What is Greater Fergus Falls?

Greater Fergus Falls is a newly formed private, not-for-profit organization that is committed to growing and revitalizing our business community. Made up of a diverse group of community members, Greater Fergus Falls will focus on economic development, which includes business retention, expansion, recruitment, marketing and workforce development.

We are a newly formed organization, and act as the economic development arm for the City of Fergus Falls.  We are a business-friendly community, who strives to do everything we can to support your growth.


How does Greater Fergus Falls differ from the other organizations in our community, like Forward Fergus Falls or the Chamber of Commerce?

Greater Fergus Falls exists to recruit new business to the area, retain our current businesses, and revitalize the local business economy. We are a public/private non-profit organization, who works closely with the Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Fergus Falls, and other organizations to advance the economic growth of our community.  We are not membership based, and provide free technical business consulting services to the area.


Who is leading the efforts of Greater Fergus Falls and what should the community expect?

Led by CEO Annie Deckert, we are working tirelessly to help attract businesses and revitalize our local economy.  Ms. Deckert has over 15 years of experience in economic development, spending 8 years in the public sector, working for the City of Big Lake and the City of Elk River, and most recently, as President of Decklan Group; a for-profit economic development consulting firm, responsible for over 1,000,000 square feet of new development in the State of Minnesota.  Decklan Group projects generate nearly $2MM of property tax revenue per year, near $80MM in capital investment, and have created/retained a total of 2,131 jobs in the State of Minnesota.


Who convened the Greater Fergus Falls Board of Directors?

Fergus Falls Mayor Ben Schreier assembled the inaugural Greater Fergus Falls Board, pulling from the many business and culture sectors that make Fergus Falls unique. The Board will grow and change as the organization works to fulfill its mission.


Will it cost me anything to work with Greater Fergus Falls?

No. We are a non-profit organization, who is the lead economic development arm of the Fergus Falls community.  Our services are free, and we encourage you to contact us to find out how we can help you grow in our community.


What types of things could Greater Fergus Falls help me with if I want to start a new business?

Greater Fergus Falls strives to eliminate barriers as it relates to starting and growing your business.  We act as the main point of contact, throughout your project, working to streamline and expedite the economic development process.

FAQs


What is Greater Fergus Falls?

Greater Fergus Falls is a newly formed private, not-for-profit organization that is committed to growing and revitalizing our business community. Made up of a diverse group of community members, Greater Fergus Falls will focus on economic development, which includes business retention, expansion, recruitment, marketing and workforce development.

We are a newly formed organization, and act as the economic development arm for the City of Fergus Falls.  We are a business-friendly community, who strives to do everything we can to support your growth.


How does Greater Fergus Falls differ from the other organizations in our community, like Forward Fergus Falls or the Chamber of Commerce?

Greater Fergus Falls exists to recruit new business to the area, retain our current businesses, and revitalize the local business economy. We are a public/private non-profit organization, who works closely with the Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Fergus Falls, and other organizations to advance the economic growth of our community.  We are not membership based, and provide free technical business consulting services to the area.


Who is leading the efforts of Greater Fergus Falls and what should the community expect?

Led by CEO Annie Deckert, we are working tirelessly to help attract businesses and revitalize our local economy.  Ms. Deckert has over 15 years of experience in economic development, spending 8 years in the public sector, working for the City of Big Lake and the City of Elk River, and most recently, as President of Decklan Group; a for-profit economic development consulting firm, responsible for over 1,000,000 square feet of new development in the State of Minnesota.  Decklan Group projects generate nearly $2MM of property tax revenue per year, near $80MM in capital investment, and have created/retained a total of 2,131 jobs in the State of Minnesota.


Who convened the Greater Fergus Falls Board of Directors?

Fergus Falls Mayor Ben Schreier assembled the inaugural Greater Fergus Falls Board, pulling from the many business and culture sectors that make Fergus Falls unique. The Board will grow and change as the organization works to fulfill its mission.


Will it cost me anything to work with Greater Fergus Falls?

No. We are a non-profit organization, who is the lead economic development arm of the Fergus Falls community.  Our services are free, and we encourage you to contact us to find out how we can help you grow in our community.


What types of things could Greater Fergus Falls help me with if I want to start a new business?

Greater Fergus Falls strives to eliminate barriers as it relates to starting and growing your business.  We act as the main point of contact, throughout your project, working to streamline and expedite the economic development process.