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Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum will host the third Recovery Reinvented event next week at the Bismarck Event Center, a day focused on advocacy, building recovery support in communities, creating recovery-friendly workplaces and eliminating the shame and stigma surrounding addiction.
Agency seeks public comments on peer support certification process; holds public input meeting Nov. 14 in Bismarck
The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division is seeking public input on the development of the state’s peer support specialist certification process. The division is hosting a community meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Bismarck Event Center, Prairie Rose Room 101.
North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Kevin Ford as chief information security officer (CISO). Ford, a native of Calvert County Maryland, brings more than a decade of experience overseeing information security and cyber-risk management practices for private and public sector clients, including the federal government and Fortune 100 companies.
Burgum waives restrictions on hay and livestock hauling to help producers impacted by wet conditions
To help ranchers struggling with abnormally wet conditions for this time of year, Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an executive order waiving hours of service requirements, fees and certain load restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting hay and livestock.
Gov. Doug Burgum today unveiled two reinvention success stories that highlight the administration’s shared values of Working as One and Citizen Focused: the continued expansion of a standardized state website platform and the planned deployment of a statewide photo and video digital asset management system.
Burgum urges Customs and Border Protection not to reduce hours at ports of entry on ND-Manitoba border
Gov. Doug Burgum is urging U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) not to reduce hours of operation at three ports of entry on the North Dakota-Manitoba border.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce has enhanced several controls as recommended in a recent audit report to ensure that contracting and procurement guidelines are consistently followed.
ND awarded grant to improve child support case management and collections over state lines and tribal borders
The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Child Support Division, along with the Three Affiliated Tribes’ Division of Child Support Enforcement, received a $500,000 federal grant to improve intergovernmental child support case management and collections.
Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an executive order granting a waiver of hours of service requirements for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting propane, gasoline and diesel fuel to retail suppliers.
Gov. Doug Burgum received an update Thursday from TC Energy President and CEO Russell Girling regarding efforts to clean up oil that leaked from the company’s Keystone pipeline in northeast North Dakota.
The Office of the First Lady invites artists and craftspeople to provide handmade ornaments for the North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The tree will be on display in Memorial Hall at the Capitol. Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum will participate in the public tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5.
The North Dakota Department of Human Services encourages North Dakota organizations to apply for grant funding to help improve their capacity to develop, strengthen and integrate programs that allow older adults to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible.
Community service expert Jessica Thomasson named director of North Dakota Human Services’ community inclusion programs
The North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced today that Jessica Thomasson has been selected to fill the role of director of community inclusion, which is responsible for oversight and direction of several department service lines.
Gov. Doug Burgum today issued a proclamation honoring the 130th anniversary of North Dakota’s statehood on Saturday, Nov. 2, and encouraged all North Dakotans to celebrate the state’s birthday.
Secretarial disaster designation requested for 47 of 53 ND counties as crop losses continue to mount
Gov. Doug Burgum, working in cooperation with state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, North Dakota’s congressional delegation, the federal Farm Service Agency and agencies across state government, sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue requesting a secretarial disaster designation to make federal assistance available to agricultural producers struggling with extremely wet harvest conditions.
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the city of Mandan is being recognized with the 2019 Main Street ND Legendary Heritage Award for the Historic Apartments on 4th.
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) is being recognized with the 2019 Main Street Livability for All Ages Award for its recent work to improve the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities.
Gov. Doug Burgum announced the recipients of the 2019 Main Street Awards honoring communities demonstrating excellence in elevating the three pillars of the Main Street Initiative through local projects or other efforts.
Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum today welcomed the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, as a guest of honor on the second day of the 2019 Main Street ND Summit at the Bismarck Event Center.
Gov. Doug Burgum today delivered opening remarks to kick off the first day of the Main Street ND Summit.
Two North Dakota businesses receive statewide awards for supporting the employment of people with disabilities
Cash Wise of Minot and Bismarck Larks receive statewide awards
BISMARCK, N.D. – As part of its National Disability Employment Awareness Month observance, the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) recognized two businesses for supporting an inclusive workforce by hiring, training and inspiring people with disabilities to excel in the workforce.
Live streaming of the Main Street ND Summit scheduled for Oct. 29-31 in Bismarck will be available to view at Main Street Summit!
The State Water Commission is pleased to announce the upcoming release of its online flood map data viewer, North Dakota Risk Assessment Mapservice (NDRAM).
Burgum, Goehring encourage reaching out to those coping with flood-related stress; webpage offers resources, tips
Governor, Ag Commissioner urge USDA Under Secretary Northey to make assistance available as soon as possible; hay removal deadline extended
BISMARCK, N.D. – With extremely wet conditions, localized flooding and an early snowstorm impacting farmers, ranchers and many other individuals and communities across North Dakota, Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring continue to work to offer the state’s full support, pursue all federal assistance options and encourage friends and neighbors to reach out to each other.
