings new school for Cardinal

Thursday, September 01, 2016

By ETHAN GOETZ Courier staff writer ELDON — The schools of yesterday were at times cramped and uninviting. Some had large brick facades with small windows, narrow...
New tenants for Target?

Friday, August 19, 2016

It looks like the former Target building will soon be occupied, but it’s not going to be a single tenant. Sharon Stroh, executive director of the...
Making money from history

Monday, August 15, 2016

Record holder: City should monetize eSports connection By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — There’s money to be had, yet the opportunity is being ignored, says an...
IHCC receives funding for TRIO program

Friday, August 05, 2016

Grant will help 500 families in the Ottumwa area By MEGAN BERBERICH Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College was recently awarded a U.S. Department of...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, August 2016

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation, Inc.– committed to promoting the overall economic health of Ottumwa and Wapello County by expanding & retaining business & industry, assisting...
Employment ranked as top barrier for women

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ottumwa examined in ‘She Matters’ report By MEGAN BERBERICH Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Employment, childcare, housing education, transportation and mentoring were the top six barriers identified by...
Study aids Main Street’s recruitment efforts

Thursday, July 21, 2016

By MEGAN BERBERICH Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Main Street Ottumwa has been involved in a market study with Tennessee-based company Down Town Professionals since April. Now,...
IHCC Vision Awards - Now accepting nominations!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

I'm willing to bet that every person reading this e-mail knows an entrepreneurial student, teacher, or business owner in our 10-county region deserving of recognition...
Mercy adds new clinic in Ottumwa

Monday, July 18, 2016

New facility under construction By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The new Mercy clinic in town is not a way to shuffle “customers” up to their...
Video Game Festival Coming to Ottumwa

Friday, July 15, 2016

Ottumwa, Iowa, long famous as the "Video Game Capital of the World", flexes its video game muscles during the weekend of August 5 - 7,...
IHCC bioprocessing program gets revamp

Friday, July 15, 2016

Technology utilizes organisms to improve, make products By MEGAN BERBERICH Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The bioprocessing program at Indian Hills Community College is undergoing some rebranding efforts...
Area 15 planning group finds millions

Friday, July 15, 2016

Area 15 planning group finds millions Director: ‘We do a lot of our work behind the scenes’ By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Considering all the carpenters’...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, July 2016

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Ottumwa Economic Development Corp. is committed to promoting the overall health of Ottumwa and Wapello County by expanding and retaining business and industry, assisting in...
Stroh hails Mercy clinic's ripple effect

Thursday, July 07, 2016

A report from the Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation suggests the new Mercy Medical Center clinic in Ottumwa could pump more than $5 million into the...
Laser Optics and Robotics program at Indian Hills

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Laser Optics and Robotics program offered at Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) is a nationally-known program. It is available through the Electronic Technician program,...
IHCC Unveils Dental Hygiene Program

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Inside the Rural Health and Science Education Center, there are students like Taylor Mills and Amanda Gallegos finishing up their last semester of the Indian...
Hardee’s makes its way into Ottumwa

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Hardee’s franchise began after Wilbur Hardee started his first restaurant in Greenville, North Carolina in 1960. Five months later, he had his first franchisee...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, June 2016

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Ottumwa Economic Development Corp. is committed to promoting the overall health of Ottumwa and Wapello County by expanding and retaining business and industry, assisting in...
Planning and Zoning

Monday, May 30, 2016

Ottumwa’s Planning and Zoning staff develops plans for the future development of the community and administers development regulations, which ensure that the use and development...
Happy Mutant Adventure Race Series in Ottumwa

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Happy Mutant Adventure Race Series makes its second stop of the 2016 national tour this weekend in Ottumwa, IA with the 72-hour/300...
Board talks future careers of students

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

IowaWORKS representatives present at school meeting By NEAL QUERIO Courier staff writer OTTUMWA: In Ottumwa, students have access to different programs available to get them out in the...
Ottumwa Council hires new City Administrator

Monday, May 23, 2016

On October 6th, the Ottumwa City Council hired their new City Administrator, Andrew Morris. His appointment was unanimously approved, and Morris began his administrative duties...
Community 1st Opens Knoxville Branch

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Community 1st Credit Union announces the opening of a new branch facility in Knoxville this fall. Click here for the complete article.
Indian Hills Avionics program

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Avionics Electronic Technician program is designed to develop in-depth knowledge of aircraft avionic systems down to the component level. With this program, students are...
RAGBRAI® Local Merchant Meeting May 19

Saturday, May 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ottumwa, Iowa (May 10, 2016) - The Ottumwa RAGBRAI® Publicity Committee, Main Street Ottumwa, and the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce will be...
John Deere Foundation Awards Grant to OEDC

Thursday, May 12, 2016

John Deere Foundation recently awarded Ottumwa Economic Develop Corp $75,000 to assist with capacity building within the organization, and for planning local incentive initiatives for...
Anomaly Gallery Opens in Downtown Ottumwa

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A new fine art gallery, Anomaly Gallery, is now open for business in Ottumwa. Located at 105 North Court Street,it is open Thursday-Friday nights from...
Downtown Resource Center to Host Downtown Forums

