• GNDC Announces Speakers at Virtual Policy Summit, List includes Gov. Burgum and Lt. Gov. Sanford

    BISMARCK - The Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC) will hold its annual Policy Summit virtually and today announced the full roster of panel participants. The event, featuring 5 panels, will run Tuesday, August 25, through Thursday, August 27th. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature two sessions per day, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Thursday’s afternoon session at 2:00 PM will conclude the event. Summit attendees will have the chance to interact by asking questions, chatting with each other, and participating in moderated polls.

    “Technology and virtual meetings have played an essential role for business throughout the pandemic. The decision to go virtual was for safety and security of attendees and speakers during a time when crucial conversations and plans need to be happening,” stated Arik Spencer, GNDC President and CEO. “Our biggest concern was that we didn’t want to trip on technology or have it impede the conversation. Panelists will be socially distanced in one room so they can interact with each other and have an active dialogue on these pivotal topics.”

    All panels and panelists have been confirmed. “We are excited about the expertise that we will have participating in our panel discussions. From Governor Burgum and Lt. Governor Sanford to business leaders and legislators, it demonstrates how North Dakota is coming together to plot a path forward.” Spencer remarked.

    Panel Schedule and Panelists

    Reigniting Our Economy – August 25 at 10:00AM
    Moderator: Matt Gardner – Greater North Dakota Chamber
    Panelists: Agricultural Commissioner Doug Goehring – ND Dept of Agriculture, Commissioner Michelle Kommer – ND Dept of Commerce, David Flynn – University of North Dakota, Brenda Foster – First Western Bank

    ND’s Hospitality Industry: Navigating Forward – August 25 at 2:00PM
    Moderator: Rudie Martinson – ND Hospitality Association
    Panelists: Rep. Mike Lefor – Blue 42 Sports Grille and Bar, Shannon McQuade-Ely, McQuade Distributing, Dusty Jensen – Apple Core Enterprises, Lisa Hixson-Moltzen – Regency Hotel Management

    Occupational Licensure: Refinement or Reform – August 26 at 10:00AM
    Moderator: John MacMartin – Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and Minot Area Development Corporation
    Panelists: Senator Randy Burckhard, Katie Ralston – ND Dept of Commerce, Mike Krumwiede – The Staiger Group, Mark Hardy – ND Board of Pharmacy

    The Road Ahead for ND Energy – August 26 at 2:00PM
    Moderator: Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford
    Panelists: Kathleen Neset – Neset Consulting and ND Petroleum Council, Justin Kringstad – ND Pipeline Authority, Jason Bohrer – Lignite Energy Council, Stacey Dahl – Minnkota Power Cooperative

    Crisis Leadership – August 27 at 2:00PM
    Moderator: Governor Doug Burgum
    Panelists: Major General Alan Dohrmann – ND National Guard, David Goodin – MDU Resources Group, Inc, Monsignor James P. Shea – University of Mary, Jill Berg – Spherion Staffing

    To register for the event or for additional information on the speakers, visit ndchamber.com.