Visiting our nation's capital is always an adventure.
Walking the hallways where history was made and continues to unfold is seductive for even the most jaded among us. One cannot help but be impressed - and maybe made a bit uneasy - by the massive bureaucracy at the governmental heart of the world's most powerful nation.
Whether we like it our not, what happens in Washington, D.C., has ramifications right here in Fort Dodge and north central Iowa.
That's why a delegation of government and community leaders from Fort Dodge journeyed to Washington this past week to make certain that lawmakers and bureaucrats understood how the actions they take will affect the city and the region.
Fort Dodge leaders have been making annual visits to Washington for more than a decade.
The goal of the trip was quite simply to educate legislators and others about projects important to our area and solicit their help in making certain that local needs are considered by the federal government.
This year's delegation included:
Derick Anderson, northwest Iowa market president, McClure Engineering;
Matt Bemrich, Fort Dodge mayor;
Mark Campbell, Webster County supervisor;
Rhonda Chambers, director of aviation, Fort Dodge Regional Airport;
Lance Choi, vice president, CJ Bio America;
Michelle De La Riva, interim director, Community and Family Resources;
David Fierke, Fort Dodge city manager;
Dave Flattery, Fort Dodge city councilman;
Jim Gill, president, board of directors, Community and Family Resources;
Wade Greiman, project manager, Snyder and Associates Inc.;
Jim Kersten, associate vice president, Iowa Central Community College;
Jung Tak Nam, president, CJ Bio America;
Jim Oberhelman, district representative, U.S. Rep. Steve King; and
Dennis Plautz, chief executive officer, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.
The Messenger thanks these community leaders for the time and resources they devoted to this undertaking. Championing our community's many important projects is vital work that benefits us all.