Committee Structure

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance has 12 different committees that oversee all the programs, activities and initiatives of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.  A list of the main committees and their missions is included.

Finance

Mission Statement:   The purpose of the Finance Committee is to provide professional advice and direction for current and future budgetary requirements to the board. This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance surrounding the financial stability and accountability to the membership.

Dennis Plautz, CEO
Gale McKinney, Chair
Tim Burns
Scott Johnson
Kate Stucky
Dan Kinney
Larry Bushman
Matt Johnson

Legislative

Mission Statement:  The purpose of the Legislative Committee is to ensure the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance acts as a legislative voice for economic and community development in the Region, specifically issues affecting the Growth Alliance's strategic plan. This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance surrounding the legislative issues facing the Growth Alliance on local, state and federal levels. 

Jill Nelson, Community Development Director
JP Mansfield, Chair
Randy Kuhlman
Jim Oberhelman
Jim Kersten
Cliff Weldon
Todd McCubbin
Teresa Naughton

Housing

Mission Statement:  The purpose of this Housing Committee is to ensure there is an inventory of market priced housing and the appropriate type of housing is available for the needs of the region.  This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance surrounding the topic of housing for the region. 

Kelly Halsted, Economic Development Director
Vickie Reeck, Chair  
David Fierke
Dennis Plautz
Mike Scacci
Jim Kesterson
Kevin Black
Kirk Yung

Human Development

Mission Statement:  The purpose of the Human Development Committee is to put in place a comprehensive plan to develop professionals in the Region.  This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance surrounding the topic of personal and professional development. 

Jill Nelson, Community Development Director
Abigail Johnson, Chair
Jamie Anderson
Jen Crimmins
Ryan Kehm
Nancy Strait

Image

Mission Statement:  The purpose of the Image Committee is to enhance community appearance and environmental integrity, as well as change internal and external residents’ perceptions of the region.  This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance surrounding the topic of community image.

Amy Pingel, Communications Specialist
Maggie Carlin, Chair
Jeff Halter
Scott Johnson
Terry Allers
Kellie Guderian
Susan Ahlers Lehman
Phil Stevenson
Bob Wood
Rhonda Chambers
Emily Mason

Infrastructure

Mission Statement:  The purpose of the Infrastructure Committee is to ensure infrastructure needs are being met now and into the future.  Infrastructure could include, but not limited to; water, sewer, gas, electric, telecommunications/internet, air, roads, etc.  This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance surrounding the topic of infrastructure for the region. 

Kelly Halsted, Economic Development Director
Rhonda Chambers, Chair
Chad Schaeffer
Randy Will
Mike Blackely
Mike Clayton
Matt Cosgrove
Lori Branderhorst
Mike Lawler
Shirley Helgevold
Trent Flockhart 
Dale Decker

Marketing

Mission Statement:  The purpose the Marketing Committee is to ensure the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and the Greater Fort Dodge Region are being accurately represented through multi-faceted marketing/public relations strategy. This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for the Growth Alliance marketing and public relations activities. 

Amy Pingel, Communications Specialist
Dave Jakeman, Chair
Roxanne Flattery
Cheryl O’Hern
Marcie Boerner
Kerrie Kuiper
Paul DeCoursey
Jeremiah Condon
Alyssa Stanek
Jamie Anderson

Membership

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Membership Committee is to ensure membership recruitment is sustainable and the benefits offered are comparable to the return on investment.  This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance membership.   

Jill Nelson, Community Development Director
Ann Halbur, Chair
Craig Schlienz
Dennis Plautz
Jennifer Crimmins
Kate Stucky
Luke Hugghins
Shannon Myers
Kraig Barber
Matt Johnson

Primary Sector

Mission Statement:  The purpose of the Primary Sector Committee is to ensure the growth of the existing primary sector and the creation of an attractive business climate for new primary sector companies. This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance surrounding the primary sector for the region. 

Kelly Halsted, Economic Development Director
Lucas Palmer, Chair
Deb Calvert
Sue Thompson
Joe Hrdlicka
Dave Flattery
Al Viaene
Don Woodruff
Dawn Larson
Clark Fletcher

Program Development

Mission Statement:  The purpose of the Program Development Committee is ensure the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is offering the region programming that will enhance quality of life, member benefits, etc.  This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and surrounding the topic of programming for the region. 

Jill Nelson, Community Development Director
Darci Nemmers, Chair
Connie Lind-Fraher
Ann Lenox
Leslie Caldwell
Mitch Lunn
Lindsay Boeckman
Elizabeth Stanek

Retail

Mission Statement:  The purpose of the Retail Committee is to ensure the growth of existing retail sector and creation of an attractive market for new retail to the region.  This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance surrounding the retail sector for the region. 

Kelly Halsted, Economic Development Director
Dave Flattery, Chair
Jim Kesterson
Matt Johnson
Rich Seltz
David Fierke
Larry Jessen
Jim Bird
Matt Bemrich
Carissa Miller
Scott Underberg
 

Workforce

Mission Statement:  The purpose of the Workforce Committee is to maintain, develop, evaluate and retain the region’s workforce and recruit specific talent as needed.  This committee will provide feedback and insight into the needs for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance surrounding the topic of workforce. 

Kelly Halsted, Economic Development Director
Shelly Blunk, Chair
Kyle Bangert
Sara Messerly
Steve Gibson
Nancy Richman
Mark Reinig
Jennifer Lane
Colleen Bartlett
Jerry Patterson
Katie Cole
Jessica Kavanaugh
Mary Kenny
Samantha Pingel