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March 14, 2018

CEO's Corner 
The Growth Alliance's Image Committee is seeking volunteers to help at our 12th Annual FOD (Foreign Object Debris) Walk which will be held on Tuesday, April 10th at 4:00 p.m. This year, teams of volunteers will work together to pick up discarded trash and debris throughout Historic Downtown Fort Dodge.
This event is a great way to make a positive difference in the appearance of our community! If you would like to get involved or would like to form a team, please contact Jon Shields at (515) 955-5500.

Dennis A. Plautz, CEO
Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance
Daniels Photography 24 N 9th Street Wednesday, March 21st @ 4:30 p.m.
Salon Five One Five 1903 1st Ave S  Thursday, April 5th @ 4:00 p.m.
Main Street Fort Dodge to Host Creative Placemaking Events
Main Street Fort Dodge will be hosting a series of events on April 11 & 12 to generate ideas and excitement for local projects that combine arts, culture, and creativity in downtown Fort Dodge.  The events will be led by the Better Block Foundation and supported by Main Street Iowa and the National Endowment for the Arts. Main Street Fort Dodge was one of five Iowa communities selected through a competitive process to participate in this onsite technical service opportunity. 

Main Street Fort Dodge
Main Street Fort Dodge is recruiting people interested in creating a strong foundation for a sustainable revitalization effort, including cultivating partnerships, community involvement, and resources for the Main Street district.  The Communication Team supports overall comprehensive marketing and communications strategies. The Communications Team partners with the Executive Director to oversee a consistent and active communication strategy to all stakeholders for the purposes of program messaging, fundraising, awareness and branding.  Contact Chair, Kate Stucky, at 515-955-5500.  No marketing background necessary!

Jeffrey Brandt Honored by Forbes Magazine
Jeffrey Brandt, a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Fort Dodge,was named to the list of "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" published by Forbes Magazine. The list recognizes financial advisors who have demonstrated high levels of ethical standards, professionalism and success in the business.

The rankings are based on data provided by more than 11,000 of the nation's most productive advisors. Brandt was chosen based on assets under management, industry experience, regulatory and compliance record and revenue produced over a three-year period. Brandt is part of Ascendant Wealth Management Group, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. He has 31 years of experience with Ameriprise Financial.


The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Dodge received the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2017 Quality Excellence Award for achieving superior levels of service excellence.

"I am pleased to honor the Fort Dodge Holiday Inn Express with the Quality Excellence Award," said Elie Maalouf, Chief Executive Officer - the Americas, IHG. "We applaud the performance of the Holiday Inn Express Fort Dodge. This hotel consistently puts our guests at the heart of everything they do. We're very proud the Fort Dodge Holiday Inn Express & Suites is part of the IHG family."

The Fort Dodge Holiday Inn Express and Suites is one of only 268 properties selected from the company's more than 5,300 hotels in recognition of overall quality excellence.
Fort Dodge Pizza Ranch Community Impact Night
Community Impact Fundraising Event: members of your organization come in and help serve our guests, then receive donations from guests and/or a percentage of sales from that night, as determined by the Fort Dodge restaurant. It's a great way to raise awareness and money for your organization, team, or for a local family in need. Community Impact Fundraising Events are also a great way to build camaraderie by rallying around a common cause. Please call Lori at 515.955.5599 for more information.