The Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District supported and was involved in a variety of projects and activities in 2013. This included replacing the benches and trash cans downtown, painting the decorative lights at the City Square, brick repairs at crosswalks, and replacing trees along streets downtown. Marketing has been a big push in 2013 with the start of monthly articles in Fort Dodge Today featuring different downtown topics, initiation of the Fort Dodge Downtowner magazine, along with developing a video and brochure called Building the Pride. The video is posted on SSMID's website: www.ssmidfd.com. Support of downtown events also occurred in 2013, including the Frontier Days Parade, Market on Central (and the USDA grant that was obtained), the Holiday Lighting event, and a partnership with the Historic Preservation Commission to hold local workshops on why and how to restore old windows.
Looking ahead to 2014, SSMID anticipates another busy year of projects and activities. The first ever Downtown Parking Study will be completed. The study will develop a comprehensive downtown parking plan to maximize parking supply and strategically support the development of a vibrant, growing and attractive destination for shopping, working, living, recreating and entertainment. Another project in the works is one that also implements the 2008 Downtown Plan, to utilize wayfinding signage downtown and to create gateways into the downtown. These elements provide a sense of arrival into the downtown and orient visitors and new residents to several destinations. Repairs of crosswalks, painting of the decorative lights and tree replacement will continue in 2014. Support for Market on Central also continues. Check out SSMID's website (www.ssmidfd.com) for the latest information on any of these efforts.