Virtual Impact Tour of Oskaloosa

When you begin at the corner of US 63 and IA 92 and circle the city of Oskaloosa, amazing facts and figures begin to take shape  due to investments, past and present community partnerships, and the strong commitment to the area’s economy and quality of life.

State of the City ♦ WPU  ♦ HS/MS/Auditorium
  Elementary  ♦ YMCA  ♦
 Housing ♦ MHP
Industry ♦ Downtown ♦ Recreation ♦ Transportation

  • State of the City: Oskaloosa Mayor David Krutzfeldt and City Manager Michael Schrock released “Oskaloosa Today” at the first public political forum in 2018. The document shows growth by the numbers, gives project updates, and projected 2018-19 plans. The document can be found here.
  • William Penn University is a strong industry partner having a $52+ million economic impact in the community. WPU Stats:  Average scholarship is $14,000,  students come from 41 states and 18 countries, there is a 16:1 student:teacher ratio, enrollment is 950+ at the Oskaloosa Campus and 700+ enrollment in their College for Working Adults, there is the $12 million PAC/Musco Technology Center on campus,  new dorms are at capacity, and popular programs include Nursing BSN and Digital Communications.
  • High School / Middle School / Auditorium: 1:1 computer to student ratios at the high school and middle school,  Academy  and AP Courses offered as well as a  wide range of non-athletic extra curricular activities (strings, jazz, robotics), successful anti-bullying and senior mock accident programs through emergency personal partnerships (the oldest program in Iowa boasting over 20 years). The Daily Community Theater hosts professional and community productions and offers children’s theater and camps.
  • Elementary School: Thanks to a successful passage of city-wide/county-wide local option sales tax, five aging elementary schools were repurposed and a new elementary school with a central campus was constructed.  Read more about how this historical tax vote passage benefitted the entire Mahaska Community by clicking here. Learn about Oskaloosa School system here.
  • YMCA: The Mahaska County YMCA is a significant partner in providing recreation, community programming, and child care for the Mahaska Community. The Y leads the largest preschool partnership in the area (Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standard accredited, use of Creative Curriculum). Plans are being finalized between the Y, Oskaloosa School System and the City towards the construction of a recreation and early childhood education center.
  • Housing: The Mahaska Community Development Group and Oskaloosa is growing quality housing stock to meet demands. Examples include Fox Run and Marge Housing Divisions and there is a focus on developing new housing especially for workforce and executives. There is a new 48-unit affordable housing development Reserves at Ironwood. The City approved a 2015 Housing Plan and Housing Needs Assessment in 2017.
  • Mahaska Health Partnership (MHP): Within the last seven years, MHP invested $25m in a 52,000 sq. ft. expansion that houses acute care, surgical suites and a birthing center. MHP has over 40 physicians on staff. Serenity House,  six bed hospice care, was built in 2010. Visit MHP and Serenity House on line.

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  • Industry: Oskaloosa is the second largest manufacturing community in Iowa per capita. The Mahaska Community exports to over 70 countries, boasts locally owned industries, headquarter companies are strong on research and development and we we are a patent leader. William Penn University is a partner with industries in several efforts.
  • Downtown Reinvestment: Musco/MCG is a strong community partner with 400+ team members. They provide technical assistance to Main Street and the Oskaloosa Downtown Development Group (ODD). MCG provides Gigabit service to the community and fiber optic communications and television. Reinvestment in downtown Oskaloosa by all partners includes Smokey Row, Frankel Building, Book Vault, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Trolley Place, Iowa Building, Alan Adams, Town Square Dentist (succession) Law Office, Edward Jones, McMain’s building, Law Enforcement Center (sales tax) courthouse, bandstand, McMillen Building, True Value, Interiors by Val, Clean & Green and $25m street-scaping.
  • Recreation: Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation (MCRF) facilitates and promotes recreation in the Mahaska Community. There are several golf course choices: Edmundson, Harvest Point, Oskaloosa Golf, or Prairie Knolls,  mini-putt and driving ranges, 15-mile recreation trail that loops the city (a large volunteer effort). The Lacey Complex (200 acres of fields, 5-plex ball diamonds, stadium, outdoor track) saw 64,000 players and 75,000 spectators in the 2017 season. The grounds will be the future home of Recreation and Easy Education Center.
  • Intermodal Transportation: A northwest bypass is being planned which will have a positive affect on downtown by receding the track traffic. A regional airport is moving forward and a planned southeast connector will serve the industrial park area. A regional coalition exists as an advocate for the area’s transportation infrastructure.

State of the City ♦ WPU  ♦ HS/MS/Auditorium
   Elementary  ♦ YMCA  ♦
 Housing ♦ MHP
Industry ♦ Downtown ♦ Recreation ♦ Transportation