Downtown marketing video ready to promote Fort Dodge

A new video promoting downtown Fort Dodge will debut at service club meetings and on computer screens shortly.

Members of the Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District board viewed the video Tuesday and approved the final payment for it. Snyder & Associates of Ankeny has been paid a total of $26,500 for the video.

”It looks good,” Rich Seltz, the board’s chairman, said Tuesday.

He said it was the result of five to six months of work by the company’s staff.

”It accomplishes exactly what we want to do,” said Nate Gibson, a member of the board.

The video features images of downtown today and the way it looked decades ago. It also has computer generated imagery showing the proposed downtown street realignment that would join First and Second avenues south at a roundabout intersection at Sixth Street.

Interviews with Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority; Dennis Plautz, the chief executive officer of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance; Dan Kinney, president of Iowa Central Community College; Jim Bird, vice chairman of the district’s board and co-owner of Olde Boston’s Restaurant & Pub; Al Viaene, facility manager of the Cargill plant; and Renae Grogan-Hulsebus, owner of The Cheesecake Lady; are included in the video.

The staff of Snyder & Associates will make some adjustments to the video’s soundtrack. The final version may be delivered yet this week.

The Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District is a roughly 33-block downtown area in which property owners pay an extra tax to finance improvements there.