Ottumwa will host economic development conference
Friday, June 07, 2019
You could forgive Sharon Stroh for being a bit excited about the announcement this week that Professional Developers of Iowa will have its fall 2020 conference in Ottumwa. It’s not every day you have your home city hosting your own professional conference.
“We’re pretty excited about it,” Stroh said.
The original plan between Stroh, director of the Ottumwa Area Development Corp., and Andy Wartenburg, the Convention and Visitors Bureau director, was to aim for the 2021 conference. Stroh said they figured that, with a little luck, the hotel at Bridge View Center would be up and running by that point.
But, when PDI officials asked about 2020, Stroh said they didn’t hesitate to accept. The spring conference is always in Des Moines, but the fall one moves from one community to another. More than 150 people participate each fall.