The Southeast Iowa Economic Development Agency, or SIEDA, has a new home in downtown Ottumwa, but it's not too far away from its old location.
SIEDA is moving from 226 West Main Street to just a few doors over at 310 West Main. Previously unoccupied, the building fit all the agency's requirements for the move, such as a downtown location, plenty of parking and handicap access.
The motivation for moving was twofold; first, to increase collaboration between staff by having most of them under one roof. And second, though SIEDA has had a positive relationship with the renters at the 226 West Main location, moving to the new building brought some financial benefits.
"We just wanted to try to reduce some of our overhead costs because like many grant-funded programs and non-profits, our funding continues to decrease year after year," said Brian Dunn, SIEDA Executive Director. "So what we wanted to do was be able to invest more of our dollars in direct programming and direct services and lower our overhead costs, this move allows us to do that."
SIEDA is now in the process of readying the building for use, which should be complete by December 30th.
Most of the resources will move to the new location, including the administrative staff for SIEDA's child development program, Head Start, family support services, CACFP and housing stabilization. Resources for behavior health and treatment services will remain at 226 West Main Street.