About the Chamber

The Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business and professional association whose mission is "to promote, support and advocate the needs of business and industry that will encourage positive growth in which to live, work and do business." The Chamber is first and foremost a membership-based organization whose resources are the time, skills and financial support of its members.

Both large and small area businesses and organizations as well as individuals from virtually all professions are represented in our membership, and they have the opportunity to influence the direction of the Chamber's programs. The more members the Chamber has, the better it can represent the community. The members are the Chamber and are our future as a community.

Several Chamber committees work to provide services and programs designed to enhance our mission, organization and community:

Other committees assist the Chamber of Commerce staff and board of directors to plan events and direct the programs of the organization.

The Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce is part of a consortium of community and economic development organizations administered through Partner in Progress, Inc. This consortium unites the Ottumwa Chamber, Economic Development Corporation, Ottumwa Progress Inc., Main Street, Bridge View Center, Inc. with the City of Ottumwa and Wapello County. The partnership delivers community and economic development services more strategically and more efficiently.

For more than a century, the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce has been an influence in the development of the community, and now looks forward to being a part of paving the way to the bright future of Ottumwa.

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