2020 & Beyond: Planning for the Future

It was, of course, the X-Files’ well-manicured man who famously said, “We predict the future — and the best way to predict the future is to invent it.” North Dakota is in the process of inventing its future, with the goal of making sure it’s at least as good as the present – a present… [More…]

Between Myth & Reality: Finding North Dakota’s Workforce

There’s a story making the rounds while North Dakota’s unemployment stands at the lowest in the country and the top three states with the highest unemployment figures – Nevada, Rhode Island and California –still have numbers in the double digits. It’s the one about the guy who, flat broke and out of options, takes his… [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…]

Environmental Stewardship: And Reclamation

As the second largest oil producing state in the country with 209 drilling rigs pumping an average of 558,254 barrels a day, North Dakota continues to be the economic envy of many other states that are struggling with large budget deficits, high unemployment rates and negative growth rates. All eyes are on the Peace Garden… [More…]