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Note From Chair

Jonn Knecht

It is an honor to serve as the first chair of the Minot Area Chamber EDC board of directors. The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and Minot Area Development Corporation merged the two organizations into one on January 1st after seeing a lot of synergies and opportunities for the two organizations. We are combining resources and focusing our efforts on a fresh start to serving the business community as one focused organization.
Three key factors led to the initial discussion and are the basis for the question of: Why is a merger best for the community, organizations and the member/investors who support both organizations? 
  1. International Economic Development Council (IEDC) economic recovery and resiliency strategies identification of the need for organizations to collaborate and develop One Brand
  2. Shared leadership for both organizations in 2020
  3. Desire to serve members and investors from the business community more efficiently
 
The goal is for the new organization to do more for the community. As we move the organization forward this first year as one, we developed a set of key initiatives focused on financial stability, organizational structure, economic development, and programming and community outreach. It is the mission of the Minot Area Chamber EDC to advocate for and invest in business activity by being a collaborative partner in the community, focuses on improving quality of life for all. Our vision is to be the go-to organization for our business community to drive key initiatives that build and strengthen our economy.
 
I am proud to say we already have big wins for our community. North Dakota launched intermodal rail service – the culmination of more than two decades of effort to gain access to intermodal transportation to reduce shipping costs for the state’s agricultural producers and other industries. Intermodal service is the movement of international containers so producers and processors can directly load containers on rail in Minot to ship to international destinations.
 
Support for Minot Air Force Base continues to be a priority and Minot is proud to be recipient of the Barksdale Trophy for outstanding community support to an Air Force Global Strike Command base. This honor was handed out for a second time since it was created in 2017. We say, ‘Only the Best Come North,’ and Minot couldn’t be prouder of Minot Air Force Base and wall who serve.
 
As we all look forward, it is important to recognize were we’ve been, and it is exciting as to what lies ahead. A big thank you goes out to the City of Minot and Ward County, as leading government entities that support the work that is being done in keeping Minot as the economic development driver for in our great state. This support, along with what our member/investors have given, allows us to advocate for and invest in business activity by being a collaborative partner in the community, focuses on improving quality of life for all. Thank you for continuing to support for the Minot Area Chamber EDC. We are just getting started!