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Today, Craig Whitney, President and CEO of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, brought together a task force of high-level business leaders calling for the advancement of permanent flood protection.

“This is a regional issue that is unquestionably the most serious matter we face today,” said Whitney. “We are at a juncture in the process that has compelled community leaders to come together to ensure the necessary pieces converge to ensure our regional outlook is secure, stable, and prosperous for everyone involved. There is no disagreement that if we fail to prepare our community for future events, devastation will surely be at our doorstep.”

The newly formed Business Leaders for Permanent Flood Protection task force is committed to ensuring the importance of comprehensive flood risk reduction stays on the forefront of the region’s priorities. The task force is comprised of, and has the support of, every sector of the business community.

An announcement regarding the role of spokesperson will be announced in the near future. The taskforce will meet on March 6 to address the projects funding status.

“The Army Corps of Engineers, along with the elected officials and staff have provided their expertise and recommendations,” said Whitney. “Now is time to rise above political posturing and lend the reputable voice of business in support of the solution to this dangerous situation.”

The task force discussed concerns related to the restrictions added to the Water Commission budget that includes North Dakota’s share of the projects funding and the message it sends to Washington, DC. The task force understands the implications those restrictions have on the requirements necessary to sign the Project Partnership Agreement and will work with the North Dakota Senate to request the restrictions be removed so the project can move forward.

Please contact Katie Hutton at 218.359.0526 or khutton@fmwfchamber.com for more information.

About The Chamber

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of over 2,000 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 80,000 people. The largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.

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