Strategic Partnerships – Greater Economic Development


Strategic Partnerships

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Strategic Partnerships

Stronger Together

If COVID has taught us (or reminded us of) anything, it’s that our region is stronger together. The EDC collaborates and connects to feed economic growth.

Our EDC gets a lot accomplished and helps a lot of companies on their path to success, but we rarely do it alone. Our partnerships, collaborations and connections support a stronger, more diverse economy.

Over the past two-years, the EDC has worked hand-in-hand with our public partners to support nearly fifty regional projects. Over this time, we’ve worked with staff and elected officials from Cass and Clay Counties, Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, Casselton, Horace, Mapleton, Hawley and Horace on business development projects. And, in every case, we had the support of the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Bank of North Dakota, and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Fueling Our Future, co-founded by the EDC and Chamber, and led by business and community leaders, focuses on “Big Rock” issues that are positively impacting our region.

Valley Prosperity Partnership, led by our EDC and the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation and business leaders across the Red River Valley, focuses on legislative issues that matter to the business community.

One of the founding investors in Emerging Prairie, the EDC is excited about the strengthening of our relationship to not only support the region’s entrepreneurial eco-system, but to dig deeper in business development opportunities for young companies.

Our building and site demographic database is a great example of critical collaboration to support business development. We have partnered with COMEX, the local commercial real estate group to access their database of commercial properties. Those properties are included in our database, which is a robust mapping tool that allows prospective companies to layer on details like airports, hospital or tax zone information. When you layer on data, you can help a prospective company find the perfect location. Take a look!

“We appreciate our relationship with the Great Fargo Moorhead EDC and the ability to have the most up to date listing information available to potential businesses looking to come to our market.  The LOIS system provides great demographic information for us when recruiting new businesses to the area,” Claire O. Smith, COMEX President

Higher Education

The greater FM region is blessed to have one of the nation’s most unique and long-lasting collaborations in higher education – Tri-College University. Celebrating its 50th year, it offers any student within the region’s five higher education institutions the opportunity to take classes for credit at the other institutions. By doing so, students have more options to further the completion of their degree and to connect to the thousands of employers in our region looking for talented graduates.

The EDC works closely with each of our higher education institutions, including having each organizations’ presidents serving on the EDC Board.

The following captures just a few examples of how our relationships with regional higher education institutions support our mission to serve primary-sector companies:

EDC staff serve on the Concordia led Moorhead Community Resilience Task Force.

EDC staff serve on the university’s strategic planning advisory council.

Our organization has connected with MState and employers to discuss available training for maintenance technicians.

EDC staff often work closely with the NDSU research community, particularly in the precision ag and ag tech programs and have made connections with quite a few companies for research partnerships.

EDC staff serve on the TrainND advisory board creating additional opportunities to hear from industry leaders regarding workforce needs.

And it doesn’t stop there, we have many partnerships, one-off collaborations and connections that translate into a stronger, more diverse economy and higher quality of life.

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