Greater Fergus Falls Celebrates 3 Successful Years

Have you heard the big news? Greater Fergus Falls is celebrating three amazing years! Since the beginning, we’ve made it our mission to support and grow our local business community by retaining existing businesses, recruiting new entrepreneurs and innovators to the area, and revitalizing our economy. Whether it’s providing one-on-one assistance or facilitating community-wide initiatives, our team is committed to working alongside and advocating for our businesses.

It’s safe to say the Greater Fergus Falls team has a lot to be proud of! Our successes over the last three years include:

  • Welcoming 44 new businesses to the community

  • Supporting 540 existing businesses

  • Creating 121 jobs (61 full-time, 54 part-time)

  • Responding to 863 inquiries from companies, developers, realtors, investors, and organizations about the region

  • Assisting in the redevelopment of 3 vacant big-box stores

Since it’s our anniversary, we thought it would be fun to take a closer look at some of our most recent milestones. Keep reading to get the details about a few of our latest wins!

Continued Support for Businesses & Organizations Impacted by COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, Greater Fergus Falls has prioritized helping our business community navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19. In 2020, we provided over 400 hours of direct support to more than 180 businesses and organizations in the area.

Some of our COVID-19 relief efforts included:

  • Collaborating with area business leaders to assist with the production of vital personal protection equipment (PPE).

  • Connecting and assisting businesses with pandemic relief funding programs.

  • Keeping businesses up-to-date on the latest information, guidelines, and available assistance with a robust COVID-19 resource center on our website.

  • Creating Project 2 Fold in partnership with the Fergus Falls Downtown Riverfront Council, which raised nearly $17,000 in support of essential workers, individuals, and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Project 2 Fold also provided 469 “back-to-school” packages to kids in the ISD 544 school district last year.

Our ability to pivot and reprioritize our services to meet the needs of local businesses has been well-received in the community and beyond. Greater Fergus Falls has been recognized by Governor Tim Walz, Senator Tina Smith, Valley News Life (Fargo, ND), the Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM), and the University of MN Extension Office.

Now that we’ve begun to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, we’ve shifted our pandemic relief efforts from survival toward recovery. We are very much looking forward to helping area businesses continue to flourish and grow.