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Community Highlight: Ottumwa, Iowa

ITC Midwest is closely connected to hundreds of cities and towns across its service territory.  In recognition of this partnership, in this section we profile key communities where ITC Midwest is active and involved.

Known as the city of bridges, Ottumwa – a city that has traditionally served as the trade and economic center of southeast Iowa – is the anchor city for a new 345kV electric transmission line stretching to Missouri.  The project is part of a network of new transmission lines planned and constructed by ITC Midwest and MidAmerican Energy Co. 

Established in 1844 as a river-front, coal-mining town, Ottumwa is growing with locally owned businesses and national companies both investing in the community.  With major employers such as JBS Pork and John Deere Ottumwa Works creating a strong industrial base, the city has expanding commercial districts, offers many educational opportunities and provides a variety of entertainment choices.

The Ottumwa-Border line project is one of 17 transmission projects that MISO, the independent transmission organization for 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba, studied and designated as a “Multi-Value Project” (MVP).  By providing improved reliability, expanding access to generation sources, increasing system efficiency and spurring economic investment, the new line will benefit Iowa and the MISO region.  ITC Midwest has also constructed the Woody Substation (just outside Ottumwa city limits), which is another example of the company’s commitment to reliability and system efficiency.

To complement its work to improve the electric transmission system, ITC Midwest takes pride in being a good neighbor and supporting the communities it serves.  In the past, ITC Midwest has sponsored the Ottumwa Holiday Nights ’N Lights and provided a grant to support the Wapello County 4-H Expo.

ITC Midwest is grateful to partner with Ottumwa!

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