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

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  • The Chamber's 2022 Minnesota Legislative Priorities

    With Minnesota’s 92nd Legislative Session underway, The Chamber is tracking various issues and prepared to weigh in on bills on behalf of your business’s interests. The Chamber has prioritized the following bills as they have a significant impact on our community. We encourage you to advocate on your own behalf through learning more and reaching out to your legislators.

    View full list and description of priorities.

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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.

  • Upcoming Eggs & Issues and Public Policy events

  • 2022 Public Policy Guide

  • Policy Outlook Series

    This three-day event series in December 2021 featured panels of Minnesota, North Dakota and federal lawmakers for a Q&A session on current and upcoming policies. If you missed the event, here is where you can find the recorded sessions to watch discussions and dive into the topics that matter most to you. We encourage our Chamber and community members to watch these sessions or share them with someone who may be interested, as our lawmakers addressed a variety of important topics in great depth.

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  • Minnesota Recap Minnesota Recap

    Minnesota Recap

    This interactive session included Governor Tim WalzSenator Kent Eken (District 4), and Representative Paul Marquart (District 4B), and was moderated by Kurt Zellers, Primacy Strategy Group. The conversation had a heavy focus on the upcoming MN session and the current state of the economy. Senator Eken and Representative Marquart dove into the 2022 legislative session budget and bonding, while Governor Walz discussed an array of topics including COVID-19, public safety, the budget and bonding. Senator Eken and Representative Marquardt closed the event by discussing border city regulations as they relate to COVID-19.

    Federal Recap Federal Recap

    Federal Recap

    This session included federal delegates from both Minnesota and North Dakota and was moderated by Ryan Kelly, Primacy Strategy Group. Up first was North Dakota, with Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kelly Armstrong focusing on the importance of agriculture, economic markets and the 2023 Farm Bill. Following the agriculture discussion, MN Senator Tina Smith and ND Senator Kevin Cramer had a dynamic, bi-partisan conversation on all things energy. This included carbon-free energy policies, electrical grid infrastructure, greenhouse gases and electrical co-ops. Next, Emily Tranter, Primacy Strategy Group, joined the conversation for a Q&A session with MN Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach. Fischbach addressed not only our supply chain bottlenecks but also the infrastructure challenges facing our region and why she opposed the $1.2 trillion federal package, as it was not inclusive enough to rural communities. Finally, MN Senator Amy Klobuchar talked about our region's need to bolster infrastructure as it relates to roads, bridges and water.

    North Dakota Recap North Dakota Recap

    North Dakota Recap

    The final day of the series was kicked off by Governor Doug Burgum, as he shared many victories, as well as upcoming challenges that we need to find solutions for. Burgum also mentioned the need for creative workforce solutions and the state's critical need of water infrastructure. Blair Thoreson, Primacy Strategy Group, then moderated a Cass County panel featuring Senator Ron SorvaagSenator Judy LeeRepresentative Michael HoweRepresentative Shannon Roers-Jones and Representative Josh Boschee. The primary topics of discussion were the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding and important bills that arose during the 2021 Special Session in November. Senator Sorvaag and Representative Howe gave an informational overview of the session and what funding our region has received. There was also discussion around how recent unrest and lack of political civility have resulted in ND legislators retiring from their positions; an important matter that we need to address as a region and state.


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  • 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.

  • 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.