Assessing the Year Past and the Year to Come 09 Mar 18

The Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Northland Community and Technical College hosted the State of the City Address last night, assessing the year past and the year to come.

Dignitaries stepped to the mic to outline progress and challenges over the past year, focusing on the City’s Three Largest Employers, Digi-Key, Sanford Health and Textron.

Addressing the crowd in the NCTC Fine Arts Auditorium and streaming live on-line world wide, Rick Trontvet, with Digi-Key, outlined the company’s huge expansion in Thief River Falls, with 140 jobs already added over the past year.

Rob Lovejoy, Chief Operating Officer at Sanford Health outlined the progress of the Health Care Agency, which will enter it’s first Clinical Trials in Thief River Falls this year.

N.C.T.C. President Dennis Bona talked about the summer ahead, as the college faces a challenging road construction season that will put the Thief River Falls campus at the end of a six mile detour, even as the College begins renovation of a portion of the main building to welcome the Area Head Start Program to its campus this fall.

Mayor Brian Holmer wrapped up the evening, saying the city embraces progress, even as they admit to the challenges of housing and day-care for young families in an ever growing labor force, and the need to continue to attract workers to a very tight labor market.