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) Downtown Resource Center assists communities around the state in revitalizing their downtowns and commercial districts. This summer, the Iowa Downtown...
Sieda Community Action Receives CARF Accreditation

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sieda Community Action Behavioral Health and Treatment Services has received a three-year accreditation by CARF International; CARF's highest level of accreditation available to a behavioral...
Pipestone Veterinary Clinic

Monday, May 09, 2016

Pipestone Veterinary Services is a company rooted in success looking towards a bright future.  In 1944, Drs. E.A. Schweim and P.A. Pinkert founded the Pipestone...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, May 2016

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Ottumwa Economic Development Corp. is committed to promoting the overall health of Ottumwa and Wapello County by expanding and retaining business and industry, assisting in...
Girls Break the Mold with Engineering Event

Monday, May 02, 2016

Constantly hearing the phrase, “You cannot do that–you are a girl,” has prevented many women from pursuing their dreams. This is especially true when it...
Ottumwa Area CVB Contest Winners Announced

Monday, May 02, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Release Ottumwa, Iowa (May 2, 2016) – The Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the winners of their ‘Go...
Ajinomoto North America, Inc.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Ajinomoto North America, Inc. contributes to significant advances in nutrition and health, creating better life for all. The company is recognized as a global leader...
Young Professionals Organization

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Young Professionals Organization (YPO) is a group that focuses on professional development, civic involvement, and social networking. Anyone between the ages of 21 and...
New Surgeon Come to Ottumwa

Thursday, April 14, 2016

It’d be a shame to meet Gregory Casey while you’re unconscious, layed out on an operating table. Because when it comes to fishing, hunting or...
Business expo brings community together

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Fifth Annual Southern Iowa Business Expo is a bit different from your normal business show. Sales aren’t really the focus. Community is. This was the second...
River Hills expands more than its buildings

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Some medical practices need to balance serving their town with earning enough revenue to succeed. A not-for-profit “community” health center, on the other hand, is...
Plastipak expands business in Ottumwa, Iowa

Monday, April 11, 2016

Plastipak Packaging is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of plastic rigid containers for the beverage, agricultural, personal, care, automotive, food and consumer...
AMERICAN PICKERS To Film In Iowa

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Iowa! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS in...
Ottumwa Regional Health Center

Monday, April 04, 2016

The Ottumwa Regional Health Center (ORHC) started serving people over 100 years ago, and has provided general acute care hospital services since 1952. In addition,...
RAGBRAI® Vendor Applications Available Online

Monday, April 04, 2016

Press Release OTTUMWA, IOWA (April 4, 2016) – The Ottumwa RAGBRAI® Food and Vendor Committee now has vendor applications available online at OttumwaRAGBRAI.com. Those who are interested...
Rick Springfield Will Headline Ottumwa RAGBRAI® Stop

Friday, April 01, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTUMWA, IOWA (MARCH 31, 2016) – The Ottumwa RAGBRAI® Entertainment Committee has announced that nationally recognized recording artist, Rick Springfield, will be headlining...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, April 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation is committed to enhancing the standard of living and providing focused, sustained actions that promote overall economic health to all its...
Main Street Ottumwa

Monday, March 28, 2016

Main Street Ottumwa strives to make the city of Ottumwa the southeast Iowa hub for arts, entertainment, commerce, residential, and employment opportunities. Their mission is...
L.E.A.P. Academy

Monday, March 21, 2016

L.E.A.P. stands for Leadership, Empowerment, Achievement, and Progress. The academy is geared toward high school students, and was created in March 2013 with the goal...
Millions in Investments Help Ottumwa Grow

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The business scene in Ottumwa looks different today than it did 20 years ago. And that’s a good for Ottumwa’s growth, says one official. Click here...
Eldon Hopes to Promote Main Street

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The people of this community believe in each other, in local businesses and their town. They’re at the very start of a process to that...
Go Where We Go Online Survey

Monday, March 14, 2016

Are you a resident of Ottumwa or Wapello County or visit the area frequently? If so, please provide your insights on the highlights of our...
Greg Brown to Perform Benefit Concert in Eldon

Thursday, March 10, 2016

For Immediate Release March 9th, 2016 For More Information: Sean Coulter, President Eldon Uptown/Downtown secoulter@coca-cola.com 641.777.9214 “An Evening with Greg Brown” Eldon, IA- Local ties to a small town and an ambitious cause...
YMCA, Pella Regional Offer Physical Therapy

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Beginning April 1, the Ottumwa Family YMCA and Pella Regional Health Center are joining forces to offer new physical therapy services to the Ottumwa community. Click...
Iowa's next economic frontier

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Fifty thousand jobs. That’s what is projected to be created nationally in the biorenewable chemicals industry within the next five years, according to “Bio-Based Chemicals:...
Coding lesson plans of tomorrow

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Few would have thought video games would find a place in classrooms. However, new lessons in computer coding are giving students and teachers an inside...
Iowa Workforce Development

Monday, March 07, 2016

The Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) is the state agency working to help improve all aspects of Iowa’s workforce. In order to achieve this, IWD utilizes...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, March 2016

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation is committed to enhancing the standard of living and providing focused, sustained actions that promote overall economic health to all its...
What’s the big deal about Iowa?

