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GFDGA Welcome Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and The Messenger are pleased to present this publication as a reference and a guide to use for the Fort Dodge area. Fort Dodge has been named an “Iowa Great Place” and is experiencing booming economic growth, which has not been seen before. There are many advantages to living in the Fort Dodge area. It is a great community with warm, friendly hard-working people, strong family values and excellent job opportunities. Fort Dodge has many opportunities for recreation, arts, culture, entertainment and annual seasonal events, including a symphony orchestra, the Karl L. King Municipal Band, choral society and other vocal performing ensembles. Music, concerts and theater productions are available at local establishments throughout the year, and there is a different type of festivity going on nearly every weekend. The Crossroads Mall offers many specialty shops, national chain department and discount stores. There are eclectic gift and antique shops or the Community Orchard with its café, Apple Attic Gift Shop and the widely recognized AppleFest Kids Play area, which provide an interesting and fun shopping experience in Fort Dodge. As a retail hub for North Central Iowa, Fort Dodge is home to retail stores, car dealerships, stores that cater to and provide outstanding products and enjoyable shopping experiences for their customers. We are located near small surrounding towns and villages provide unique shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. If you’re raising a family in Fort Dodge, excellent education is key and is important for a good community. Fort Dodge Community School District has more than 3,600 students enrolled with a new middle school expected to be completed fall 2013. Iowa Central Community College, is one of the fastest growing community colleges. There are 30 college credit courses being offered by Iowa Central Community College, and on average Fort Dodge students who participate in this dual credit program graduate with a semester of college and more than 80% students go on to post-secondary educational opportunities. Alternatively, Fort Dodge offers private education through the St. Edmond, St. Paul Lutheran, Harvest Baptist and Community Christian schools. Fort Dodge and Webster County have a full range of health care providers. Trinity Regional Medical Center, The Community Health Center, Webster County Health Department, dozens of specialists, dentists, chiropractors and eye doctors, ensure that excellent healthcare is available to all residents. All have made it their mission to provide quality medical care with the goal of having healthy residents and lifestyles for all ages. Fort Dodge is a great community nestled in the gently rolling hills of the Des Moines River Valley. This progressive community has evolved into a regional center for manufacturing, transportation, retail and healthcare industries. Come explore this thriving community and the many opportunities available to you. Take a look you’ll catch the spirit, the spirit of community pride!

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Growth Alliance Welcome

Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance CEO Dennis Plautz brings renewed enthusiasm to Fort Dodge’s business climate.

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Mayor’s Welcome Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich shares his vision for the city he’s proud to call home.

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Community Demographics History Understanding the past helps to shape the future.

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Transportation Located in North Central Iowa, Fort Dodge is connected to the world in a variety of ways.

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Education Iowa’s education system is tops in the country, and Fort Dodge’s schools are no exception.

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A veritable cornucopia for your palette to choose from and a comfortable pillow at day’s end.

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Health Services State-of-the-art facilities and a wide array of professionals make Fort Dodge the regional destination for health care.

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Senior Living No matter where you are along the path of retirement, Fort Dodge has something for the journey.

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Recreation Great parks, golf courses and an expanding trail system add up to outdoor fun for the whole family.

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Shopping Treasures await discovery throughout our local mall, stores and boutiques.

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Industry Although gypsum is the bedrock of the area, new industries are finding Fort Dodge a perfect fit.

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Agriculture Surrounded by the nation’s most fertile soil, farming interests are a major part of the local economy.

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Government The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance keeps local business interests in the forefront of local, state and federal government leaders.

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Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is broadening opportunities for new and existing industries throughout the area.

Entertainment There is always something going on in the Fort Dodge region.

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Calendar Of Events Visitors The Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau: bringing people to town and making them feel at home.

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New Residents Here’s the 411: all the information newcomers need to settle in.

Arts & Culture Fine arts, theater, music ... it’s all here for you to discover and enjoy!

Faith Fort Dodge’s faith communities invite you to join them for worship and fellowship.

Clubs & Oraganizations There are more than 200 clubs and organizations in Fort Dodge.

Attractions From museums to race cars and ATV’s, Fort Dodge offers unique things to see and do.

Great neighborhoods await, each with a distinctive flair.

