On behalf of our more than 2,000 members and their 109,000 employees, The Chamber serves as the voice of business in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo metropolitan region. As the largest local chamber in Minnesota and North Dakota, we are proud to represent our members in the public policy arena at all levels of government to ensure our business climate remains strong and prosperous.
The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community is a strong and reliable economic engine for the state of North Dakota. We are proud to be the voice of our dynamic business community in Bismarck. We continue to advocate for sensible tax relief, a smart approach to the 21st century job market and permanent flood protection for our region.
In greater Minnesota, we are committed to protecting the funding mechanisms that allow border cities to remain competitive. We stand firm to mitigate policies that unfairly impact border cities and will advocate for expanded exemptions.
Talent & Workforce
The Chamber is dedicated to strengthening and further developing our region’s workforce. We realize a strong workforce leads to a healthy economy. Due to this fact, we are committed to continuing conversations surrounding workforce issues and finding solutions to attract and retain talent in our region. We are working to address these issues through supporting local Career Academies and advocating for key workforce-related legislation aimed at removing barriers for attracting talent and adding incentives to retain graduates from our local colleges and universities. We continue to bring business leaders and policy makers together to create a workforce-friendly region that offers more than a successful career opportunity, but also a vibrant livable community with countless opportunities for all.
Permanent Flood Protection
The Chamber stands firm in support of the FM Area Diversion project as the best solution to reduce the flood risk in the metro area and provide protection of lives, property and economic opportunity. We recognize the importance of allocation of financial resources from all available local, state and federal partners, and will remain committed to making sure that all of the necessary funding is secured. We are confident that this solution will allow for a vibrant community and strengthened economic stability.
Relief & recovery
When our community’s businesses faced new challenges brought on by COVID-19, we stood by their side to offer support, and advocated for funding so they could secure the economic assistance they needed. This included the Paycheck Protection Program, tax statuses and eligibility requirements. In both states, we made sure businesses had access to current information on grants and loan opportunities, providing constant updates on policy changes at the local, state and federal levels. Jointly forming a COVID-19 Business Taskforce with the EDC helped area organizations collaborate, share resources and best serve the business community during this time. We teamed up for an initiative to support health care workers with meals at area restaurants, and launched an online small business support group to foster connections and conversation.
We invite you to join us in our advocacy efforts. Get involved by contacting your legislators or joining our Public Policy committee.
Public Policy Guide
The Chamber’s Public Policy Guide serves as a resource to the issues affecting the metro and a guide to local legislators serving the region. It outlines The Chamber’s stance on various measures and is a must-have guide for all those interested in public policy.