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Bruno exiting FD growth alliance

FD woman to begin working with foundation in January

December 14, 2012
By BILL SHEA, , Messenger News

Amy Bruno, who helped lead the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and the former Chamber of Commerce, will begin working for the local community foundation next year.

She will resign her position as the community development director for the Growth Alliance on Dec. 31, she announced Friday.

Bruno will then begin working with the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way in January.

She said she will be contracting with the foundation to do projects related to literacy, education and human development.

Bruno said she's changing jobs so that she will be able to spend more time with her family and do some necessary work related to a business she owned with her late husband.

''I really did agonize over doing this,'' she said.

Reflecting on her tenure with the Chamber and the Growth Alliance, she said, ''I know I'll look back and be so glad I had this opportunity.''

Bruno became the executive director of the Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce in May 2008.

When the Chamber merged with the Development Corporation of Fort Dodge and Webster County in 2011 to form the Growth Alliance, she became the new entity's community development director. In that role, she continued the membership programs conducted by the Chamber.

Bruno said she's proud of how rapidly the community has changed and improved. She said the city now looks better, has more quality of life attractions such as the aquatic center and increased communication between various entities.

''I think Amy is as committed to this community as anybody I know,'' said Dennis Plautz, the chief executive officer of the Growth Alliance.

''I regret her leaving, but I respect that people have to do what's best for them,'' he added.

Plautz said a search for Bruno's replacement will begin immediately.



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