Many resources are available through the City of Fort Dodge. Depending on your development project, the following programs may be available. For more information about economic development and incentives available through the City of Fort Dodge. Any questions can be directed to: Vickie Reeck, Community & Economic Development Director 819 1st S Ave Fort Dodge, IA 50501 • Phone: (515) 576-8191 • Fax: (515) 573-5097
The Business Affairs Division fosters municipal/business partnerships, offers business assistance, facilitates the business retention program and manages a business database. Businesses seeking to expand or improve their operations receive assistance from the Business Affairs Division. The Business Affairs Division works closely with the Development Corporation of Fort Dodge and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance to perform business retention activities and new client lead generation activities. The Business Affairs Division also works with the Iowa Department of Economic Development, and other regional entities such as the Mid-Iowa Growth Partnership, to coordinate economic development projects. Tools used for economic development include, but are not limited to: tax increment financing, and enterprise zone. The staff also works closely with the Development Corporation of Greater Fort Dodge, the downtown Self-Supporting Municipal Improvement District, Webster County Improvement Corporation, Fort Dodge Betterment Foundation, USDA Rural Development, Iowa Finance Authority, EDA, and HUD.
The Development Corporation is a non-profit organization established to stimulate and promote business development and expansion in Downtown Fort Dodge by assisting with business development and expansion through low-interest financing in cooperation with local lenders. Since its establishment in 1982, the Development Corporation has awarded over 140 loans totaling over $3 million dollars to new or existing businesses. The flexibility of the Development Corporation allows project to be tailored to the needs of each individual business. Specific programs offering financial assistance include: • General and Façade Renovation Loans follow the Development Corporation's Policies and Procedures. • USDA Loan Guidelines • Forgivable Façade Loan Application and program criteria For an overview of these and other City incentives view the Downtown Financing Brochure.
The Fort Dodge CVB is a group of individuals and businesses who are committed to marketing Fort Dodge as a destination for visitors to enjoy our community by attending meetings, conventions, sports tournaments, events and various other festivities. Fort Dodge CVB is a 503-C6 and are run by a Board of Directors representing the City of Fort Dodge, Webster County Board of Supervisors, Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation Department, Fort Dodge hotels, restaurants and retail organizations. They promote Fort Dodge/Webster County tourism and assists groups to successfully bring visitors into the community.