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Dave Olson, Published February 08 2013

TRADE TALK: Chamber event to feature Fed official

Terry Fitzgerald, senior economist and vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will be the keynote speaker at an economic forum Feb. 21 sponsored by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.

The Outlook Forum brings together local leaders to discuss global economic trends and explore factors that will keep the area competitive.

Fitzgerald will be joined by a panel of local business leaders who will include Dan Staller, Fargo market president for Starion Financial, and Jim Gartin, president of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp.

Staller will talk about the results of the chamber’s Business Outlook Survey, which was sent to chamber members and addressed 2012 actual performance and 2013 predicted performance on a variety of economic indicators.

Gartin will talk about the long-term viability of the local economic base in light of the survey findings.

The forum is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Ramada Plaza and Suites and Conference Center, 1635 42nd St. S., Fargo.

Cost is $35 for preregistered chamber members; $45 for chamber member walk-ins; and $50 for general admission.

To register, visit www.FMWFChamber.com, or call (218) 233-1100.

Heard in West Fargo

A number of new developments are on the horizon for West Fargo, including a possible new restaurant or bar, and a living center for people 55 and older.

West Fargo city officials have been notified that a restaurant or bar could be going up in the area of Veterans Boulevard and 26th Avenue, where a developer is looking to have land rezoned from agricultural to light commercial.

So far, the developer is keeping mum on the name of the restaurant or bar, said City Planning Director Larry Weis.

Weis said a different development group is looking at an area near 17th Street and 10th Avenue East to build a living center for people 55 and older.

Plans are in the early stages, said Weis, who added backers of the project intend to apply for a tax credit from the state before moving forward.

If the tax credit is approved, the developer plans to start the process of replatting the property and getting planned unit development approval for the project, Weis said.

Printing merger

Valley Printing is now part of Shortprinter.com, 3005 Main Ave., Fargo.

All product offerings of the 40-year old printing business will continue, along with expanded services in offset printing, full-color digital and large format printing. The company’s Sealandsend.net wedding and event invitation operation will also be expanded.

Shortprinter.com is a 10-year old firm that specializes in full-color digital printing. Eric Richman, of Argusville, N.D., and Chris Hemmah, Fof argo, are partners in the business. Jesse Feigum, of Moorhead, is general manager.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555. Dianna Baumann contributed to this article.