Thursday night at the Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress (GOPIP) banquet, CEO TJ Heller made an announcement that changes are coming.
The Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce, Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (OEDC), and GOPIP will be merging. If approved, the three entities will take gradual steps to legally consolidate, and board leadership will change to reflect the new group’s structure. Assets such as land, buildings, and accounts are expected to merge as well.
Heller says despite the change, there won’t be a difference in what they can provide.
“The benefits of operating as one is designed to enhance our service structure, create efficiencies in our operations, and provide a more robust approach to all facets of ecnomoic development,” Heller said at the GOPIP banquet. “Even though the names go away, the services do not. Matter of fact, the services get expanded.”
Main Street Ottumwa, Greater Ottumwa Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Bridge View Center, Inc. will remain affiliate partners under the supervision of GOPIP leadership and will also retain their board of directors and funding streams. According to the press release, special events, such as Holiday Nights N Lights currently in Greater Ottumwa Park, are expected to continue.