She said the first job of an Economic Development agency is to "look to their own backyard" first. In fact, other officials say that's where new employment comes from in most cases: positions opening up at local businesses.
"Another one of our jobs is to make ourselves attractive to the professional site selectors," she said.
These are the "agents" of the big businesses, who scour the the state, the nation or the world looking for the right spot for their client's newest venture.
"We’re going to be working more and more closely with them as we move forward," she said.
Stroh and the EODC board wants these professional scouts to look at Ottumwa, or the region surrounding Ottumwa.
So how are her twin seventh-grade girls handling the move?
"They believe this is a grand adventure," Stroh said, "and I haven’t told them otherwise."
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