City of Bridges, River of Opportunity
Ottumwa is a city of growth and prosperity, dedicated to making the most of its history to promote a successful future. What began as a river town in 1851 has since evolved into a hub for cultural and commercial development. Currently, approximately 25,000 people reside in the area. Residents are attracted to the low cost of living, abundant choices in recreation and entertainment, and outstanding education and healthcare facilities.
Businesses also have many reasons to locate in Ottumwa. As the county seat of Wapello County, Ottumwa has an expanding commercial district and industrial base. Locally owned businesses, as well as national corporations continue investing in the community. Expansion of existing businesses and the location of new companies to the area keep the local economy thriving. From 1998 through January 2003, citizens have invested approximately $61,150,000 in commercial, retail, and industrial development.
The sparkling Des Moines River runs right through Ottumwa, providing a beautiful backdrop to this vibrant community. With a variety of historical attractions (including the American Gothic House, one of the world’s most recognized images made famous by Iowa artist Grant Wood), cultural resources, and recreation opportunities, residents and tourists never have a shortage of things to do. A revitalized downtown features more options than ever and the new Bridge View Center (slated to be complete in late 2006) will offer even more convention and meeting space as well as a performing arts theater.
This blend of enterprise and community make Ottumwa a city that continues to move forward. There is undeniable opportunity in Ottumwa; come experience all that this city has to offer.