But it’s a question those who work in economic development have been pondering quite seriously as nearly every industry across the region wrestles with a severe shortage of available, skilled workers.
If employees are going to work here, they have to live here, too. That means attracting new recruits to our region − and our 25-below days.
Businesses are also vying for the area’s limited pool of existing workers, trying to convince those who do live here to work for them.
A common theme that circles both this high-stakes recruitment and retention of workers is culture.
More investments are being made by local companies to create a positive employee culture, whether it’s changes to physical workspaces or attention to philanthropy or camaraderie.
In addition, a growing entrepreneurial movement has placed the spotlight on the region’s startup culture. An expanding number of opportunities and places are popping up for creatives and creators to interact and collaborate, making it a hotbed for new ventures, and new ways of doing business.
Nightlife, education, local retail options, sports and recreation all contribute to the culture of a place. They’re on the checklist people consider before deciding to call the Red River Valley home, and help define a community and its residents.
In this year’s issue of Impact, we explore the idea of culture − in workplaces, community and beyond. We share the stories of individuals who are shaping the business scene in Fargo-Moorhead and the wider region.
We also tell what’s becoming a familiar tale. Our robust economy has continued to flourish, even in challenging times, thanks in part to a diversity of industries. Construction’s still booming. Cities are expanding. Business owners are innovating.
It’s all part of the culture.