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Mayor’s Welcome Welcome Fort Dodge! This is a city I am proud to serve as mayor and call my home. With a population of more than 26,000, we are the county seat for Webster County and a major commercial center for North Central and Northwest Iowa. Enhancements to our Corridor of Commerce have stimulated great economic growth and continued interest. We are dedicated to working in partnership with The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, local businesses and citizens to enhance our quality of life. Together we have made great strides within our infrastructure, retail, recreational and educational opportunities. Our major industries are trucking, gypsum and limestone mining. Another industry is the manufacturing of veterinarian pharmaceuticals by Boehringer Ingelheim – a world class research and production facility. We have also welcomed Cargill, the largest U.S. privately held company, and CJ Bio America, a Korean based company. They have joined Valero in our Iowa’s Crossroads of Global Innovation, an industrial park enriched with dual rail and a majority of infrastructure already in place. Trinity Regional Medical Center has opened a new Cancer Center and is one of the top 100 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation with patient safety awards. Friendship Haven, located on more than 60 acres, has become the largest retirement community in the state. We are home to first-class schools; Iowa Central Community College and Buena Vista University. Iowa Central Community College is one of the largest community colleges in Iowa. We are proud of our four private and various public schools. A new middle school opens in the 2013-2014 school year. It will offer a 21st century learning environment with more than 173,000 square feet and a performance auditorium. An array of arts and culture are available with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony and Blanden Memorial Art Museum the first public museum of art in the state of Iowa; the Hawkeye Community Theatre, one of the longest running theater organizations in the state; and even a full-scale recreated military outpost at the Fort Museum. Our recreational opportunities are also abundant. Visit Mineral City Speedway or the state’s largest OHV Park just southeast of town. Ride the swift waters of Lizard Creek or the Des Moines River. Enjoy more than 30 miles of our new hard surface trails as well as Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center and multiple golf courses. Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex hosts more than 80,000 people per year with its ballparks and 10 soccer fields. We have indoor and outdoor tennis courts and multiple parks such as John F. Kennedy Memorial, Oleson Park, Brushy Creek, and Dolliver available. Fort Dodge is home to special events such as Shellabration, Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash, Frontier Days, Couch Freak Boogie Skydiving, Blues Under the Trees, Oktoberfest and Apple Fest at our local community orchard. Also our Market on Central has become the fourth largest in the state with more than 50 vendors. Again, I welcome you to our great community and invite you to discover why Matt Bemrich Mayor, City of Fort Dodge Fort Dodge is a healthy, vibrant community in which to live, work and play.

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Demographics General Education Fort Dodge was established ....................................1850 Based on the 2010 census of people aged 25 + (16,303 people) Fort Dodge was incorporated.................................1869 High school graduates ...........................................87.1% Land area of Fort Dodge .................................15 sq. mi. Some college or associate degree ......................31.9% Public school system................Fort Dodge Community Bachelor’s degree ..................................................19.8% Hospital ........................Trinity Regional Medical Center Master’s, professional or doctorate degree ..........5.2% Airport ................................Fort Dodge Regional Airport Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Population School Enrollment 2010 Census ............................................................25,206 Population 3 yrs. and over enrolled in school.......7,071 Total Households, 2010 ..........................................10,275 Preschool and kindergarten ........................723 (10.3%) Homeownership Rate, 2010 ...................................63.6% Grades 1-12..................................................4,279(60.5%) Median Household Income, 2010 ......................$37,923 College......................................................................6,215 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Employment Population by Race Webster County labor force .................................18,190 Caucasian .............................................................89.80% Number unemployed ..................................1,070 (5.9%) African American....................................................5.50% Number employed ................................................17,120 Source: Iowa Workforce Development - Sept. 2012 Other...........................................................................4.7% Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Mean travel time to work (in minutes), workers Population by Gender Aged 16 yrs+ ..............................................................13.3 Females ..................................................12,274 . . . 48.7% Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Census Males ......................................................12,932. . . 51.3% Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Business quick facts Retail sales ..........................................................$577,547 Population by Age Group Accommodation and food services sales........$61,190 Under 18 yrs..............................................................21.8% Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 Economic Census 20 - 24 yrs. ..................................................................8.8% 25 - 34 yrs. ................................................................13.1% 35-49 yrs. ..................................................................16.8% 50-64 yrs. ..................................................................18.9% Age 65 yrs.+ ...........................................................16.21% Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census

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Top Employers Boehringer Ingelheim Manufacturer and distributor of prescription and over-the-counter animal health care products C&S Products Company Inc. Manufacturers of wild bird specialty products CJ Bio America Animal feed ingredients Cargill Wet corn milling facility Decker Truck Line Inc. Motor freight carrier Friendship Haven Retirement community with wide array of housing and health care options available to seniors Georgia-Pacific Gypsum Corporation Manufactures gypsum wallboard Heartland Communications Group, Inc. A full service publisher specializing in agriculture, construction, aviation, industrial machines and recreational industries. Iowa Central Community College Community college offering a comprehensive arts and science program, several applied science and technology programs, and 21 collegiate athletic programs Koch Agricultural chemicals National Gypsum Gypsum mining/quarrying and wallboard and base coat plaster manufacturing Nestle Purina PetCare Company Manufactures and distributes pet food and nutritional products The Messenger Publishes a daily newspaper 7 days a week, 365 days a year covering North Central Iowa.

POET Biorefining Producer of ethanal Silgan Containers Manufacturing Leading consumer goods packaging and manufacturer producing aluminum food containers Trinity Regional Medical Center State-of-the-art medical center United States Gypsum Manufacturer of gypsum-based building materials including dry wall, joint compounds and plasters Valero Renewables Producer of ethanol

Leading Industries Fort Dodge and Webster County are situated in prime territory for attracting and expanding renowned businesses in the areas of: bio-related industries including commodity-based processing and animal health and nutrition; building and construction products; advanced logistics; general manufacturing. Industry leaders have come to the area because of the specialized industry resources located in Fort Dodge and Webster County including: highly skilled professional and technical workers, specialized work force training programs, and access to research and development experts, growth opportunities include a pro-business environment paired with prime development sites along major transportation corridors.

