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February 6, 2019

CEO's Corner 
Please join The City of Fort Dodge, The Retail Coach, and Manassas Capital for a webinar to discuss Opportunity Zones on February 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. Everyone's heard about what opportunity zones are. They are going to talk about how you can get the most out of them and drive new investment and development 
in Fort Dodge.
What is an Opportunity Zone? An Opportunity Zone is a new community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. The program incentivizes long-term investment in communities for individual and institutional investors.

For more information or to register for this free webinar, please contact Vickie Reeck, Community & Economic Development Director, City of Fort Dodge at 515.576.4551, extension 1243. The webinar may be viewed at the Growth Alliance or on your own. A link will be sent out to all registrants. 

Dennis A. Plautz, CEO
Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance

Strengthening Families Program

Strengthening Families for parents and youth 10-14 is about to start in Fort Dodge the week of Feb. 10. This PROSPER program will begin its 18th year of programs with 6th graders and their families. Families that participate in the programs delivered through PROSPER can expect: more time spent together as a family; to feel closer to one another, and to use more effective and consistent discipline.

As one mom shared after the fall session, "I was hesitant to sign up at first due to the time commitment, however, it has been so well worth the time. Even though I feel our family has a healthy relationship, this program has provided a pocket full of tools to help remind me how to handle several types of situations with my daughter and I will highly recommend this program to families in the future."

The PROSPER approach is for all types of youth and families, not just for those who need help. We think that all families can become a little stronger, all parents and kids can strengthen their communication, and youth can always use more support to help them make healthy choices in a world that is full of negative influences and pressures. The program provides evidence-based solutions to prevent risky behaviors among youth, to support their healthy development and strengthen their families. Strengthening Families is about bringing the community together to do something for youth and families, but it's not just about doing something, it's about doing something that has been proven to work.

There is still time for families to sign up
Questions, call the Webster County Extension Office at 576-2119.

Please click here for the February 2019 Fort Dodge Fine Arts events

Please click here for the list of annual Fort Dodge Fine Arts events

Gov. Reynolds touts Future Ready Iowa jobs program
Governor Kim Reynolds made a stop Spin Markket in Fort Dodge. Her tour is a chance to ask businesses what they see, and to make sure the state is on the right track. Governor Reynolds' Condition of the State Tour is talking to businesses about Future Ready Iowa and Empower Rural Iowa Initiative that focuses on broadband, housing, and workforce across the state. 
People in photo Left to Right
Jessica Nemechek, Cheryl O'Hern, Senator Tim Kraayenbrink, Governor Kim Reynolds, Rep. Ann Meyer, Mary Alves, Allix Black
February Students and Employee of the Month
The Fort Dodge Community School District is pleased to announce its students and employees of the month for February.  This program recognizes one elementary, one middle school and one high school student, as well as one staff member monthly for exceeding expectations.