The Ottumwa Courier

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April 17, 2014

Guiding our growth

OTTUMWA — An organization designed to help Ottumwa grow has found a new employee in Indiana.

The Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) board has chosen Sharon Stroh as the group's new executive director.

“We are confident she will hit the ground running,” said Greg Gardner, president of OEDC. “We are excited to find a candidate with Stroh’s experience and desire to support our community and business development efforts."

According to a press release from the group, Stroh is coming from her position at SE Resources in northeast Indiana, where she was consulting on work that included project management, strategic planning, nonprofit board governance and fund development. She has also worked on building community-owned fiber optics for rural areas.

“Ottumwa has demonstrated its commitment to economic development," she said in the same statement. "I am looking forward to being a part of the team that will strengthen the local economy. There is great potential here.”

Stroh spent 13 years as the CEO of the Steuben County Community Foundation, growing assets by 800 percent. Under her leadership, the foundation earned accreditation for "Ethical and Operational Standards."

Tom Rubel oversees a regional economic development office at Indian Hills Community College.

"I believe Ottumwans need to be welcoming, responsive and give her an opportunity to get to know our community and work with the OEDC board in ... creating strategies for the future," Rubel told the Courier.

He found that the candidate had several of the key features economic development people seek in a leader.

"It’s my understanding she brings a solid experience in economic development to the Ottumwa community, is a hard worker and a visionary type individual who has a strong appreciation for cutting-edge technology and how it can enhance the Ottumwa community and region," Rubel said.

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