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History Frontier, Expansion, Potential The roots of Fort Dodge date back to 1850 when soldiers arrived at the confluence of the Des Moines River and Lizard Creek and constructed a new military post. The fort was only active until 1853 when troops were moved to help quell Indian uprisings to the north and west. Major William Williams, the post storekeeper, purchased the land and buildings and platted the town of Fort Dodge in 1854. The arrival of the Land Office followed by four railroads and the discovery of gypsum assured Fort Dodge’s growth and vitality. Recent efforts include: a new public library, a major addition to the regional hospital, investment in renewable energy industries, and a new acquatic center, construction of additional trails, major re-design and construction of main thoroughfares through the city, and received the designation of an “Iowa Great Place in 2010”.

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Transportation Highways, Rail Airport, DART Fort Dodge (Webster County) is located in North Central, Iowa, USA, with access to a population of nearly 70 million within a one-day drive and almost all of the United States within a two-day drive. It is in the crossroads of two class one railroads, Union Pacific Railroad and Canadian National. As a regional hub, Fort Dodge also has a regional airport with four commercial flights daily.

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Education Public, Private, College Raising a family in Fort Dodge, you can be assured that your children are receiving a superior education. The Fort Dodge Community School District has more than 3,600 students enrolled with a new middle school expected to be completed Fall 2013. Through the 30 college credit courses being offered by Iowa Central Community College, on average Fort Dodge High School students who participate in this dual credit program graduate from high school with a semester of college of credit at no cost. More than 80% of students go on to post-secondary educational opportunities. Alternatively, Fort Dodge offers private education through the St. Edmond, St. Paul Lutheran, Harvest Baptist and Community Christian schools. Iowa Central Community College is a comprehensive two-year public institution offering career option programs, transfer programs, and a full slate of non-credit courses. Class options include online and face-to-face learning. Students enjoy a collegiate experience with the option to live on campus in 15 fully furnished apartment-style or traditional dorm-style housing. Iowa Central offers 21 intercollegiate athletic programs, and a wide array of student activities and clubs. The 100-acre campus is also home to a satellite branch of Buena Vista University, so residents can complete a four-year degree without leaving Fort Dodge.

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Health Services Hospital, Doctors, Clinics Fort Dodge and Webster County have a full range of health care providers. Trinity Regional Medical Center, The Community Health Center, Webster County Health Department, dozens of specialists, dentists, chiropractors and eye doctors ensure that excellent healthcare is available to all residents. All have made it their mission to provide quality medical care with the goal of having healthy residents and lifestyles. Residents of North Central Iowa are fortunate to have quality health care options available to them.  Trinity Regional Medical Center is a licensed 200-bed, nonprofit hospital, serving Fort Dodge and the eightcounty area with a population of approximately 120,000. It employs more than 860 health care professionals, technicians and employees, and boasts a medical staff of 90 physicians. Additionally, Trinity has been named one of the top 100 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation. In late 2012, Trinity also completed construction of a new comprehensive cancer treatment center. Mercy Hospital was established in 1908; Lutheran Hospital was established in 1932 and these merged in 1973 to become Trinity Medical Center. 26

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Senior Living Housing, Lifestyle, Health Retirement the way it was meant to be in Fort Dodge. It offers a wide range of housing opportunities that include affordable single - dwelling homes, condominiums and apartments specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s active retired community. Opportunities for personal enrichment abound through activities such as volunteering, fitness centers and socializing. Continued learning and education is available through Citizen’s Central (C²), Elderbridge Agency on Aging, service clubs, Iowa Central Community College, the public library and various civic groups such

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Grandparents

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Community Appearance (PICA). A variety of assisted living and care facilities offering a wide range of medical care options is also available.

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Fort Dodge offers a full spectrum of choices for senior living including independent town home and apartment style living, traditional and memory support assisted living, skilled rehabilitative therapy, extended-stay nursing care, adult day care services and personalized home care.


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Hrs. M-F 7:30-5:30 • Sat. 8-12 Noon

Market on Central We invite you to Join us on the 2nd and 4th Saturday from June thru September in Historic Downtown Fort Dodge where you can have breakfast, stay for lunch and take home dinner. Our vendors have farm fresh produce, wine, cheese, meats, baked goods, unique homemade products and more. Visit us at fdmarketoncentral.com and on Facebook for vendor and entertainment information.

