The Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce officially has a new executive director.
Tim Kurtz finished his second day as the new director on Friday.
He has been a lifelong resident of Ottumwa and attended the University of Iowa.
He said he feels confident he can promote commerce in the greater Ottumwa area by working with existing businesses to help them grow and to expand as well as making an environment where itâ??s conducive to bring new retail into the community.
â??I was in the newspaper business for 26 years so I grew up on the sales side of the newspaper so I dealt with businesses. So that's one thing that brought me to this position and I thought I could make a difference because I do have all the connections and know a lot of people and have a good understanding of how businesses run,â?? said Kurtz.
Kurtz said he looks forward to helping businesses to network. He added that itâ??s a good time to be in Ottumwa and that itâ??s exciting to see the growth in the downtown.