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


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.

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.