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Recreation Parks, Golf, Trails Residents, tourists, visitors and outdoor activists will be delighted with the many miles of hiking, biking trails and water trails that wind throughout the city and nearby. The Des Moines River and Lizard Creek are state-designated water trails, frequented by canoeists, kayakers and tubers. Dolliver Park is a mix of bluffs, canyons and flatlands spread out over 450 acres with an abundance of hiking trails through picturesque and historic Webster County. There are also many statewide trails systems accessible from our region, connecting you throughout the state and with neighboring states. In the summer months, residents will enjoy the large, new, three-pool Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center, as well as the Oleson Park splash pad and zoo. The Gypsum City OHV Park and Mineral City Speedway offer all-terrain vehicles and racing enthusiasts great opportunities. Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex feature baseball and softball fields, as well as ten soccer fields. The mini-major baseball fields depict Yankee, Fenway, Dodger and Wrigley Stadiums. Harlan Rogers hosts the annual Girls State Softball tournament each year.

A new, multi-pool aquatic center, a scenic trails system that includes approximately 70 miles for biking and hiking, recreational venues include the Gypsum City OHV Park that will cover 1,000 square miles.

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In the summer months, Fort Dodge residents can enjoy the large, state of the art, Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center.

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Clubs & Organizations Clubs, Groups, Committees More than 200 clubs and organizations in Fort Dodge represent

myriad

interests,

hobbies,

non-profit

organizations and interesting things to do and see. There is something for everyone’s interest. Whether it’s art, music, hunting, fitness, service or any other of the hundreds of clubs and organizations, you can find something that will fit your desire.

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Art & Culture Fine Arts, Classical Music, Theater The Fort Dodge region has a wide variety of cultural, musical and artistic events. Browse through our local art museum and galleries; listen to our symphony orchestra, schools, band, choral society and other vocal performing ensembles as well as live music. Also concerts and theater productions are available

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Comedia Music Players is one of the many performing arts groups in Fort Dodge.

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Housing Options For more information call Humboldt City Hall at 515-332-3435

Scenic New Housing Additions Exceptional Existing Homes Numerous Quality Rental Options Outstanding Senior Housing The Humboldt County Housing Development Corporation has worked to increase and improve housing options in the county since its inception. The HCHDC is accomplishing these goals through establishing new housing developments, offering housing rehabilitation grants, and constructing new homes. These programs have been a huge asset and have played a large role in the 5% population increase experienced by the community. We invite you to take advantage of these great options in a growing, progressive community!

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The continued growth experienced in Humboldt allows residents to invest with confidence and build their dream homes at Eagle Ridge, Willow Ridge or any of the other great areas in the community. Humboldt has several housing additions that offer spacious lots with scenic views of the beautiful Humboldt surroundings. A generous tax abatement is offered for new home construction in these areas as well.

Humboldt has several facilities that offer Long Term Care, Independent Living and Assisted Living which ensures that every level of care is met within the community. Additionally, the community has several new homes that are constructed to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

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Humboldt’s existing homes are well maintained and offer a diversity of options. The community has homes that range from modest to very large and historic to new construction which promise to meet anyone’s preference at a reasonable price.

The Humboldt area offers excellent rental options with many companies providing affordable, quality housing choices. Apartments and homes are available for all ranges of rental needs. www.greater fortdodge.com

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We offer the best products available and excellent, caring service. That’s why our largest source of new business is referrals from our own patients.

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Shopping Mall, Main Street, Boutiques With many specialty shops, national chain department stores, The Crossroads Mall, eclectic shops and Market on Central in historic downtown Fort Dodge, sports and outdoor retail stores, shopping is a fun and exciting experience for all ages. Fort Dodge is a primary market area comprised of more than nine communities in a 30 - mile radius. Fort Dodge is located in the heart of a booming economic area.

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Unique boutiques, such as Design Two, offer many unique and tempting items. Photo by Jody Kayser

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Dining & Lodging Eat, Sleep, Enjoy With everything from fresh, locally grown produce, meat and game to establishments with international cuisines, our restaurants will provide an enjoyable and delicious experience. Many locally owned or national chain

establishments,

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historic

downtown, overlooking the beautiful river valley or in the bustling Corridor of Commerce area, offer a wide range of selections. Visitors have excellent choices for lodging with more than a dozen hotels and motels in the area.

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From fast food to casual dining, Fort Dodge offers more than 60 restaurants to satisfy any appetite.

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Attractions See, Do, Experience Art and cultural aficionados, outdoor enthusiasts and athletic teams provide numerous venues within the City of Fort Dodge. Many of the attractions are: The Community Orchard The Fort Museum Gypsum City OHV Park Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex Mineral City Raceway Lizard Creek Water Trails Oleson Park and Zoo Rosedale Rapids Soldier Creek Nature Trail Fort Dodge Trails System

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Kayaks offer a unique view and way to experience local waterways. Photo provided by Webster County Conservation.

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Faith Worship, Pray, Sing Worship, pray, sing in a strong and active faith community with more than 40 churches across a wide spectrum of denominations and communities in Fort Dodge. Individual congregations offer worship services and activities that serve people of all ages and interests. They invite and welcome visitors to join throughout the week as they seek to nurture and support the spiritual lives of all who make Fort Dodge and the surrounding area home.