Monday, February 29, 2016

When most people think of Iowa, corn comes to mind. Corn is like gold in Iowa because it is what helps fuel a growing economy....
Partners In Progress Banquet Highlights

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sustaining Better Baseball Fields representative Joe Schultz (L) receives 2015 Partner of the Year award from Ottumwa Economic Development Corp Executive Director Sharon Stroh to...
Hopes for Church Street

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Downtown is steadily improving its image, with brand new storefronts looking out on Main Street. If merchants agree, says a local leader, maybe Church Street...
Iowa Economic Development

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) was created in 2011 to replace the Iowa Department of Economic Development as part of the complete overhaul of...
Business Incubation through Indian Hills

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Regional Entrepreneurship Center (REC) is working on new areas for business incubation including incubating Main Street and integrated incubation. Business incubation as a positive...
JBS Swift (formerly Cargill Meat Solutions)

Monday, February 08, 2016

JBS provides food, agriculture, financial, and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments, and communities, they help people thrive by...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, February 2016

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation is committed to enhancing the standard of living and providing focused, sustained actions that promote overall economic health to all its...
Stroh: Public Might be Pleasantly Surprised

Thursday, February 04, 2016

“We’ve been working diligently with very good prospects,’ said Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (ODEC) Executive Directive Sharon Stroh of retailers looking to fill the empty...
Area 15 Regional Planning

Monday, January 25, 2016

Regional Economic Development Investments, Inc. (REDI) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1990. REDI Inc. is an affiliate organization of the Area 15...
Historic District Moves Forward

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Greater Second Street Historical District has jumped another hurdle in the process to be listed on the National Register of Historic Place. Click here for...
Second Street May Become Historic District

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

If all goes as planned, Otttumwa could have the Greater Second Street Historical District as apart of the National Register of Historic Place as early...
Partners in Progress Banquet, Februrary 18

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January 13, 2016 (Ottumwa, IA)-Partners in Progress would like to invite the community to attend their annual banquet on the evening of Thursday, February 18...
Ottumwa Regional Airport Industrial Park

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Ottumwa Regional Airport is a 1440 acre complex located on Highway 63, three miles north of the City of Ottumwa. The airport consists of...
Soup and the Scoop Focuses on Downtown

Friday, January 08, 2016

Come get the scoop on what is going on in downtown Ottumwa this year at the first of three “Soup and the Scoop 2016” series. Click...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, January 2015

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation is committed to enhancing the standard of living and providing focused, sustained actions that promote overall economic health to all its...
Ottumwa FIRST 2015 Community Survey

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

In order to position Ottumwa for the future, Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation, Main Street Ottumwa and the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce have partnered to...
Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Some people shop online because it saves time compared to shopping locally. Now a Midwest supermarket chain has decided you can shop online and shop...
River Hills Celebrates Expansion

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Completion of River Hills’ new administrative offices was celebrated Monday, even as work on the next phase of the health center’s development got underway. Click here...
Back in the Saddle

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It’s Friday afternoon and Andy Morris is keeping an eye on the forecast. Getting back to his family for the weekend gets a lot trickier...
Hy-Vee Recognized as Top 10 Company

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hy-Vee, Inc. recently ranked seventh in the 2015 Temkin Loyalty Index, which evaluates the loyalty of 10,000 consumers to 293 companies across 20 industries. Click here...
ORHC Celebrates Outstanding Quality Recognition

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Employees, physicians and volunteers from Ottumwa Regional Health Center gathered Wednesday to celebrate the hospital’s 2016 value-based purchasing, or VBP, results. Click here for the complete...
Target: We are Closing

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Target executives understand closing their local store will hurt the town, but insist they are not changing their minds. Click here for the complete article.
Job Corps Meets with Ottumwa

Friday, October 30, 2015

When there are meetings between Job Corps and the public, the public learns something. This time, the public was sharing. Click here for the complete article.
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, November 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ottumwa Economic Development Corp. is committed to promoting the overall health of Ottumwa and Wapello County by expanding & retaining industry, assisting in the development...
Public PayCheck

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Added together, the local governments and educational institutions based in Ottumwa pay their employees more than $70 million per year. Click here for the complete article.
Evolving Industry Sets Sights on Eddyville

Friday, August 21, 2015

The biotech industry has always been a blend of agriculture and technology. So next week’s conference in Eddyville is, fittingly, a hybrid. Click here for the...
Water Quality a Looming Challenge

Friday, August 21, 2015

While local officials are concerned enough about the increasing threats to water quality, Ottumwa is not likely to follow Des Moines into the legal arena...
Save the Date for OEDC’s “Futurist”

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

David Pearce Snyder has been in the forecasting business for over 30 years, during which time he has built an impressive track record with his...
A Four-Lane Highway to Missouri?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A delegation of local officials will be making a presentation to the Iowa Transportation Commission at the Commission’s meeting on Tuesday at Burlington. The U.S....
Tax Abatement Given Green Light by City

