The board of directors members are selected to serve 3 year terms, with a maximum of 3 consecutive terms. The group of 11 is the voting body, overseeing Grand Forks Region EDC operations, providing economic development strategy for the region, and making project funding recommendations to the city’s Growth Fund, and Jobs Development Authority. The board meets monthly on the second Thursday. Directors are elected at the annual meeting of members.

 2017-18 Meeting Dates

Board of Directors

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Board Chair

Dwight Thompson

Altru Health System

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Board Vice Chair

Tammy Peterson

President & CEO
Bremer Bank Grand Forks

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Board Sec./Treas.

Karl Bollingberg

Executive Vice President & Director of Banking Services
Alerus Financial

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Past Board Chair

Steve Burian


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Board Member

John Eickhof

Construction Engineers

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Board Member

David Engen

Grand Forks County

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Board Member

Grant McGimpsey

Vice President
Division of Research & Economic Development
University of North Dakota

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Board Member

Robert ``Mac`` McLennan

President & CEO
Minnkota Power Cooperative

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Board Member

Dana Sande

Grand Forks City Council

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Board Member

Klaus Thiessen

President & CEO
Grand Forks Region EDC

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Board Member

Korrie Wenzel

Grand Forks Herald


Todd Feland
Administrator, City of Grand Forks

Hal Gershman
Director, Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops

Rodney Lewis
Commander, Grand Forks Air Force Base

Corey Mock
Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals

Ryan Riesinger
Executive Director, Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority

Barry Wilfahrt
President & CEO, The Chamber Grand Forks-East Grand Forks

Advisory Board

The advisory board members join the board of directors once per quarter to review local and state economic development initiatives. Their input helps guide the actions of the board of directors.

Dennis Bona
Northland Community & Technical College

Mike Delisle
Mayo Manufacturing

Mylo Einarson
Nodak Electric Cooperative

Tom Erickson

Scott Fuller

Shawn Gaddie

Jim Galloway
JLG Architects

Bob Hoffert
Black Gold

Jonathan Holth
Toasted Frog

Jay Kleven

Jon Miskavige

Sean O’Leary
LM Wind Power

John Oncken
True North Equipment

Judi Paukert
Xcel Energy

Justin Pearson
BNSF Railway

Jon Ramsey
Assurity Finance & Development

Barb Schultz
Ideal Aerosmith