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‘Grow Fort Madison’ plan adopted by city council

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Census figures show a seven percent population decline in Fort Madison from 2010 to 2020. City leaders are hoping to reverse the trend and increase the city's population with a "Grow Fort Madison" plan.

Leaders see population growth as key to the city's future.

Following a seven percent population decline between 2010 and 2020, Fort Madison has a vision to grow the city’s population by 1,000 residents over the next four years.

To work towards that goal, the city council adopted a “Grow Fort Madison” plan.

Mayor Matt Mohrfeld said the plan is not a binding contract, but “a roadmap to an improvement in our community, along with a guiding light for growth.”

The city’s population declined by around 800 residents since 2010, according to 2020 census figures.

But leaders see population growth as key to the city’s future.

Mohrfeld said residents and city officials worked together to identify seven pillars of what an “ideal Fort Madison” would look like, which became the “Grow Fort Madison” plan.

Those pillars are:

  • Housing
  • Public safety
  • Quality of life
  • Jobs
  • Curb appeal
  • Infrastructure
  • Targeted marketing

Adding 1,000 residents would bump Fort Madison’s population to around 11,300 people.
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