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Developers of the Vogel Building project were given a huge break by Ottumwa City Council Tuesday night. Click here for the complete article.
Hospitality Training Fuels Area Tourism

Friday, June 26, 2015

After long road trip, families visiting the area climb out of tightly packed cars to be greeted by Ottumwa's frontline hospitality team. Click here to view...
Cargill Eddyville Celebrates 30 Years

Friday, June 26, 2015

Cargill celebrated the growth and success that its corn product-producing facility has achieved in the past 30 years in Eddyville. Click here for the complete article.
Cardinal Wins Prestigious Award

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Iowa Character Awards are presented by the Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University every year. Their site reads, “Since 2005, we...
IHCC to Offer Training in Phlebotomy Skills

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Indian Hills Community College will be offering a short-term training certificate in phlebotomy skills with the course starting June 10. Students who are trained in...
Market on Main Continues in New Direction

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

It's not everyday that a newly appointed executive director celebrates the new job title with a block party, but it is true for David Camphouse. Click...
Get Ready to Party Ottumwa

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The work is done, and now it's time to party. On Saturday, the Ottumwa community plans to celebrate the downtown improvements in the 300 block...
New Life for St. Joe's Property

Saturday, May 30, 2015

It's unique. It's one of a kind. And…it's in Ottumwa. The old St. Joseph's hospital and its 10-acre parcel has its eye on becoming a...
Downtown Resource Center to Host Downtown Forums

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) Downtown Resource Center assists communities around the state in revitalizing their downtowns and commercial districts.  This summer, the Iowa Downtown...
IEDA Unveils Hemispheres Feature on Iowa

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced today that Iowa's business climate will be showcased in a 24-page editorial supplement that will be featured in...
Hammers Ready to Swing

Thursday, May 21, 2015

By summer's end, the sound of construction work will be reverberating through the Vogel historical district of Ottumwa. Click here for the complete article.
Kisling Improving Visitor Experience

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Each time a new business or attraction comes to Ottumwa, excitement runs through the community. However, no one is as delighted as transplant Abby Kisling,...
The Countdown Has Begun

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spring's arrival has new meaning for the American Gothic House. Tuesday night during the Wapello County Board of Supervisors meeting, American Gothic House Administrator Holly Berg...
Downtown Tour Showcases Upscale Vision

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

An exciting opportunity to see the potential of how mixed-use commercial and residential living is revitalizing the heart of the city was available to the...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, May 2014

Saturday, May 02, 2015

After selling the last available lot in the Industrial Park to SERVPRO last fall, Ottumwa Economic Development Corp. (OEDC) officials knew they needed a plan...
A Night on the Town

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Friday night's Ladies Night Out, sponsored by Main Street Ottumwa, was bustling for the second year in a row. Click here for the complete article.
Inside Look of American Gothic House

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Eldon's most famous residence, the American Gothic House, opened its doors to the public for the first time Saturday morning. Since it aaas built in...
Deere Listed as a Top Employer in Forbes

Thursday, April 09, 2015

John Deere has been named to the Forbes magazine list of America's Best Employers. Deere was 38th among 500 companies included in the recently announced...
A Demanding Digital Economy

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Residents of Wapello County and the surrounding area put demands on digital technology being used to conduct business: Send these x-rays; tell the town what...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, March 2014

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) is pleased to announce that Plastipak Packaging plans to expand its operation in Ottumwa by opening a manufacturing facility to service...
Ottumwa Among Top Places to Live in Iowa

Friday, March 13, 2015

Is our community really a great place to live? According to website SmartAsset, Ottumwa is ranked in the top 10 most adorable places to live...
OHS is Home of Iowa's Top Principal

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ottumwa High School students rose to their feet to honor their principal who has always risen to the occasion during a school wide celebration Tuesday...
Branstad, Alliant Commend Project

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Ottumwa Generating Station wrapped up a nearly three-year, $491 million project on Monday, and Iowa's governor was on had to celebrate. Click here for the...
Alliant Reduces Smog

Monday, March 02, 2015

When you burn coal for energy, keeping our air clean takes a lot of effort. In fact, the Ottumwa Generating Station just finished a $345 million...
As Seen on TV

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Designer Hal Davis walked into The Beach Ottumwa lobby Tuesday morning and immediately began envisioning the possible warm and welcoming space it could be transformed...
New Square Baler Unveiling Wednesday

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

John Deer Ottumwa Works will make its first shipment of its new large square balers today. The balers are the first new product line built at...
Plastipak Plans Expansion in Ottumwa: 20 New Jobs

Monday, February 23, 2015

A major expansion project is in the works for Ottumwa's Industrial Park. Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) announced Friday that Plastipak Packaging plans to expand its...
Pastoral Principal's Pasteurized Product

Saturday, February 14, 2015

With the opening of a new desert shop downtown, the multi-talented Jeff Hendred will be known as Ottumwa's drum=playing, prayer-leading, bilingual, 'yogurt making' elementary school...
A Victory for Cardinal Schools

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Voters in the Cardinal Community School District showed their support for the district Tuesday night by approving a $5.3 million improvement project. Click here for the...
A Budget in the Works

