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Opportunity²

Economic Development in Southeast Iowa

Collaboration is a purposeful relationship in which all parties strategically choose to cooperate, in order to accomplish a shared outcome.  It’s what we do!

Open for business x Opportunity =

Opportunity²

At Opportunity Squared, 9 counties in the #IowaSouth region work together to find synergy and promote growth for our closely aligned economies.

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Chariton (Lucas County)

Visit the Lucas County Development Website

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Albia (Monroe County)

Visit the Albia Industrial Development Website

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Fairfield (Jefferson County)

Visit the Fairfield Economic Development Association Website

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Ottumwa (Wapello County)

Visit the Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress Website

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Bloomfield (Davis County)

Visit the Davis County Website

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Centerville (Appanoose County)

Visit the Appanoose County Website

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Sigourney (Keokuk County)

Visit the Keokuk County Website

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Oskaloosa (Mahaska County)

Visit the Mahaska Chamber Website

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Pella (Marion County)

Visit the Marion County Website

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Knoxville (Marion County)

Visit the Marion County Website

Our Primary Initiatives

Generating Ideas & Solving Problems

#IowaSouth

#IowaSouth is a region dedicated to 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.

This diverse, $12.5 billion dollar economy features careers, not just jobs, in agriculture, healthcare, technology and many other industries coupled with a lower cost of living.   Read more…

Educators in the Workplace

This unique 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.  Read more…

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

View the full executive summary here ..

Latest News

Generating Ideas & Solving Problems

New Website Just Launched

New Website Just Launched

More regional database integrations to be added this week!
Check back soon to see new additions.  We’ll be adding more content, news, and information each day.   For now, have a look around and let us know if you encounter any issues.  Thank you!

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