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Sherri Richards, Published July 21 2010

Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp. begins evaluating candidates

The Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp. will get its first look today at four candidates for president of the group.

Its consulting firm, Jorgenson Consulting, will discuss four applicants for the position during a conference call today.

The candidates:

The development corporation is conducting a nationwide search to replace Brian Walters, who resigned in April to become an executive vice president with the Metro Orlando (Fla.) Economic Development Commission.

A job description on the Jorgenson Consulting website said candidates must have five to 10 years of executive-level expertise in business, education or regional economic development.

The consulting firm proactively contacted 60 to 65 individuals regarding the position and received eight unsolicited applications, said Todd Jorgenson, the firm’s managing director, of Arlington, Va.

Jorgenson said he conducted phone and in-person interviews to vet the field. Each of the current four candidates was recruited for the position.

The development corporation will likely interview candidates the second week of August, said Ron Robson, chairman of the group’s board.

“We want to have a pool of candidates, more in the four to five range, that we want to bring in,” Robson said.

Robson said it’s too early to say whether any or all of the candidates discussed today will be brought in for interviews.

“Will we have more candidates? I don’t know. Maybe if we determine we don’t have any there that meet the standards,” Robson said. “If they meet the standards, we may not need to go any further.”

Jorgenson said the door is always left open for more candidates during an executive search.

“The search is never completed until a final candidate is identified,” he said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sherri Richards at (701) 241-5556