Friday, January 30, 2015

If you think your tax dollars are the only money helping to fuel the city of Ottumwa, think again. In the upcoming fiscal year, only...
A Safer, More Vibrant Downtown

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Right now the space is just exposed joists and peeling paint, but soon the upper floor of 117/119 E. Main St. and other like it...
A Bold Proposal

Monday, January 12, 2015

President Barrack Obama announced a proposal Friday morning that would provide Americans with two years of community college for free. If all 50 states implemented...
Program Funds More Than Just Tuition

Friday, January 09, 2015

With a tagline reading "Life Changing," it's no secret that Indian Hills Community College is in the business of transforming lives by providing career opportunities....
Report Show Improved Midwest Economic Outlook

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Falling grain and fuel prices have hurt businesses tied to those industries, but have helped consumer open their pocketbooks, leading to an improved economic outlook...
An Important Open House

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

People checking local event calendars Monday morning found out first: The American Gothic House Center has scheduled tentative times to go into the famous house...
Welcome to Moe's

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The familiar saying "Welcome to Moe's" will be heard in Ottumwa in the coming year. Moe's Southwest Grill, a restaurant known for its southwestern menu...
Market on Main Sold

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A business incubator can increase the odds that a new company will succeed. But who's there to help a new incubator? "Incubator is the buzz word...
Staying Local, Growing Local

Thursday, December 11, 2014

After more than 100 years serving Ottumwans, South Ottumwa Savings Bank made more memories Wednesday as it conducted an official ribbon-cutting and open house celebrating...
New Life for Old Theaters

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The community has moved a step closer to choosing a use for the old movie theater buildings downtown. Click here for the complete article.
Report: Workers feel more financially stable

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

As the U.S. economy continues a slow recovery, more workers in the U.S. feel they are on more solid ground financially, a new survey shows. Forty-six...
Indian Hills on Cutting Edge

Monday, December 08, 2014

In November, Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) became the second college in Iowa to earn NIMS Accreditation. The honor is the highest benchmark that a...
New RX for Old St. Joe's

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

In a series of meetings with neighbors and other community members, Ottumwa Regional health Center announced the sale of the old St. Joe's Hospital. Click here...
Cardinal Classrooms Go Global

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

In 21st century classrooms, teachers are constantly reminding students to keep their cellphones off and out of sight. However, that is not the case at...
Trails Get a Boost

Friday, November 21, 2014

After securing a $125,000 Community Attraction and Tourism Grant from Vision Iowa, the Wapello County Trails Council can drill its way into the next phase...
Excitement at Penn and Jeff

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Elliott Oil Company's newly built store has a special place in Andrew E. Woodard's heart. "This is unique," said Elliott Oil's vice president and general manager...
Home Free?

Monday, November 10, 2014

There's a new type of property adding to neighborhood blight: the bank walkaway. In Ottumwa, however, the blighted property is a gift paying dividends to...
Park Plans Path for Hikers

Friday, October 24, 2014

Having a highway smack dab in the middle of a walkingbtrail is one obstacle local hikers just can't get over. But maybe, says an engineer,...
Biochem tax credit pitched by economic agency

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Article By: The Des Moines Register   |   Matthew Patane The state's economic development agency will pitch a new tax credit aimed at biochemical production during Iowa's...
America's Best Run Burger King

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ottumwa Burger King owner Randy Bradley doesn't sell hamburgers with the hope of winning awards, he said. But he's won one anyway. And it's a...
The Movement Back Downtown

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Article By: Sharon Stroh, Executive Director of Ottumwa Economic Development Corportion Something happened in 1956 that started a movement which would eventually damage the appeal of...
Downtown theater tour brings out more ideas

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Article By: Ottumwa Courier Online   |   Laura Carrell OTTUMWA — Ideas for the two downtown theaters have been coming hot and heavy, and Sunday afternoon's steamy...
Bacon Town sets American Record

Monday, August 25, 2014

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Patrick Shelby OTTUMWA — The inaugural “Bacon Town! Bacon & Brew Fest 2014” was an American record-breaking event of community pride...
Main Street Ottumwa recognized for achievements

Monday, June 16, 2014

Article By:  Ottumwa Courier   |   Josh Vardaman   OTTUMWA — Since 2006, the Main Street Ottumwa program has helped to link organizations in the downtown district with...
Renovated parking lots coming to Ottumwa

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Josh Vardaman   OTTUMWA — Something that could be thrown by the wayside when discussing the renovations to a downtown district like...
Habitat for Humanity building two new homes

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Article By:  Ottumwa Courier   |   Josh Vardaman   OTTUMWA — One of the basic necessities of life is to have a roof over your head. Sometimes that...
A sense of 'I can'

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Article by: Laura Carrell  |  Ottumwa Courier   OTTUMWA — The newly renovated Pothoven Academic SUCCESS Center at Indian Hills Community College is advancing the idea that...
City buying land for airport fence project

