The Ottumwa Courier

December 8, 2012

Business incubator tops agenda for supervisors

Courier Staff Writer

OTTUMWA — Growing business is on the agenda for the Wapello County Board of Supervisors next week.

Jim Lindenmayer, president of Indian Hills Community College, will update the supervisors on the jobs incubator project.

Supervisor Jerry Parker said Friday the reason Lindenmayer is on the agenda is because Wapello County is a financial partner in the incubator project.

Parker hopes Lindenmayer will update the board on where the project stands, when will it start and when will it be completed.

“We have to have a public meeting so people will know,” he added.

The incubator project is in a building on the north campus of IHCC, and Parker said the building will provide space for potential businesses.

“The reason for the incubator is to give them a chance to start a business,” he said. “There are people who have good ideas but no money for utilities.”

The building has space for three to four businesses, depending on the square footage needed. Parker also said the incubator will be funded by a federal grant and also include funding from Indian Hills, Rotary Club and the county.

The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the third-floor boardroom in the Wapello County Courthouse.