Focused on business.

Our mission at Greater Fergus Falls is to support and grow the areas business community. Retaining the excellent businesses and industries who call the Fergus Falls region their home. Revitalizing our local economy. Recruiting new entrepreneurs and innovators to take the leap with us.

Our vision at Greater Fergus Falls is to provide support to a vibrant business community through removal of barriers for start-ups, expansions, and ensuring the continued health of existing businesses in our area.  Our staff and Board of Directors are dedicated to working alongside businesses, advocating aggressively for their success. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Fergus Falls, Minn.) – Following a regional search, Greater Fergus Falls is pleased to announce the hiring of Annie Deckert to fill the CEO position. Ms. Deckert, a native of Fergus Falls, is the founder and President of Decklan Group, a successful business consulting firm located in Sherburne County.

“I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity to impact the city my family has called home for four generations. I’m ready to roll-up my sleeves with local businesses, community organizations, and local leaders to bring new economic life to Fergus Falls, while honoring the rich history of this uniquecommunity.”

Deckert has a proven track record in all aspects of economic development. She began her career working for the public sector, ultimately becoming the Director of Economic Development for the city of Elk River in 2010. In 2013, she left her career in the public sector to launch Decklan Group, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting businesses expand and improve their workforce through site selection, incentive negotiation, government relations and grant writing. Her unique and well-rounded experience aligns perfectly with the mission and vision of Greater Fergus Falls.

“We are delighted that Fergus Falls was able to attract Annie Deckert, with her experience and record ofaccomplishment,” said chairman of the board, Steve Rufer. “We are certain that the great progress now underway in Fergus Falls will continue and even accelerate.”

Current Executive Assistant, NeTia Bauman has been appointed Interim Executive Director until Deckert begins her new duties effective May 13, 2019.