Industry Focus: Tourism

Recently, executives representing tourism in North Dakota met at the Department of Commerce’s office in Bismarck to discuss issues the industry will face in the future.

Terry Harzinski, Bismark-Mandan Convention and Visitor Bureau; Jude Iverson, Garrison Area Community Foundation; Nicki Weissman, Harvey Area Economic Development Inc.; Nina Sneider, Buffalo City Toursim; Pam Fosse, Jamestown Civic Center;
Randy Hatzenbuhler, Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation; Douglas Hevenor, International Peace Garden; Charley Johnson, Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitor Bureau; Leona Odermann, Medora Area Convention and Visitor Bureau; Julie Rygg, Grand Forks Convention and Visitor Bureau; Wendy Howe, Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau; Terri Thiel, Dickinson Convention and Visitor Bureau; Suzie Kenner, Devils Lake Convention and Visitor Bureau; Sara Otte Coleman, North Dakota Department of Commerce [More…]

Industry Focus: Bankers

Recently, executives representing banking interests from around the state met at the Bismarck offices of the North Dakota Department of Commerce to discuss the banking boom and its impact on the state.

Paul Rechlin, Lewis & Clark Regional Development Council; Dennis Rodin, USDA – Rural Development; Bob Humann, Bank of North Dakota; Craig Larson, Starion Financial; Tim Hennessy, U.S. Bank; Dean Reese, North Dakota Development Fund; Bon Wikenheiser, North Dakota Small Business Development Center; Robert J. Entringer, North Dakota Department of Financial Institutions; Steven Swiontek, Gate City Bank; Rob Landblom, Roosevelt Custer Regional Council for Development; Dale Pahlke, Dakota Community Bank; Jerry Hauff, Cornerstone Bank; Dale Van Eckhout, Small Business Administration North Dakota; Rick Clayburgh, North Dakota Bankers Association, Ernest Strube, Goose River Bank [More…]

Industry Focus: Economic Development

For many companies the opportunities available in the Roughrider State are easy to see. Even so, economic development agencies have their work cut out for them overcoming issues such as infrastructure and housing. Recently, executives representing several of economic development agencies across the state met at the Bismarck offices of the North Dakota Department of Commerce to discuss these issues:

Paul Lucy, North Dakota Department of Commerce; Ashley Alderson, Bowman County Development Corp.; Russ Staiger, Bismarck/Mandan Development Association; Kathy Stremick, Walhalla Economic Development Corp.; Chris Schilken, Forward Devils Lake Development Corp.; Deb Walworth, Prairie West Development Foundation; Tom Rolfstad, Williston Area Development Corp.; Bev Voller, Hazelton Development Corp.; John Phillips, Economic Development Association of North Dakota; Melissa Beach, Traill County Economic Development Commission; Gaylon Baker, Stark County Development Corp.; Ellen Huber, City of Mandan; Mark Vaux, City of West Fargo; Connie Ova, Jamestown/Stutsman County Job Development Corp [More…]

Industry Focus: Agri-Business

Agriculture is North Dakota’s largest industry with nearly 90 percent of the state’s land area consisting of farms and ranches. The industry has seen a fair share of changes in recent times and is facing challenges in everything from regulation to staffing. Recently, executives representing agriculture met at the Bismarck offices of the North Dakota Department of Commerce to discuss these changes and the direction of the industry in the future:

Fred Helbling, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association; John McLean, Cargill Incorporated; Deana Wise, United States Durum Growers Association; John Mittleider, North Dakota Department of Commerce Agriculture and Bioenergy; Mitch Gardner, Cargill Malt; Eric Bartsch, United Pulse trading; Les Paulson, Paulson Premium Seed & Conditioning; Jim Hauge, Eide Bailey [More…]

Industry Focus: Commercial Real Estate

Several leaders met at the Bismarck offices of the North Dakota Department of Commerce for a roundtable discussion to examine the issues facing commercial real estate:

Lee Fundanet, Complete Hospitality Management; Jeff Manning, Alliance Building Group; Matthew Reichert, Aspen Group Real Estate Services; Bill Daniel, Daniel Companies; Skip Duemeland, Duemelands Commercial Real Estate; Roger Thomas, Burke Construction Group; Roger Cymbaluk, Basin Brokers; Neil Gush, Coldwell Banker and 1st Minot Management; and Michael Fladeland, North Dakota Department of Commerce [More…]

Industry Focus: Education

Several executives representing higher education recently met at the Harold Schafer Leadership Center at the University of Mary to discuss the challenges facing North Dakota’s higher education system:

Raymond Nadolny, Williston State College; Larry Skogen, Bismarck State College; James Shea, University of Mary; Dean Bresciani, North Dakota State University; Bob Badal, Jamestown College; Gary Hagen, Mayville State University; Steve Shirley, Valley City State University; Duaine Espegard, North Dakota University System; John Richman, North Dakota State College of Science; Kirsten Diederich, North Dakota University System; and Al Anderson, North Dakota Department of Commerce [More…]