The Ottumwa Courier

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October 7, 2013

Relationship fosters growth

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This community has become a national model for how we embrace our growing Latino population and build a stronger, more vibrant, more diverse community, Leath said.

On Monday, he was scheduled to visit one of Ottumwa's largest employers.

John Deere Ottumwa Works staff are currently working with the College of Engineering to develop a “Senior Capstone Design” program, where senior engineering students work on actual problems that the company would like addressed. It’s good for students and the company, Leath said.

Small Business Development Center staff worked with more than 130 clients in Wapello County, helping start and expand businesses. That work will continue, the president said, as a partnership between Wapello County and ISU.

— To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark

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