The Odessa Public Development Authority has been successful in bringing new businesses and jobs to the rural eastern Washington farming community of Odessa, population 980. Five new businesses and 40 family wage jobs were created in 2009 – with as many as 80 more on the way. One new business to a community as small as Odessa has a ripple effect throughout the community. If that business hires just one employee who chooses to relocate to Odessa from outside the community, it can bring more students to the school system, more patients to the hospital, additional taxes for government and more spending in the local community.