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    Monday, January 18, 2021
    Area mayors talk challenges, successes at 2021 State of the Cities

    Challenges, opportunities, growth, goals and successes from the past year were discussed by our area’s mayors at January’s State of the Cities event. Xcel Energy’s Tony Grindberg emceed. Our local leaders discussed everything from pandemic response and impact, taxes, infrastructure and area amenities, diversity and inclusion initiatives, career workforce academies, flood protection, and opportunities for collaboration. Some of the highlights from each city are below.

    Amanda Huggett

    Friday, January 8, 2021
    Guest post: Prioritizing strategic planning in times of turbulence

    In March 2020, we turned our collective focus to Right Now. From teleworking to toilet paper, our problems were immediate, our situation ever-changing. Today, while our day-to-day issues may have stabilized, we are still wrestling with an unresolved pandemic, a swift, deep, and unpredictable economic downturn, and growing social and civil unrest. And so, in a time of so much turbulence, is strategic planning for our companies even a priority?

    Guest author: Michelle Mongeon Allen

    Friday, January 1, 2021
    Entrepreneur of the Year: Tom McDougall

    Tom McDougall founded High Point Networks in 2003 when he was inspired to create an information technology business that focused on solving real business needs rather than on reactively answering requests. He started with a team of four people in a small office in West Fargo, primarily focusing on network and security solutions for businesses.

    Amanda Huggett

    Friday, January 1, 2021
    Asking the Experts: BNSF on the right track

    Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. (BNSF) is the largest freight railroad network in North America with a rail network of 32,500 miles across 28 states, including a large presence in Fargo Moorhead West Fargo. We connected with Lydia Bjorge to talk about current and future projects in Moorhead and BNSF’s regional economic impact.

    Mason Rademacher

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Higher education overview and updates from institution presidents: Eggs & Issues recap

    Our region’s higher education institutions are integral to the vitality of our community, and with a combined power of 35,000 students, they have an impressive economic impact and fill valuable workforce needs. We gathered at December’s Eggs & Issues to talk to the presidents of the five largest institutions – those that make up the Tri-College partnership – to learn more about each of their initiatives, successes and updates.

    Amanda Huggett

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Area higher education institutions overview

    Get an inside look at some the higher education institutions in our FMWF metro in this article! We're learning more about Rasmussen University, Tri-College, and the Universities of Jamestown and Mary. For updates from the presidents of NDSU, NDSCS, MSUM, M-State and Concordia College, check out our December Eggs & Issues recap.

    Amanda Huggett

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Asking the Experts: Moorhead’s Legislative Landscape with Mayor Judd

    Minnesota’s fifth special legislative session concluded in mid-October with the passage of the bonding bill. We learned from Moorhead’s Mayor Johnathan Judd what projects will benefit the citizens of Moorhead. Tune in on January 14 for our State of the Cities event where mayor Judd will be joined by his colleagues leading the cities of Fargo, West Fargo, Dilworth and Horace.

    Mason Rademacher

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Business of the Year: BNG Team

    From the beginning, BNG Team has worked in credit card processing, striving to bring integrity to the industry by providing payment solutions to local businesses. That beginning was in 2007, when three friends at NDSU fell in love with the idea of being entrepreneurs and pursued this very business idea.

    Amanda Huggett

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Guest post: Bringing the Hallmark spirit to holiday giving this season

    Traditions are a great way to ramp up excitement for the holiday season. Whether you choose setting up a tree, baking cookies or binge watching the Hallmark channel and their extensive collection of guy/gal-comes-back-to-small-town-and-finds-love-with-person-they-knew-in-high-school movies, there is something about this time of year that feels wonderful. Donating to non-profits is one of those end-of-year traditions that make this community so amazing.

    Guest author: Patrick Kirby

    Friday, November 20, 2020
    Guest post: Giving Back During the COVID-era Holidays

    The title of this article might conjure up diametrically opposed emotions. “COVID” may evoke anxiousness, fear and weariness, while “holidays” may elicit smiles, warmth and nostalgia. We are not the only ones to have these feelings. The “at-risk” community lives it right here in the FMWF area. These brave souls have daily struggles that, if you are like me, we have never experienced and cannot imagine. These folks rely on the reputable, effective and fabulous non-profits that with great passion meet them

    Guest author: John Fisher

    Monday, November 9, 2020
    Thank you, veterans

    As we reflect on Veteran’s Day this year, we want to thank the men and women of our armed forces for their service to our community and our country. We are so grateful for all that they do and the sacrifices they have made.

    Amanda Huggett

    Sunday, November 1, 2020
    Small Business of the Year: Sagency

    Sagency is a leadership coaching and executive search firm. The Sagency team is comprised of experienced professionals united around a mission of helping leaders, teams and organizations achieve their greatness. Their track record as trusted guides span across various sectors including healthcare, biotech, non-profits, real estate, engineering, construction, agriculture and food, and professional services.

