The Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to announce an exciting location change for our office. We recently moved to 822 Central Ave., Suite 406 (downtown Wells Fargo Building). Many of you may recognize our offices as the former Growth Alliance of Greater Fort Dodge/Development Corporation of Fort Dodge and Webster County offices. The staff from that office has relocated to the former Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce offices at 1406 Central Ave.
Our office space has gotten considerably larger and includes a reception area, a boardroom and two offices. Stop by and see us, we still love company. Our phone number is the same at 573-4282 or toll free, (888) 573-4282. The fax number has changed to 955-7397. Typically, the CVB office will open at 7 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. But the office may also be closed during business hours when the staff are gone for meetings, lunch, errands, site visits, etc. There is not a receptionist in our office, so please call or email us (email@example.com) to schedule an appointment and guarantee the office is open when you arrive.
Both Dan Payne and I are still available to serve your organization's conference or special event needs. Growing tourism in the Fort Dodge area will continue to be our mission and we want to hear from you. Please understand that it is important for groups to notify both the Fort Dodge CVB and the Growth Alliance of Greater Fort Dodge with event and attraction information as we are no longer in the same building. Dan and I field phone calls daily from groups or individuals planning trips in and through our area. They are curious as to what recreational opportunities are available in Fort Dodge and the activities we would recommend. We will continue to speak with these potential visitors and groups so it is important to keep us updated on what is going on within your organization. We will also market area events and attractions as we have done in the past. Our office has a display area for Fort Dodge and Webster County events and attraction brochures. We use these materials to fill information requests via mail or personal distribution and place in brochures in welcome bags we prepare for many visiting groups. If your organization has materials you would like us to display please make sure we get some so we can help you successfully market the event.
One of the other services the Fort Dodge CVB provides is an online calendar of events. Go to www.fortdodgecvb.com upcoming events page and look through all the events taking place in Fort Dodge. It is amazing to see the number of special events taking place in our small community. The only way we can continue to have all these events is through the cooperation of great people organizing and attending the fun.
The calendar changes on an almost daily basis. If your event isn't listed on our calendar, please submit it electronically or contact me with the event information. We do prefer that you submit the information directly to the online calendar for several reasons. If you submit the event to the calendar it guarantees the information is accurate and then if something changes you can get on the calendar at any time to update the listing. Another benefit of submitting your event electronically is you decide what is important to note for potential visitors who enjoy your type of event. I may not know what type of information is important in drawing visitors to your event, but I am happy to assist you in determining what to post online. If you are unable to submit your event information electronically, be sure to provide us with details so we can help. We won't know what events you are planning unless you tell us.
Events should be submitted to our online calendar as soon as you choose the date. The sooner you let us know, the more we can market for your events success. Many events coordinators contact us prior to planning an event to check if something else has already been scheduled for a particular date. We are all more successful when we don't have too many events taking place on the same date. It is important to partner with other organizations and not compete with them for visitors and tourism dollars.
Our public event lists go to press outlets over a month in advance of scheduled dates. So please do not wait until right before an event to submit information. Tell us as soon as possible so you don't miss out on opportunities to publicize, advertise and promote within ads placed by the Fort Dodge CVB in regional publications.
Check out our website periodically for updated information. Whether you are looking to attend an event or to attract visitors to your event, the Fort Dodge CVB would be happy to help you.
Kerrie Kuiper is marketing director of the Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau.