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…]

North Dakota’s Steady Growth

Success doesn’t just happen by chance. As the Commerce Commissioner, I have the unique opportunity to compare our state’s amazing creation of new growth and prosperity with the past. During my short tenure as a state employee, having spent nearly 30 years of my life in the private sector, I have realized the success in… [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: 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…]