• The Chamber - Advocacy and Public Policy
  • Public Policy & Advocacy

  • UPDATE

    On November 6, a federal appeals court temporarily halted the Biden administration's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure vaccination, or to implement masking policies and weekly testing.

    At this time, we do not know what the timeline or end result will be with this process, but we will continue to update our members.

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  • The Chamber actively serves as the voice of business to promote a prosperous and vibrant Fargo Moorhead West Fargo metropolitan area for generations to come. As one of the largest chambers in both Minnesota and North Dakota, representing over 1,900 member businesses, 109,000 member employees, and the greater community, we understand the importance and power of public policy and advocacy work. The Chamber has been a long-standing leader in policy and advocacy, serving as a fair and balanced voice that has earned the respect and trust of public officials and community leaders.

    With a bi-state, multi-city presence, we have an extraordinary opportunity to leverage support for our region. A strong, business-friendly climate is essential for economic growth and prosperity. The Chamber remains committed to advocating for policy, convening public officials and business leaders, and representing our members and community's interests at all levels of government.

  • Public Policy & Advocacy (Chapter One)
  • The Public Policy committee is the advocacy arm of The Chamber. The committee consists of a cross-section of Chamber members who are committed to preserving the integrity of the business climate by advancing sound policies and a stable regulatory environment for the business community to thrive.

    Working to assess initiatives with regional significance, key issues that this committee monitors are taxes, infrastructure, workforce, education, health care, metro cooperation, and energy and natural resources.

    The committee meets monthly to learn about and discuss current issues, monitor legislation and work to represent our community at all levels of government. This year, the committee has been active and brought in a wide variety of individuals such as the Lieutenant Governor, legislative leadership, the ND Tax Commissioner, ND Superintendent of Public Instruction and local city officials. Aside from inviting in perspectives of community and industry leaders, this committee is responsible for setting the Public Policy agenda each year, which creates the framework for major lobbying efforts within Minnesota and North Dakota. 

    The committee also helps guide Eggs & Issues programming, and is the first step in making official Chamber stances. Membership on is open to any employee of a Chamber member organization. To learn more, read our 2021 Public Policy Guide.

    Chair: Tim Flakoll, Tri-College University
    Staff support: Katherine Grindberg, Vice President of Public Policy
    Meeting time: 8 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month

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    This 2021 Legislative Review brings attention to the results of The Chamber's top legislative priorities in both Minnesota and North Dakota, along with the corresponding voting record of our local legislators. As we more publicly hold our elected officials accountable for their votes through this resource, we also intend for it to serve as public appreciation for those who were aligned on so many critical business issues. This does not constitute an endorsement of any political candidate, party or organization.

  • Upcoming Eggs & Issues and Public Policy events

  • The importance of advocacy

    One of the foundational pillars of our Chamber’s work is advocacy. We take our work in public policy seriously, and we believe it’s one of the best benefits of Chamber membership.

    We’re interested in the issues that affect our members. Our ongoing efforts on behalf of the business community have earned us the respect of elected officials and employees as a fair, consistent voice for balanced policy that both supports the business community and enhances our quality of life. We invite you to join us in these efforts!

    Public policy doesn’t mean politics—though it does often involve government. Rather, it refers to issues that affect businesses and individuals. This can be legislation, regulation, or even cultural and social movements. They are governing principles that affect all of us every day. We’ll monitor and work for these issues because we know you’re busy running your own business.

     

    A collective voice through an association like a chamber matters because we can do more together. With your support, we can work for you, for the community. We know that a strong business climate is essential for economic growth and prosperity as a region.

    By definition

    Advocacy refers to the activities a group engages in with the aim to influence decisions within political, economic and social systems and institutions. Advocacy at The Chamber is displayed in a variety of ways: engagement within and from our Public Policy committee, actively taking stances on critical issues, election education, encouragement of voter participation, and serving as a resource for information and connections to best serve our members’ interests.


  • Public Policy Program Sponsors