A downtown is often considered the heart and soul of a community regardless of its geographic size. Many times, the health of a community can be displayed in this urban district and assessed by visitors and local citizens. Like in all communities, a downtown has a life cycle that demands nurturing to maintain its vitality and appeal. When visiting other towns it's easy to acquire an appreciation for an attractive vibrant downtown and later wonder how its community has been able to accomplish such a feat. The property owners in downtown Fort Dodge have the same desires as many other major communities and are constantly evaluating the many options to try and deliver a more energetic and attractive downtown community. To accomplish the goal of enhancing our local downtown's vigor and appeal, a long-standing organization was formed, known as SSMID.