Fort Dodge and Webster County, Iowa, have combined population of about 38,000, are experiencing exponential economic growth.
Cargill is opening a manufacturing facility in Fort Dodge (fall, 2013) that will employ 134 people; CJ Bio America, a Korean company that Cargill recruited to join Cargill in Fort Dodge is also building a $323 million new plant and will employ 180 people. It will begin production in the fall of 2013 as well. Other existing industries in the area (Koch Nitrogen, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Calcium Products and others) are also expanding their facilities and increasing hiring.
This brings great opportunities to this region.
Due to this growth The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and the City of Fort Dodge are working together to develop different ‘tools’ to stimulate the affordable housing construction market. Recently the 2012 Residential Housing Market Assessment was released. This assessment reviews Characteristics of the Fort Dodge Housing Market, Historical Market Activity, 2012 Market Activity & Initiatives, and 2012 Observations.
Below are a few statistics from the 2012 Housing Market Assessment