• The Chamber - Fueling our Future
  • Fueling Our Future

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    Fueling Our Future (FOF) is a joint venture between The Chamber and the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (EDC) that provides a platform to bring leadership together to understand, discuss and identify actionable steps and outcomes for major issues with a broad regional impact. We are working intentionally to build a thriving and viable community for generations to come.

    Fueling Our Future brings resources together to focus on major initiatives and programs to create lasting regional impact. The work will fall under three pillars:


    People (workforce development)

    Projects within “People” will include strengthening the workforce pipeline by support of education/industry alignment, as well as programs targeted to aid the region in competing in an ever-changing global economy prepared for the future.


    Prosperity (economic development)

    Projects within “Prosperity” will include support of business development efforts through the attraction of new businesses within targeted industry sectors and support of existing industry and entrepreneurs.


    Place (community assets/quality of life)

    Projects within “Place” will focus on place-based amenities that enhance community assets, business-friendly infrastructure and positively impact quality of life.


  • Initiatives

    Fueling Our Future (FOF) leadership has been busy at work since the initial kickoff in May 2019. Following our pillars of People, Prosperity, and Place, our Governance Board has dedicated resources to various priorities identified in our kick-off program of work. Below are updates on our progress.

  • Ignite FMWF Ignite FMWF

     

    Ignite FMWF is our region’s newest workforce initiative designed to drive continued success for our business community. Through the combination of a regional relationship development strategy and a robust technology platform, Ignite FMWF is a community-based approach to developing an exceptional workforce and talent infrastructure. With this fully integrated workforce system of awareness, exploration, training and development, our businesses will be able to meaningfully engage with their current and future talent pipelines.

    Key Features
    • An integrated live job board to serve as a community solution to filling open positions in our region.
    • More than 1,200 video career cards to aid in student and job-seeker career exploration and navigation.
    • Skill-based volunteerism opportunities for businesses and employees to engage with students through guest speaking in classrooms, mentoring opportunities and more.
    • Resume-building tools offering students and job-seekers an opportunity to build their own personal portfolios.
    • A robust library of industry-developed, comprehensive training and education opportunities for students and job-seekers.
    • A mobile application providing users simplicity in searching local jobs and exploring careers. 
    Be an early Ignite FMWF Adopter
     
    Ignite FMWF will provide your business with additional opportunities to directly connect with your immediate and future talent pipelines. At no cost to your business, you’ll be able to:
    • Post jobs and internships
    • Increase your organization’s visibility
    • Directly connect with students through skill-based volunteerism
    • Connect directly to the workforce in our greater FMWF region
    • Access high-quality video training
       

    Join the Ignite FMWF platform today

  • Building Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces Building Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces

    Building Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces

    The FOF board, showing their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion across our region, brought to our community a no-cost, open to the public educational series aimed at business leaders and employers as their organizations move down the path of becoming more diverse, equitable and inclusive. In partnership with Kira Kimball at Marsh & McLennan Agency, The Chamber launched Building Inclusive & Equitable Workplaces, a six-part series running from September to November 2020, which resulted in 430 registered participants. If you didn’t have a chance to tune in live, all of the recordings can be found at fmwfchamber.com/diversity-training. Encourage a co-worker our friend to check them out too!

  • Campus FM Campus FM

    Campus FM

    Campus FM is an initiative to grow FM Area workforce capacity and capability by retaining college students in the Metro area. Campus FM follows the collective impact philosophy, a philosophy aimed at coordinating previously unconnected efforts to maximize each of their end results. Campus FM will serve as an initiative to converge the work already being done to engage students, systemizing student engagement. Campus FM is currently in the coalition-building and context discovery phase. Folkways and The Arts Partnership have been hired to coordinate a network of student engagement professionals, bringing to the table staff focused on student engagement from Fargo-Moorhead’s universities and colleges. Next steps include the creation of networks within the business community, and the development of an index to serve as a leading indicator for student engagement within the Metro.

  • Career Workforce Academies Career Workforce Academies

    Career Workforce Academies

    Career Workforce Academies continue to be a FOF priority due to their strong link to solving some of our area’s workforce issues. Early on, FOF dedicated resources to the “Yes for Moorhead” volunteer support group to help get the 2019 Bond Referendum passed as it included plans for a Moorhead Career Academy. The referendum passed with overwhelming support. FOF continues open lines of communication with Moorhead Public Schools on progress and academic programs. On the Cass County Career Academy project, we messaged the importance of the initiative to the Cass County Commission as they considered public support. We also dedicated resources to its success and continue to have conversations, moving this project to the finish line. Both of these Academies will serve as long-term solutions to helping alleviate our regional workforce shortage.

