(Ottumwa)— The President and Chief Executive Office of the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation Brad Little says his organization is committed to the well being of the community and does not want to become just a check book for the community. Little made the comment Monday afternoon during a work session of the city council.
The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation was created more than three years ago following the sale of Ottumwa RegionalHealth Center. During it’s three year period the Legacy Foundation has focused on creating new jobs, improving education, revitalization of the community, improving the city’s infrastructure, housing and leadership.
Other goals of the Legacy Foundation is reclamation of Main Street, the river front, improvements to the city’s sports campus and extending central park to the Des Moines River. Other priorities include upgrading and supporting the fiber optic network and creating new leaders through the Ottumwa Leadership academy.
Little told the City council since September of 2011 the Foundation has spent several million dollars including 1.3-million dollars for education. Little said the Foundation is working with two companies in hopes of bring them to Ottumwa.
The Foundation has also been instrumental in the creation of Market on Main at the intersection of Market and Main. The grand opening of Market on Main with a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held tomorrow afternoon at 12:30. The public is invited to attend.