The committee makes it easier for owners to know who to contact. They can connect to any of the member organizations, and when the committee comes together they share the new business ideas with each other and come up with a plan to help the prospective business.
“Too many times, someone who wants to open something new doesn’t know who to talk to,” Barajas said. “It makes sense for all of us to come together … it ultimately makes it easier.”
In order for Ottumwa to keep growing and bringing new industry to the area, Barajas believes that the community has to work together. He thinks that an infrastructure needs to be put in place by providing a strong school system and medical facilities and that the broadband connectivity in the city has to be updated.
“We have to work as a community… to make it positively conducive,” he said.
Barajas pointed to the number of new retail businesses in the area, such as the new stores being placed in the Quincy Place Mall, as an indicator that there are new businesses coming to Ottumwa. As long as Ottumwans can work together as a community and make the city inviting to owners who have interest in the area, he said, that trend should continue.
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