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10/24/2014 Chamber News
Organizations Partner to Study Workforce Issues in Metro

As the region consistently boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, workforce presents a challenge to continued economic growth and prosperity. In response to that challenge, five organizations, along with a diverse range of businesses and higher education organizations, have come together to sponsor a first-ever regional workforce study.

The Regional Workforce Partnership & Collaboration involves The Chamber, the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, the Fargo Moorhead Area Foundation, United Way of Cass-Clay and the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau. Watch Chamber President and CEO Craig Whitney announce the partnership.

TIP Strategies, a consulting firm based in Austin, Texas, has been hired to lead a six-month study to examine the region’s labor market, study the industry-workforce alignment and develop systems for ongoing collaboration to enhance this alignment.

The study, which will begin in November, involves three phases and deliverables from each phase. The study is expected to take six months to complete. Watch GFMEDC President Jim Gartin describe why the study is needed.

Sponsors of the study include:

  • American Crystal Sugar Company
  • Border States Electric
  • The Chamber
  • City of Moorhead Economic Development
  • City of West Fargo
  • Dakota Medical Foundation
  • Eide Bailly LLP
  • Essentia Health
  • Fargo-Moorhead CVB
  • Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation
  • Forum Communications Company
  • Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC
  • Industrial Builders, Inc.
  • Meinecke-Johnson Company
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • North Dakota State College of Science
  • North Dakota State University
  • O’Day Equipment, Inc.
  • Sanford Health
  • Trail King Industries
  • United Way of Cass-Clay

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