GFMEDC Releases September Economic Indicators

The unemployment rate for the Fargo Moorhead MSA sits at 3.0% compared to a national unemployment rate at 7.3% (not seasonally adjusted). North Dakota’s unemployment sits at 2.7% (August 2013).

Housing starts for the MSA total 1,970 year-to-date compared to 1,141 last year a 73% change.

Total passengers at Hector International Airport also shows 11.4% growth compared to the same time last year with 68,126 August 2013 compared to 61,142 August 2012.

Second quarter 2013 taxable sales for Cass County was $783,514,666 a change of 1.1% (compared to the same time the previous year) at $775,327,718.

About the economic indicators:

On a monthly basis, the GFMEDC gathers data that provides a glimpse of the region’s economic health and stability. Data is collected from Job Service North Dakota’s Workforce Intelligence Network, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, National Association of Homebuilders, Hector International Airport and the North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner.

The Fargo, N.D. – Minn. Metropolitan Statistical Area (referred to as the Fargo Moorhead MSA) is delineated by the Office of Management and Budget as the region of Cass County, N.D. and Clay County, Minn.

For a look at historical data, please go to our Economic Indicators page.

GFMEDC honored for new website

The Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2012 project in the category of General Purpose Website for communities with populations of 200,000 – 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8, during the IEDC Annual Conference held in Philadelphia.

“The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the GFMEDC as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” said IEDC chair, Paul Krutko. “These awards are meant to honor the organizations and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive change in their communities.  This organization uses creative solutions and inventive ideas, and offers other regions a wonderful example to learn and benefit from. The award represents an acknowledgment and appreciation for the GFMEDC’s dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall.”

The GFMEDC built a new user-friendly, content driven website as a tool to market the Fargo, N.D. – Moorhead, Minn. MSA to job seekers and businesses.

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Topeka leaders to visit Fargo, learn from the region’s success

The Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC) and the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber will welcome a delegation of 30 business leaders and officials from Topeka, Kansas to the Fargo Moorhead Metro September 26 to 27. The visit is part of the Topeka Chamber’s annual InterCity Benchmarking Exchange, which allows business leaders to learn from cities of similar size to Topeka and utilize lessons from their success.

According to Topeka officials, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo has been on the Topeka Chamber’s radar for some time. “Over the years, we’ve watched the achievements of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area and are interested in learning more about how the area has attracted and retained young professionals, and how the community has achieved national rankings in economic and population growth,” said Doug Kinsinger, Topeka Chamber president and CEO.

The group will visit a number of places, including Microsoft, the NDSU Research & Technology Park and Concordia College’s Offutt School of Business. Key topics will include regional collaboration, neighborhood redevelopment, growing workforce and entrepreneurism.

“We are proud of the accomplishments and the growth within the Fargo Moorhead region. It is truly an honor that the Topeka InterCity Benchmarking Exchange sees us as a leader in the market, choosing to benchmark our community. We are happy to collaborate and talk about our region’s successes,” said Jim Gartin, GFMEDC President.

“We are excited to welcome business leaders from Topeka,” said Chamber President and CEO Craig Whitney. “Our metro area has a great deal to be proud of, from high quality of life to private public collaboration to business growth and economic development. It’s time to show off our accomplishments to the nation.”

 

Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC Releases August Economic Indicators

The unemployment rate for the Fargo Moorhead MSA sits at 3.3% compared to a national unemployment rate at 7.7% (not seasonally adjusted). North Dakota’s unemployment sits at 2.9% (July 2013).

Housing starts for the MSA totals 1,600 year-to-date compared to 902 last year a 77% change.

Total passengers at Hector International Airport also shows a 15.2% growth compared to the same time last year with 75,826, July 2013 compared to 65,804 July 2012.

 

About the economic indicators: On a monthly basis, the GFMEDC gathers data that provides a glimpse of the region’s economic health and stability. Data is collected from Job Service North Dakota’s Workforce Intelligence Network, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, National Association of Homebuilders, Hector International Airport and the North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner. The Fargo, N.D. – Minn. Metropolitan Statistical Area (referred to as the Fargo Moorhead MSA) is delineated by the Office of Management and Budget as the region of Cass County, N.D. and Clay County, Minn.

For more information or a look at historical data, please go to http://www.gfmedc.com/economic-indicators/

Smart Connections, a casual meet & greet with area employers

What: A casual meet & greet event open to technology/engineering companies and job seekers to include: IT software developers, programmers, electrical engineers, and civil engineers

When: Tuesday, September 10th 4:30-6:30pm

Where: Ecce – 216 North Broadway, Fargo, ND Appetizers will be served.

Employers Attending: Preventice, Tech Mahindra, Moore Engineering, Sundog, Flint Communications, Appareo Systems, KLJ, Noridian Healthcare Solutions

RSVP by September 9th to www.eventbrite.com/event/7672248903 www.smartmovefargomoorhead.com

A FREE event designed for career seekers.

Health Pitch Event Shines Light on Local Health Innovations

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Join us as 15 thought provoking leaders share why they are risking it all to improve our healthcare and wellness. They will have just three minutes on stage to show you how their ideas could change the world.

Health Pitch is showcasing people creating extraordinary solutions, making our community an exciting place to live and work.

Health Pitch will give you an inside look at healthcare and the solutions that will be part of our future.

Find out how you can be a part of those solutions.

The event’s emcees are Arthur Ventures’ Co-Founder and Managing Partner, James Burgum and Family HealthCare’s CEO, Patricia Patrón.

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Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC Releases June Economic Indicators

The unemployment rate for the Fargo Moorhead MSA sits at 3.1% compared to a national unemployment rate at 7.3% (not seasonally adjusted). North Dakota’s unemployment sits at 2.8% (May 2013).
Housing starts for the MSA totals 855 year-to-date compared to 602 last year a 42% change.
Total passengers at Hector International Airport also shows a 1.9% growth compared to the same time last year with 60,952, May 2013 compared to 59,810 May 2012.

About the economic indicators:
On a monthly basis, the GFMEDC gathers data that provides a glimpse of the region’s economic health and stability. Data is collected from Job Service North Dakota’s Workforce Intelligence Network, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, National Association of Homebuilders, Hector International Airport and the North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner.
The Fargo, N.D. – Minn. Metropolitan Statistical Area (referred to as the Fargo Moorhead MSA) is delineated by the Office of Management and Budget as the region of Cass County, N.D. and Clay County, Minn.

For more information or a look at historical data, please go to http://www.gfmedc.com/economic-indicators/

Delta to start new nonstop service between Fargo and Atlanta

Delta Air Lines will add new nonstop seasonal service between Fargo and Atlanta starting December 21, 2013.

“We continue to see growing demand in this marketplace, especially from customers wanting to connect to the Southeast and Latin America during the winter season,” said Joe Esposito, Delta’s Managing Director – Domestic Network Planning. “With this new seasonal service, Fargo customers will have access to more than 200 nonstop destinations at the world’s largest single airline hub.”

The Saturday-only service between Fargo’s Hector International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will be operated by Delta Connection carrier ExpressJet using a two-class Canadair CRJ-900, equipped with 12 First Class seats, 12 Economy Comfort seats and 52 seats in the main cabin.

In addition to First Class seating, Fargo customers will benefit from onboard Wi-Fi as Delta operates the largest WiFi-equipped fleet in the world, including all Delta Connection two-class regional jets.

“We are delighted that Delta is providing seasonal service through their Atlanta hub,” said Shawn Dobberstein, Executive Director of Fargo’s International Airport. “The Saturday service will be extremely popular for travelers in our region who are seeking connections to warm weather destinations this winter.”

Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC launches new job search website

The Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC has launched a new careers page. The new job search page replaces CareerFM website which had been a separate website from GFMEDC. Housed within the GFMEDC website, the careers section targets job seekers outside the region. The new site presents a more streamlined look giving job seekers easy access to job openings in the metro while continuing to provide information about the region’s quality of life and business climate.
The updated technology also makes the site more user friendly for employers and staff. The url CareerFM.com will still be maintained but will redirect users to the GFMEDC website.
To access the new careers page either use the navigation bar or go to www.gfmedc.com/careers

 

Teacher Internship Program Expands Placing Six Teachers in Local Industry

Six area teachers are learning the ropes at area companies for four weeks this summer.  The teachers will make stronger connections between education and industry. The teachers have been placed at Microsoft, Sanford Health, John Deere Electronic Solutions, Bobcat Company, Ulteig and Moore Engineering.

The experience gives each teacher the opportunity to further develop their understanding of the engineering design process through practical work experience. By working with engineers at their respective company, the teacher will gain more in-depth knowledge of teamwork, collaboration, communication and other critical skills needed to be successful in the work environment. Each teacher will gain the knowledge to develop curriculum materials and lesson plans that create project-based STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) activities in the classroom. Each teacher will strengthen their ability to make curriculum content more relevant and applicable.

“It is important for teachers to make content relevant for their students, and the teacher internship programs provide the experience teachers need to deliver their course content in a meaningful way,” said Bradley Bowen, Assistant Professor NDSU.

“The GFMEDC is proud to support local teachers and provide them additional tools to give students a rich educational experience. Partnering with education is a critical piece in order to align education with industry needs growing our economy and improving our quality of life,” said Jim Gartin, GFMEDC President.

The internships started June 3rd and will run through June 28th. The teachers spend Monday through Thursday at their respective company, and on Friday, the interns meet to reflect on their experiences.

The following teachers applied and interviewed to be selected for this opportunity.

Ulteig
Cheryl Bombenger,
3rd Grade Teacher at Holy Spirit

Microsoft
Janae Helvik
Business Ed Teacher at West Fargo High School

Moore Engineering, Inc.
Nicole Seyfried
9th Grade Math Teacher at West Fargo Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center

John Deere Electronic Solutions
Carmen Tubbs
Special Ed, 1-5, Westside Elementary in West Fargo

Sanford Health
Amanda Schouweiler
Special Ed Strategist, 6-8, West Fargo STEM Center/Cheney Middle School

Bobcat Company
Patricia Arnold
Science, West Fargo High School

Each teacher will receive a $2000.00 stipend. Each company is sponsoring half the stipend with the remainder sponsored by the South East Education Cooperative and the ESTEEM Institute.

The internship program was started as a pilot project in 2011 by the Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC, NDSU and the West Fargo STEM Center. The teacher was placed at John Deere Electronic Solutions. The internship program is open to K-12 teachers in both Cass and Clay Counties.

The GFMEDC helps initiate and support programs like the teacher internship to establish long-term workforce development strategies which support economic growth and vitality.