What is the Mahaska Chamber and Development Group?
The Mahaska Chamber & Development Group is a volunteer organization of business and professional men and women who have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial, and downtown district progress of our community. The Chamber works with businesses to make Oskaloosa and Mahaska County a better place to live and work.
The Chamber is not a civic club, charitable organization, or department of the city government; The Chamber is a nonprofit, tax-paying organization that works for the community in two primary ways.
- Acts as spokesperson for the business and professional community and translates into action the group thinking of its members.
- Renders specific services of a type that can be most effectively delivered by a community organization both to its members and to the community as a whole.
The Mahaska Chamber & Development Group is an organization dedicated to putting Oskaloosa & Mahaska County first!
What does The Chamber do?
- Works at bringing new industry and retail businesses to the area, ensuring a solid economic base for a bright future.
- Voice for the business and professional community on critical issues affecting our area.
- A place where plans and proposals for the community can be addressed, fine-tuned or researched so you know all the facts.
- Group of committees working hard at meeting the community's business needs. In short, we work for you and with you to shape our future.
- Only member's names are given when contacted for referrals.
- Only member businesses are included in the "Welcome" packet when new residents and visitors ask for information.
- We sell your city and county, your products and your services every single day of the year.
- We provide tools to boost your profits with research, statistical data and educational seminars.
- We make sure your voice is heard on local questions and legislation which may affect your business.
- Rallying point for many civic movements whose objectives are to benefit the entire community.
Mahaska County Agriculture & Rural Development (MCARD)
Mahaska County Agriculture & Rural Development is dedicated to the promotion and improvement of rural economies and value-added agricultural opportunities in the Mahaska County area and to the development of both vision and leadership to enhance the quality of life in all Mahaska County.
Board of Directors 2023
- John Ottosson, Past President, William Penn University
- Ryan Van Dalen, President, Clow Valve Company
- Mike Fisher, Vice President, Oskaloosa School District
- Janet Hermsen, Treasurer, Oskaloosa City Council
- Margaret Spiegel, Secretary, Nelson Pioneer Farm
- Jeff Davis, Church & Dwight
- Deb Linder, Stella's Salon & Boutique
- Calvin Bandstra, MCARD Rep., Bank Iowa
- Amy De Bruin, Interpower Corporation
- Pam Newendorp, TDT CPAs and Advisors
- Paula Falconer, Mahaska Health
- Steve Wanders, Mahaska County Supervisor
- Tammy Sauer, MidWestOne Bank
- Susan Kollasch, DFS
- Beth Brostrom, Oskaloosa Main Street Rep
- Molly Walker, Oskaloosa Vision Center
- Deann De Groot, Mahaska Chamber, Executive Director