One of the questions asked during the early stages of the BMDA / Chamber Restructure was, "How would a restructure impact the community’s efforts to grow existing businesses and attract new ones?"
CITY BALLOT MEASURE 1: Levy an additional half-cent sales tax for the construction and reconstruction of major arterial roadways to be sunset after 10 years and limited to a pre-determined list of projects.
CITY BALLOT MEASURE 2: Caps the existing 25-mill property tax buydown at 2019 levels.
One of the core tenets of economic development is entrepreneurial development and both the BMDA and Chamber’s Strategic Plans identify the support of our community’s entrepreneurs as a priority.
Frequently Asked Questions about the BMDA / Chamber Restructure
According to the latest statistics from Job Service North Dakota, there a combined 2,177 job openings between Burleigh and Morton Counties. That coupled with an unemployment rate below 3.0% means that one of our business community’s biggest challenges remains workforce. As organizations, we believe that we have two ways to approach this issue: short term and long term.
The purpose of these monthly messages regarding the pending BMDA / Chamber Restructure is two-fold; to inform you of the various aspects of the restructured organization’s value proposition and to update you on the progress being made to that end. Regarding the value proposition, this month we’ll focus on the strengthened business community voice and the more efficient use of resources that will result from the Restructure. Both of which result from having one, unified business development organization as opposed to two.
The value proposition for a restructured BMDA and Chamber has many facets and we’ll touch on all of them over the coming months as part of this series of communications. While some of the value proposition includes things that are new or different, one thing that will not change is the quality programming and events that you’ve come to expect from both organizations.
Throughout the process of considering whether or not to restructure the BMDA and Chamber, a common question has been, “What is This Going to Cost?” More specifically, what would a restructure of our two organizations mean in terms of membership investment?