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      Main Street survey wants feedback from Ottumwa businesses and shoppers

      Main Street Ottumwa's survey hopes to garner information on downtown business.

      As part of a continuing evaluation of downtown businesses, Main Street Ottumwa wants to hear from you.

      Main Street is looking for businesses, residents and shoppers of Ottumwa to give their opinion on downtown commerce. The survey is one part of a $15,000 Technology Assistance Grant from the state of Iowa. Main Street has already conducted a demographic research evaluation and this survey will gather important information on how businesses can grow.

      "The largest single thing that we'll be doing is communicating back to the business people of this district and on Church Street to say this is what we've learned from you and from other places about how your business might grow," said Bob Untiedt, Executive Director of Main Street Ottumwa. "And also, separately and less importantly, how we might grow new businesses. If we look to do that, I think part of what we'll be looking at is what are ways in which we can encourage existing businesses to expand, rather than go elsewhere to bring people in."

      Business owners are encouraged to share their perspective on customers and sales trends and customers can weigh in on where and how often they shop and eat. Even if you do not live in Ottumwa, if you shop downtown, you are welcome to take the survey.

      The survey will be open until July 12 and Main Street Ottumwa is looking for around 380 responses in order to gather a thorough overview.

      After the survey is complete, the Iowa Economic Development Agency will make a visit and put together an implementation plan using all the information gathered.

      To take the Main Street survey, click here.