A Grand Forks economic developer has been named to an international development council’s committee dealing with early-career professionals.

Becca Cruger, workforce development manager at the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation, will serve on the International Economic Development Council’s Young Professionals Advisory Committee.

“I’m very excited to represent Grand Forks and North Dakota among a diverse group of board members from across the nation,” Cruger said in a Grand Forks EDC release sent to the Herald. “This gives me the opportunity to learn best practices from other regions, as well as offer insight on economic development trends in the Upper Midwest.”

According to the EDC release, the committee advises IEDC on matters important to young economic development professionals and students of economic development-related disciplines by recommending programming that is relevant to early-career professionals. The committee also assists with communicating to this demographic, as well as those who are interested in supporting young professionals, and providing general guidance to the organization on engaging young people.

The Young Professionals Advisory Committee provides a means for younger members to become more involved in the organization. IEDC is a nonprofit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. The organization has more than 5,000 members. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, increase wealth and provide a stable tax base.

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The Grand Forks Region EDC works to attract people and business investment to Grand Forks County and the surrounding region, and to enhance economic vitality for long-term prosperity and growth.