Burgum stresses seriousness of fall flood situation in call with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
Gov. Doug Burgum today stressed to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue the seriousness of North Dakota’s record fall precipitation and flooding, its devastating impact on farmers and ranchers and the likely need for federal assistance.
Burgum, Goehring to visit flood-affected areas as damage being assessed for federal disaster requests
Governor, Agriculture Commissioner will meet with officials in Fargo, Grand Forks and Jamestown, hold townhall meeting in Fessenden
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the winning photographs and honorable mentions of the 16th annual North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest at a ceremony in Memorial Hall of the North Dakota Capitol.
Yesterday, the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) hosted BVLOS in ND: Building a Statewide UAS Network, an all-day event that provided new information and insights to stakeholders, as well as details on the upcoming procurement and beginning implementation of the statewide UAS network.
The North Dakota Development Fund, a funding program within the North Dakota Department of Commerce, awarded funding for seven projects totaling $1,675,000 at its board meeting in September.
Hess Corporation presented $75,000 check for BSC Job Experience Training Program
BISMARCK, N.D. – Hess Corp. presented a $75,000 donation to Bismarck State College (BSC) for the Job Experience Training (JET) program that is part of BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence during the Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference held Oct. 8 on the BSC campus.
The extensive wet pattern in North Dakota, topped with an early snowstorm, is creating a great deal of anxiety for farmers and ranchers. The state is exploring all possible means of assistance and encouraging those in emotional distress to reach out for help, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Gov. Doug Burgum said today in a joint statement.
“We recognize the challenges our producers are experiencing,” Goehring said. “The wet weather has caused much disease in cereal crops and has created an inability to harvest remaining cereal grains and row crops, as well as potatoes and sugarbeets.”
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the 12 members of the newly established Children’s Cabinet, which will study and coordinate care for children across the three branches of state government and the tribal nations.
The Legacy Investment for Technology (LIFT) Committee held its first strategic planning last week on Oct. 2.
Consisting of seven appointed members, the LIFT Committee is responsible for the application evaluations of the loan program supporting technology advancement for North Dakota businesses through the commercialization of intellectual property.
The K-20W Initiative, a statewide, comprehensive approach to cybersecurity education and workforce training, has been named a CSO50 Award winner. Code named “K-20W” to reflect every student from kindergarten through PhD and workforce, the K-20W coalition is comprised of more than 40 public and private sector participants who share a goal of “Every Student. Every School. Cyber Educated.“ The Initiative was also the recipient of a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service and was a Center for Digital Government Government Experience Award Finalist.
Burgum: $561M loan announced by EPA head Wheeler is crucial for Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project
Gov. Doug Burgum today joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler in announcing that the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project has been invited to apply for a $561 million EPA loan – clearing a major hurdle for a crucial piece of financing for the flood control project. Burgum and Wheeler also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) renewing the commitment to collaboration between the EPA and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), which Burgum chairs.
Valley City State University Student wins full cybersecurity scholarship from SANS Technology Institute
Shane Hitch, a sophomore at Valley City State University majoring in software engineering, has been awarded a $22,000 scholarship to the Applied Cybersecurity certificate program operated by SANS Technology Institute. Hitch, one of only 100 students nationwide to receive the scholarship, was a finalist in the SANS Cyber FastTrack challenge, a free online cybersecurity program for college students and graduates designed to help improve the quality and preparation of cybersecurity professionals in this growing, global career field.
Gov. Doug Burgum today will join President Donald Trump, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Japanese Ambassador Shinsuke Sugiyama, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and others for the signing of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement. The signing will take place at 2:30 p.m. CT at the White House.
Gov. Doug Burgum today joined President Donald Trump, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Japanese Ambassador Shinsuke Sugiyama, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and others for the signing of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement at the White House.
Burgum directs flags at half-staff Sunday in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service
Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Sunday, Oct. 6, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.
Gov. Doug Burgum today joined local, state and federal officials in celebrating the completion of the new Williston Basin International Airport, calling it vital to the region’s growing population and economy.
Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard, addressing the volume of biofuels that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.
The U.S. Census Bureau and the North Dakota Complete Count Task Force hosted a grand opening event today for the North Dakota Area Census Office in Bismarck.
Burgum stresses collaboration on presidential library, park maintenance with Interior Secretary Bernhardt
Gov. Doug Burgum today welcomed U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to North Dakota, emphasizing the importance of state and federal collaboration on the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Medora and highlighting its potential to boost tourism in conjunction with upgrades at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce has announced new program offerings under the Innovate ND program.
Gov. Doug Burgum was joined today by officials from the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to proclaim October as North Dakota REAL ID Month.
