Flood Protection is a Regional Issue

From President/CEO Craig Whitney

When I came here over three years ago, I was amazed by this community. The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area is full of economic success stories, collaborative efforts and innovative entrepreneurs with cutting-edge, nationally renowned projects. It’s an area I’m proud to be a part of.

As the President and CEO of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber, I get to see these stories come to life every day. I have seen us grow even further, working together. As our 2012 Legacy Leader Bruce Furness said, by working together, we are able to promote a distinct, different and better community.

Our Chamber is proud to be part of this collaborative mindset. Not only do we represent the needs of more than 2,000 members, but the needs of three cities in two different states. We are continually at work in both the North Dakota and Minnesota legislatures and will work tirelessly to keep abreast of and champion issues that affect Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and the surrounding areas.

One of these issues is the need for permanent flood protection. This is not a Fargo issue, a Moorhead issue or a West Fargo issue. It’s a regional issue that will affect all of us. When the flood hit Grand Forks, it didn’t distinguish by state line. The whole area was affected and is still dealing with the aftermath. We must not let that be Fargo Moorhead West Fargo’s story.

The Chamber has recently collaborated with the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation on a task force for permanent flood protection. Championed by leaders of the business community and led by Tom Dawson, of Dawson Insurance, and Ann McConn of Alerus Financial, this group will work to ensure that permanent flood protection is achieved for our area.

The importance of this issue cannot be overstated. We have lost lives, homes and business to constant spring flooding. By not taking a stand on this issue, we will surely suffer the economic effects and our future generations will be left to cope with our indecision.

Now is the time to rise together in collaboration and protect our metro area. For together, we are a stronger, greater community and can do together what no one city can do alone.