Monday, April 21, 2014

Article By: Josh Vardaman   |   Ottumwa Courier   OTTUMWA — The City of Ottumwa is currently in the process of constructing a fence surrounding the runway at...
Ready for television fame?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Article By:  Laura Carrell  |  Ottumwa Courier   OTTUMWA — Are you ready for worldwide recognition? Is the world ready for you? In just three days, southern Iowans...
Leader makes a difference

Monday, April 14, 2014

Article By: Mark Newman   |   Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — Some residents say they've seen big improvements at Ottumwa High School. The man credited with leading...
District legislators meet with Ottumwa community

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Article By: Josh Vardaman   |   Ottumwa Courier   OTTUMWA — Saturday morning at the Bridge View Center, State Sens. Mark Chelgren and Ken Rozenboom and state Reps....
Development Spotlight: Ottumwa's Market on Main

Monday, March 10, 2014

Written by: Matthew Patane   |   DesMoinesRegister.com   Cost: About $1.7 million Owner: Ottumwa Property and Redevelopment Co. Location: 331 E. Main St., Ottumwa Opening: Wednesday Funding: $500,000 grant from the Iowa...
City Council Discusses Two-Way Streets

Monday, March 03, 2014

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Josh Vardaman   OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa City Council held a special meeting Monday night at 5 p.m. at City Hall in...
Grab Your Resume

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Mark Newman OTTUMWA — Who says there are no jobs available? U.S. Cellular says they're looking to fill 60 job openings. Though...
Mr Pederson goes to Des Moines

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Mark Newman ELDON — A local school superintendent was one of the experts lawmakers wanted to talk to this week. Cardinal Superintendent...
Come to Iowa

Monday, February 10, 2014

By: Mark Newman   |   Courier Staff Writer   OTTUMWA — When you think of high-tech laser design, think of Wapello County in Iowa. That's what business owners in...
Market Street Bridge Project Begins Monday

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Article By:  Ottumwa Courier   OTTUMWA — The Market Street Bridge will be closing to all traffic on Monday for the deck replacement project.   The $2.9 million Market...
Real estate market creating sense of optimism

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Article By:   Ottumwa Courier   |   Jash Vardaman, Courier Staff Writer   OTTUMWA — If recent years are any indication, home buyers around the country are feeling generally...
Branstad, Reynolds in Ottumwa today

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   OTTUMWA — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be in Ottumwa Thursday as part of a 14-city tour...
Breaking ground for business

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

By LAURA CARRELL Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — It may have been a cold, windy morning, but the groundbreaking at the Indian Hills Regional Business Incubator at...
Ottumwa following Iowa new business trend

Monday, October 28, 2013

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Josh Vardaman   OTTUMWA — New businesses are sprouting up in Iowa at a far greater rate than in previous years, according...
City Council approves downtown roofing project

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Article By:  Ottumwa Courier   |   Josh Vardaman   OTTUMWA—Many of the buildings in downtown Ottumwa are going to receive a much needed facelift in the near future. At...
Minding Your Business

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Article By:  Ottumwa Courier   |   Mark Newman   OTTUMWA — Starting a business can bring growth to a community. So it's worthwhile to the community to support...
Broadband Internet just the beginning

Saturday, September 14, 2013

By SHARON STROH iMAN Communications and Business Relations Published in the Ottumwa Courier I had the opportunity to meet the broadband delegation from Ottumwa who recently toured...
More Pork, More Money, More Jobs

Monday, September 09, 2013

By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer Ottumwa Courier HEDRICK — A multi-million dollar facility for making hog feed will be built just north of Ottumwa Cargill’s pork business...
Fast Isn't Good Enough

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Article By:  Ottumwa Courier   |   Mark Newman   OTTUMWA — Without the right level of broadband Internet access, it's going to be tough to bring new employers...
A business Lazarus breaks ground in Eddyville

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Article By:  Ottumwa Courier   |   Matt Milner   EDDYVILLE — Thursday's groundbreaking in Eddyville was a long time coming. But it almost happened six years ago. Harris and...
County Reviews IT Concerns

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Cindy Toopes   OTTUMWA — Technology is an integral part of today’s world; the need to stay on top of that technology...
Dinner in Europe

Saturday, July 13, 2013

By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — It's time for Ottumwans to make friends around the globe. "It's a small world, and it's getting smaller," said David...
Clinic keeps name... for now

Friday, July 05, 2013

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Mark Newman, Courier Staff Writer   OTTUMWA — There’s a reason your doctor’s bill may have a different name on it —...
City lands grant to reconstruct Iowa Avenue

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

By Chelsea Davis | Courier staff writer   OTTUMWA- The street and highway surrounding the largest employer in Ottumwa will undergo a complete overhaul in the next...
Health clinic in Ottumwa joins Mercy Medical

Saturday, May 18, 2013

  Article by MARK NEWMAN |  Courier staff writer     OTTUMWA — Though their future was uncertain, two local health care practices will continue without any interruption in...
SCORE breathing new life into business counseling

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Chelsea Davis, Courier Staff Writer     OTTUMWA — A local organization focused on giving new businesses a leg up is transforming itself...
Ottumwa to be Featured on the TODAY Show