Burgum thanks VA Secretary Wilkie for plans to award grant to build columbarium at ND Veterans Cemetery
Gov. Doug Burgum met today with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie during his visit to North Dakota, discussing ways to continue to enhance services for veterans and thanking the secretary for the VA’s plan to award a grant to build a columbarium at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery near Mandan.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today it has renewed the Renaissance Zone Program for the city of Northwood for five additional years. The Renaissance Zone Program is a tool for community redevelopment and economic investment that incorporates tax incentives to business and residential properties.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today it has renewed the Renaissance Zone Program for the city of Harvey for five additional years. The Renaissance Zone Program is a tool for community redevelopment and economic investment that incorporates tax incentives to business and residential properties.
Burgum focuses on opportunity, connectivity and community in first workshop for WGA chair’s initiative
Gov. Doug Burgum today hosted the first workshop of his central policy initiative as 2020 chair of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA), “Reimagining the Rural West,” an ambitious effort to address the intractable challenges facing the rural West and to support vibrant and enduring rural communities.
Burgum declares October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, urges proactive steps to protect against threats
Gov. Doug Burgum has declared October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month to bring awareness to the importance of protecting our state and citizens from constantly evolving cyberthreats. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created in 2004 by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Today, the initiative is worldwide.
Weatherization Day - October 30, 2019
Burgum honors ND native who died in attack on Pearl Harbor as sailor’s remains returned to home state
Gov. Doug Burgum tonight joined military veterans, active duty servicemembers, community members and relatives of U.S. Navy Radioman 2nd Class Floyd A. Wells to honor the Cavalier native as his remains were returned to North Dakota nearly 78 years after he died at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday announced that Sara Medalen, a reading and math interventionist at Minot’s Sunnyside Elementary School, is the North Dakota Teacher of the Year for 2020.
Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, director of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES), and Cody Schulz, North Dakota Homeland Security director, today led a conference call with emergency managers from across the state to determine if additional resources or capabilities are needed to respond to last weekend’s severe storms and heavy rainfall. The conversation also focused on determining the extent of damages experienced by the affected jurisdictions and the upcoming recovery process.
Burgum to welcome Interior Secretary Bernhardt to ND to discuss presidential library, park maintenance
Gov. Doug Burgum will welcome U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to North Dakota on Thursday, Oct. 3, to tour the Medora area and discuss efforts to establish a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and address deferred maintenance in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the state’s top tourist attraction.
Gov. Doug Burgum today commended Harwood Elementary School and New Rockford-Sheyenne Elementary School for being recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019.
Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after the Trump administration finalized a trade agreement with Japan to eliminate or reduce tariffs on an additional $7.2 billion of U.S. food and agricultural products.
The Intellectual Property (IP) Commercialization Initiative officially began September 3, under a collaborative effort by the North Dakota Department of Commerce, the Bank of North Dakota, North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota.
Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today presented the 2019 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service, recognizing team members for their outstanding work in state government and making a positive difference in the lives of North Dakotans.
Gov. Doug Burgum today applauded the U.S. Department of Energy for awarding $9.8 million to help fund a Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study for Project Tundra, a carbon-dioxide capture system for an existing lignite-based power plant in North Dakota.
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, as a guest of honor for the 2019 Main Street Initiative Summit set for Oct. 29-31 at the Bismarck Event Center.
Gov. Doug Burgum and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler today announced the members of the newly formed K-12 Education Coordinating Council, which will promote collaboration across all K-12 education entities in North Dakota as recommended by the Governor’s Innovative Education Task Force.
North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Kevin Parker as chief reinvention officer (CRO). Parker, a native of Illinois, brings more than 15 years of experience in various leadership positions overseeing innovation, data, technology, and training initiatives.
Northern Plains UAS Test Site, ND Department of Commerce, Announce Industry Day for Statewide UAS Network
The North Dakota Department of Commerce and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) have announced an upcoming event bringing together stakeholders, UAS (drone) experts, and leaders in industry for the groundbreaking creation of North Dakota’s statewide UAS network.
WalkWise is the first North Dakota company selected to take part in a Techstars Accelerator Program and will join a group of startups with a combined market cap of $22B. The Minneapolis Techstars program runs until December in partnership with United Healthcare, the world’s largest healthcare company.
Burgum helps dedicate Fargo National Cemetery, building on ND’s history of honoring military service
Gov. Doug Burgum today helped dedicate the new Fargo National Cemetery near Harwood, noting it continues North Dakota’s long history of honoring veterans for their military service.
Burgum, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announce initiative focused on prison re-entry success
Gov. Doug Burgum, together with the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR), announced today an ambitious new initiative that will further North Dakota’s efforts to reform its corrections system.
Last month, the Northern Plains UAS Test Site and its partners hosted members of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for an event to highlight the successes of its participation in the UAS Traffic Management Pilot Program.
