This committeeis 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!

Public Policy/Government Affairs

This committee assists the staff in researching and monitoring national, state, and local issues affecting the Ottumwa area and business community by formulating and representing GOPIP's position if necessary. It also plays a role in supporting legislative forums with the League of Women Voters and Greater Ottumwa Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Golf Classic

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.

Home & Garden Show

The committee is responsible for assisting staff in offering a regional home improvement showcase event. The Home & Garden Show provides exposure for area businesses to promote their products & services to hundreds of potential customers.

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

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!

Duck Races

The committee helps staff promote, plan, and solicit sponsorships for the event. Tyically scheduled n September of each year, the ducks are launched from the Market Street Bridge and float downstream to the finish line. Proceeds are shared with a rotating community nonprofit and is a fun, family experience.  

Membership Awareness/Campaign

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. 

Young Professionals

The purpose of the Committee is to put in place a comprehensive plan to develop young professionals in the Region.  This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for GOPIP surrounding the topic of personal and professional development. 

Breakfast Bytes

Monthly breakfast with timely topic presentations in areas such as technology, social media, data security, and other business interests. This networking event brings the Ottumwa community and GOPIP member businesses together.

Retail Development

This committee establishes goals to promote Ottumwa as the Retail Hub of Southeast Iowa. It brings the different shopping districts together as they sponsor various retail events throughout the city and encourages everyone to “Shop Local.”

Business Retention

This committee focuses on all phases of business and economic development, including, but not limited to, employee development, workforce development and enhancing area pride by pursuing and developing campaigns, programs, seminars and opportunities that reflect the positive image of the business community.


This committee consists of agricultural and business professionals dedicated to their mission of making a positive impact on regional agriculture by increasing awareness of its impact on the region, understanding the key issues affecting agri-business, and supporting the agricultural, wildlife and natural resource industries through value-added projects, programs and events.

Legislative Forum

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.


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.