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  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beth Boustead, 701.328.3039
Monday May 18, 2009

Fong Names Rauschenberger Deputy Tax Commissioner

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax Commissioner Cory Fong today announced Ryan Rauschenberger as the new deputy commissioner in the North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner.

“Ryan brings to the Tax Department a solid background in accounting and finance, along with essential experience working with state, community, and industry leaders from across North Dakota,” said Fong. “Most recently, Ryan’s experience at the Department of Commerce enabled him to be extensively engaged in the formation of key regulatory policies and tax-related initiatives aimed at further developing our state’s energy sectors, both traditional and renewable sources.”

Rauschenberger currently serves as Manager of Energy Development for the North Dakota Department of Commerce and has been involved in facilitating and compiling the work of the Governor’s EmPower Commission. As manager of energy development, Rauschenberger is responsible for educating energy companies and industry leaders about state regulatory requirements, taxes, financing options, and other relevant regulations and programs, working with businesses and interested parties to develop and advance various energy initiatives, including tax-related initiatives, and testifying before the Legislature on a variety of energy proposals.

“One of the top priorities I have set for the Tax Department is to forge even closer working relationships between private industry and government as we promote the expansion and diversification of the state’s economy,” said Fong. “Ryan’s background will be a valuable asset and he will have a vital role in moving us forward.”

“I am eager to join Cory in the Office of State Tax Commissioner and I appreciate his focus and support the direction and the priorities he has set for the Tax Department,” said Rauschenberger. “I look forward to working with him and the rest of the Tax Department staff to meet those goals.”

A certified public accountant, Rauschenberger graduated from the University of North Dakota, where he earned his bachelor’s Degree in accountancy and later a master’s degree in business administration.

Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Rauschenberger held a position as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he conducted audits of small and large multi-state and international companies, managed new audit associates, helping them develop goals, and performed financial analyses of businesses. In addition, Rauschenberger worked as a financial analyst for Kadrmas Lee & Jackson and the Bank of North Dakota. He has authored two publications regarding the effectiveness of federal tax credits for renewable energy initiatives that have been published in the Journal of Taxation. The Business Education Forum has also published his work.

Rauschenberger has also served the North Dakota University System ConnectND Governance Committee and UND Planning and Budget Committee where he served as advisor to leaders in matters of personnel, budget, and strategic planning.

As deputy tax commissioner, Rauschenberger will serve as a liaison to other state agencies, local government, and the state’s business community, oversee special projects and initiatives within the department, and assist in policy development, research, and education relating to state and local taxation.

Fong said Rauschenberger will begin his new position in June.

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