Last month, the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation hired Joseph Raso as its president and CEO. Raso brings impressive, executive economic development experience in Iowa and Colorado with him, and is well equipped to lead the GFMEDC, an organization that has a key role in our communities.
This year's Fargo AirSho was a tremendous success. Families and individuals from our entire metro area, as well as Canada and throughout the U.S., were treated to a spectacle of skill and showmanship as good or better than any in the country, with the Navy's Blue Angels the highlight of the show. Mother Nature also cooperated, and it was a perfect opportunity to spend a beautiful day outside in the Red River Valley.
In response to Commissioner Tony Gehrig’s statement released May 31, I want to set the record straight on The Chamber’s stance on special assessments in the city of Fargo. In short, we believe that special assessments have needed reform for many years, but the proposed plan to eliminate specials isn’t the best solution. As we originally acknowledged, we certainly agree with those who say the current special assessments are very high—including Commissioner Gehrig.
In response to Commissioner Tony Gehrig's statement released May 31, I want to set the record straight on The Chamber's stance on special assessments in the city of Fargo. In short, we believe that special assessments have needed reform for many years, but the proposed plan to eliminate specials isn't the best solution. As we originally acknowledged, we certainly agree with those who say the current special assessments are very high—including Commissioner Gehrig.
The recent Washington Post commentary, "Depressing thing about the FAA bill," published May 7 unfortunately failed to recognize the enormous harm that privatizing air traffic control would pose to communities like ours around the country.
As we start 2018, we look forward to a year more exciting and challenging than the last. We continue to grow our regional economy and quality of life. Even as we grow, we're challenged to train, attract and retain a workforce to expand a growing, enviable, national reputation. A reputation for excellence in job opportunity, entrepreneurship, quality K-12 schools, post high school education, arts and entertainment.
Once again, the knives are out for North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani. This time for having the foresight to identify a way to tackle the dramatic nursing shortage here in North Dakota, and around the country. Those questioning his motives are hard pressed to find anything that will stick, when his obvious intent was to move quickly on a proposed solution to a pending problem critical to adequate health care in North Dakota.
On Tuesday, March 7, I encourage all voters in the Fargo School District to vote in favor of allowing Fargo Public Schools to maintain the quality of education they provide.
In February, FedEx made the decision to move its operations at the Grand Forks International Airport to Hector International Airport in Fargo. At the time, FedEx spokeswoman Jennifer Caccavo Cordeau said in an email to The Forum: "This change gives us the ability to enhance service to our customers in North Dakota and northern Minnesota by providing earlier delivery and later pick-up times. The ramp adjustment is similar to others we've made over the last several years as part of our continual goal to provide the best service possible."