An opportunity to celebrate

ISU's coach Campbell to address Growth Alliance

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Members of the sold-out audience, including Webster County Supervisor Mark Campbell, listen during the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance’s annual dinner at the Best Wester Starlite Village Inn & Suites on March 5, 2020.

Iowa State Cyclone football Coach Matt Campbell will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance’s upcoming annual dinner.

The dinner will be held March 3 at Fort Frenzy, 3232 First Ave. S. The social hour will start at 5 p.m. with dinner being served at 6 p.m.

Dennis Plautz, the chief executive officer of the Growth Alliance, described it as “an opportunity to celebrate the community’s successes.”

“This is open to anyone,” he added. “You do not have to be a member of the Growth Alliance to attend this event.”

The dinner will also mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the alliance, which was created by merging the former Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce and the Development Corporation of Fort Dodge and Webster County.

Attendance at the event has increased yearly, with 375 people present in 2020, the last time it was held. The 2021 version was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Campbell, who has been the Iowa State coach since 2016, will be the main speaker.

Also, the Catalyst Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Growth Alliance, will be presented. Nominations for the award will be accepted until noon Feb. 18.

Nomination forms can be found at greaterfortdodge.com.

About Matt Campbell

Matt Campbell was named the head football coach at Iowa State University prior to the 2016 season. Since then, he has compiled the best winning percentage — 55.3 percent — in school history.

He has coached the Cyclones to five straight bowl games (Cheez-It, Fiesta, Alamo, Liberty and Camping World bowls).

He was named the Big 12 coach of the year in 2017, 2018 and 2020.

Campbell is a native of Ohio, where he attended Mount Union College. He played defensive end there.

His coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green University in Kentucky.

He was the offensive coordinator for Mount Union in 2005 and 2006. He then returned to Bowling Green as an assistant coach from 2007 to 2008.

In 2009, he was named the run game coordinator at the University of Toledo in Ohio. He then served as the school’s offensive coordinator from 2010 to 2011. In 2012, he became Toledo’s head coach and served in that role until coming to Iowa State.

If You Go

What: Greater Fort Dodge

Growth Alliance annual dinner

When: 5 p.m. March 3

Where: Fort Frenzy,

3232 First Ave. S.

Tickets: $40 per person, table of eight for $350. Tickets are available at greaterfortdodge.com or by calling 955-5500.


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