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November 7, 2018

CEO's Corner 
The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance's Image Committee started a Photography Contest in 2012 to garner a variety of photos in the Fort Dodge area. Many of the entries are used to promote the City of Fort Dodge and Webster County. Whether you have a professional grade camera or take all your pictures with your cellphone, we'd love to see Fort Dodge and Webster County through your lens. Each participant may submit a maximum of 20 pictures for the contest across the categories listed below.
Possible Categories:
  •  Industry/Business
  •  Recreation/Tourism
  •  Arts/Education
  •  Architecture/History
  •  Scenic/Landscapes
  •  Most Creative

Winners in each category will be recognized in The Messenger's Business Review publication, the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance website, and at the Growth Alliance Annual Dinner. The first place winner overall will receive a $50 gift card to a local business.
All entries are subject to unlimited use by the Growth Alliance and the City of Fort Dodge and may be used without permission or credit.
Click here for the photo contest rules and instructions.

Dennis A. Plautz, CEO
Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance

ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification Course in Fort Dodge December 3rd - Must register by November 12th

For those with oversight and management responsibility in any type of foodservice operation, ServSafe® is the food safety certification course developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. It is one of several programs accredited by the American National Standards Institute - Conference on Food Protection in meeting Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) requirements. The ServSafe® program blends the latest FDA Food Code and food safety research in a program offered by specialists with years of food sanitation training experience. Participants learn current best practices related to safe food handling and cleaning and sanitizing as well as tips on how to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety. The 8-hour course includes a resource workbook and concludes with a certification exam.
* Meets Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) requirements.
* All participants must successfully pass the exam in order to be certified by the NRAEF.
* A 75% or higher exam score is required for certification.
* Certification is valid for five years.
* A photo ID is required to take the certification exam.

Register online for the Fort Dodge class by Nov. 12. Cost is $150. Class will be held on December 3 at the Webster County Extension Office. All must be pre-registered as no walk in's are allowed.

Fort Dodge Senior High Offering Free ACT Prep Sessions 
Fort Dodge Senior High students preparing to take the ACT, SAT or PSAT now have another option to help them study. FDSH is offering free test preparation sessions from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 10, and Saturday, November 17, at the high school.

Students may participate in the session or sessions that meet their needs. November 10 reading will be reviewed from 8-10 a.m. and science from 10 a.m. - noon. November 17 English/writing will be reviewed from 8-10 a.m. and math from 10 a.m. - noon. 

Anyone with questions about these opportunities may contact Peg Christensen, FDSH school counselor, at 574.5772. 

As CJ Bio America continues to expand its operations in the Iowa Crossroads of Global Innovation industrial park west of Fort Dodge, it is adding another amenity to benefit its approximately 200 employees.

A 10,000-square-foot fitness center is being built on the northwest corner of the property, 1946 Harvest Ave. It is a separate building from the plant.

"Personally it has been a dream of mine to have a fitness facility here," Luke Palmer, senior operations manager, said recently. "I have worked at places that have fitness facilities. It's great for morale, great for recruiting, and great for employee health."

Meetings/Convention Survey
The Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is beginning a new campaign to attract more conferences and meetings to Fort Dodge.  These conferences will not only bring new people to town to stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants and visit our attractions and retail businesses but will provide an opportunity to highlight the community attractions, facilities, activities and venues for potential visitor returns.  

The committee's first goal is to gather information from local businesses about the out-of-town events, business or hobby gatherings they are attending.  Please help us by completing this short on-line survey.   This information will help us to compile a list of meetings/conferences we could be looking into hosting.  Please complete the survey by Friday, November 9.