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Resolution supporting GFDGA passed Tuesday

Webster County supervisors praise development group efforts

February 5, 2014
By JOE SUTTER (jsutter@messengernews.net) , Messenger News

Cooperation between county, cities and businesses is key to the area's success, the Webster County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday.

The supervisors passed a resolution supporting the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance's 2014 strategic plan.

Growth Alliance Chief Executive Officer Dennis Plautz explained the plan's focus.

"Really what it is, is trying to get everyone working together," Plautz said. "I've been around here for a long time, and I have never seen cooperation in this community as good as it is. I think the things you see going on now are a result of people working together better than maybe we have historically.

"If we don't work together, and if we're not seamless, if we aren't after the same goals and objectives we aren't going to realize a lot of the opportunities that we have."

Supervisor Merrill Leffler serves on the GFDGA executive committee, and helped draft the strategic plan. He said one of the best things about the plan is that the GFDGA has such broad support.

" It includes small businesses, large businesses, city, county governments, it's quite impressive the large group that makes the Growth Alliance possible," Leffler said.

"They've done good work in the last couple years, bringing people to Fort Dodge," said Supervisor Keith Dencklau.

The Growth Alliance is most companies' first contact when they are thinking about coming to town, Dencklau said.

"The proof in the pudding," said Supervisor Bob Singer, "is when someone comes back to Fort Dodge who has not been here for a while, and it's great fun to see the reaction they have to the various changes you and I see on a daily basis."

The board also heard a report from Amanda Milligan, director of the Second Judicial District Department of Corrective Services.

Milligan explained what Community-Based Corrective Services does for the county.

"We supervise folks on probation, meaning they have never at least on this term of supervision, had any type of incarceration, or folks getting out of prison on work release or parole," she said.

The department has two priorities - first to protect the public, but also to help its clients change their behaviors to become law-abiding citizens.

CBC has a regional office at 311 First Ave. S. The district covers 22 counties.

Throughout the district, recidivism rates are at about 20 percent, overall Milligan said. Specifically the rates are 19 percent for probation and 29 percent for parole.

"That's actually a very low number compared to other areas," she said.

The district served a total of 6,550 offenders in 2013, more than half of them on parole.

"On any given day we supervise about 3,200 adults in north central Iowa," Milligan said.

The department has multiple levels of supervision, including a residential program.

The majority of offenders come to them for drug charges or public order offenses.

"That could be anything from OWI to public intoxication," she said.

For full video of the meeting, visit youtube.com/messengernewsdotnet

 
 

 

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