At Tribal Leaders Summit, Burgum highlights progress, opportunities for further state-tribal collaboration
Gov. Doug Burgum today highlighted recent progress made in state-tribal relations, as well as opportunities for further collaboration, during the 23rd annual Tribal Leaders Summit and Tradeshow hosted by United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) at the Bismarck Event Center.
Olympic gold medalist Riley Salmon will share his story of addiction and recovery with Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum at the third annual “Recovery Reinvented.” Registration is now open for the Nov. 12 event in Bismarck, which will include opportunities for the public to share personal videos of addiction and recovery and connect with recovery resources and services.
Gov. Doug Burgum today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposal to update air regulations for the oil and gas industry.
Gov. Doug Burgum today named policy advisor and Grand Forks native Jace Beehler to the role of policy director for the Burgum-Sanford administration, effective Oct. 1.
Gov. Doug Burgum today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated Devils Lake attorney Daniel Traynor to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for North Dakota.
North Dakota Department of Transportation and Northern Plains UAS Test Site Support Successful UAS Test Flights in Urban Environment, Over People
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) facilitated successful UAS (drone) flights in an urban environment. These flights were operated by AirBus Aerial, and SkySkopes, with assistance from NPUASTS, to inspect Xcel Energy electric system infrastructure in Grand Forks.
Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today regarding the White House’s announcement that President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have reached a trade agreement in principle.
ND refills rainy day fund with strong 2017-19 ending fund balance; 2019-21 biennium begins on high note
Gov. Doug Burgum today highlighted recent reports that North Dakota is replenishing its rainy-day Budget Stabilization Fund thanks to a strong finish to the 2017-19 biennium, while also starting the new biennium on a high note with July revenues coming in $42 million above forecast.
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the featured speakers for the 2019 Main Street ND Summit, Oct. 29-31 at the Bismarck Event Center.
A fleet of robots flies overhead. A driverless car takes someone to the grocery store. A computer system can do a person's taxes from just a picture of a tax form.
Gov. Doug Burgum joined local, state and federal officials today to help Fargo-based biotechnology company Aldevron break ground on a 189,000-square-foot expansion, highlighting the investment in North Dakota’s technology sector.
Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed former Wyoming Department of Transportation director William T. Panos to lead the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), citing his extensive leadership experience and long history of managing major infrastructure projects and large organizations.
Gov. Doug Burgum today kicked off the third annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education, a two-day event focused on sharing best practices and addressing behavioral health challenges in the classroom.
Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum are inviting the general public, Native American communities, business and community leaders, behavioral health providers, university and college representatives, health care providers and administrators, addiction recovery advocates, faith-based communities, first responders, law enforcement, families and more to join them for Recovery Reinvented on Nov. 12, 2019, at the Bismarck Event Center.
$7.1 million supportive residence readies for domestic violence survivors
WEST FARGO, ND – YWCA Cass Clay unveiled a new $7.1 million permanent supportive residence called Grace Garden today with the help of their collaborative partners, dignitaries and guests. The national CEO of YWCA USA traveled from Washington, DC for the event.
Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed judicial referee and magistrate Pamela Nesvig of Bismarck to a newly created judgeship in the South Central Judicial District, effective Sept. 1.
A committee tasked with selecting members of North Dakota’s newly created Ethics Commission reached consensus today on appointing the first five members to the voter-approved Commission. All five members have verbally accepted their appointment.
Burgum leads delegation on tour of petrochemical facilities in Canada in effort to bring industry to ND
Gov. Doug Burgum today led a delegation of state officials and legislative leaders on a tour of petrochemical facilities in the Canadian province of Alberta as part of ongoing efforts to bring the petrochemical industry to North Dakota to add value to the state’s ample natural gas resources and grow the economy.
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the speaker lineup and agenda for the third annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education Aug. 14-15 at Jamestown High School in Jamestown, N.D.
Applicants are being sought for three new boards created by the 2019 Legislature, including a council to promote collaboration across all K-12 education entities in North Dakota as recommended by the Governor’s Innovative Education Task Force.
Burgum appoints four to State Water Commission, fills newly created seat for Little Missouri River basin
Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed four members to the State Water Commission, including a member to fill the newly created seat representing the Little Missouri River basin in southwestern North Dakota.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announces increased funding for Main Street development. This funding is provided by federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars focusing on long-term community development within cities’ downtown areas.
Gov. Doug Burgum today congratulated the Bank of North Dakota on its 100th anniversary and thanked team members past and present for their service and contributions to the Bank’s success and positive impact on North Dakotans throughout the years.