    Amanda Huggett

    Sunday, November 1, 2020
    Buy local, shop small, choose chamber & the state of small business in our region

    Small Business Saturday is coming up on November 28 this year, and The Chamber wants you to know that we support our small businesses and local members! Over 85% of our members classify as small businesses, with fewer than 50 employees. These members represent the heart of our organization and are vital to our local economy.

    Amanda Huggett

    Sunday, November 1, 2020
    Asking the Experts: Powering the Power Grid

    As winter approaches and the debate continues on regarding the best approach to powering a future electric grid, we sat down with Marshal Albright of Cass County Electric to learn more about what role fossil fuels and renewable energy have in our power supply, and Marshal’s perspective on the future of electric vehicles.

    Mason Rademacher

    Thursday, October 1, 2020
    Valley Senior Services: Not-for-Profit of the Year

    For some senior citizens, getting to and from appointments, keeping up with friends, taking care of a home, and eating healthy meals, can be a challenge. That’s where Valley Senior Services steps in. Since 1971, this organization has helped thousands of seniors each year in a variety of ways.

    Amanda Huggett

    Monday, September 28, 2020
    The importance of buying local

    When you shop local, you do far more than get items you need quickly and conveniently. Buying local actually stimulates the economy in our community, helps benefit local schools and charities — and it even helps the environment.

    Amanda Huggett

    Friday, September 18, 2020
    Highlights from our 10th Annual Celebration

    It was a virtual party last month as we rang in our 10-year anniversary as a merged chamber and celebrated with a new format for our ‘Annual Meeting,’ where we shared laughs, reflections and inspiration and honored some of the amazing individuals in our community.

    Amanda Huggett

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020
    FMWF Chamber turns 10

    We’re celebrating an anniversary! Ten years ago, The Chamber as we know it today had just come together when the Fargo Moorhead Chamber merged with the West Fargo Area Chamber. This past decade has been full of success, incredible moments, much growth and success, and lots of hard work along the way. To reflect on how this all came together and what it’s meant since, check out what just some of the key individuals involved had to say.

    Amanda Huggett

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020
    Asking the Experts: A look inside the Happy Hooligans

    Supporting the military is one of The Chamber’s top priorities. With an Air National Guard base right here in Fargo, they not only contribute to our local economy, but affect our community in a multitude of ways and defend our nation. We talked with the commander of the Happy Hooligans for an overview of their history, missions, impact and recruiting efforts.

    Katie Mastel

    Saturday, August 1, 2020
    Asking the Experts: U.S. Senator John Hoeven on ag, tech and federal initiatives

    This month, we chatted with Senator Hoeven about a range of federal programs and work to support business and industry. Read on to see what he shared with us about supporting farmers, ranchers, producers and ag tech in our region and across the country.

    Mason Rademacher

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    Minnesota State House District 4A Candidate Q&A

    Minnesota, get ready to vote! Minnesota’s primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. The individual within each party who receives the most votes will move on to the general election on November 3. To keep you informed and learn more about the candidates in the House District 4A race, keep reading!

    Katie Mastel

    Monday, July 13, 2020
    Overview of the impact of oil in our region

    Just one day before July’s Eggs & Issues on the oil industry’s economic impact on our region, news broke that a federal judge had ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline to shut down and be drained—an announcement that made this discussion that much timelier and relevant.

    Amanda Huggett

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    Asking the Experts: FM Diversion Update

    The Chamber holds permanent flood protection as one of its highest priorities to help protect the economic vitality of our region and remain dedicated in both support and advocacy for the FM Area Diversion project. This month, we had the opportunity to virtually discuss the status of the project with Joel Paulsen of the FM Diversion for an update and what we can expect in the future.

    Mason Rademacher

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    Panel shares how workplaces can support diversity & inclusion

    At June's Eggs & Issues, we explored how our workplaces can best support a diversity and inclusion through our missions, strategies and practices. Moderated by Moorhead Mayor and M State Director of Equity and Inclusion Johnathan Judd, panelists shared their personal experiences as well as professional advice, and included Colette Campbell, SVP/Director of Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion, Bremer Bank; Dieumerci Christel, Founder & CEO, Enlight; and Kelsey Gordon, Operations Program Manager,

    Amanda Huggett

    Monday, June 1, 2020
    A note about this weekend's events

    Our lives changed dramatically with the arrival of the pandemic, just a few short months ago. As we continue to process what this means, now and going forward, we find ourselves grappling with issues that are bigger than we are. With the new events that happened around our country, and now in our own community this weekend, we realize we are facing centuries-old issues that won’t be solved overnight.

    The Chamber