Gowrie Development Commission Presents The Strategic Plan Report At The Annual Spring Banquet Held April 9, 2015 In Gowrie, Iowa

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The Gowrie Development Commission Annual Spring Banquet was held on April 9th at Mulligans at the Gowrie Municipal Golf Course. Community leaders and businesses were updated on the City of Gowrie and GDC Strategic Plan Report.

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"The GDC and strategic plan will set the pace for development in Gowrie and collaboration with others." says Marcie Boerner, President of GDC. "The plan sets the stage for action plans with specific and measurable timelines."

The Gowrie Development Commission just released the Gowrie Strategic Plan Report at the April 9th Annual Spring Banquet. The banquet was attended by over 50 people that included business and community leaders. Also in attendance were Dennis Plautz, CEO of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, Kelly Halstad, Economic Director of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and Representative Mike Sexton.

Attendees at the banquet enjoyed a special spring meal of glazed ham, cheesy potatoes, green beans, strawberry cloud salad, dinner roll, Better Than Anything Cake or cheesecake with topping prepared by the culinary arts students from Southeast Valley Community Schools.

The Strategic Plan Report is the first time that Gowrie has developed a structured plan that identifies the community and the direction that it will grow. The process started with a survey that was distributed to the planning team members as well as other members of the Gowrie Development Corporation and the Gowrie City Council. The survey results were tabulated and presented to the strategic planning team on March 30th. Team members included David Stokesbary, Terry Willardson, Gayle Redman, Corrine Jackson, Jeff Peterson, Kevin Black, Brad Lane, Marcie Boerner, Berna Tucker, Chuck Angstrom and Phillip DeCastro.

Team Members reviewed the survey results and then conducted a situational analysis using the data. The second part of the meeting considered the initiatives from the survey data. Initiatives were categorized into general subject groups. From here, team members finished the plan by prioritizing the initiatives.    Assisting with the facilitating of the meeting included David Fierke, City Manager of Fort Dodge and Kelly Halstad.

Initiatives identified were listed as priorities and assigned a team member. The seven priorities included new entry level multifamily rental and single family housing, community beautification, Main Street development, attracting families and younger adults, hire an effective executive director, sustainability of the municipal golf course and the last priority is to develop efficient cost measure for the City.

"The GDC and strategic plan will set the pace for development in Gowrie and collaboration with others." says Marcie Boerner, President of GDC. "The plan sets the stage for action plans with specific and measurable timelines."

Team members encouraged the public to participate in implementing the strategic plan and can view the report by going to the website located at http://www.gowrie.org.

Gowrie Development Commission (GDC) is a non-profit, community-focused corporation to strengthen the economy and community of Gowrie. The mailing address of the Gowrie Development Commission is PO Box 415, Gowrie, Iowa 50543 or email gowrie(at)wccta(dot)net.

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