“We need to take advantage of each other’s strong points because we all have the common goal to make Ottumwa a better community.”
His experience with media will also help further his cause, he said.
“I have to partner with them because we both have the same agenda,” he said. “My business has been in media. I have past contacts working with businesses and the public. But first getting in there I’m going to be learning a lot, sitting and listening to see how and why things are done. There’s a learning curve, but I look forward to the challenge.”
Kurtz said he remembers growing up in Ottumwa when John Morrell & Co. closed and the population declined.
“I saw that decline and a lot of people moving away,” he said. “But I think there are some things going right now that are going to help Ottumwa.”