Visioning starts with 10-year survey

FM groups embark on strategic planning effort


FORT MADISON – Community partners including the Fort Madison Partners, City of Fort Madison, and Fort Madison Area Arts Association are kicking off a communitywide effort to develop a 10-year vision and new strategic plan for Fort Madison entitled ‘Find your Fort Madison’.
A strategic planning team has been formed to manage and oversee the process. The visioning and planning process will involve extensive public input through a questionnaire, a community event, and small group interviews to ensure a vision and strategic plan are developed that reflect the needs of our community.
The strategic planning team is currently seeking your opinions through an online questionnaire available at For those unable to complete the questionnaire online, hard copies will be made available at the Fort Madison Library and the Newberry Center.
“As the city continues to grow and evolve, it is crucial to have a clear vision in place to guide its development and ensure its long-term success”, said Tim Gobble, Executive Director Fort Madison Partners.
“By taking the time to create an updated visioning plan, Fort Madison can proactively address challenges, leverage opportunities, and build a vibrant community that meets the needs of its diverse population. It fosters collaboration, innovation, and sustainable growth that will benefit current and future generations.”
Fort Madison Mayor Matt Mohrfeld said visioning is creating a better future today.
“Investing in an updated visioning plan is not just about planning for tomorrow,” Mohrfeld said. “It’s about shaping the future of Fort Madison today. Together, we can create a city that thrives, inspires, and embodies the values of progress and prosperity. Let’s envision a brighter tomorrow for Fort Madison.”
The partnering groups are working with the Institute for Decision Making (IDM) at the University of Northern Iowa to facilitate the planning process.  IDM has a 37-year track record of providing hands-on community and economic development planning with communities and organizations across the state. 
The survey will be open through April 15th. 

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