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June 3, 2009

Lexington, KY – North Dakota State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt was recently selected to participate in the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program, a week-long leadership seminar sponsored by the Council of State Governments (CSG) that focuses on developing the next generation of leaders from all three branches of government. Schmidt is one of 40 emerging state leaders from across the nation who were chosen for the program, which will be held Sept. 12-17, 2009 in Lexington, Ky.

"I am humbled and honored to be included in this very distinguish group,” said Schmidt. “I look forward to participating in Lexington and using what I learn to better serve the people of North Dakota."

This year's program will focus on trends analysis, policy development, media and constituent relations, and leadership and institutional changes. The experience gives leaders perspectives they would not ordinarily obtain during the course of their regular governmental service.

Schmidt was selected from a pool of applicants representing 40 states and two U.S. territories. She was considered by the selecting committee of state elected and appointed officials as one of the most promising leaders of state government. North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven nominated Schmidt for the program, citing her dedicated service to the people of North Dakota. She was also endorsed by past CSG Chairman, Rep. Kim Koppelman, West Fargo, and South Dakota State Treasurer Vernon Larson.

Schmidt is an advocate for Financial Literacy and efficient, effective government and was elected North Dakota’s 33rd State Treasurer in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. During her service, she has revolutionized the Office of State Treasurer using technology to bring accuracy accountability and transparency to the process. Bid-ND, an initiative that has invested millions of North Dakota dollars in more than 60 North Dakota communities, is just one of her many accomplishments as State Treasurer. As a graduate of the Toll Fellowship Program, Schmidt will join the ranks of governors, US Senators and members of Congress, as well as leaders in state government, who have participated in the program.

The Toll Fellowship Program is named in honor of former Colorado Senator Henry Toll, who founded CSG in 1933. The CSG is the premier multibranch organization forecasting policy trends for the community of states, commonwealths and territories on a national and regional basis. CSG alerts state elected and appointed officials to emerging social, economic, and political trends; offers innovative state policy responses to rapidly changing conditions; and advocates multistate problem-solving to maximize resources and competitiveness. CSG promotes excellence in decision-making and leadership skills and champions state sovereignty.

For more information about the Henry Toll Fellowship visit: www.csg.org/leadership/tollfellows/default.aspx or contact Krista Rinehart at (859)244-8249.

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