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Building on Success Through Regional Collaboration

The 9 counties in the Opportunity Squared region have economies closely aligned with its agricultural roots- livestock and machinery- along with retail, healthcare, higher education, financial services, and advanced manufacturing contributing to the area’s business base. From single artisan workshops to full scale mass production, Opportunity Squared boasts a diverse business climate. Today, small businesses, large retailers, and major factories co-exist to support a $12.5 billion economy.*

About Us

Meet the Board

The 13-member Board of Directors acts in good faith and loyalty to the mission of supporting workforce attraction, promoting professional development, encouraging entrepreneurship, and attracting, retaining or expanding business opportunities in the #IowaSouth region.

Responsibilities for Opportunity Squared board members include monitoring and reporting laborshed data, hosting critical summits on the topics of housing, childcare, & small business success, and engaging legislators in conversations of greatest economic development issues.

Allie Bennett

Allie Bennett

Manager of Economic Development and Member Services

Northeast Power

P.O. Box 191
Palmyra, MO  63461

phone: (573) 406-4451

Debra Calvert

Debra Calvert

Business & Community Development Manager

MidAmerican Energy Company

3500 104th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

Phone: (515) 281-2595
Mobile: (515) 979-1037
Email: debra.calvert@midamerican.com

Deann De Groot

Deann De Groot

Executive Director

 Mahaska Chamber & Development Group

222 1st Ave East.
Oskaloosa, IA

Phone: 641-672-2591
Email: ddegroot@mahaskachamber.org

Carla Eysink

Carla Eysink

Executive Director

Marion County Development

214 East Main,
Knoxville, IA 50138

Phone: 641.828.2257
Mobile: 641.218.6146
Email: ceysink@marioncountyiowa.gov

 

Tod Faris

Tod Faris

Member Services & Economic Development Manager

Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative

2090 Highway 5 South
Albia, IA 52531

Phone: (641) 932-7126
Mobile: (641) 814-3723

 

David Humburg

David Humburg

Business Liaison-Continuing Education & Workforce Solutions

Indian Hills Community College

626 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5213
Mobile: (641) 954-0279
Email: david.humburg@indianhills.edu

 

Joshua Laraby

Joshua Laraby

Executive Director

Fairfield Economic Development Association

101 N.Court Street. P.O. Box 1388
Fairfield, Iowa 52556

Office: 641.472.3436
Mobile: 920.309.0126
Email: joshua.laraby@growfairfield.com

Sarah Lind

Sarah Lind

Business Liaison-Continuing Education & Workforce Solutions Lucas, Wayne, Appanoose, Davis & Van Buren Counties

Indian Hills Community College

701 North 1st St.
Centerville, IA 52544

Phone: (641) 856-2143
Email: Sarah.lind@indianhills.edu

Michael Matthes

Michael Matthes

Director

Promoting Appanoose – Centerville Together

128 N.12th Street
Centerville IA, 52544

Phone: (641) 437-4102
Mobile: (641) 895-3535
Email: director@appanoosecounty.org

 

John D. Schroeder

John D. Schroeder

Executive Director

Davis County Development Corporation

110 E. Jefferson St.
Bloomfield, IA 52537

Phone: (641) 664-2300
Mobile: (641) 208-6275
Email: john@daviscounty.org

Sharon Stroh

Sharon Stroh

VP, Industrial Development & Organizational Communication

Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress

217 E. Main St.
Ottumwa 52501

phone: 641-799-1203 (mobile)
email: sstroh@ottumwaiowa.com

Dan Tometich

Dan Tometich

Executive Director

Albia Industrial Development Corp

Bates Building
1 Benton Ave, W
Albia, IA 52531

Phone: (641) 777-2916
Email: albia.industrial@gmail.com

 

David Vollmar

David Vollmar

Sr. Key Account Manager

Alliant Energy

2901 Oak Meadow Dr.
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Phone: (641) 226-1489
Email: davidvollmar@alliantenergy.com

 

Christopher Watkins

Christopher Watkins

Executive Director

Directors serve without pay and are appointed by the governing body which employs them.  Current Officers include Sharon Stroh, Chair and David Humburg, Vice- Chair. Administrative functions are outsourced by contract to Area 15 Regional Planning Commission.

*2018 total sales for all industries in the Opportunity Squared region, based on NAICS description (Emsi complete Class of Worker dataset).