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We are now in the midst of National Transportation Week, an annual celebration of all that keeps people and goods moving in this country.

This celebration of the transportation industry has taken place every May since it became a permanent event in 1962. An annual celebration noting the importance of this vital industry to the nation dates back to the 1950s.

So now is a good time to remind readers of the importance of a first-class transportation system to the economic future of Fort Dodge and all of north central Iowa. Roads, rail service, air transportation and trucking are all history.

Progress in transforming US Highway 20 into a statewide four-lane thoroughfare has been a local priority for decades. This great project was completed in October 2018. This is good news for the economy of all of northern Iowa, and it is a wise investment in long-term prosperity.

Railways don’t come to mind as often as they did when passenger traffic was a big part of their business. Even so, they remain vital to both Iowa’s economy and that of the nation. The existence of an exceptional rail network to serve ethanol and other agriculture-related industries was a critical factor in the decision of large companies to locate in Webster County. The local rail infrastructure, which includes two major railways – Canadian National and Union Pacific – is a key factor in promoting this region to potential corporate investors.

The Fort Dodge Regional Airport is an asset that also helps keep large businesses in this area and makes it more attractive as a relocation location. Non-stop flights are now available at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, where passengers can secure connecting flights to destinations nationwide and around the world.

Fort Dodge is the home of a large trucking company – Decker Truck Line Inc. – and a number of smaller trucking companies. It would hardly be a stretch to call it the trucking capital of Iowa. These dynamic businesses contribute to the prosperity of the region.

As Fort Dodge gears up for an exciting economic future, National Transportation Week is a great time to recognize and honor the role of this key industry in shaping the region’s future.

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