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It’s time to honor a local leader

Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance seeks nominations for Catalyst Award

Do you know anyone who has worked hard, perhaps out of the public view, to make Fort Dodge and Webster County a better place to live, work and play?

If so, a unique opportunity to honor them is at hand.

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is seeking nominees for its Catalyst Award.

Nominees should meet these basic criteria:

• Have a history of active involvement in the Growth Alliance.

• Have shown that they are an active and visionary leader who is a catalyst for action in economic and community development.

• Have demonstrated excellence in their profession or business.

• Have contributed extensive time to promote community pride and spirit.

All nominations must be submitted by noon on Feb. 16.

To nominate someone, go to www.greaterfortdodge.com. Select news and events and scroll down to Catalyst Award.

All nominations will be reviewed by a seven-member committee that includes some previous Catalyst Award winners. The winner will be announced at the Growth Alliance’s annual dinner on Feb. 29 at Fort Frenzy.

Larry Bushman, former publisher of The Messenger, was the most recent recipient of the award. Other recent winners include Fort Dodge City Councilman Dave Flattery; Councilman Terry Moehnke; Bob Singer, former Webster County supervisor and senior vice president of the U.S. 20 Corridor Association; John Taets, president of Northwest Bank; and Bruce Shimkat, of Shimkat Motor Co.

We encourage everybody to think carefully about anyone they know who meets the basic qualifications and would be a good candidate for the Catalyst Award. There are a lot of people out there who are deeply committed to the betterment of the community, so it actually shouldn’t be hard to come up with some nominees.

We look forward to congratulating the eventual winner.

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