OACDG Hires McReynolds As New Director

Valinn McReynolds at a recent Habitat For Humanity event.

Valinn McReynolds at a recent Habitat For Humanity event.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group has been without a director for a year now. On August 11th that changes, when Valinn McReynolds takes over the position as Director.

McReynolds has been appointed to help lead the Oskaloosa Chamber into the future, and the self-described “community navigator” says that along the way, she’s had the privilege of serving on multiple committees and organizations in the community and taking over as the Chamber Director “just takes it to the next level for me.”

One of those organizations is the Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity, where McReynolds has served as Director.

When looking towards the future, McReynolds said that during her work on her Masters Degree in San Antonio, “I took part in a vision called SA 20/20. This was a non-profit who created dialogue between leaders and community members to create a community vision of what the people of San Antonio wanted. I hope to take this experience and use it in this position as I work with businesses, organizations, and the people of Oskaloosa.”

Oskaloosa, like many other communities, faces the continual problem of retaining and attracting business to their community. McReynolds says that Oskaloosa “has a lot to offer businesses that want to be here.”

McReynolds says that, “We need to be more pro-active in providing potential businesses with information about the area and the spaces available so that they are confident in their investment. Also, once they get here, we need to make sure we do everything we can to make sure they are supported in their efforts to become part of Community.”

“We already have a lot of great things in Oskaloosa that communities our size could not even dream of having. What we need to do now is bring the businesses to Oskaloosa that people drive out of town for and be an advocate for the businesses that are already here,” says McReynolds.

Looking forward, McReynolds says that, “Oskaloosa has the potential to be a destination town. We just need to be aggressive in making that happen.”

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