Burgum announces federal funding for technology upskilling school with ties to Grand Farm initiative
Gov. Doug Burgum, in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Workforce Development Council, announced today federal funding totaling $200,000 to support the launch of Emerging Digital Academy, an accelerated learning platform that will teach North Dakotans new skills to help them thrive in an economy undergoing rapid technological change.
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for 11 projects totaling $1,138,735 at its upcoming meeting in Medora.
Gov. Doug Burgum today surveyed damage from Friday night’s tornado in the city of Mott, commending local leaders and the community for their preparation and response to the tornado, which caused significant damage but no injuries or deaths.
The Main Street ND Summit will be held October 29-31 in Bismarck. This event will bring together local and national community development experts and advocates to share best practices and inspire community leaders, entrepreneurs and students in envisioning North Dakota’s future.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce today announced that North Dakota has received $418,332 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The 2019 grants focus on investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, disaster services and continue a new initiative for governors and mayors.
Nominations for the 2019 Main Street Awards, a program of North Dakota’s Main Street Initiative, are now being accepted through August 30.
Northern Plains UAS Test Site blazes trail for UAS flights over people with third-party parachute validation
The Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NP UAS TS) provided third-party validation to a UAS parachute recovery system which has been used to successfully acquire a 14 CFR Part 107.39(a) waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) permitting flights over people.
Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) announced it has received a four-year waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over people.
North Dakota ranks #1 among all states in the best states for young adults, according to a recent study by MoneyRates.com. The study focuses on where 20- to 24-year-olds have the best shot at thriving in today's economy.
Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after Mexico approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
North Dakota is the only state in the United States growing younger this decade, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau. North Dakota’s median age dropped from 37 in 2010 to 35.2 in 2018.
Burgum announces Border States CEO Tammy Miller as next chief operating officer for State of North Dakota
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that Border States Electric CEO Tammy Miller will join the administration as chief operating officer, bringing extensive experience to a critical role in the ongoing efforts to enhance government services for citizens in order to empower people, improve lives and inspire success.
Gov. Doug Burgum today applauded a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service to modernize compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The 2nd annual Midwest Travel Network for travel writers, bloggers and destination marketing organizations kicked off today at Rough Riders Hotel in Medora. The event runs through June 15.
Burgum thanks Trump administration for granting presidential disaster declaration for spring flooding
Gov. Doug Burgum today expressed his deepest thanks to President Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for granting North Dakota’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration, triggering the release of federal funds to help communities recovery from widespread spring flooding.
The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) today elected North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum to serve as WGA chair for 2019-2020, on the final day of the association’s three-day annual meeting in Vail.
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that Naomi Hegwood of Bismarck High School and Sandra Larson of New Rockford-Sheyenne High School have been selected to represent North Dakota at the 2019 National Youth Science Camp in Charleston, W.Va., June 27 through July 20. Samantha Weston of Fargo, Alyssa Kemp of Cavalier, Bryce Goettle of Ashley and Morgan Mastrud of Fargo have been selected as alternates.
Gov. Doug Burgum today expressed his support for careful management of releases from Garrison Dam to prevent flooding and minimize impacts along the Missouri River to the fullest extent possible.
ParaZero Launches ASTM Compliant SafeAir Mavic Following Compliance Testing and Validation by Northern Plains UAS Test Site
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL and GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA -- Drone safety company ParaZero Technologies Ltd (ASX: PRZ), together with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS), has completed the testing and compliance process for ParaZero’s SafeAir Mavic in accordance with ASTM F3322-18.
Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed University of North Dakota student Kaleb Dschaak to a one-year term as the student representative on the state Board of Higher Education.
Gov. Doug Burgum today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized action to allow the year-round sale of gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol, and to boost transparency and deter price manipulation by reforming the renewable identification number (RIN) compliance system under the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard Program.
Gov. Doug Burgum today highlighted the newly established Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the important work it does to protect the state’s air, land and water resources. The department held a public open house today after officially becoming an independent state agency on April 29.
Regional vocational rehabilitation offices in Devils Lake and Grand Forks co-locate to Job Service North Dakota offices to better serve clients
To serve clients more effectively, the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ regional Vocational Rehabilitation offices in Devils Lake and Grand Forks are relocating this week to the Job Service North Dakota offices in their local communities.
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for nine projects totaling $421,508 at its quarterly meeting May 15th and 16th in Bismarck.
Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff on Memorial Day, will honor heroes at N.D. Veterans Cemetery
Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Monday, May 27, until noon, and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in observance of Memorial Day.
Gov. Doug Burgum today requested a presidential major disaster declaration as a result of widespread spring flooding that damaged homes and public infrastructure, inundated hundreds of roads and thousands of acres of farmland, and displaced dozens of residents in western, south-central and eastern North Dakota.
Gov. Doug Burgum issued the following statement after today’s announcement by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue of up to $16 billion in programs to assist farmers impacted by trade disruption. In the announcement, Perdue reflected on the previous round of Market Facilitation Program payments and called this plan “even stronger and more effective for farmers.”
Job Service North Dakota is hosting its annual 2nd Chance Job Fair on June 6 in Bismarck, Grand Forks and Fargo, Gov. Doug Burgum announced today.
Gov. Doug Burgum today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Lance Yohe, former executive director of the Red River Basin Commission, to serve as a Commissioner on the part of the United States on the International Joint Commission (IJC).
Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed Erica Thunder to lead the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights as the state’s Labor Commissioner, citing her legal experience, broad skillset and proven commitment to fairness and justice.
Gov. Doug Burgum today congratulated the 310 students from 28 schools who participated in the Girls Go CyberStart program. In its first year participating in the innovative online cybersecurity program, North Dakota had the highest number of participants per capita out of 26 states participating.
Burgum kicks off Census 2020 efforts in North Dakota with executive order creating Complete Count Task Force
Gov. Doug Burgum today signed an executive order creating the Complete Count Task Force to recommend strategies that safeguard and promote the 2020 census to ensure a fair and accurate count for the state.
Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today presented HB1018, a $33 million investment in UAS technology and infrastructure in the state, at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. This includes $28 million in funding for a statewide network that will support UAS (drone) flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). An additional $2 million of this funding will provide continued support of test site operations. The remaining $3 million will be used to upgrade infrastructure at Grand Sky UAS Flight Center.
North Dakota Invests $33 million in UAS infrastructure to support statewide beyond visual line of sight operations
Gov. Doug Burgum, in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce, today announced a $33 million investment in the UAS industry – of which a majority will be used to build out infrastructure to support beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) across North Dakota.
Gov. Doug Burgum joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue during his visit to Fargo today, discussing issues facing North Dakota ag producers at a roundtable discussion and celebrating the launch of an autonomous farming initiative.
Session delivers conservative budget, funds priorities and makes strategic investments without raising taxes
North Dakota is making strategic investments in its future, funding priorities and delivering citizens a conservative balanced budget without raising taxes, Gov. Doug Burgum said Saturday after the 66th Legislative Assembly adjourned its regular session sine die.
Burgum signs bill, thanks legislators for creating endowment for Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
State legislators who voted to create a $50 million endowment for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum joined Gov. Doug Burgum today as he signed the bill into law and thanked the assembly, calling it “a historic piece of legislation that’s going to be transformational.”
“This bill represents a strong commitment by the State of North Dakota to make major investments in water supply and flood control projects, including $82.5 million for Mouse River flood control in the Minot area and $66.5 million for Fargo-area flood control including the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project,” Burgum said. “Citizens across North Dakota will benefit from these investments through clean, reliable drinking water supplies and the protection of lives, property and livelihoods from catastrophic flooding.”
Burgum thanks Legislature for seizing historic opportunity with support for Roosevelt presidential library and museum
Gov. Doug Burgum today expressed his deepest gratitude to state legislators after they voted to approve an endowment for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (TRPLM), laying the foundation for a world-class tourism destination in North Dakota.
Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday signed Senate Bill 2110, a milestone that makes North Dakota the first state to authorize a central, shared service approach to cybersecurity strategy across all aspects of state government including state, local, legislative, judicial, K-12 education and higher education.
Gov. Doug Burgum has vetoed Senate Bill 2055, citing legislative overreach and an unconstitutional delegation of power to the Legislature’s Budget Section.
Burgum applauds Judge Tunheim’s ruling allowing construction to proceed on F-M Area Diversion Project
Gov. Doug Burgum today applauded a much-anticipated ruling by Chief U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim that modifies an injunction to allow construction to proceed on the critically important Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project.
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the retirement of North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Director Tom Sorel, thanking him for his leadership in launching the Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, planning for future transportation needs and adopting innovative technologies to improve services.
Gov. Doug Burgum today signed legislation that exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax, one of several proposals included in his executive budget recommendation designed to address the state’s workforce shortage.
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For the first time in recorded history, there are more jobs available in the United States than people seeking jobs
The North Dakota National Guard and North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (DES) are deploying resources to Cass County and the city of LaMoure to assist in flood fighting efforts.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Main Street Initiative Student Advisory Committee will meet April 11 at the North Dakota State Capitol. The group was formed as a cooperative effort between the Department of Public Instruction, Department of Commerce and the Office of the Governor to allow youth to share ideas to help build healthy, vibrant communities in North Dakota.
UPDATED: Governor, First Lady participate in White House meetings on criminal justice and prison reform
Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum today participated in White House meetings on criminal justice reform and prison reform and a celebration of the First Step Act, which President Trump signed into law last year to increase the likelihood of successful prisoner reentry.
Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum today will attend White House meetings on criminal justice reform and prison reform and a celebration of the First Step Act, which President Trump signed into law last year to increase the likelihood of successful prisoner reentry.
Gov. Doug Burgum today thanked Vietnam veterans and signed a proclamation declaring March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in North Dakota during a ceremony at the Capitol.
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that the Minot Jim Hill Middle School Band and the Leeds Banner Girls Chorus have been selected as the 2019 Governor’s Official State Band and Chorus Programs.
Gov. Doug Burgum today signed legislation that ratifies the historic compact he signed last month with Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation Chairman Mark Fox to change how the state and tribe share tax revenue from new oil and gas activity on trust and fee lands.
North Dakota Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today was awarded the 2018 Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Stewardship award, a nationwide recognition of his work on energy and the environment.
Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after signing legislation to repeal North Dakota’s ban on Sunday morning shopping.
The Senate approved House Bill 1097 last week after the House passed the bill in January. The change in law is effective Aug. 1.
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North Dakota's natural beauty is perhaps best encapsulated by our parks ecosystem.
Burgum joins Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta in Fargo and Bismarck, highlights efforts to address workforce shortage
Gov. Doug Burgum today welcomed U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to North Dakota, highlighting efforts to address the state’s workforce shortage and other topics. Acosta was making his first visit to North Dakota as Labor Secretary at the invitation of U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.
North Dakota exporters achieved positive growth in 2018 despite uncertainty within international markets.
The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is seeking applicants for the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee (RTPAC). The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an 80/20 matching grant program that provides funding for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects. The RTP is administered at the state level through the NDPRD and federally through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
A revised revenue forecast released today by the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget (OMB) bodes well for the state’s ability to achieve a structurally balanced budget, fund priorities and invest in legacy projects for the future, Gov. Doug Burgum said.
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Snow plow drivers are the heroes of the winter in North Dakota. Governor Burgum joins Craig Sperling, a plow driver for more than three decades, to learn how a statewide fleet of drivers clears thousands of miles of roads after every storm. He also chats with Tom Sorel, director of the ND Department of Transportation, on the future of transportation.
Burgum congratulates NDSU at launch of $50 million Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth
Gov. Doug Burgum joined North Dakota State University officials today to announce a transformative, interdisciplinary research institute focused on global innovation, trade and economic growth and made possible by philanthropy from benefactors.
Gov. Doug Burgum and Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation Chairman Mark Fox today signed a compact that maintains the current tax rate on oil and gas production and extraction within the Fort Berthold Reservation, while changing how the state and tribe share tax revenue from new oil and gas activity on trust and fee lands.
Gov. Doug Burgum today attended a business session at the White House with President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet while in Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association’s annual Winter Meeting.
Gov. Doug Burgum will join nearly all of the nation’s governors plus more than 1,500 business, nonprofit and government leaders and others from around the world this weekend at the National Governors Association’s 111th annual Winter Meeting, which runs through Monday in Washington, D.C.
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As our Chief Information Officer and director of the Information Technology Department, Shawn Riley is working to make sure the state is equipped for today and prepared for tomorrow. On this episode, we talk about cyber security, technology in schools and working as one across state government.
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the state’s participation in an innovative, online cybersecurity competition and encouraged high school-aged women to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science by participating.
In call with Burgum, Acting Interior Secretary conveys support for Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
During a phone call today with Gov. Doug Burgum, Acting U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt expressed his support for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Medora. Bernhardt was nominated last week by President Donald Trump to become permanent Secretary of the Interior. The National Park Service is among the agencies and bureaus overseen by the Department of the Interior.
The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is now seeking Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and Recreation Trails Program (RTP) grant applications.
Governor, State Superintendent and Chief Information Officer highlight innovative education at Technology Showcase
Gov. Doug Burgum, Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler today participated in the biennial K-12 Education Technology Showcase in the Capitol’s Memorial Hall. The Showcase is an opportunity for schools from around the state to highlight best practices and innovative approaches to technology in K-12 education. Ten schools were selected to participate based on topic and best practices.
Burgum announces succession planning for chief operating officer position, thanks Uecker for service
Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the launch of the succession planning process for the state’s next Chief Operating Officer, thanking current COO Jodi Uecker for her service as she transitions toward retirement in June.
Gov. Doug Burgum is encouraging school, community and church bands and choirs across North Dakota to apply to serve as the Governor’s Official State Band/Orchestra Program and Choral Program for 2019.
Qualifying low-income North Dakotans to receive March Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits on March 1
The North Dakota Department of Human Services announced today that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for March will be issued to qualifying low-income households on March 1. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide funding for next month’s benefits even if there is a second partial federal government shutdown.
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Ted Roosevelt V, conservation advocate and great-great-grandson of our nation’s 26th President, has recently turned his attention towards a project in North Dakota: the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. He joins us to discuss the legacy of TR in North Dakota and the future of this project.
Gov. Doug Burgum today joined MHA Nation Chairman Mark Fox, legislative leaders and Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger for a press conference to highlight the bipartisan support and benefits of a bill that would change how the state and tribe share tax revenue from oil and gas production and extraction on trust and fee lands.
Senate Bill 2312, introduced by Sen. Jordan Kannianen and co-sponsored by the House and Senate majority leaders, is scheduled for its first hearing on Wednesday. The bill is a product of extensive dialogue between the Governor’s Office, legislative and tribal leaders, industry representatives and the state tax department.
Governor, First Lady join legislators, recovery advocates and service providers to highlight first Recovery Day at the Capitol
Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum today expressed their gratitude to the recovery advocates, legislative leaders, peer support specialists, individuals with lived experience, behavioral health care providers and other stakeholders who helped highlight the first-ever Recovery Day at the Capitol.
The event, announced during the second Recovery Reinvented event in September, was held to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and the disease of addiction and to celebrate the power and hope of recovery.
Our first episode featured Leann Bertsch, director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
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Our first episode featured Leann Bertsch, director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Gov. Doug Burgum today met with reporters to discuss budget priorities for the ongoing legislative session, including mounting support for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum at Medora, N.D.
Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today joined leaders of the five tribal nations that share geography with North Dakota for a ceremony honoring and celebrating their tribal flags, now on display in the state Capitol for the first time as directed by the governor during his State of the State address on Jan. 3.
Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after President Donald Trump announced the nomination of former Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Peter Welte to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for North Dakota.
The Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site announced today a research initiative with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the implementation, operation, and maintenance of UAS Traffic Management (UTM) systems in the National Airspace System.
Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed Timothy Mihalick of Minot and reappointed Nick Hacker of Bismarck to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education.
EduTech partners with National Center for Women & Information Technology and Code.org® to promote technology education and training
North Dakota’s EduTech, the K-12 educational technology arm of the state’s Information Technology Department, has established formal partnerships with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Code.org®. The partnerships help advance statewide efforts to provide computer science and cybersecurity training and resources to North Dakota’s educators and students.
In State of the State Address, Burgum calls for action to address workforce challenges, invest in North Dakota’s future
Gov. Doug Burgum today delivered his 2019 State of the State Address, reflecting on substantial progress made during his first two years in office and outlining an ambitious policy agenda that addresses the state’s workforce challenges, increases accountability and budget transparency and makes major investments in people and projects that will benefit North Dakotans today and well into the future.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today it has renewed the Renaissance Zone Program for the city of Hazen for five additional years. The Renaissance Zone Program is a tool for community redevelopment and economic investment that incorporates tax incentives to business and residential properties.
The University of North Dakota (UND) says it and its research partners achieved an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry milestone last month with the first-ever drone test flights over a specially developed network.
Burgum thanks members of K-12, higher education task forces as final reports and recommendations submitted
Gov. Doug Burgum today expressed his gratitude for the members of the K-12 Innovative Education Task Force and the Task Force for Higher Education Governance as the two groups submitted their final reports and recommendations.
Governor Doug Burgum has announced funding for 15 projects in North Dakota aimed at Main Street development, public facilities, and services.
The program is funded by federal Community Development Block Grant dollars that focus on long-term community development within cities’ Main Street areas. The announcement was made in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce.
Welcome to the Main Street ND Update, a newsletter inspiring ideas and action around the Main Street Initiative.
When Nick Ybarra tells the story of his first ride on the Maah Daah Hey Trail, his eyes twinkle as he describes rattling across the ridge that is Devil’s Pass. He recalls the experience as “feeling like I had found something I’d been looking for but didn’t know I needed my entire life.” At 18 years old, Nick was struck by the beauty of the terrain, especially near Devil’s Pass. He defines the area as “this incredibly beautiful landscape that just opens up and you have this almost Grand Canyon view of the Badlands.” That experience, and the passion it inspired, has never left.
Grand Sky, the first and only fully operational civil unmanned aerial systems (UAS)-focused research and development park in the U.S., recently announced tenant General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. will significantly expand the company’s presence on the property. General Atomics leased space will be expanded from its current 5.5 acres to 20 acres, all located along Grand Sky’s coveted “beachfront,” which provides immediate access to Grand Forks Air Force Base’s 12,351-foot runway.
Dakota Specialty Milling recently celebrated an expansion ceremony at the value-added agriculture company’s operations. The Fargo-headquartered company, which opened its first mill on 12th Avenue North in 1969, is expanding operations at a total cost of over $15 million. The expansion, which included new equipment, renovations and a land purchase, will allow the company to add up to 30 new jobs in the future.
Construction for an ethanol plant that will turn hundreds of thousands of tons of beet waste into fuel in Grand Forks is officially underway.