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Craig McEwen, Published July 25 2009

Anderson interested in F-M chamber post

Dave Anderson, president of the Fargo Downtown Community Partnership, is “very interested” in becoming a candidate for the Chamber of Commerce of Fargo-Moorhead’s top leadership post.

“I’m being encouraged to do that,” Anderson said. “I’ve had conversations with my leadership about it. I guess I have to say I’m interested in being a candidate and will likely become a candidate for that job.”

David Martin, current president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Fargo-Moorhead, recently an-nounced that he will step down when his contract expires on Aug. 31.

The chamber has begun preliminary steps to find a replacement and wants to fill the position by Jan. 1, said Karen Lauer, who becomes chamber board president on Sept. 1.

Lauer, economic development director for Barnesville, Minn., has been appointed to head up a task force to assemble a search committee to find a new president, she said.

The chamber hasn’t decided if it will use an outside firm or conduct its own search, she said.

Requests for proposals have been issued to local, regional and national search firms, which are due next week for review by the Chamber’s executive committee, Lauer said.

She said no other candidate names have surfaced.

The board wants to make sure that it finds the best individual to fill the position, Lauer said.

Anderson, who has been president of the Downtown Community Partnership for nine years, has previous chamber experience.

He graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and joined the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce, he said.

Martin joined the Fargo-Moorhead chamber in 1996 as public affairs director and was named president and CEO in 2004.

Readers can reach Forum Business Editor Craig McEwen at (701) 241-5502