Decker Development Park: 2016 debut
12 Feb 2017
A few years ago, Fort Dodge officials and local economic development leaders were facing a dilemma.
They were getting more and more inquiries from industrial companies interested in coming to Fort Dodge, but there was almost no place where those companies could build.
The solution was found in 195 acres on the east side of town that became the Decker Development Park, also known as the Crosstown Connector Industrial Park.
Officials have said the park could someday be the site of 800 jobs and $63 million worth of new tax value.
”We need this kind of economic development opportunity,” Mayor Matt Bemrich said.
Plans for the park were announced in January 2014. By the end of last year, street extensions and other needed infrastructure were completed.
In December, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the debut of the site.
The first occupant of the new park may be MidAmerican Energy, which plans to move its service center from South 22nd Street.
”We are planning to relocate our service center this year to the new business park,” said Ashton Hockman, a spokeswoman for the utility company. ”We are working closely with the city to finalize plans for the new facility.”
The industrial park is located north of the Decker Truck Line Inc. campus at 4000 Fifth Ave. S. The property is owned by Decker Investments Inc., of Fort Dodge.