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PEDERSON SANITATION

At Fareway you’re Family. 1231 1st Ave. S. (515)576-0341

ROLL OFF & COMPACTOR SERVICE “WEʼLL MANAGE YOUR WASTE” • Container Service “From 1 to 40 Cubic Yards” • Radio Dispatched • Insured To Be On Property  Industrial  Commercial  Residential  Rural Owned & Operated By Sonny & Shirley Pederson

Serving The Area Since 1950

515-955-4190

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4000 5th Avenue South Fort Dodge, IA

515-576-4141

Committed to Fort Dodge for Over 80 Years!

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Family Owned & Operated for 28 Years

Since 1937!

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429 1st Avenue South Fort Dodge

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Industries Gypsum, Pharmaceuticals, Bio-processing Whether it is being close to your suppliers, customers or excellent workforce, Fort Dodge’s industries experience all the components of a successful business model. With a pro-business climate, that clears the impediments to business growth, the state of Iowa is consistently ranked the lowest cost of doing business state in the nation. The region has a well-balanced, diverse industry sector from advanced manufacturing, bio-processing, animal science or our home grown companies. Indigenous gypsum was used to create plaster. George Ringland received a patent for “practical gypsum wall plaster� and founded Iowa Plaster Company which provided the source of employment and wealth for many in the area. 54

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Koch Nitrogen is one of the industries which find Fort Dodge a good place to do business. Photo by Kim Helmick

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Agriculture Corn, Soybeans, Grains, Livestock Situated in a region with some of the richest soil in Iowa, Fort Dodge and Webster County are huge contributors to Iowa’s position as the leader of corn, soybean, pork and egg production in the United States. Annually, Webster County’s farming community sells more than $270 million in agricultural products, $191 million of that was in crop production – the third-highest county in Iowa. Due to advancement in hybrid development, major crops are used to produce high quality inputs locally (food and feed ingredients, biochemicals, plastics, fibers, etc.); therefore, keeping the value-added commodity within the region. Facilities

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Iowa ranks first in corn, hog, soybean and egg production nationally.


Annually, Webster County’s farming community sells more than $270 million in agricultural products, $191 million of that was in crop production – the third-highest county in the state of Iowa.

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1111 N. 32nd St. • Fort Dodge 515-955-4284 • rosedalerapids.org

CJ BIO America, Inc. is part of South Korean conglomerate CJ Cheiljedang. CJ Bio America produces Lysine, an amino acid that is used in feed for poultry and swine. Currently in the middle of constructing a $320 million factory west of Fort Dodge, CJ Bio America is planning to produce more than 100,000 metric tons of Lysine per year and will employ approximately 180 employees.

• Dumping Bucket • Family Slide • Lazy River • Plunge Slide • Swirl Bowl Slide • Two Raft Slides Over 30 water features including wave generator!

1628 Nelson Avenue, Fort Dodge 515-576-2851 • rogerssportscomplex.org Swing by Harlan Rogers Sports Complex, Home of the Iowa Girls’ High School State Softball Tournament and the Mini-Majors complex

11 Softball/Baseball Fields 13 Soccer Fields 4 Permanent Concession Stands and Restroom Facilities 600+ Capacity Asphalt Parking Lot Hall of Fame Ticket Building Boulevard of Champions Entrance

Follow FD City Rec on Facebook & Twitter visit our department website at fortdodgeiowa.org/parks

Employment: CJ Bio America is in the process of recruiting employees for all levels of the organization. In preparation for full scale production in 2013, CJ Bio America is seeking to fill positions in Production, Maintenance, Engineering, Logistics, Accounting, and Human Resources. To apply, please visit Iowaworks or email your cover letter and resume to sarahadams@cj.net.

Stacy Wearda Broker/Owner Cell 515-835-1044

swearda@hotmail.com

Heather Vandi Sales Associate Cell 515- 571-8212

www.heathervandi.com heathervandi@yahoo.com

• Residential• Commercial• Ag Real Estate Morgan Fitzgerald Sales Associate Cell 515-351-0662 www.m-fitzgerald.com mf@gmail.com

Chad Kuebler Sales Associate Cell 515-835-0200

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Government City, State, Federal City, county, state and federal governments support

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thriving

businesses,

non-profit

organizations and individuals in the Fort Dodge area.

Fort Dodge has vibrant economic

development opportunities that require seamless connections among businesses, industries and government. The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance holds regular meetings with local and state legislators and makes annual trips to Washington, D.C.

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Economic Development Frontier, Expansion, Potential The Greater Fort Dodge region has experienced an economic boom over the last two years. Fort Dodge and Webster County have attracted two new tenants to the agricultural park; Cargill and CJ Bio America. Combined, they will create nearly 500 new jobs and approximately $550 million in capital investment. Not only does our community depend on new companies establishing facilities, our existing industries continue to grow. Four of the major employers have had expansions creating more than 100 jobs and $75 million in capital investment with more on the horizon. The evidence of the impact on the region is already apparent. New housing projects have developed in Fort Dodge and in surrounding communities; new retail shops and restaurants have been established; public works projects continue to be developed and as do quality of life opportunities. Having a “can-do” leadership and a business climate that fosters growth and the assets of the region makes the Greater Fort Dodge The infamous Cartiff Giant was region the place to call home. “born” in 1869 when George Hull had a large “giant” carved from a block of Fort Dodge gypsum. This was buried on a farm, where it was later “discovered” and exhibited for the public to view as a mummified “giant”. It was later discovered to be a fraud, but holds it place in history as one of the most famous hoaxes in U.S. history.

