FD celebrates its bright future

Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance event draws large crowd

More than 350 community leaders gathered Thursday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites for the annual dinner meeting of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. Good food and camaraderie were featured. The event, however, was a good deal more than just a social occasion.

The vigorous economic growth that is taking place in our community through the collaboration of a wide array of private and public sector groups was a major cause for comment and celebration by both speakers and those in attendance. The collective goal is to build a strong economic future for Fort Dodge and the surrounding communities.

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is an effort to unify and coordinate economic and community development efforts to enhance the quality of life in Fort Dodge and the region. The promise this partnering holds for the future is truly exciting.

Business trends locally are highly positive. Significant strides are being made in building a prosperous future for Fort Dodge and the nearby communities. The stage has been set to accomplish dramatic additional progress in the years just ahead.

The Growth Alliance reflects a spirit that is becoming evident throughout the community as planning for tomorrow proceeds — cooperation. That sense of common purpose is rapidly turning what were once just dreams into tangible realities.

The guest speaker for the night was Janet Ady, president and chief executive officer of Ady Advantage. She is an experienced business and marketing strategist.

As is customary at these annual gatherings, the recipient of the prestigious Catalyst Award was announced. John Taets, local president of Northwest Bank, is this year’s winner. The award recognizes citizens who contribute to the betterment of the community.

The Messenger salutes Taets for the tireless efforts that led to this well-deserved recognition. His leadership roles in an array of community organizations have helped make our town a remarkable place to call home.

Craig Schlienz was recognized Thursday evening as the 2018 recipient of the Alliance’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Also announced was the overall winner of the Alliance’s photo contest — Jody Chansler.

To move forward, a town needs citizens willing to expend the energy and make the sacrifices necessary to build a stronger, more vibrant community. Fort Dodge is blessed with an uncommonly large number of people who are committed to a better tomorrow for their hometown. Many of them were present Thursday evening. The Messenger applauds their commitment to this community’s future.