Talk Ottumwa!

Talk Ottumwa!

Talk Ottumwa is a podcast focused on businesses and topical economic development issues in and around Ottumwa, IA. Hosted by Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress, the program promotes area businesses, and aims to educate listeners.


November 10, 2022 23 min

In this episode, we sit down with Sandra McReynolds, who tells us everything Food Bank of Iowa.

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In this episode, we sit down with Shiloh Seim from the Ottumwa Job Corps Center.  We talk about the programming, community involvement of the students, and much more!

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August 5, 2022 47 min

In this episode, we sit with Laura Carrell, Executive Director of Meet Ottumwa.  She tells us about the organization, its impact to Wapello County, and what the future holds.

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In this episode, we speak with Bob Kramer, owner of Financial Partners, and Board President for Friends of Ottumwa's Parks.  He discussed future plans for Ottumwa's park system, and highlights the improvements that have been made over the last year and a half.

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July 18, 2022 36 min

In this episode, we sit down with Fred Zesiger, Executive Director for Main St. Ottumwa.  He fills us in on the history of downtown Ottumwa, the initiatives that have created the current success of the district, and where he sees the area in the future.

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June 24, 2022 24 min

In this episode, we speak with Realtor AJ Gevock.  He discusses the current real estate market in the Ottumwa region, and general economic conditions that are affecting real estate sales. 

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In this week's episode, we sit down with Indian Hills Community College President Matt Thompson.  Matt discusses programs IHCC offers, the economic impact of the college in Ottumwa, and the athletics program.

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June 3, 2022 45 min

In this episdode, we speak with Krista Tedrow of South Central Iowa Workforce Development Board.   We have a great conversation about all things workforce, both locally and nationally.

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May 27, 2022 23 min

In this episode, we dig into 10-15 Transit, and how they are handling public transportation in Ottumwa and regionally.  We also discuss the high growth that they have seen over the last 6 years.

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In this episode, we speak with Curt Hopkins of Hopkins Properties LLC and Pizza Ranch to learn about his success in property development and his plans for the future.

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May 6, 2022 30 min

In this episode, we sit down with Ottumwa native and entrepreneur Dusty Ware, owner of Warehouse BBQ, Iowa BBQ Store, and Floor to Ceiling.  We also discuss the charity works of the company.

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In this episode, we speak with Andy Maw, Newcomer Relations Coordinator for the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation.  He talks to us about the Mission 500 project that is being undertaken in Ottumwa to address the housing shortage that the community currently faces.

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April 22, 2022 22 min

In this episode, GOPIP speaks with Brian Morgan, current Wapello County Supervisor, and Vice Chair of the Southeast Iowa Sports Commission.  He goes into detail to give us information about the sports complex that is in the works for Ottumwa. 

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April 20, 2022 4 min

Talk Ottumwa is a production of Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress.  On this podcast, we’ll talk about the local businesses in Ottumwa to give you the backstory to their success.  We’ll talk about the economic initiatives that are driving the progress of the community.  We’ll talk about the issues that the community faces, and more.  So stick around, and let’s talk Ottumwa! 

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