• Policy Positions: Where We Stand 

  • The Greater North Dakota Chamber has put forth its Policy Position Publication in time to dictate our organization's agenda for the 67th Legislative Assembly. These goals and objectives are based on input from members who are continually striving to improve our state’s business environment through public policy.

    Our policy development work is refined from issue identification, research and education, analysis, and discussion by our policy committees. For the 2019 Legislative Session, GNDC with its board of directors determined three key areas of concern - business climate, workforce, and infrastructure. Committees specific to these areas were developed from interested members. 

    The goal of our publication is to showcase our policy positions that strengthen the industrial and economic development in our state and further the free enterprise system in North Dakota. We have developed goals and objectives, from member concerns with member input, to educate lawmakers and inform the public on the policy priorities that matter to business. 

    ELECTRONIC VERSION

  • BUSINESS CLIMATE

    Primary Goal: Protect and improve North Dakota’s business climate through common-sense regulatory policy, a fair and equitable tax structure, and strategic investments in economic development.

    General Policy Objectives:

    • Support pro-business policies that improve the legal and regulatory environment, maintain consistency, promote growth, and lowers business costs.
    • Oppose general regulatory changes and mandates that would increase business burdens and costs.
    • Preserve North Dakota as a right-to-work state.
    • Maintain North Dakota’s current workers compensation and unemployment insurance programs to meet business needs.
    • Ensure paid family leave, minimum wage, and overtime laws do not exceed federal requirements. 
    • Ensure fair, equitable and consistent tax structure that fosters long-term revenue stability and provides certainty to business for sustained growth and investment.
    • Advance automation, innovation, and entrepreneurship through targeted incentives and economic development policy that positions North Dakota to be globally competitive.
  • WORKFORCE

    Primary Goal: Accelerate the creation and implementation of workforce solutions designed to enhance strengths and resolve weaknesses impacting development of North Dakota’s workforce.

    General Policy Objectives:

    • Support collaborative efforts between private sector and educational institutions to be more responsive to business.
    • Maximize the flexibility and responsiveness of K-12, two and four-year educational institutions, and other expanded educational opportunities to meet local training needs and demands.
    • Support partnerships and resources that implement career awareness programs, work-based learning, and upskilling opportunities to cultivate workforce attraction and retention.
    • Ensure industry needs are met by professional licensing processes.
  • INFRASTRUCTURE

    Primary Goal: Promote smart approaches to regulation and investment in infrastructure specific to transportation, energy, water, and connectivity, to best support the needs of business.

    General Policy Objectives:

    • Support a business-friendly regulatory environment that is consistent and further promotes investment in infrastructure.
    • Support both Federal infrastructure funds designated for North Dakota and matching state appropriations to maximize investment. 
    • Evaluate additional resources to address gaps left by rising costs and decreased federal funding to meet state infrastructure needs.
    • Support new fiscally responsible funding initiatives and financing programs for infrastructure that do not increase the cost to business.
    • Expand and develop strategies to encourage investment in value-added infrastructure projects, which enhance North Dakota’s position in the global market.