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    GNDC holds Engaging Workforce CEO Roundtable

    On January 15, GNDC held its Engaging Workforce CEO Roundtable. The event was hosted by Hess. One hundred business leaders were registered for the event.
    The morning began with a welcome address from Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and current Interim Director of the Minot Area Development Corporation, John MacMartin. Following was an update on Hess operations from Brent Lohnes, North Dakota General Manager and a GNDC board member.
    The main presenters of the day were Pat Bertagnolli – Rough Rider Center and Community Enhancement Director, Katie Ralston – ND Department of Commerce Workforce Project and Program Manager, and Heather Ostrowski – Gate City Bank Organizational Development Specialist.
    Bertagnolli’s presentation, “Attracting and Retaining Workforce Through Community Engagement” prompted the audience to implement people-centered strategies when recruiting. He shared techniques coupled with personal stories that have changed the workforce landscape of Watford City. Bertagnolli spoke about passion for community and the responsibility of business to help ensure their workforce is included and connected. Twelve students from Watford City High School accompanied Bertagnolli to provide an example to the audience of how the students are becoming community ambassadors to promote area attraction and retention.
    Following lunch, Ralston provided an update with a synopsis of the activities of the Workforce Development Council. The group had put forth a set of recommendations prior to the 2019 Legislative Session; the Council’s work with these recommendations will continue as these solutions remain relevant. Ralston also praised the time and dedication of the individuals who are serving on the Council.
    The day concluded with Ostrowski’s presentation, “How to Connect, Engage, and Maximize the Potential of Gen Z.” Ostrowski provided current research on the youngest generation in the workforce before inviting a group of local students, as well as representation from Watford City High School, to discuss the research. They shared their opinions on pay versus passion, incentives and involvement in the community, and communication preferences. Roundtable attendees engaged with the panel to gain opinions and express excitement about Gen Z’s incoming impact on the workplace.
    “Workforce is an ongoing issue for every business in North Dakota no matter the location, size, or industry. The agenda for this CEO Roundtable was developed to inspire new strategies and utilize available resources at both the state and local level,” stated Arik Spencer, GNDC President & CEO. 

    Thank you to the CEO Roundtable sponsors:
    ND Department of Career and Technical Education  |  Enbridge  |  ND Guaranty & Title Company Hess