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November 20 , 2019

CEO's Corner 
Our local businesses are a critical part of our community's economy as well as culture and add to our unique sense of place. It is important to recognize their contribution and to support them by avoiding leakage of business when possible. When looking for the latest fashion or the perfect birthday gift, shoppers find that our business owners are friendly, helpful and offer amazing customer service. This all makes for an incredible experience - one that makes Fort Dodge and Webster County stand out as an amazing place to live and visit. 
We encourage everyone to support area businesses year-round and especially Growth Alliance members. For a complete list of members, click here.  For those who have yet to venture to downtown, Fort Dodge has several upcoming holiday events that are an excellent way to become acquainted with the many shopping and dining opportunities available in downtown Fort Dodge. Events will be held on Black Wednesday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday. Shoppers will have the chance to enter contests, meet Santa and benefit from deals and promotions that will be available during the events. These are family-friendly events and a great way to kick off the holiday season. 
Remember to grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee after shopping. Area's restaurants and breweries are serving up delicious meals and are an excellent place to relax with friends and family. Most of all, remember to keep your dollars local because you have the power to positively impact your own economy. 


Dennis A. Plautz, CEO
Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance