INDIANAPOLIS - Fort Madison proudly took the spotlight as the recipient of the prestigious Placemaking Award at the 2023 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference in Indianapolis. The city's transformative $11 million Fort Madison Marina Project, initiated in 2020, secured this accolade for revitalizing the marina with resilient infrastructure, a 177-slip facility, and plans for a world-class hospitality center, restaurant, boating convenience store, and a reimagined riverfront park.
Fort Madison Mayor Matt Mohrfeld, who attended the conference to accept the award, expressed his gratitude, saying, "This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our community and the success of collaborative efforts. The Fort Madison Marina Project not only rejuvenates our riverfront but serves as a catalyst for broader initiatives that enhance our city's vibrancy."
The award highlights Fort Madison's commitment to thoughtful economic development and placemaking. By transforming underutilized spaces into vibrant community places, the city is setting a precedent for progressive urban planning.
This accolade, featured in the January issue of Site Selection magazine, reinforces Fort Madison's position as a regional leader in economic development.
The MidAmerica Economic Development Council (Mid-America EDC) is a professional association representing thirteen states that collectively contributes significantly to the national economy. The Mid-America EDC region includes Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Collectively, the Mid-America EDC region represents 20 percent of the nation’s population, 20 percent of the nations total business establishments and 21.7 percent of the nation’s total workforce.
The award comes on the heels of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe's designation of a certified site designation of property in Fort Madison.
The Fort Madison Industrial Site is a 128-acre site with 116 contiguous acres available for development. It is conveniently located off 4-lane US Highway 61 and is identified as a future economic development growth area for industry in the community's strategic plan. The site is also certified by the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
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