Employers, employees are pulse of community

Current data about local employers is a valuable tool for communities to recruit new companies and workforce as well as keeping existing companies up-to-date on the business climate of the area.

As reported in Sunday’s Minot Daily News, Minot Area Development Corporation recently released data on the largest local employers, as of the end of 2018. Government agencies, medical and educational institutions top the list. Numbers from MADC, as well as those from the City of Minot and Minot Daily News in Sunday’s article, are for full-time employees.

Whether an employer is large or small, employees are an extremely important asset to employers. Those employees and their employers contribute immensely to this community as do employees and their employers in many other communities. Not only does the economy rely on their successes, but corporately and individually, their presence is felt in many ways through donated efforts to projects that support the quality of life in the Minot area.

Minot Air Force Base, home to the Air Force’s only dual nuclear-capable wings – the 5th Bomb Wing with its B-52 bombers and the 91st Missile Wing’s with Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles in underground facilities in the surrounding area – is the No. 1 largest local employer. More than 6,300 military members and civilians have Minot AFB jobs related directly to the mission or supporting the mission.

Trinity Health comes in at No. 2 with more than 2,000 Minot-based employees working at the hospital, clinics and a long-term nursing facility. Trinity also has close to a dozen rural health clinics and the Trinity NorthStar Criticair helicopter providing transportation to critical care patients in a 150-mile radius of the hospital in Minot. Now a new hospital complex is being built on the southwest edge of Minot.

Others on the top five list of employers in the local area are Minot Public Schools, City of Minot and Minot State University.

Terri Philion, marketing director for the Minot Area Development Corporation, said they collected the information by phone calls and emails to the local businesses.

“Accurate data is vital not only for new business attractions and retention, but for attracting a skilled labor force as well. We appreciate our local employers for providing quality jobs to the community and like to recognize them with this annual update,” said Philion.

(Jill Schramm, Minot Daily News senior staff writer, contributed to this editorial.)