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Opportunity Squared initiatives are projects that allow us to have the greatest impact in our area by collaborating and pooling our regional resources to promote growth and increase quality of life.  Opportunity Squared has 3 primary initiatives.

#IowaSouth | Educators in the Workplace | Laborshed Workforce Report



#IowaSouth is a cooperative collection of communities dedicated to growing the regional economy by helping you find space to breathe, connect to a place that appreciates you, allows you more personal time, and lets you find your voice.

Every city in the 9-county area has a little rural charm blended with a little downtown bustle. Communities are rich in character and culture. This is not your grandparent’s rural. Sure, there’s still 4H, but there’s so much more!

Discover a way of life that matches your needs and interests- good jobs and competitive wages in fields like engineering, technology and health care, broadband connectivity, green space and miles of trails, really low commute times, outdoor recreation and leisure interests, open-mindedness and family friendly year-round activities.

The bottom line is this- #IowaSouth has a diverse $12.5 billion economy in sectors such as agriculture, automotive, education, health care, technology, manufacturing, transportation & logistics, and retail. And with a lower cost of living, you can live BIG in a smaller neighborhood. Oh, and barista’s and bartenders know your name here too.



Educators in the Workplace

This unique annual summer workshop, offered through a collaboration between local economic developers and Indian Hills Community College, provides teachers, administrators and counselors with workplace tours and tools that allow them to get back in the classroom and reach K-12 students with hands-on experience of the people and places offering work that’s close to home, ready to hire, and with livable wages.

Participants will experience four days of tours and presentations at area businesses and industries, focusing on the future content of technology and the needs of the changing workforce.

Target Audience: K-12 teachers, counselors and administrators are encouraged to attend.


  • Annual event in the middle to last week of June.
  • Begins at Indian Hills Community College.
  • Minimum number to hold the workshop is 15, maximum is 30.
  • Cost is $120 and includes two units of AEA Recertification credit.
  • Lunch & materials are included in the fee.
  • Register at www.gpaea.org under PD course catalog.
  • Closed-toe shoes and casual business attire REQUIRED!

View or Download 2020 Event Flier (PDF)



For More Information, Contact

Director, Connect 2 College Program
Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Avenue | Ottumwa, IA 52501
641.683.5277 | 800.726.2585, ext. 5277

Work-based Learning Specialist
Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Avenue | Ottumwa, IA 52501
641.683.5309 | 800.726.2585, ext. 5309

Laborshed Workforce Report

Opportunity Squared works with Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Workforce Development to produce a new laborshed about every 2 years. Of greatest importance is the recording of employment data such as wages, post high school educational attainment, and commuting patterns.

It’s also good to know what industry sectors employ the eligible workforce (ages 18-64), including manufacturing, healthcare, retail, construction, hospitality, and so on. Customized wage reports are available upon request.

View or Download the 2020 Regional Laborshed Area Executive Summary (PDF)

Executive Summary (PDF)

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Target Industry Reports for Opportunity Squared Region (PDFs)