  • Emerging Digital Academy Emerging Digital Academy

    Emerging Digital Academy

    Emerging Digital Academy, North Dakota’s only immersive coding bootcamp, is up and running with two cohorts already graduated. This full stack engineering program is an immersive 20-week course teaching concepts of coding, software design and how to use cutting edge software tools to build modern web apps. During a time of digital transformation, graduates of this program will be well equipped to fill the growing need of skilled software developers. More information and applications can be found online at emergingacademy.org/admissions.

  • Shovel-Ready Sites (Certified-Ready Sites) Shovel-Ready Sites (Certified-Ready Sites)

    Shovel-Ready Sites

    One of the early on initiatives that FOF supported was Shovel-Ready Sites. This initiative focuses on recruiting businesses to our region as well as giving existing companies a place to expand. These sites have much of the planning, zoning, surveys, title work, environmental studies, etc. already completed. FOF hosted national site location consultant, Phil Schneider, to begin the process of establishing the region and State of North Dakota’s first shovel-ready sites program. The initial phase of work has already begun!

  • Workforce Exposure Initiatives Workforce Exposure Initiatives

    Workforce Exposure Initiatives

    One of the greatest priorities we have heard from our busines community is workforce. With this in mind, The Chamber’s Education committee proposed and received a grant from FOF, which in part, is focused on launching an internship development series. Building Successful Internship Programs, a training series offered for businesses to build, grow or enhance their internship programs, launched in January 2021. This nine-week virtual series taught through small group conversation, data-driven analysis and guided video sessions is led by Chamber staff and Intern Bridge CEO Dr. Robert Shindell. Check out The Chamber’s website at fmwfchamber.com/internship-development for more information.


  • Structure

  • Boards and Councils Boards and Councils

    GOVERNANCE BOARD

    The FOF Governance Board is the official voting body. This group has the authority to dedicate resources to projects and direct the Executive Board to further act on initiatives. The group also approves new board members and can bring forth project ideas. This group meets quarterly.

    • Sandi Piatz, Microsoft (Chair)
    • Judd Graham, Bremer Bank (Vice Chair)
    • Shannon Full, The Chamber (Secretary)
    • Joe Raso, Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC (Treasurer)
    • Bernie Dardis, City of West Fargo
    • Chad Flanagan, Eide Bailly
    • Justin Forde, Midco
    • Al Hurley, Essentia Health
    • Tim Mahoney, City of Fargo
    • Bryan Nermoe, Sanford Health
    • Peter Stenehjem, First International Bank
    • Steve Swiontek, Gate City Bank

     

    EXECUTIVE BOARD

     

    The FOF Executive Board is the working group. Made up of the Chair, Vice Chair, Chamber and EDC presidents, as well as an at-large member, this body recommends action to the Governance Board and can take further action on projects with direction from the Governance Board. The group reviews projects before taking them to the board and as such, meets before each Governance Board meeting and additionally as needed.

    • Sandi Piatz, Microsoft (Chair)
    • Judd Graham, Bremer Bank (Vice Chair)
    • Shannon Full, The Chamber (Secretary)
    • Joe Raso, Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC (Treasurer)
    • Peter Stenehjem, First International Bank

     

    ADVISORY COUNCIL

    Our Advisory Council is comprised of region-wide stakeholders. The group gives input on processes and procedures, sends forth project ideas, gives direction and advice on initiatives and acts as an overall sounding board for FOF. The group doesn’t have final authority on any votes and meets as needed.


  • 2021 Leadership Retreat

  • Materials and Results Materials and Results


    View full list of attendees and invitees

  • June, 2021 Leadership Retreat

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    Fueling Our Future Investors

    Alerus | Beverage Wholesalers | Blue Cross Blue Shield ND | Bremer Bank
    Cass County Electric Cooperative | Choice Bank | City of Fargo | City of West Fargo
    Cornerstone Bank | Corwin Automotive Group | Dawson Marsh & McLennan
    D-S Beverages Inc | Eide Bailly | Essentia Health | Eventide Senior Living Communities
    First International Bank & Trust | Flint Group | Gate City Bank | Gateway
    Heartland Trust Company | Heritage Homes, LLC | Home Builders Association of F-M
    Microsoft | Midco | Moore Engineering | National Hospitality Services
    Nodak Insurance Company | Noridian Healthcare Solutions | Property Resources Group
    Robert Gibb & Sons | ROERS | Sanford Health | Xcel Energy

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    To learn more and stay up-to-date, visit fuelingourfuture.net.

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  • FOF Initiatives (7)

    Building Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces

     

    Workforce Exposure Initiatives

     

    Emerging Digital Academy

     

    Career Workforce Academies

     

    Campus FM

     

    Shovel-Ready Sites