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Doug Kinsinger, Topeka, Kan., Published October 12 2013

Letter: Very impressed by metro cities

The Greater Topeka (Kan.) Chamber of Commerce recently returned from our benchmarking trip to Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

Thirty individuals from Topeka, representing businesses and local government, came to soak up information about your community.

Our delegation was most impressed with the level of collaboration within your business community, local governments and higher education/workforce training institutions and with your young entrepreneurs. The enthusiasm they shared was contagious. The activities happening in your community are exciting and a testament to your commitment to the common goal of growing businesses, attracting new residents and showing visitors a great time.

We were extremely impressed with what is happening in your young professional community. We were introduced to a great group of energized young people who are actively building a future in the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo area. They have a zest for participation in fashioning a community open for business with a cool-factor that is infectious.

A big thank-you to Craig Whitney, president of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, and Jim Gartin, president of the Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corp., for showcasing your community and extending such warm hospitality. We learned so much from all those who met with us. We are enthused and excited about our city’s future; we are ready to take ideas from your successes and translate them to successes here at home.

Kinsinger is president/CEO of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce.