Friday, June 24, 2022 - 09:32 am

The North Dakota Department of Commerce today announced that Anthony Melchiorri, the host of Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible, Five Star Secrets, and Extreme Hotels will be speaking at the 2022 Main Street ND Summit.

“We are grateful to have Anthony Melchiorri join us at this year’s summit,” Gov. Doug Burgum said. “We look forward to him sharing his experience and expertise on what it takes to build a successful and vibrant community that will attract and retain a talented workforce.”  

At the summit, Anthony will help communities and business leaders craft a roadmap to a successful and effective brand by incorporating key principles of hospitality. He will share how reinventing a brand can attract new talent and residents to the communities of North Dakota.

This year’s summit will be held on Oct. 25-26 at the Bismarck Event Center. A pre-summit social is scheduled for Oct. 24, with a location in Bismarck to be determined. For the first time, the summit will be free for all attendees.

“Free admission allows a vast variety of residents of all ages from both large and small communities across the state the ability to attend,” Commerce Community Development Director Maria Effertz Hanson said. “To attract the best and brightest workforce, we need to come together and share why people should call North Dakota home. If you are interested in economic diversity, vibrancy, workforce development, or community infrastructure you will be exposed to best practices you can bring back to your community” 

The summit theme, Inspiring Community-Driven Workforce will address the importance of community vibrancy for all generations by highlighting how community assets are critical to economic resiliency, and workforce attraction and retention across North Dakota. 

The event will consist of a variety of keynote speakers and breakout sessions that will provide tools and resources to support community volunteers, local champions, business owners, and elected leaders at both the local and state level as they work together to create unique communities to attract a talented workforce.

Registration for the 2022 Main Street ND Summit and additional information can be found at