Annual Celebration


The Forest City Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development hosted their annual meeting celebrating the work and successes of 2018. The event was held on March 5, 2019 at the Boman Fine Arts Center with 180 people in attendance.

Hosts for the evening were Karl Wooldridge and Troy Thompson. Speakers included Forest City Economic Development President, Courtney Wooge, Chamber of Commerce President Barb Ruiter, and Chamber of Commerce Past President, LuAnn Scholbrock. And, Mayor Barney Ruiter gave a positive speech about community partnerships and development.

At the event, the Chamber of Commerce distributed annual awards to the following individuals:

Best Business Practice of the Year: Paddler’s Tap

Business of the Year: Lichtsinn RV

Volunteer of the Year : Roz and Jim Hemberger

New Business of the Year: Coloff Digital

John K. and Louise V. Hanson Lifetime Achievement Award: Barney Ruiter

Gaylord Wooge Service Award: Dick and Vera Hynes.

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