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CJ Bio America begins construction. Photo by Hans Madsen

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Entertainment Entertaining, Music, Socializing There is always something going on in the Fort Dodge region. Theater productions, musical and vocal concerts, sporting events, outdoor recreation, blues festivals and downtown outdoor markets are among the numerous activities available. The Fort Dodge region also has numerous clubs and organizations that fit the interests of all.

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Calendar of Events What, When, Where January

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Kennedy Park Wedding Extravaganza, Webster County Fairgrounds Toy Show, Webster County Fairgrounds Martin Luther King Breakfast Dayton Wranglers Dance Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Dolliver Park and Kennedy Park Dayton Wranglers Pony Express Dance at Webster County Fairgrounds

FEBRUARY

Winter Flea Market at Webster County Fairgrounds Ice Fishing at Kennedy Lake Career Fair at Fort Dodge Senior High Mardi Gras Family Outdoor Recreation Expo at ICCC Career Education Building YMCA Sectional Swimming Meet at Fort Dodge Senior High School Swimming Pool Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Dolliver Park and Kennedy Park Fort Dodge Gun Show at Webster County Fairgrounds Amigos Snow Bike XC Series at Loomis Park Hunter Safety Class at Kennedy Park Karl King Municipal Band Concert Heart Association Ball Hospice Ball Iowa Central Musical Hawkeye Community Theater The Messenger Family Outdoor Recreation Expo Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Annual Dinner

MARCH

Karl L. King Municipal Band Concert Winter Flea Market at Webster County Fairgrounds Sonshine Singers March Music Ministry Kids Art Day at Blanden Memorial Art Museum The Friends of Webster County Conservation are sponsoring a Maple Syrup Festival at Kennedy Park. Sportsmen’s Show at Webster County Fairgrounds Hawkeye Community Theater- Dinner Production Good Morning, Fort Dodge, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Pheasants Forever Banquet at the Webster County Fairgrounds Fort Dodge Noon Kiwanis Pancake Day Home & Garden Show at ICCC Career Education Building Annual Iowa State University Block & Bridle Cyclone Classic at Webster County Fairgrounds Annual Iowa State University Alpha Gamma Rho Spring Showdown at Webster County Fairgrounds St. Edmond High School Musical

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APRIL

Taste of Home Cooking School at ICCC Auditorium Cake Walk DSAOC, Webster County Fairgrounds Iowa Enduro Series Racing at Mineral City Speedway Hawkeye Community Theatre Parks and Recreation Summer programs Annual Harmony Brigade Barbershop Show Rivervalley Rockhounds Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show Karl L. King Municipal Band Concert Winter Flea Market at Webster County Fairgrounds Marine Corps League Mid-Iowa Det Steak Fry at VFW Post 1856 “Cache-In Trash-Out” geo-caching fun at Brushy Creek Recreational Area Mineral City Speedway Weekly Series Points Night-Scouts Night Earth Day Celebration - Webster County Conservation Amigos, Wednesday Night Bike Night Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Annual Spring Clean Up/ FOD Walk Lizard Creek Water Trails open for kayaks, canoes and tubes

MAY

Mineral City Speedway St. Ed’s Ball Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Tournament at Iowa Central Community College Mineral City Speedway & Midwest 305 Sprints Mineral City Speedway - Kids Night Hillbilly Sales & Flea Markets at Webster County Fairgrounds Fort Dodge Baseball Association Early Bird Tournament at Rogers Sports Complex Figure 8 Races at Webster County Fairgrounds Mineral City Speedway - Armed Forces Night Fort Dodge Senior High Musical Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center opens Lizard Creek Water Trails open for kayaks, canoes, tubes

JUNE

Frontier Days at the Fort Museum Frontier Days Parade Fort Dodge Classic Softball Tournament at Rogers Sports Complex Karl L. King Municipal Band Concert at Oleson Park Bandshell Hoopla Basketball Tournament Historic Oakland Cemetery Walk Hillbilly Sales, Webster County Fairgrounds Good Morning Fort Dodge, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance American Cancer Society Relay for Life Fort Dodge Kennel Club AKC Dog Show at Webster County Fairgrounds Fort Dodge Baseball Association Youth Tournament at Rogers Sports Complex Fort Dodge Baseball Association Youth Tournament at Rogers Sports Complex Webster County Horse Project Invitational Horse Show at Webster County Fairgrounds Fort Dodge Junior Tennis Tournament at Dodger and Butler Courts


JUNE cont. Hawkeye Community Theatre Market on Central, 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center open Lizard Creek Water Trails Good Morning, Fort Dodge

