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The Chamber to Hold Press Conference Prior to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Public Information Meeting

Moorhead, Minn. (October 12, 2015) – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber announced that it will hold a press conference prior to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources public information meeting regarding its environmental review of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project. The press conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14 in The Chamber’s board room. The Minnesota DNR’s open house is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. that same day at the Courtyard by Marriott Fargo Moorhead.

“The Minnesota DNR’s Environmental Impact Study regarding the FM Diversion is a key milestone for the project,” said Chamber president and CEO Craig Whitney. “This opportunity to comment in person on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) is a great addition to the written comments the DNR is taking until on the 28th of this month, allowing us to show our support for the project in person.”

According to Tom Dawson, chair of the Business Leaders Taskforce for Permanent Flood Protection, members of the taskforce and other concerned citizens, businesspeople and public officials will be providing comments in favor of the FM Diversion, some of whom have written testimony will be provided at the news conference. “We are pleased with what we have seen in the DEIS,” Dawson said. “This report and others continue to confirm that the current diversion plan, as recommended by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, is the right one to protect our region.”

Attending the news conference will be Whitney, Dawson and members of the Business Taskforce, as well as Clay Dietrich, president of Dietrich Homes and Jon Riewer, chair of the Board at The Chamber and president of Eventide Senior Living Communities.

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The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 98,000 people. The largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.

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