North Dakota's business climate has dramatically improved over the past decade. Good policies and a welcoming atmosphere from our Governor, our state agencies, our Legislature, and our communities, have made our state a destination point, rather than just a stopover, for national companies. We must continue these policies and look to enhance them wherever it is possible. We are competing with the world, not just states in our region. To keep our young people in our state to live, work, and raise a family, North Dakota must be the First choice, not just an alternative, for decision makers in businesses around the world. I will work to keep us at the forefront in this competitive venture.