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 Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is dedicated to building a stronger economy and a stronger community in the thriving Greater Fort Dodge area. The organization was formed in 2012 through a merger of the Development Corporation of Fort Dodge/Webster County and the Chamber of Commerce. The Growth Alliance serves as the economic and community development organization for the area.
Our goals encompass building opportunities for existing businesses while recruiting new entrepreneurs to our regional economy, and our methods include advocacy, networking, promotions, and leveraging available resources on a local, state, and national level.
The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance was created to incorporate honesty and integrity in day-to-day operations. We make sure that our members are held accountable, as well as public sector partners, and investors. The relationship that we foster with the community provides a consistent message that we are all part of the same team and have the same goals. Finally, we treat our members with the utmost respect and consideration so that we foster lasting business relationships.
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.