Thursday, April 11, 2013

  Article by: Kayleigh McCullough   |  WHO TV   Southeastern Iowa will be in the national spotlight Friday.   The Today Show will air a special report on the impact...
Laborshed Analysis 'the bait'

Thursday, February 28, 2013

First laborshed analysis in four years could provide new, inviting information to prospective businesses.
How would Ottumwa pay for a broadband network?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

OTTUMWA — In the past several months Ottumwans have learned what broadband could do for the city, but their biggest question still looms: How would we pay for it? Megan Framke, Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation initiative manager, noted that the fiber optics/broadband initiative is still in its infancy, and no decisions have yet been made. In March, Craig Settles, broadband and fiber optic community assessment consultant working...
Delivering Broadband to Ottumwa a Priority

Thursday, February 07, 2013

OTTUMWA — Des Moines and Iowa City may deserve fast Internet service. But the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says not to forget smaller towns and rural areas. A computer consultant says there are a dozen ways to make that happen. And a private company says their recent investment shows they should be part of the conversation. “Broadband” (see below for definition) is important enough that Ottumwa Economic...
Bringing the Legislature to Ottumwa

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

OTTUMWA — As the 2013 legislative session kicked off Monday in Des Moines, two Ottumwa organizations began preparing for three legislative forums this spring. The forums, sponsored by the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Ottumwa, have been a staple in Ottumwa’s political discussion for several years. Area state representatives and senators compose the panel, which fields questions from the public...
Dreams of revitalization dancing in their heads

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation is overflowing with ideas of how to revitalize the city, but city councilmen want to make sure the public is involved in the discussion. In an update to the city council Monday on what’s brewing at ORLF, its president and CEO, Brad Little, said he hopes to create a dialogue, not a monologue, about what they’re trying to accomplish. As...
Broadband a concept 'like magic' to most

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  CHELSEA DAVIS- Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — As Ottumwa vies for a fiber optic network, the public will need to understand broadband because to most, it’s an unknown and often misunderstood concept. “We need to educate the constituents,” said Craig Settles, broadband and fiber optic community assessment consultant. “It’s like magic to people. They don’t fully understand it. There’s fear, there’s misunderstanding. Sometimes there’s too much positive hype...
ISU Design Students Help Ottumwa Businesses

Friday, November 02, 2012

MARK NEWMAN  |  Ottumwa Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — Downtown businesses get free design services, and Iowa State University marketing students get real-world...
Iowa to get 100 new jobs with tax, loan incentives

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Companies pledging to create about 100 jobs snagged state incentives Friday at the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board meeting. The board provided incentives to six companies,...
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...
Ten-Month Leadership Academy Kick Off

Thursday, September 27, 2012

CHELSEA DAVIS Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — Participants in the Lead Ottumwa Leadership Academy will not only learn leadership skills, but they will go out in the community and apply what they’ve learned. The 20 participants in the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation-funded initiative ranged from education professionals to an architectural intern to nonprofit officials. The goal of the academy, said executive director Hollie Tometich, is to give participants not...
Pursuing tools vital to business; Supervisors, community leaders: High-speed, modern computer service equals economic growth

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  MARK NEWMAN- Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — The city and the county agree: If you want decent jobs here, you need to have what companies are looking for. That’s one of the reasons given by the Ottumwa City Council and the Wapello County Board of Supervisors for agreeing to help bring fiber optics, a  high-speed, ultra-modern computer service, to the area. The groups were asked to kick in $5,000...
Branstad: Education Reform Key to Growth

Thursday, September 20, 2012

MARK NEWMAN  |   Ottumwa Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — Iowa’s governor told a crowd in Ottumwa that in order to improve education, we’re...
Gas tax helps with city street repairs

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Road Use Tax brought nearly $2.4 million in street construction last year CHELSEA DAVIS  |   Ottumwa Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — An annual required...
Long Awaited Grant Comes Through

Thursday, August 30, 2012

City receives $12 million from FEMA for sewer separation, flood wall CHELSEA DAVIS   |   Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — After four years...
Report: Graduation Plan on Track

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Creation of Freshman Academy keeping students on pace to graduate OHS MARK NEWMAN  |   Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — Administrators say a report...
New Kohl's Store to fill 125 Positions

Thursday, August 23, 2012

CHELSEA DAVIS  |   Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — The new Kohl’s store needs to fill 125 positions, and the search begins this weekend. “The...
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...
Quincy Place Mall sold to New York realtor

Friday, June 01, 2012

The Quincy Place Mall is under new ownership. Mid-America Real Estate Corporation announced late Thursday that its investment sales group sold the Ottumwa mall to Quincy Place Holdings, LLC, a New York-based corporation, according to DDR Corp.
Broadband Not Optional

Friday, May 25, 2012

Faster Internet isn’t just a luxury for watching movies, listening to music or getting a bargain on overstocked pillow cases. “Broadband ... is not optional,” said David Barajas Jr., executive director of the Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation. “In today’s society, we can’t be afraid to be better than better.”
E-Synchronist Program will help Ottumwa Businesses

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

As we are working on many projects and initiatives here at Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation, we continue to remind ourselves that one of our main goals is to help local businesses develop and expand.  We are in the process of creating a program called E-Synchronist that will eventually help all businesses in the Ottumwa area with any questions regarding current and possible industries in the...
Tell Me About Incentives

