Gov. Jack Dalrymple today attended a community input session in Fargo as part of the 2020 & Beyond planning initiative that the Governor and the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce launched in January. The initiative is a 20-year development plan that will build on the success of the state's current strategic plan and advance North Dakota's opportunities well into the future.
2020 & Beyond will set the stage for an ongoing development discussion in North Dakota, building on established and proven goals and strategies as outlined in the North Dakota Economic Development 2010-2020 Strategic Plan. The initiative will advance the state's emphasis on job creation and building a positive business climate, while focusing on enhancing North Dakota's quality of life and the livability of its communities. The plan's focal point will include three keys to the future: people, places and opportunities.
An important part of the development process is gathering public input in communities across the state regarding the opportunities and challenges to be addressed in the plan. Fargo is one of nine communities that will host input sessions. Additional meetings will be held in Williston, Devils Lake, Minot, Grand Forks and Jamestown throughout the month of March. Meetings have already been held in Bismarck, Dickinson and Wahpeton.
"This is an important initiative for our state as we build on our progress and capitalize on the opportunities that have emerged as a result of our state's impressive economic growth," Dalrymple said. "To ensure the success of this effort, we need input at the grassroots level to identify the issues that are impacting our people and the opportunities that will advance North Dakota's continued economic prosperity. I enjoyed visiting with today's meeting attendees and hearing firsthand their perspectives and ideas for our future."
2020 & Beyond is a statewide development initiative that resulted from legislation passed during the 2011 Legislative Session. A steering committee and an advisory board, comprised of proven business leaders representing the state's eight regions, will guide the process and develop a plan to address major themes. The steering committee will provide a report to the Governor and the North Dakota Legislature in the fall of 2012 outlining its recommendations for furthering North Dakota's growth and enrichment. The report is expected to result in several legislative initiatives.
For more information on 2020 & Beyond, visit www.ND2020andBeyond.com.