Ripple Effect Funds Economic Impact Study for Fort Dodge Crossroads Ag Park
In 2014, Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (WCCTA) joined with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance to assist with the financing of an economic impact study for the Iowa Crossroads of Global Innovation Agriculture Park in Fort Dodge. The overall goal of the study completed by Dr. Ernie Goss, Creighton University Economist, was to provide specific detail on the net economic benefits to Webster County and seven surrounding counties resulting from development in the industrial park.
The eight-county region – including Boone, Calhoun, Green, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Webster and Wright Counties – has proven to be one of the most suitable areas in the U.S. for hosting and supporting bioenergy industries according to the study. The industry has developed into an engine of economic growth for the region over the past several years. According to Goss’ study, the ag industrial park could have a $7.2 billion economic impact on Webster County and the surrounding seven counties over the next five years.
"Webster Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association is very supportive of this study as it assists us in planning for the future telecommunication needs of industrial growth, workforce and expanding housing in the communities we serve." according to Daryl Carlson, EVP/General Manager of WCCTA.
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