McClure Engineering has been selected as this month's winner in a contest designed to encourage pride among downtown businesses.
The initiative, sponsored by the Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District, places flowering plants and foliages in metal planters positioned on the sidewalks in front of businesses.
The planters were given out to businesses for free on a first-come, first-served basis. The businesses are then responsible for filling the planters and taking care of them during the growing season.
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Diana Brehm, administrative assistant at McClure Engineering, works in one of two planters outside of the business along First Avenue North and North Seventh Street. McClure was recognized as the July SSMID planter of the month.
Diana Brehm, administrative assistant at McClure Engineering, said the colorful foliage is easy to take care of; she just waters them every other day.
"We purchased them from Becker Florist," Brehm said. "That side of the building is mostly shaded, so we tried to pick out what would go in the shade."
Brehm said the planters were a great way to beautify the district.
How to participate
To reserve a planter for this year or next, a business representative can complete a form and submit it to Stephanie Houk Sheetz, senior planner with Fort Dodge's Business Affairs and Community Growth Department. Forms are available online at www.fortdodgeiowa.org under the Departments menu bar for Business Affairs and Community Growth, where there is a Web page for SSMID, or by calling 576-8191 to request a form by email.
"This was a great idea. I think the pots all around downtown are looking real nice," she said.
The district is conducting a monthly contest to recognize the most creatively maintained planter, with an overall winner to be named in November.
That winner will receive up to $150 worth of plants paid for by the district next year.
It's not too late to get involved. SSMID still has planters available.