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February 11, 2019

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The Pitch Offers Positive Local Programming
Research has shown that news consumption can be detrimental to mental and physical health. The 24-hour news cycle tends to bias toward sensational reporting of negative events, which can fuel feelings such as anxiety and sadness. When Russ Ocker and AJ Anderson started the Iowa Media Network in Centerville last year,...
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December 04, 2017

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O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, December 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 of a quality workforce, and supporting vibrant community improvement projects which will inspire additional growth. Click here for the complete newsletter.
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October 17, 2017

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Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress Appoints NEW CEO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2017, Ottumwa, IA - Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress (GOPIP) is pleased to announce and welcome TJ Heller as the organization’s first Chief Executive Officer. Heller will be responsible for providing team and community leadership, driving fundraising and sustainability strategies, coordinating work related to the strategic...
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July 20, 2016

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Mercy-Centerville partners with Iowa Orthopedics
Mercy Medical Center - Centerville is partnering with Iowa Orthopedics in Des Moines and is pleased to announce that Dr. Christopher Vincent, MD, Orthopedic Surgery will begin a weekly clinic at the hospital on Aug. 9. Dr. Vincent’s clinic will be each Tuesday. He will provide comprehensive orthopaedic care and surgery...
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July 20, 2016

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Watch out, Casey's. Here comes Yesway
Yesway, a new chain of convenience stores, is establishing itself in Iowa with hopes of becoming a staple in small towns, starting with 21 former Kum & Go stores it is acquiring. The new company plans to open a headquarters in West Des Moines in the next week or two, Brian Trout,...
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July 20, 2016

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IHCC, Opportunity2 look at changing workforce
Sixty-five educators from Southeast Iowa, ranging from elementary, middle, and high school teachers to counselors and school administrators, recently completed a four-day workshop. It was a professional development opportunity designed to give the educators a better understanding of the future content of technology and the needs of a changing workforce. Indian...
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July 20, 2016

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Police Force Turning to Centerville Man’s Small Business for Protection
Increasing gun violence is one of the most dangerous threats facing law enforcement. When a bullet-proof vest isn't enough protection, officers will strap on body armor. The Ames Police Department is turning to a new Iowa company, RMA Armament, to help them protect and serve. “It's important to have this stuff because...
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May 30, 2016

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The economic development impact of Indian Hills Community College
When a community has a post-secondary educational opportunity, it has a powerful force for economic development. Indian Hills Community College, with campuses in Centerville and Ottumwa, Iowa, recognizes its economic development potential, directly referencing it in the college’s 2011 Report to the Community: “Indian Hills Community College positively affects the economy...
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