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Inner City Leadership Tour to Fargo Area

A group of 23 people from the Willmar Lakes Area spent two days visiting Fargo to learn from this successful community some tips on achieving our goals.

What They Did

They explored the downto2015 Fargo Tour Groupwn growth of the Fargo community as well as took a bus tour of West Fargo, Moorhead and Fargo to see and discuss their universities, industrial park, downtown and housing.

They also had dinner with Bill Marcil Jr., Chief Operating Officer of Forum Communications Company and attended 1 Million Cup. The group also met with Greg Thven, advocate for the Fargo community, as well as visited a few businesses like Drekkers Brewery, Carol Widman's Candy Company, and Pinch and Pour.

Also on their busy agenda was a lunch panel and discussion with the Mayor of Fargo, the Mayor of Moorhead, the Superintendent of Fargo Schools, the Superintendent of Moorhead Schools, the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce for Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo, the Executive Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Vice President of Workforce Development of the Economic Development Commission.

Take Aways

Fargo Tour 2015The following notes are highlights that have been gathered from those that participated in the Fargo Tour.

There have been projects that have already started moving forward that grew from this trip:

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From our community volunteers

“I'm proud to volunteer and support the efforts of Vision 2040 because creating a healthy community takes a collabortive effort. No one person or entity can create a community where people want to live and work and play, but working together we can create it. Vision 2040 started with an inclusive effort to bring together people from across our region to articulate their vision of the future of our region's communities. The goals that emerged from that vision offer everyone the opportunity to share in the collaborative work necessary to create a healthy and vibrant region--and that's a good thing for all of us.”

Dr. Douglas Allen, Ridgewater College

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Ken Warner, Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

“We are proud to be part of the Vision 2040 effort here at the community foundation because it aligns with our core mission to engage people, connect resources and build community. It was an easy choice to invest not only financial resources to support Vision 2040 but also to lend significat board and staff time to help drive this effort forward. It's transforming our communities for the future our residents dream about-using their ideas and energies to make good things happen organically in real time and for years to come-and we want to be part of making that possible!”

Sara Carlson, Willmar Area Community Foundation
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