A leader on Main Street
14 Apr 2020
A Fort Dodge business owner and community leader was honored by Main Street Iowa last week.
Jim Bird, owner of Olde Boston’s Restaurant and Pub, Sports Page, Mineral City Mill and Grill and Pancheros, received the Leadership Award for his work with Main Street Fort Dodge. The award recognizes “inspirational leadership and volunteers who make significant contributions to their local Main Street program.”
Bird was the president of Main Street Fort Dodge from the organization’s re-establishment in January 2018 through December 2019.
Main Street Fort Dodge had been on a hiatus for nearly 20 years when Bird started as president, said Main Street Fort Dodge Executive Director Kris Patrick.
Although the presidential role is a year-long time commitment, Bird stayed on for two years.
“We really appreciate the fact that he was that dedicated,” she said.
Bird was among dozens of other community leadership honorees who were to be recognized during the 2020 Main Street Iowa Awards on April 3. However, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions, the awards ceremony was canceled.
“I think it’s very flattering,” Bird said of the honor. “Main Street Iowa does a big job in a lot of communities and it’s nice to be recognized.”
Bird was active with Main Street Fort Dodge in the past, Patrick said, and he has made a big impact on the community.
“He is determined to make downtown friendly for everyone,” she said. “His leadership has created some partnerships with the city and one of the projects he’s working on is bringing lighting downtown. He is integral in the camera program that we’re working on with the city to bring cameras to the downtown.”
Bird is very passionate about downtown Fort Dodge.