Friday, January 04, 2019

The word "incentive" carries many different definitions, and in speaking it, generates a multitude of different emotions. Here's what I know for sure- The most valuable...
Tackling the Talent Shortage

Friday, January 04, 2019

One of OEDC's Strategic Priorities continues to be working on methods to increase the skills and talents of its laborshed. This is a necessary function as...
Featured Investor 

Friday, January 04, 2019

Reece Funeral Home               “We choose to support Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation because we see the benefits it provides to our community.  Inspiring economic stability and growth...
EPA Announces Brownfields Grant Program

Thursday, December 06, 2018

On November 28, 2018 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new Request for Proposals & Application Guidelines to officially open the FY 2019 Brownfields Multipurpose,...
Featured Investor 

Thursday, December 06, 2018

   Ottumwa Radio Group    As a local business who operates in, and pays taxes in the city of Ottumwa and Wapello County, I feel it is important...
Conference Exceeds Expectations

Thursday, December 06, 2018

(by Sharon Stroh)      It's been several years since I was this impressed with a conference.  Certainly Chicago in the winter is not an easy draw, but...
Featured Investor 

Thursday, November 01, 2018

The Optical Shoppe has been on Main St. in Ottumwa since 1972, and investing in Ottumwa Economic Development Corp. for well over a decade. Dr....
Bio Mass World Congress in Iowa for 2019

Monday, October 08, 2018

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) announced the selection of Des Moines, Iowa, as the location for the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The event...
Communications Plan to Focus on More Outreach

Friday, September 21, 2018

There's no doubt that business attraction, retention, and expansion play key roles in OEDC's activities. But keeping its own house in order is critical too....
Headliner Announced at RAGBRAI Kickoff Party

Friday, April 01, 2016

The Ottumwa RAGBRAI Entertainment Committee announced that nationally recognized recording artist, Rick Springfield, will be headlining this summer’s overnight stop in Ottumwa during Thursday’s evening...
Summit Takes Volunteering to New Heights

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Next month volunteers, staff and board members alike will have an opportunity to attend the 1st annual Southeast Iowa Nonprofit Summit on September 17 at...
Cargill Selling Pork Business to JBS

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Change is coming for Wapello County’s largest employer but what exactly that means remains to be seen. Click here for the complete article.
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, June 2015

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The John Deere Foundation has awarded grants totaling approximately $375,000 to nine non-profit organizations in the Ottumwa area. The grants were distributed to the Ottumwa...
Partnerships Lead to Downtown Improvement

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

'Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.' This Henry Ford quote was used by Byron Leu, chairman of the...
American Gothic House Opens to Public

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Grant Wood visited Eldon's American Gothic House only once but chose to use the wooden house as the background for his most famous work. Click here...
Uptick in Tourism

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Based on two different reports that measure tourism and economic development, Wapello County has seen increases in travel expenditures over the past year. The U.S. Travel...
Leaders Making a Difference

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Article By:  Ottumwa Courier   |   Mark Newman   OTTUMWA — Coming up with an idea may require a creative person. But doing something with that idea takes...
Twenty-one construction projects on tap in 2014

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Wanda Moeller OTTUMWA — More than $10 million will be spent on Wapello County road and bridge projects in 2014. On Tuesday,...
Robot Catches Kids' Interest

Monday, October 28, 2013

Article by: Ottumwa Courier   |   Mark Newman   OTTUMWA — This robot was different than the ones these students were used to. "That was [one] reason for taking...
Airport Breaks Ground on New Fence

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Article By:  The Ottumwa Courier    |    Josh Vardaman   OTTUMWA — Safety has to be at the forefront of any airport, large or small, and Ottumwa Regional...
Business Incubator Continues Its Growth

Monday, September 02, 2013

  Project should help bring more business to area MARK NEWMANCourier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — Starting a business can be a confusing, risky and lonely experience. Having people...
Governor sees more of Ottumwa

Friday, June 28, 2013

By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — A few extra minutes in an otherwise tight schedule allowed Gov. Terry Branstad to see more of Ottumwa than...
Eat pizza, then work out

Monday, June 24, 2013

By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — It takes time for outside business interests to decide to build a new store, but economic development officials say...
New sports store coming to mall

Sunday, May 19, 2013

  Ottumwa Courier OTTUMWA — A new tenant is coming to Quincy Place Mall. Lexington Realty International announced Friday afternoon the mall's newest tenant, MC Sports. Construction has...
Sprouse accepts position as IHCC president

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Mark Newman   OTTUMWA — When Indian Hills President Jim Lindenmayer steps down, another educator is ready to step up. The board of...
New SIEDA Director Focuses on Success

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Mark Newman   OTTUMWA — The new executive director said our community is going to be hearing more about Southern Iowa Economic...
Ottumwa Considering Quiet Zones

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Article By HeartlandConnection.com   |   Ben Jordan   Ottumwa, Iowa (KTVO) - Citizens of Ottumwa gathered Tuesday at Bridge View Center to learn more about Quiet Zones for...

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