A Strong Commerce Base
Ottumwa is a regional shopping center, with an effective buying income (that includes all of Wapello County) in excess of $500 million. Major retailers in the region include Menards, Target, JC Penney, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Hy-Vee, and True Value.
Business expansion and relocation is strongly encouraged in Ottumwa. For qualified companies, many state and local inducements and incentives are available. Programs include the Community Economic Betterment Account, Economic Development Set-Aside, Value-Added Agricultural Products and Process Financial Assistance Program, Enterprise Zones, New Jobs and Income Program, and others.
Several existing buildings are available for industrial, commercial, and office use.
A history of business and scientific (as well as agricultural) innovation continues to drive the development in this region. Businesses have a nearly limitless supply of resources available in Ottumwa to be well positioned for success.