By ND Commerce Department
Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed 12 members to the North Dakota Rural Development Council, which he reconvened in December to support the development of rural communities across the state through collaboration between government and the nonprofit and private sectors.
The appointed members are:
The North Dakota Rural Development Council is North Dakota’s chapter of the National Rural Development Partnership Program, uniting the state’s private and nonprofit sectors with state, federal, local and tribal governments to strengthen rural America. The Council last met in 2014.
- Daniel Stenberg of Watford City, McKenzie County economic development coordinator
- Shawn Wenko of Williston, director of the Williston Economic Development Corp.
- Megan Laudenschlager of Minot, executive director of Strengthen ND
- Joyce “Jt” ShiningOne Side of Dunseith, an educator at Dunseith Public School
- Dawn Keeley of Grafton, executive director of the Red River Regional Council
- Janne Myrdal of Edinburg, a farmer and state senator
- Lindsey Lipp of Casselton, associate scientist in process and product design at Aldevron
- Luke Anderson of Forman, a farmer with Anderson Seed Farms Inc.
- Gwendolyn Crawford of Kathryn, Lisbon auditor and economic development director
- Jay Doan of McKenzie, a rancher with Black Leg Ranch
- Antoinette Heier of Hazen, executive director of the Hazen Chamber of Commerce
- Teran Doerr of Bowman, executive director of the Bowman County Development Corp.
The Council is charged with facilitating collaboration among governments and the private and nonprofit sectors in the planning and implementation of programs and policies that have an impact on rural areas of the state. Members also monitor, report and comment on policies and programs aimed at addressing the needs of rural areas of North Dakota.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce is required to have a rural development office and a women’s business development office. Commerce currently contracts with the nonprofit Center for Technology and Business to facilitate those two functions. The state Commerce Commissioner administers the rural development office and serves as an ex-officio member of the NDRDC.