MPO Executive Policy Board

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1. Functions

  1. The Executive Policy Committee shall prepare and adopt a Plan and recommend policies for the development of the area. The Plan shall be based on existing conditions and probable future growth and shall be made with the general purpose of guiding a coordinated and harmonious development that will promote the health, safety and general welfare of the inhabitants. The Plan shall also seek to promote efficiency and economy in the process of land development and population distribution so as to reduce the waste of resources; and it shall promote an efficient and economic utilization and conservation of the means of production of food and water, of sanitary and other facilities and of natural resources and transportation.

  2. The Executive Policy Committee shall act as the official area-wide planning agency for the Metropolitan Area and shall be designated as a consortium of governments for federal legislation dealing with transportation, land use, and any other issue deemed appropriate by their respective governing bodies and as the official Area Planning Organization as required by the United States Department of Transportation and other agencies.

2. Membership

The Executive Policy Committee shall consist of at least two-thirds elected officials and each member unit of government shall be allowed voting representation as follows:
  1. Two elected officials from the Grand Forks City Council;

  2. Two elected officials from the East Grand Forks City Council;

  3. One member each from the Grand Forks and Polk County Commissions;

  4. One member each representing the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks City Planning Commissions;

  5. Representatives shall be appointed by the respective bodies they are to represent.

3. Terms

Members of the Policy Committee shall serve for a term of two (2) years except that members of the respective governing bodies holding memberships by virtue of their elected positions shall hold office only during their respective terms of office.

4. Members

  • Gary Malm
    Grand Forks County

  • Ken Vein
    Grand Forks City Council

  • Warren Strandell
    Polk County

  • Al Grasser
    Grand Forks P&Z

  • Marc DeMers
    East Grand Forks City Council

  • Michael Powers
    East Grand Forks P&Z

  • Jeannie Mock
  • Grand Forks City Council

  • Clarence Vetter
    East Grand Forks City Council


Earl Haugen, MPO Executive Director   Email  746-2657

Partner Event: CARES Act Guidance to Assist Your Business - GNDC & ND Dept of Commerce

  • Date: 04/09/2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Register as a non-member for meeting log in information



ND Department of Commerce Business Briefing, hosted by Greater North Dakota Chamber

The U.S. Treasury released the Interim Final Rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on the evening of April 2nd and additional clarification has been developing daily.  Join us for an overview of provisions of the CARES Act along with clarifications made through the recently released guidance, along with other implementation updates relating to unemployment insurance, and direct payments.  We will use examples to illustrate how the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), PPP, and expanded unemployment insurance provisions of the CARES Act can assist your business in navigating the business disruption caused by COVID-19.  Finally, we will specifically discuss how the CARES Act applies to certain sole proprietors, non-profit, and faith-based organizations. 

At the time of registration, please provide your questions relating to the CARES Act. These will be provided ahead of time to the Department of Commerce so that presenters can address your questions to the extent possible, given the dynamic environment. Questions not addressed during the conference call will be answered in a follow-up communication.

April 9 | 11:00 Call: “NEW CARES Act Guidance to Assist Your Business” 

To receive call-in information, attendees must register as a non-member. A confirmation email with call specifics will be sent to the email provided in the registration prior to the call. 


Past Briefings: 

April 2: CARES Act | slidedeck | recording
March 26: Emergency Business Financing | recording 
March 18: Overall Business Briefing | recording | recap

Live tweets at @nodakchamber | #COVID19NDBrief

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