Greg Tehven’s 20-Year Plan: “Fix Up Fargo” And Leave

Fargo booster Greg Tehven told the author of a recently-published book that he has already planned his exit strategy from the city he loves so dearly.

Melody Warnick’s new book, “This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live,” is about “what it takes to love where you live.” She devotes a few pages to Tehven and his adoration of Fargo. Then she drops this bomb:

“Except Greg Tehven was doing all the things that placemakers and place-attached people do, and he still kept an eye on the exit sign. He told me he had a twenty-year plan to stay and fix up Fargo before moving on, so it was a long-term stategy. But still.”


When Tehven was profiled in the Fargo Forum in 2014, he said he had “no plans to leave Fargo again.”

We emailed Greg for comment but didn’t hear back.

Tehven has become famous in Fargo the past few years for promoting a culture of entrepreneurship. We thought entrepreneur meant a self-starter. Didn’t realize they needed so much help.

It’s unclear how Tehven makes any money, but it probably helps that he’s backed by Doug Burgum, the Fargo millionaire and Governor-Elect.

“I kind of identify with the self-given title of Fargo’s evangelist, telling the story and celebrating this amazing community that I get to be from,” Tehven said in 2014.

We can’t wait to see how Fargo looks, twenty years from now, when it’s finally “fixed up,” Greg style.

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