• Policy Development Process

  • The Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC) has begun our policy development process for the 2019 Legislative Session. To help steer this process, we are conducting a series of targeted policy surveys to gather member feedback and establishing three policy subcommittees to direct policy development within GNDC.

    Surveys - Future surveys will focus on workforce development, tax policy, infrastructure policy (transportation, energy, water, communication), economic development issues, and labor laws and issues (WSI, unemployment insurance, minimum wage & overtime, ect). The information gathered will then be shared with our policy subcommittees as they conduct their work.

    Policy Committees – We are establishing three policy committees, Workforce Development, Business Climate, and Infrastructure to further refine GNDC’s policy direction as we approach the 2019 legislative session and beyond. GNDC is currently seeking volunteers to serve on our policy committees, which will meet monthly or more as determined by the policy committee chairs. For a description of the policy committees, see below. Members interested in serving on a policy committee should contact Matt at matt@ndchamber.com.

    Business Climate Committee:

    • Primary Goals:
      • Develop economic development efforts and a regulatory structure which improves North Dakota’s business climate.
      • Ensure fair, equitable, consistent taxation for all businesses, which stimulates growth and investment, to make North Dakota regionally, nationally, and globally competitive.
      • Maintain current labor-related laws and programs, which are favorable to new job creation.
    • General Policy Objectives:
      • Support economic development programs and a taxation system, which positions N.D. to be globally competitive, increases exports, grows primary industries, provides targeted incentives to encourage R&D, automation, innovation, new technology and encourages entrepreneurial programs.
      • Support legislation and efforts that reduce business costs – including health care costs and improves the legal & regulatory environment for business.
      • Oppose unjustified fees on business.
      • Ensure minimum wage, and overtime laws track with federal requirements.
      • Maintain North Dakota as a right to work state.
      • Protect ND’s current worker's compensation system, which is the best in the country.
      • Maintain ND’s current unemployment insurance laws, which provide adequate and temporary assistance to employees who become unemployed through no fault of their own.

    Workforce Development Committee:

    • Primary Goal: Create workforce development system that provides a pipeline of skilled employees, meeting the needs of North Dakota business.
    • General Policy Objectives:
      • Support collaboration efforts between private sector and public education to be responsive to the business community.
      • Seek to maximize the flexibility and responsiveness of K-12, Two-Year, and Four-Year educational institutions to meet local training needs and demands.
      • Support lifelong learning opportunities designed to meet local business needs.
      • Promote public policy solutions designed to enhance strengths and resolve weaknesses in the state’s workforce development system – the tie to business must be direct.
      • Ensure financial investments are producing the desired results.

    Infrastructure Committee:

    • Primary Goal: Promote infrastructure development to support business
    • General Policy Objectives:
      • Support legislation & regulations that promote investment in basic infrastructure (transportation, energy, water, communication).
      • Support the matching of all available federal funds for transportation & consider other funding sources to fill the gap left by rising costs and decreased federal funding to meet the state's transportation needs.
      • Support further development of intermodal transportation facilities in North Dakota.
      • Support development and expansion of all energy sectors.
      • Oppose new federal infrastructure mandates, which inhibit North Dakota’s ability to regulate infrastructure.