In September 2017, representatives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority Downtown Assessment Program visited Gowrie. It was great to see our community through others. See their report:


Full Report

The mission of the Gowrie Development Commission (GDC), a non-profit, community-focused corporation, is to strengthen the economy and community of Gowrie, Iowa, and to serve its members. The GDC serves all current and prospective residents in the Gowrie community.


The GDC sets the pace for development in Gowrie and collaborates with others:

  • To create an environment where current businesses can thrive and where new businesses are welcome.
  • To make the Gowrie community an attractive place to live, work, shop and visit.
  • To attract patrons from other communities to come to Gowrie to conduct business and utilize our resources.
  • To expand the population base through such means as improved housing and quality of life opportunities. 


The Gowrie Development Commission sponsors many events throughout the year in order to promote Gowrie and support its citizens and businesses. Four committees are specifically designated to make improvements to the community: Housing, Image, Downtown, and Membership. For more information contact Marcie Boerner at gowrie@wccta.net.


If you're interested in our meetings, we'd love you have you attend and take part in our discussions. Meetings are held the 2nd Friday of each month at Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association. Depending on schedules some meeting dates may be changed.

Membership Benefits:

Why become a member? Although being involved is a great way to improve our community, becoming a member is an equally important way to help fund projects.  Gaining access to more resources requires greater budget requirements from the GDC.

  • Any level member can provide news to be included in the monthly email newsletter as well as provide community events for the marquee sign on Hwy 175.

  • The Gowrie Development Commission coordinates marketing efforts in many ways through the www.gowrie.org website, and social media sites on Facebook and Twitter, as well as working with various local newspapers.

  • Gold Level memberships ($300) and higher include a link to your website and advertising on the www.gowrie.org community website. 

  • Platinum Level membership ($500) and higher include two tickets to the annual spring banquet in April.

  • A free monthly newsletter is provided to anyone that signs up! Diamond Level ($1,000) members are sponsors of this newsletter.

GDC Board Members
Term Expires
  • Chelsey Worrel, Chelz Salon

  • Aaron Bradley, Jamboree Foods

  • Will Stanek,

  • Marsha Farnham, Farm & Town Insurance, Secretary

  • Mindy Swieter, Security Savings Bank, Vice-President

  • Phillip DeCastro, The Drill Barbershop, President

  • Berna Tucker, Heartland Bank, Treasurer

    • Gayle Redman, Appointed from City of Gowrie

    • Chuck Angstrom, Appointed from Gowrie Municipal Utilties

    • Kevin Black, Heartland Bank, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Board


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  • 2020

  • 2019

  • 2021

  • 2020

  • 2019

Ribbon Cutting:

The Gowrie Development Commission wants to help YOU celebrate business openings and milestones with a ribbon cutting.  Ribbon cuttings are available for all Gowrie businesses - even if you are NOT a GDC member!


Reasons to celebrate with us:

  • Grand opening or re-opening

  • Anniversary or Significant milestone

  • Expanding, Relocating, or Remodel

  • Have a different reason to celebrate? Contact us!


The primary purpose of a GDC ribbon cutting is to create awareness for your business’ milestones. Ribbon cuttings are a great marketing opportunity and they are a FREE service.  Schedule a ribbon cutting by contacting a GDC board member.

THANK YOU GDC Community Members 2018
Gold Members ($300-499):

Anderson Machinery

Black Hills Energy 

Casey's General Store

Farm & Town Insurance

Prairie Valley Community School District

Security Savings Bank

Streit Construction

Vicky's Dance Academy

Johnson Kramer Mulholland Cochrane
               Driscoll & Cochrane PLC

Gowrie Growth Group (G3G)

Stewart Memorial Community Hospital

Bronze Members ($100-299):

Beryl & Marilyn Birkland

Greg & Sue Anderson

Mary Egger

Kesho Publications, Inc.

Gowrie News

Linda Benson Piano Studio

Max Palmer

Napa Auto

Nels & Cindy Lindquist

Palmer Foundation

Paul & Kathleen Johnson

Swanson Florist

Alan & Cindy Carstens

Kevin & Kelly Black

Ken & Betty Pedersen

Kay Miller

Dale Miller

Terry Towne, Hometown Tax & Recordkeeping

Sam & Helen Johnson

Jamboree Foods

Picket Fence - Renee Fevold


Travis & Beth Nuss

Booster Members ($50-$99):

Alan & Shirley Wooters

Bud & Donita Johanson

Carol Wiley

Darrel & Vicki Mischke

Dennis & Barb Tucker

Ed & Caryl McWeeny

Gary & Diane Boerner

Gowrie Family Chiropractic

Jeff & Marcie Boerner - Liberty Market

Matt & Eva Fevold

Maureen Rittgers

Paw Print Grooming - Sibyl Bauer

Phil DeCastro - The Drill Barbership

Rich & Berna Tucker

Robert Craigmile

Gayle Redman

Lonnie & Paulette Carlson

Steve Tucker

Roper Repair - Ron Roper

Donna Shriver

Mike & Mindy Swieter

Ellis & Mary Harklau

Wanda Hade

Keith Streit

Brad & Jenny Lane

Travis & Beth Nuss

Nik & Laurie Telleen

Doc & Jean Hubbard

Will & Abby Stanek

Chelsey Worrel - Chelz Salon

Steve & Kris Cathcart

Bruce Towne - Towne Vet

Chuck & Brenda Angstrom

Greg Benson - Beek Street Antiques

Diamond Members ($1000 +):

Heartland Bank

Gowrie Municipal Utilities

Platinum Members ($500-999):

Palmer & Swank Funeral Home

Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association

Additional Supporters:

Southwest Webster Ambulance Service

Gowrie United Methodist Church

Gowrie Groundbreakers 4-H Club

Wheels of GYC Skating Rink

Mark & Kim Klingson

American Legion Auxiliary

Peterson Post #431 American Legion

David & Kim Rolfes

Marleen Fevold

Holy Trinity Parish

Roger & Linda Brandes

Prairie Lakes Church

THANK YOU for the support from our Additional Investors:



Heartland Bank

Lehigh Valley Cooperative Telephone Association

Security Savings Bank

Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association


Webster County Farm Bureau


Black Hills Energy


City of Gowrie

Gowrie Municipal Utilities

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