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New Leadership and Direction for EDC


New leadership at the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC) will focus on collaboration and aggressive support of local industries in order to help sustain and grow the economy.  James (Jim) Gartin, who took over leadership of the GFMEDC in early March, will focus on a robust call system to regional, primary-sector companies, more entrepreneurial support and business attraction in the targeted technology areas such as biotechnology and embedded systems.

Gartin’s plan keeps the organization focused on traditional economic development practices aimed at supporting local primary-sector companies. A primary-sector company is one that exports a majority of its goods and services outside the trade area therefore bringing new wealth into the community. Examples of primary-sector companies are Case New Holland, Appareo, Caterpillar Reman Drivetrain and Microsoft.

Gartin said it was the strong business support that attracted him to the position. "I am excited to be part of such a great organization and community. During my evaluation of the GFMEDC opportunity, it became clear to me that the business community has had a very distinct commitment to the overall growth and livability of the area,” Gartin said. “It is through collaborative efforts that we are able to forward our mission to grow and diversify our regional economy.”

Over the next several years, the GFMEDC will focus on maintaining and building collaborations with key organizations like The Chamber in order to help drive economic growth and stability. The GFMEDC will also continue its work to strengthen strategic partnerships with universities in order to continue to build and strengthen entrepreneurial support programs and opportunities. The GFMEDC recently hired Don Berg as executive vice president of business development who will lead those efforts. Berg’s background in economic development as well as in the biotechnology and drug testing industries will make him an asset to the GFMEDC.

Learn more about the GFMEDC at www.gfmedc.com.


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