Main Street Fort Dodge:
The Downtown Fort Dodge Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) was formed in 1982 to breathe economic life into historic downtown Fort Dodge. Fort Dodge initially became a Main Street community in 1987 to revitalize the District which suffered economic decline for many years. Accomplishing many goals, Fort Dodge left the Main Street program in 2002, the SSMID Board of Directors continued sponsoring public projects making the District safer, easier to navigate, and creating garden spaces throughout the downtown.
In August 2017, Fort Dodge joined the Main Street family of communities across the country revitalizing their economy through historic preservation. The SSMID Board of Directors created a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit merging Main Street and SSMID.
Main Street Fort Dodge is working with business and property owners in the 33-block District. The boundaries closely align with the Downtown Historic District; however, are slightly larger in some areas to the south and east because they are part of the downtown pedestrian connections and include some key commercial redevelopment areas.
Main Street Fort Dodge is a volunteer organization that fosters public-private partnerships, to revitalize and market Historic Downtown Fort Dodge.
Main Street is always accepting new members for each of our five standing committees: Communication, Economic Vitality, Design, Fundraising and Promotion. Click Here to see a full and detailed description of each committees' responsibility.
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There are many opportunities for you to get involved with the Main Street Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) through volunteerism and investment. Whether it's planting flowers, distributing flyers or helping us Build A Better Block©, there's something for everyone. Not only is this an excellent way of giving back to the community, this is also a great way of meeting new people and having fun!
The Economic Impact of Main Street Fort Dodge centers on our desire to create a supportive environment that sustains and attracts businesses in historic downtown Fort Dodge. In 2008 the Fort Dodge Community adopted the Downtown Plan, which included 34 recommendations for creating an attractive and desirable downtown. The Fort Dodge Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) worked with community leaders and non-profits to implement more than 70% of the Downtown Plans’ initiatives!
The Main Street Iowa program works with a select group of communities committed to exceptionally high standards for downtown economic development. As a Main Street AmericaTM Coordinating Program, the over 50 communities in Iowa are connected to a network of 40 programs across the country representing over 1,200 communities.
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.