Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance showcases community diversity, opportunity, and business development in new video series

Gary Moritz, NEW Cooperative

“There are probably people listening who don’t have ties to agriculture saying what does a cooperative do? A cooperative is really a key piece of any farming operation…” Jill Nelson, Director of Community Development.

Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance has launched a new video series showcasing the diversity and opportunities in the community. This video series provides an opportunity to highlight various businesses and organizations in the region to learn more about them and their impact on our community. This commitment to promote entrepreneurship and business development in the area is demonstrated with this series of videos.

The eighth video in their series on Business, Community and Opportunity introduces everyone to the NEW Cooperative. Gary Moritz, Director of Communications and Foundation, talks about the history of NEW Cooperative and its start in 1973. What many people don’t know is where the name comes from. As Gary tells us in the video, it started as two local cooperatives. One was located in Badger and the other in Vincent. That’s where the NEW came from to represent Northeast Webster County.

NEW Cooperative has grown tremendously from the original two elevators to over 60 locations in central, northwestern and western Iowa with its headquarters located in Fort Dodge. This Cooperative has 8,000 member/owners with a mission to add value to its members’ farming operations while remaining an innovative and efficient provider of today’s agricultural markets and services.

In the interview, Gary talks about the community and how he is able to plant his stakes and raise his family while having the opportunity to locate smaller communities in the region that are less than 20 minutes away. These small towns that support Fort Dodge also offer smaller school systems and have all the services he needs for his work environment.

The NEW Cooperative feels that it is especially important to give back to the community in a variety of ways. Being a member of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is just one of those ways you can provide that support to continue the work of promoting the community and amenities our workforce wants and needs.

Lydia Schuur, GFDGA Communications Specialist adds, “It’s a very big picture. It’s also what I like about all of these videos because it’s a very diverse cross-section of our member base and you learn a lot, but you also get to see the connections and the big picture of all the roles that everyone plays.

October is National Cooperative Month and is an annual opportunity to raise awareness of a trusted and proven way of doing business and building resilient and inclusive communities. “There are probably people listening who have no ties to agriculture who are saying what does a cooperative do? A cooperative is really a key piece of any agricultural operation because they are going to provide services such as grain storage, agronomy services, marketing, a lot with the transportation of that grain, and just a whole host of services that help farmers grow the best crops they can once they grow them, they help find ways to market and sell them and actually get that corn to where it needs to have to leave,” explains Jill Nelson, Director of Community Development for the GFDGA.

The GFDGA encourages everyone to view the video, along with the others in the series, to learn more about the businesses, community and opportunities found in the region. The videos can also be freely shared on social media and websites as a resource for job recruitment and business development in the region. The other videos will continue to be released every three weeks for the rest of the year and you can hear more about them on the Spin It Podcast sponsored by Spin Markket + Digital that runs alongside the videos.

If you’re looking for a great business opportunity, look no further than the Greater Fort Dodge region. Learn more about the region and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance at or contact us. Follow them on Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

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