This committee is the goodwill and social arm of the organization. Ambassadors, fondly known as "the Red Coats," visit area businesses, welcoming them to the community or celebrating their accomplishments and milestones. This is a year-round obligation, but oh-so-fun!
This committee is a team of local professionals representing the areas of real estate, lending, building, planning, and property development, and meets to address the ever-changing landscape of rural housing needs.
The committee assists the staff in hosting its major social/fundraising event of the year, the Annual Golf Classic. It includes the marketing of teams and hole sponsors, prize collection, food planning, fundraising, and coordination of festivities of the day. Meetings are held between April and August. The event is held the last Friday in July of each year.
The committee meets to organize and promote the Partners in Progress Rodeo. It includes securing sponsors and food vendors, plus marketing of the event and coodinating activities of the day. The event is held during "Cowboy Christmas" in July.
Eggs and Issues
Quarterly breakfast with timely topic presentations in economic and community development interests. This networking event brings the Ottumwa community and GOPIP member businesses together.
Holiday Nights 'N Lights
The committee meets to organize and promote Holiday Nights 'N Lights, a classic, one-mile light display in Greater Ottumwa Park. Holiday Nights 'N Lights is an awesome community event that attracts visitors from all over Iowa and many adjoining states, plus visitors from all over the world.
Gene Schultz Award
The committee meets prior to the Annual Banquet to carefully select the recipient for the Gene Schultz Community Service Award, based on special or outstanding service to the community. Founded by his widow Rose Schultz, this is a most prestigious recognition for civic engagement.
Lemonade Day is an educational initiative that introduces youth (grades 3-5) to entrepreneurship, teaching them how to start, own, and operate their own business – a lemonade stand!
The committee helps staff promote, plan, and solicit sponsorships for the event. Tyically scheduled in September of each year, the ducks are launched from the South side of Central Park and down North Court Street, beside Hotel Ottumwa before crossing the finish line at Second Street. Proceeds are shared with a rotating community nonprofit and is a fun, family experience.
The purpose of the Membership Committee is to ensure membership recruitment is sustainable and the benefits offered are comparable to the return on investment. This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for the GOPIP membership. Offered as a great networking opportunity, the committee meets year-round, typically every other month.
The purpose of the Legislative Committee is to ensure that GOPIP acts as a legislative voice for economic and community development in the Region, specifically issues affecting the GOPIP strategic plan.
Economic Development Committee
The Economic Development Committee is comprised of community leaders who have a direct impact in progressing the economic development initiatives of both Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress and the Ottumwa region.