Fort Dodge is truly a great place to live, work and play

The Fort Dodge region has plenty to offer anyone looking for a change of scenery, or those moving here with a job opportunity. We offer a small town feel with amenities found in larger communities.

City and county leaders have invested time and money in cultivating the beauty of our area. We have more than 70 miles of trails, 25 of those with a hard surface, and 65 miles of water trails that allow canoeists and kayakers to explore the city and surrounding areas. Webster County also boasts the largest OHV park in the state and sees visitors from all over the country.

The greater Fort Dodge area has something for everyone, regardless of level of education or experience. In addition to an abundance of jobs, there are a multitude of training programs, advancement opportunities and educational tools to develop the most qualified workforce. High school and college students have access to firsthand experience in businesses through the internships and job shadow programs offered.

Not only does the area have jobs for any type or level of training, but the greater Fort Dodge area has excellent job retention rates, a pay scale higher than the state average and a diverse workforce. The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance assists with trailing spouses’ job searches by disseminating their resume to our expansive contact list.

Our colleges and universities rank highly in the nation. The state of Iowa has one of the nation’s highest high school retention and graduation rates. Our high school students have the opportunity to earn college credit through our local Iowa Central Community College, we are able to offer free pre-school for 4-year-olds, and we are home to a number of reputable private schools.

In addition to the outstanding educational system, we’ve been fortunate enough to also keep all of the educational facilities and learning technology updated and improved. These updated buildings facilitate the best work environment for our students and allow them to thoroughly enjoy their time at school.

Our regional educational system also provides opportunities for students to engage in clubs. Clubs and athletics give students opportunities to hone their skills. Local businesses also interact with our school systems and sponsor many school events.. The local business relationships with our school provide extra opportunities for work and work training for our students.

There are a variety of housing options available in Webster County, with many new homes under construction and planned. Skilled realtors are available to help homebuyers find the perfect location. Rentals are available for those who are not ready to buy, and new properties are currently being built in a variety of neighborhoods within Fort Dodge.

Fort Dodge is truly a great place to live, work and play.

Dennis Plautz is the chief executive officer of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.


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