Community Development

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Laborshed Analysis Mahaska CountyThe purpose of this laborshed analysis is to measure the availability and characteristics of workers within the area based on commuting patterns into the node community (Oskaloosa). Data generated will facility industry expansion and recruitment. The report was released by Iowa Workforce Development.

Mahaska Community Vision and Priorities: Several organizations from around the Mahaska/Oskaloosa area that strive to advance economic growth, community development, and quality of life in the region have recently partnered together to articulate a common vision for the community. This vision, along with supporting goals and priorities, provide guidance for the partner organizations and local government entities for pursuing strategic action plans.

Mahaska County Revolving Loan Fund
Click here to be redirected to the OACDG site and information about the Mahaska County Revolving Loan Fund.  Click here to view the most recent Revolving Loan Fund informational brochure. The fund application guidelines and the application are also found on the OACDG site. For more information contact Deann DeGroot, MCARD Director, 641.672.2591.

Mahaska County Community Grant Foundation (MCCF)
MCCF was established in 2005 to serve the needs and philanthropic aims of donors who wish to support the betterment of and address the challenges of greater Mahaska County communities, charities and organizations today and in the future.

State of the Local EconomyThis 2014 report is intended to be a baseline report for Mahaska County as the community seeks to establish strategic plans for future growth and prosperity. It was produced by the Mahaska Community Development Group. It provides a perspective on recent trends and portrays how the community has fared over the past decade.

Additional community development resources and tools can be found on the Iowa Economic Development Authority web site.

Mahaska Community Economic Development
Contact Ann Frost (OACDG) or Deann Degroot (MCARD)

Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group (OACDG)
Ann Frost
222 1st Avenue East
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577
Phone: 641.672.2591
Fax: 641.672.2047

Mahaska County Agricultural & Rural Development (MCARD)
Deann Degroot
222 1st Avenue East
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Phone: 641.672.2591
Fax: 641.672.2047

Oskaloosa Main Street
Emily Brown
222 1st Avenue East
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577
Phone: 641.672.2591 Ext. 228

Fremont Development Corporation
Edd Elder, President
Neil Brown, Vice President
Sharon Van Ringelstein, Secretary
Judy Elder, Treasurer
214 South Miles Street
Fremont, Iowa 52561
Phone: 641.933.4507

New Sharon Recreation and Economic Development Foundation
PO Box 165
New Sharon, Iowa 50207

Area 15 Regional Planning Commission
224 East Second Street
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Phone: 641-684-6551
Fax: 641.684.4894

Small Business Development Center
Bryan Ziegler, IHCC-RTC
623 Indian Hills Drive, Bldg. 12
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Phone: 641.683.5127

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)
200 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 515.281.3251 or 515.242.4700

Iowa Bioprocessing Center
Primary Contact: Kaye DeLange (Cargill)
Phone: 641.696.3845

Iowa League of Cities
500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 515.244.7282
Specific services/individuals contact page

Indian Hills Regional Development
Phone: 800.726.2585 ext. 1981

Opportunity 2
Economic Development in Southeast Iowa
224 East 2nd Street
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Phone: 641.684.6551

Pathfinders RC&D
304 South Maple, Ste 101
Fairfield, Iowa 52556
Phone: 641.472.6177