July

Mineral City Speedway Hawkeye Community Theatre Fort Dodge Fireworks July 3rd Webster County Fair Gowrie, Iowa 4th of July Parade and Celebrations Humboldt, Iowa 4th of July Celebrations Karl L. King Municipal Band Concert at Oleson Park Bandshell Webster County Fair IASC Tractor Pull, Webster County Fairgrounds Mineral City Speedway IGHSAU (Girls”) State Softball Tournament at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex The Messenger City Golf Tournament Mineral City Speedway - Bikers Night Hillbilly Sales & Flea Markets at Webster County Fairgrounds Figure 8 Races at Webster County Fairgrounds Mineral City Speedway -Weekly Series Points Night Gowrie Fire Department Truck and Tractor Pull at Webster County Fairgrounds Blues Under The Trees at Mineral City Speedway Mineral City Speedway Market on Central, 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center open Lizard Creek Water Trails

August

Tri-County “4-MAN” Brushy Creek Bass Tournament at Brushy Creek Recreational Area Figure 8 Races at Webster County Fairgrounds National Night Out Shellabration at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex Mineral City Speedway The UKC Obedience & Agility Trials at Webster County Fairgrounds Webster County Conservation Board’s annual Carp Fishing Tournament at Badger Lake at John F. Kennedy Park. Mineral City Speedway - IMCA Late Models Hillbilly Sale & Flea Market at Webster County Fairgrounds Mineral City Speedway - Midwest 305 Sprints Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash at Kennedy Park Mineral City Speedway-Season Championship Dayton Rodeo on Labor Day Weekend Market on Central, 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center open Lizard Creek Water Trails Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Golf Outing, 1st Thursday

SkyDivers / Couch Freak Boogie, Fort Dodge Airport, Labor Day Weekend Dayton Rodeo Good Morning, Fort Dodge, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Hillbilly Sale & Flea Market at Webster County Fairgrounds Bruce Sommerfeld Memorial Race at Mineral City Speedway Blazing New Trails-Adventure Triathlon at Kennedy Park Market on Central, 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 8am-1pm Lizard Creek Water Trails

October

Apple Fest at Community Orchard every other weekend in October Hawkeye Community Theatre Rotary Applefest 5K/10K Walk/Run Golden K Kiwanis Dinner Quilted Treasures- Quilt Show at Iowa Central Community College, Career Education Building Cruise To The Woods at Webster County Fairgrounds Hawkeye Community Theatre Dessert Theatre production Figure 8 Races at Webster County Fairgrounds Hillbilly Sale & Flea Market at Webster County Fairgrounds Fort Dodge Area Symphony Performance at Phillips Middle School Auditorium State Girls and Boys Cross Country Meet at Lakeside Golf Course Octoberfest The Messenger Bridal Spectacular

November

YWCA Holiday Showcase Winter Flea Market at Webster County Fairgrounds Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation Dinner Study Club Gala Comedia Musica Players Iowa Central Theater fall play Holiday Lighting, Historic Downtown Fort Dodge

December

Fort Dodge Symphony Performance at Phillips Middle School Auditorium Farm/Ag Show held at Iowa Central Community College Share What You Wear, Iowa Central Community College Hawkeye Community Theatre Holiday Concert Fort Dodge Senior High Holiday Concert St. Edmonds Holiday Concert Iowa Central Community College Good Morning, Fort Dodge, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Fort Dodge Area Symphony Yule Walk

September

Couch Freak Dollar Daze Boogie at Fort Dodge Regional Airport on Labor Day Weekend Figure 8 Races at Webster County Fairgrounds

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Visitors Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit company with the mission to increase hotel/motel usage, enhance hospitality business and retail sales through conventions, conferences, sporting events, concerts and leisure activities to bring visitors to our community.  This organization will work with approximately 100 events, attractions or promotions each year providing services such as welcome material,  planning assistance, bid support, calendar of events listing, tour itinerary development/assistance, community marketing and advertising grants. Our county has excellent sports facilities but also outdoor adventure venues.  Area parks and trail systems feature equestrian, all-terrain vehicles, walking, hiking and biking trails, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, shooting sport areas, hunting, winter sports such as cross country skiing, snow shoeing and ice fishing.  For more information on the Fort Dodge CVB and Fort Dodge activities and attractions, refer to our website at www.fortdodgecvb.com.

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The Iowa Girls State Softball Tournament brings more than 20,000 visitors to Fort Dodge annually.


The High School Girls State Softball Tournament is an annual event held in Fort Dodge. Over the tournament's five days, approximately 25,000 people will visit the community.

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New Residents Guide Community Information Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Fire Department Police Department Ambulance Voter Registration Iowa Workforce Development Water Department Garbage & Recycling MidAmerican Energy Co.

1515 Central Avenue 702 1st Avenue 802 Kenyon Road 701 Central Avenue 225 Avenue M 819 1st Avenue South 3001 8th Ave South 301 S. 25th St.

(515) 955-5500 (515) 576-1031 (515) 573-1426 (515) 573-3101 (515) 576-3131 (515) 573-7156 (515) 955-6139 (888) 427-5632

Communications (Phone-Internet-Cable): Frontier Communications 600 1st Avenue North Mediacom 1225 2nd Avenue South Fort Dodge Public Library 424 Central Avenue Post Office 3440 Maple Drive Motor Vehicle Department 701 Central Avenue Driver’s License 2313 1st Avenue South Fort Dodge Regional Airport 1639 Nelson Avenue

(515) 955-1114 (855) 633-4226 (515) 573-8167 (515) 573-4139 (515) 576-4611 (515) 573-5141 (515) 573-2368

Health Services Emergencies Trinity Regional Medical Center Trimark Physician Group Webster County Health Department

802 Kenyon Road 800 Kenyon Rd 330 1st Avenue North, # L2

911 (515) 573-3101 (515) 574-6765 (515) 573-4107

Schools Fort Dodge Community Schools St. Edmond Catholic Schools St. Paul Lutheran School Community Christian School Harvest Baptist School

104 South 17th Street 2220 4th Avenue North 1217 4th Avenue South 3058 10th Avenue North 614 2nd Avenue South

(515) 576-1161 (515) 955-6077 (515) 955-7208 (515) 573-3011 (515) 955-3074

College and University Buena Vista University Iowa Central Community College

One Triton Circle (Library 102) One Triton Circle

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Advertisers Index A-1 Home Healthcare ................16 Abstract Associates Of Webster County, Inc. .............24 Active Health Chiropractic .......43 Americinn ....................................47 The Auto Clinic at Fort Dodge Transmission .........70 Berry Hearing Aid & Audiology Centers .....................................43 Blue Ribbon Pelham Waters ......16 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc ........................79 Brown's Shoe Fit Co. ..................17 Budget Host Inn...........................42 Cabinetry By Fletcher.................37 Calcium Products .......................17 The Cellar Restaurant and Lounge .............................36 CJ Bio America ...........................58 Coldwell Banker Associated, Realtors .....................................24 Community Christian..................36 Community Health Center of Fort Dodge...........................70 Community Orchard ..................16 Country Inn..................................65 Critter Camp ...............................36 Crossroads Mall...........................24 CSBank.........................................59 Daniel Pharmacy........................24 DART .............................................31 Days Inn .......................................64 Decker Truck Line, Inc ................53 Egemo Realty..............................25 Fareway .......................................53 Farrells Automotive .....................24 Firestone.......................................64 Flooring America ........................46 Foley's Fine Clothing For Men ....37 Fort Dodge Community Schools ..21 Fort Dodge Flight Support..........64 Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln-Toyota...80 Fort Dodge Public Library ..........31 Fort Dodge Regional Airport .....71

Fort Dodge, City of .....................11 Fort Dodge, Parks, Recreation & Forestry....................................58 Friendship Haven ........................70 Frontier Communications ..........21 Gadbury Plumbing .....................71 Graham Tire ................................31 Great Western Bank ...................43 Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.......................................7 Gunderson Funeral Home And Cremation Services.........36 Hanson Golf.................................53 Heartland Communications......70 Humboldt County Housing Development Corporation .....40,41 Hy-Vee, Fort Dodge....................20 Iowa Central Community College .....................................20 Iowa Fire Control.........................10 Iowa Realty Of Fort Dodge .......10 Jensen Builders, LTD ....................65 Jim's Service ................................16 JRG Livestock & Pet Supply .......30 Kallin Johnson Monument Co ...30 Kemna Auto of Fort Dodge.........5 KHI Financial Solutions ................10 Little Joe's Computer..................42 Lomitas Mexican Restaurant.....17 Marian Home ..............................59 Market on Central ......................31 Martin's Flag Company, Inc. ....42 Medical Arts Eye Care ...............37 The Messenger ............................74 Midstate Plumbing & Heating, Inc..............................30 Mike's Pest Control......................53 Neighborhood Realty ................58 New Covenant Christian Church......................................70 New Star ......................................64 North Lawn Cemetery................37 Northwest Bank ...........................46 Orthopaedic Specialists.............64

Party Productions / The Other Store ........................30 Pederson Sanitation, Roll Off & Compactor Service53 Pella Windows & Doors ..............37 Pingle Tyre & Auto Centre .........42 Prince of Peace ..........................70 Re/Max of Fort Dodge, Inc........20 Regency Realtors .......................65 Regional Recycling Center .......70 RoJohns........................................53 Rolling Hills Dental Clinic, PC .....30 Ross’ Appliance Center.............65 Shimkat Motor Co.........................2 Silgan Containers Mfg., Corp ....77 Spherion.......................................59 Tea Thyme & Thyme To Shop.....65 Trimark Physicians Group ...........71 Trinity Regional Medical Center ..71 United All Stars.............................17 Webster County Abstract Company .................................42 Webster County Convention & Visitors Bureau ..........................30 Webster County Crimestoppers ..71 Webster County Extension and Outreach..........................21 Webster County Public & Environmental Health Dept. ..42 Willow Ridge Restaurant And Golf Course......................43

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