Economic Development: Building On Success

During this Holiday Season it is a time for thankfulness, joy and a time for reflection and anticipation.

The Greater Fargo Moorhead community has a lot to be thankful for during these incredible economic times. Strong employment, economic diversity and a powerful workforce are just a few. We are blessed with an excellent education system, wonderful and diverse arts and entertainment community and a cornucopia of culinary options.

The number one thing I am thankful for, as a new member of the community, is the people – their spirit, optimism and work ethic!

Reflecting back on 2012, it was a year of transition from a personal and organizational standpoint. Relocating to Fargo from Ann Arbor, MI and the reorganization of the EDC staff and its focus have presented challenges and new opportunities. The good news is the results of new staff, redefined responsibilities and new directions are paying incredible dividends. The EDC is blessed with an incredible staff, who are committed to the community and dedicated in our mission

The most exciting thing is the anticipation on what 2013 will bring!

  • Stronger partnerships with our primary-sector businesses and the creation of sector groups to better address their needs in the community
  • Creating stronger collaborations with all of our community partners in both Cass and Clay Counties.
  • Creating new collaborations and implementing new programs with all of our higher education partners.
  • The continuation of teacher internships and the creation of new programming with our K-12 education partners.
  • The establishment of a stronger entrepreneurial environment in the region through partnerships and new programming.
  • A stronger, more focused workforce development strategy to ensure our incredible companies can continue to achieve and grow.

In conclusion, I want to thank the GFMEDC board, its investors and the community as a whole for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this great organization and community!

Warm Regards for a Wonderful Holiday Season and an Exciting New Year!

Jim Gartin, Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC President