MOORHEAD, Minn. • The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, alongside a number of community partners, this week launched Ignite FMWF, a new workforce initiative designed to enhance the hiring potential in the region

“This is a really exciting day for our region. As we look at some of the greatest challenges facing the region, the number one challenge is the ability for our companies to attract, retain, and develop high-quality talent,” Chamber President and CEO Shannon Full said during a press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 12. To meet those challenges, “we know we need to really work on amplifying our collaborative efforts.”

Enter Ignite FMWF, which uses a combination of an intentional relationship development strategy and a robust technology platform. It involves partnerships, among others, with educational institutions and businesses in both the public and private sectors.

“Through this new fully integrated workforce system of awareness, exploration, training, and development; our business will be able to meaningfully engage with their current and future talent pipelines,” according to the Chamber.

The Chamber said the business-led, community focused initiative provides opportunity for students, job-seekers, and employers alike to benefit through the following key features:

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  • An integration live job board to serve as a community solution to filling open positions across the region

  • Linked recruitment, skill-building, and career navigation efforts into one collaborative system to close the workforce gap

  • Skill-based volunteerism opportunities for businesses and employees to engage with students through guest speaking in classrooms, mentorship opportunities, internship postings, and more

  • More than 1,200 video career cards to aid in student and job-seeker exploration and navigation

  • Resume-building tools offering job-seekers and students an opportunity to build their own personal portfolios

  • A robust library of industry-developed, comprehensive training and education opportunities for students and job-seekers

  • A mobile application for providing users simplicity in searching local jobs and career exploration.

“We are experiencing significant workforce shortage within our community,” Chamber President and CEO Shannon Full said. “Ignite FMWF truly is a game-changer and will transform the way our private, public, non-profit, and education sectors will be able to engage with each other, and their future workers.”