The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

May 2, 2013

New SIEDA director focuses on success

OTTUMWA — The new executive director said our community is going to be hearing more about Southern Iowa Economic Development Association.

"We're going to be better about talking about some of our success stories," Brian Dunn said Wednesday. "We as an organization should be a little more visible — and a little more transparent."

Dunn started this week at the agency's downtown Ottumwa office. Matt Greiner, SIEDA’s Board Chair, said the local nonprofit community action agency hired "a leader who would implement new approaches and engage the organization in meaningful community partnerships."

John Wilson, president of Progress Resources Inc., not only helped find the new director, he served as interim director until a new leader could begin.

He said the board of SIEDA is "motivated to re-energize the agency and is committed to it being a high-performance organization, focused on positive results that help people and change lives."

This isn't Dunn's first organization dedicated to serving others. He's the former regional director for the ISU Extension and Outreach covering four counties, including Mahaska and Marion. He also worked several years at ISU Student Health Services. And yes, he said, he's Iowa State University graduate, having received one of his Master's degrees there.

Dunn and his family moved to Ottumwa seven years ago. He grew up in Osceola.

"I really do have a passion for organizational development, and with SIEDA, I can do that with an organization that really does help people and help the community," he said.

Taking this job means he'll be able to do a couple of things that are important to him: work in the "helping field" and put his education to good use. His goal is to make the organization more efficient in accomplishing its mission. He and his staff will review a list of categories to do that: "human resources, job design, organizational structure," Dunn ticked off, "training and staff development."

Text Only
Local News
  • 0723 OTT Riverfront color photo -L -M Ideas flow at Riverfront Renaissance workshop OTTUMWA — Ideas flowed as freely as the river itself Tuesday evening as more than 100 Ottumwans shared their vision of what the riverfront can be.The Riverfront Renaissance design charrette, sponsored by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, drew p

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kids … not cash OTTUMWA — From a project that started with nothing, supporters created a top-notch education facility for at-risk youth. Someone in on the project from the beginning shared the story. Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker addressed a community advis

    July 22, 2014

  • Staying healthy during extreme heat OTTUMWA — After unusually cool temperatures last week, it may have been easy to forget how the heat of summer feels, but an incoming heat wave will quickly remind you. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, heat is the No.

    July 22, 2014

  • Shooting ruled homicide OTTUMWA — The death of a man shot in Wapello County has been ruled a homicide. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office on Monday received a 911 call of a shooting 4 miles southwest of Ottumwa. Deputies discovered Clinton Gus Leedom, 49, of Bloomfield, to

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723 OTT flood file photo Over $1 million to fight floods EDDYVILLE — It's not the way a town wants to get $1 million, but the damage suffered by Eddyville in recent floods has prompted the federal government to cut a check. Actually, it's Area 15 Regional Planning Commission, a community assistance agency

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Driver's license services temporarily suspended KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Treasurer’s Office has notified the Iowa Department of Transportation that it has suspended driver’s license services due to staffing issues in the county treasurer’s office. It is anticipated suspension of the services

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723 OTT Canoe Camp color photo -L -M -T Canoe Camp teaches water safety OTTUMWA — Six children at Pioneer Nature Area and Nature Center pond were making waves and getting wet as they flipped their canoes over in attempt to rescue each other. Since summertime and water activities go hand-in-hand, the goal of the activity

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0723 OTT Seth Techel mugshot -T Techel jury may begin deliberations Wednesday DAVENPORT — The jury in the third trial of a Wapello County man accused of murdering his wife may begin deliberations as early as Wednesday in Scott County, Davenport. The jury was excused mid-afternoon Tuesday while Judge Daniel Wilson, who continue

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three appointed to Board of Adjustment OTTUMWA — Three new faces will appear on Wapello County Board of Adjustment, thanks to help from the county’s newspaper of record, the Ottumwa Courier. Four applicants applied for the positions and three were selected. New members include Marcia Week

    July 22, 2014

  • Slain woman's boyfriend: I didn't kill her DAVENPORT — A married man who had an affair with a slain Wapello County woman testified this morning that he did not kill her. Jason Tinnes, a jailer who worked with the late Lisa Caldwell Techel, said their affair ended shortly before she died. Tinn

    July 22, 2014

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook