Start-up Weekend, a 54-hour entrepreneur event is coming to Fargo

In March, Fargo will host its first Startup Weekend, an event bringing together entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts to participate in 54 hours of taking innovative business ideas from concept to launch.

Local CEOs, founders, and startup veterans will be on hand to provide expertise and give talks on their experiences in the fast-paced world of technology startups.

Keynote speaker is Phil Soran, serial entrepreneur in the technology field. He was most recently the president and CEO  of Compellent Technologies.

Registration is open for anyone interested in what it takes to be an entrepreneur. If you don’t want to participate, join us on Sunday for the pitches and post party. It’s going to be a blast! For more information check out the website at http://fargo.startupweekend.org/

   

State of Global Economy Trade Talk

Our partners at the ND Trade Office are putting on a great event focused on the state of the global economy. Registration ends Monday, January 7.

What is the state of the global economy as we enter 2013? Join NDTO Wednesday, Jan. 9, to discuss the future of worldwide trade with experts and peers at the 2013 State of the Global Economy Trade Talk. In addition to gaining insight from Wells Fargo International Economist Aryam Vazquez, this breakfast event will provide an arena to exchange predictions about the future of the economy in both established countries and emerging market to help provide valuable insight for North Dakota exporters as we continue to navigate the global economic situation.

Click here for event information and registration.

GFMEDC Releases Images Fargo Moorhead Magazine, focuses on the quality of life in the region

The GFMEDC recently unveiled Images Fargo Moorhead Magazine, a relocation and economic development guide.

It highlights health, education, local flavor and arts and culture in Fargo-Moorhead, providing you with a powerful tool to tell others about our community.

We encourage you to share the online magazine with anyone considering relocating to Fargo-Moorhead.

We all have a stake in promoting what’s wonderful about Fargo-Moorhead and this magazine provides a perfect way to do just that.

To share the online digital version of Images Fargo-Moorhead 2013 on your site, in newsletters, announcements, or through social media, grab the code here.

Fargo ranked #2 – Cities Where Everyone Has a Job

The Fargo MSA was recently #2 on a list ranking “The Cities Where Everyone Has a Job” by 24/7 Wall St., Yahoo Finance. The top three were all from North Dakota with Bismarck at #1 and Grand Forks at #3.

On a separate list North Dakota was ranked #11 on a list ranking the “25 Healthiest States in America 2012“. The study reported on MSN Health ranks the health of states including health measures, lifestyle factors and quality-of-life indicators.

Teachers Connect to Industry through four-week internship

An effort to give teachers an opportunity to see “beyond the classroom” is gaining steam. Started three years ago by the Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC, NDSU and West Fargo Schools, the Teachers in Industry Program continues to expand. The program, which started as a one-teacher pilot project, expects to place six area teachers into local companies the summer of 2013.

The Teachers in Industry Video created by AE2S highlights the four-week internship.

Last summer Adam Gehlhar, a social science teacher at the West Fargo STEM Center, was one of four teachers who spent four weeks at a local company. Gehlhar learned about lean engineering at Sanford Health’s Office of Continuous Improvement. Employees at Sanford use lean engineering to evaluate and improve processes related to work spaces and workflows.

“The experience opened my eyes to the possibilities for collaboration between business and education to create a more competent and engaged workforce.” said Gehlhar. “The lean engineering concepts and knowledge of the change process has created a platform for continuous improvement at Sanford Health. I will be leveraging those same concepts as I continue educating and leading the 21st century school.”

The teachers learned how employees collaborate, communicate and manage projects. Sanford Health along with John Deere Electronic Solutions, Microsoft and Bobcat Company all hosted teacher interns.

Each teacher is required to develop curriculum materials and lesson plans based on the internship experiences. The program aims to strengthen each teacher’s ability to make curriculum content more relevant and applicable.

The teachers applied and interviewed to be chosen for the internship. Each teacher received a $2,000 stipend. The 2013 internship will be open to K-12 teachers in Fargo, West Fargo, Casselton, Kindred, Northern Cass and Moorhead Public School Districts.

The internship program is a collaborative effort among the Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC, NDSU and the South East Education Cooperative. For more about the program click here.

Why does the GFMEDC care about programs like Teachers in Industry? While the organization’s main focus is on the retention, expansion and attraction of primary-sector companies, the organization supports those efforts, in part, through workforce development. The region’s companies are created by smart people with creative, innovative ideas. Those companies need intelligent, technology-savvy individuals. The Teachers in Industry program gives teachers the tools to better prepare our students to be successful in those companies or to become entrepreneurs who create their own successful venture.

The Red River Valley Research Initiative names Tammy Miller, Border States Electric CEO and Steve Burian, President AE2S as co-chairs

The initiative is aimed at bringing together universities and economic development organizations in the Red River Valley along both sides of the river. It promises to be one of the most comprehensive strategic plans the region has seen.

The idea was initiated by Bill Marcil Sr., Forum Communications, who committed $100,000. Marcil Sr. also committed to raising additional funds to support an economic development study evaluating strengths and challenges along the Red River Valley.

The group is soliciting proposals from consulting firms with extensive experience providing strategic planning services to economic development organizations. The effort will lead to the development of a comprehensive economic development plan for the Red River Valley region of North Dakota and Minnesota.

The group expects the consulting work to be completed by August 2013 resulting in a document that lays out a three to five year strategic plan.

American Airlines adds non-stop service from Fargo to Dallas/Forth Worth

Fargo, N.D. (October 24, 2012) – American Airlines announced that starting February 14, 2013, it is adding non-stop service between Fargo and Dallas/Fort Worth.

“We are very excited about American Airlines decision to add Dallas service and increase their presence in Fargo with the additional route,” said Shawn Dobberstein, Fargo Municipal Airport Authority Executive Director. “The Dallas route will bring significant benefits to area leisure and business travelers and is consistent with our community’s economic plan.”

“In today’s global economy, air service is and will continue to be critical business infrastructure. It is a major factor in our community’s efforts to retain and grow jobs. It also affects the quality of life for residents, and we are excited about the opportunity for this additional route to Dallas.” said Jim Gartin, GFMEDC President.

FMAA was able to secure a $750,000 Small Community Air Service Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. That grant along with contributions from the GFMEDC, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce Fargo Moorhead West Fargo helped secure American service to Dallas/Fort Worth.

“We believe the addition of American Airlines will immediately benefit area businesses with better access to international markets and potentially serve as a springboard to additional hubs in the future,” said Brad Schlossman, GFMEDC Board Chair.

“The EDC Board of Directors along with the Cass and Clay County Commissions have developed and adopted an economic strategy that recognizes the critical role competitive air service plays in supporting existing businesses and attracting new businesses,” Schlossman said.

American Airlines began service between Fargo and Chicago in April 2010.

Fargo #2 on Forbes Best Small Places for Business and Careers

With healthy job growth and relatively low costs to live and do business, the Fargo MSA was recently ranked #2 on Forbes list for Best Small Places for Business and Careers.

The 14th annual ranking uses 12 metrics relative to job growth, costs of living and doing business, education and several quality of life factors.

http://www.forbes.com/best-places-for-business/list/small/

 

Frontier Airlines Announces Return to Fargo Market, November 9

Frontier Airlines has announced new nonstop service between Fargo and Denver with three weekly nonstop flights beginning on November 9, 2012.

“We are pleased to hear Frontier Airlines is returning to Fargo Moorhead. Business and leisure travelers in our community and surrounding region are delighted to hear the good news,” said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Hector International Airport. “We look forward to enhancing our partnership with Frontier to expand air service opportunities in our market that support our business community and leisure travelers.”

Frontier last served the Fargo market in 2010 with a 74-seat regional turboprop aircraft. The new service will use the Airbus 319 aircraft with 138 seats.

 

West Fargo teacher calls four-week teacher internship “transformative”

Adam Gehlar, a social science teacher at the West Fargo STEM Center, spent four weeks in Sanford Health’s Office of Continuous Improvement learning about lean engineering. Employees at Sanford use lean engineering to evaluate and improve processes related to work spaces and workflows.

“The experience opened my eyes to the possibilities for collaboration between business and education to create a more competent and engaged workforce.” said Gehlar. “The lean engineering concepts and knowledge of the change process has created a platform for continuous improvement at Sanford Health. I will be leveraging those same concepts as I continue educating and leading the 21st century school.”

Four teachers took part in teacher internships this past June. The teachers from West Fargo, Fargo and Moorhead Public Schools spent four weeks in industry learning more about how employees collaborate, communicate and manage projects. Besides Sanford, John Deere Electronic Solutions, Microsoft and Bobcat Company all hosted teacher interns.

Each teacher received a $2,000 stipend and will earn three continuous education credits through NDSU’s Distance and Continuing Education. The teachers will be required to incorporate what they learned into their classroom curriculum.