Annual Dinner and Catalyst Award


The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Catalyst Award to be presented at the Annual Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn and Suites. This prestigious award is sponsored by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and is our pinnacle award given each year.

The Catalyst Award celebrates the “inspiration, charity, wisdom, unifier, and breath of life” of a professional in this community. This high level of accomplishment by a person in our community is acknowledged and honored through receiving this award from the Growth Alliance .

In mythology, flame is symbolic of charity, wisdom, and love. Flame is associated with fire and fire is a manifestation of the breath of life and a central element as a unifier and a stabilizer. According to mythology, fire as flame is said to represent the “breath of life, inspiration, and enlightenment.”  Kindling a fire can equate to birth, the act of creation.

This symbolism is alive and well amongst many professionals in Fort Dodge. The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance honors such a person with our annual Catalyst Award. In the past the award alternated between male and female recipients. That requirement no longer exists.  The Catalyst award is now given to the most qualified individual.  

To be a candidate for this award, the following criteria must be met:

  • The nominee must presently be a member of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance or employed by a member firm, and have shown active involvement in Growth Alliance sponsored committees/activities.
  • The nominee must be an active, visible leader who is a catalyst for implementing actions that enhance the economic and civic environment of the community.
  • The nominee must consistently demonstrate excellence in their business or profession and in community service.
  • The nominee must have contributed exemplary time and effort to promote community spirit and civic pride.

2017 Catalyst Award Nomination Form
Past Catalyst Award Winners

All nominations are due by 5 p.m. on February 15th, 2018 to:

Jill Nelson
Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance
24 North 9th Street, Suite A
Fort Dodge, IA 50501