Fort Dodge Competing for $3 Million Prize to Improve Neighborhood

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FORT DODGE, Iowa — Residents in a Northwest River District of Fort Dodge are in the running for a $3 million prize to help improve their neighborhood.

The question city leaders have, is what would residents like to see to improve this area? “We are reaching out to the public to understand the needs that they see in the northwest river district,” said Carissa Harvey, Senior Planner with the City of Fort Dodge.

A meeting will be held Thursday August 13 in the Hydro Electric Dam Park. City leaders want ideas of citizens as to what could be accomplished. The meeting will take place from 5-7 pm.

Fort Dodge is named as one a quarter-finalist in America Best Communities, a nation-wide grant competition. Dish Network, The Weather Channel, as well as Co Bank, and Frontier Communications are sponsoring the competition. Fort Dodge has already been awarded $65,000 to begin the planning process to improve the neighborhood.

“What is it they would like to see in their community, and when we say we want to revitalize and want to clean up, and want to add new things,” said Jeff Halter, Fort Dodge City Councilman. “These are the things we want to find out from citizens,what is it you want.”

Eight finalists in the competition will receive $100,000, the three top finishers will be awarded, $3 million, $2 million or $1 million dollars to implement their plans.

City leaders say this is an important part of Fort Dodge sprucing up the third main entrance into town from the northwest.