New Ottawa eco devo leader shows endurance through athletic interests

James Oltman might have to hold off registering for his third full Ironman competition.

“It sounds like my calendar is already starting to get booked up, which is a good thing,” Oltman said.

The 35-year-old Nebraska native is the Franklin County Development Council’s new director, slated to start April 18 in the role charged with driving economic activity.

… he plans to channel his endurance to work at the new business park site, more than 300 acres south of Ottawa, where community leaders are expecting to attract industries.

“The new business park is going to be a huge project and it’s very exciting for the community and the county,” Oltman said. “It seems like there’s a lot of good support from the local government, local officials and even the local community at large.”

For more than two years, Oltman served as the economic development director in Haysville, a southern suburb of Wichita, where he crafted a 10-year tax rebate program that increased the number of rooftops through homeownership.

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