Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce 2019 Community Guide & Membership Directory

5 COMMUNITY GUIDE & MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY • Quality schools (including both public and private) • Ottawa University, a four year liberal arts university with a student-focus (offerings include an on-campus MBA program) • The Ottawa Campus of Neosho County Community College preparing for rapid growth with a 52,000 square foot facility, which includes a complete mini- hospital for training registered nurses • Five-star hospital with many physicians and specialists • Selection of numerous churches of many faiths • Historic downtown shopping center with unique shops • Many annual events, festivals and celebrations • Parks and recreational areas including walking and bicycle trails • Strong industrial and business partners with many employment opportunities • Location convenient to interstate highways and major metropolitan areas • Excellent fire and police protection which allows for low crime rates • Network of many diverse and inclusive neighborhoods • Access to major interstates and state highways • Quality jobs in diverse industries of manufacturing, distribution and assembly • Experienced and dependable workforce • Affordable quality housing (either owning or leasing) • Top 20 rural community hospital in the U.S. with a medical staff of M.D.s and specialists • Public recreation programs including softball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, tennis and many other programs involving all ages, in addition to a community recreation center • Easy access to five major recreational lakes – originally built for flood control and water supply – offering camping, boating and living opportunities within twenty minutes of Ottawa • The Carnegie Arts Center providing a venue for art events and growing cultural awareness in the area (including being the home of the nationally recognized Ottawa Suzuki Strings) • Ottawa is a designated tree city and is walking and bike friendly • Many civic clubs and organizations which allow for diverse interest to become involved in the life of the community with enjoyable activities. OUR COMMUNITY IS VERY PROUD OF OUR MANY “QUALITY OF LIFE” OFFERINGS AVAILABLE WHICH INCLUDE: The mission of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote growth and economic vitality of its membership and to provide leadership for the improvement of the business climate and overall quality of life in our region. “ “ INTRODUCTION