Forest City Development was established in April 1956 by the Chamber of Commerce to attract industry to Forest City. The jobs created by new companies would replace the numbers of farm families who were being reduced as the size of farms increased. One of its first projects was the formation of Modernistic Industries, Inc. which manufactured travel trailers. This company later became Winnebago Industries Inc.
In November 30, 2001, Forest City Development transferred its assets to Forest City Economic Development Inc., a not-for-profit corporation.
Board of Directors
|President||Courtney Wooge||FCIS Insurance|
|Vice President||John Roisen||3M Distribution|
|Secretary||Cindy Carter||Waldorf College|
|Treasurer||Darwin Lehmann||Forest City Community Schools|
Board of Directors
|Eric Kingland||Kingland Construction|
|Dave Arndt||D.K. Arndt, P.C.|
|Steve Bakke||Bakke & Gordon Law Offices|
|Allan Boyken||TSB Bank|
|Bob Alsop||Waldorf College|
|Tony Coloff||KIOW Radio|
|Terry Durby||Winnebago County Supervisor|
|Mary Ann Farus||First Choice Realty|
|Lynn Hagenson||Farmers Cooperative|
|Mason Harms||Waldorf College|
|Byron Ruiter||City of Forest City Mayor|
|Mike Johnson||TSB Bank|
|Weston Lohry||Coloff Digital|
|Ron Lichtsinn||Lichtsinn RV|
|Pat Lovik||Missal Insurance & Real Estate|
|Barb Smith||City Administrator, Forest City|
|Chris West||Winnebago Industries|
|Shelley Robson||The Quilted Forest|
Co-Chairperson – Dennis Busta
Co-Chairperson – Pat Lovik
Create and utilize housing options to increase and diversify the types of housing units in the community; to meet the changing demographics of Forest City and housing needs.
Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Co-Chairperson – Mason Harms
Co-Chairperson – Jonathan Klaassen
Develop and support the recruitment and retention of small businesses and entrepreneurs; to develop a culture that encourages entrepreneurship and small business growth.
Industrial & Large Business
Co-Chairperson – Dave Kingland
Co-Chairperson – John Roisen
Expand the industrial and large business base in Forest City; to diversify by size and type of industry.
Professional & Educational
Co-Chairperson – Steve Bakke
Co-Chairperson – Ray Beebe
Attract medical, dental, legal, accounting, and other professionals; as well as, facilitate interaction and development with Waldorf College and Forest City School Systems.