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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Molly Herrington ..................................................................Chair Brian Eiseman ...............................................................Vice Chair Val Weigel ......................................................................Secretary Kevin Strege ...................................................................Treasurer Ron Day ........................................................................Past Chair

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Steve Bakken ......................................................City of Bismarck Scott Davis .........................................................City of Mandan Ron Day ............................................Marathon Petroleum Corp. Brian Eiseman ...............................................Stoneshire Builders Heather Fried ....................State Farm - Fried Financial Services Molly Herrington .........................................................Individual Chris Jones ...................................ND Dept. of Human Services Jim Peluso .........................................................Burleigh County Karl Lembke ......................................................Vaaler Insurance Wayne Munson ..............................................Bismarck Sign Co. Matt Sagaser ......................................................Doosan Bobcat Mike Schmitz ..Schmitz-Holmstrom Certified Public Accountants Cody Schulz ........................................................Morton County Scott Staudinger .............................................Cloverdale Foods Kevin Strege ................................................Capital Credit Union Tom Todd ................................................Northwest Contracting Wendy Van Duyne .....................Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Val Weigel ..............................Basin Electric Power Cooperative Lee Weisbeck ..........................................................Starion Bank

CHAMBER EDC STAFF

Brian Ritter ...................................................................President Ross Frohlich ............................................Membership Director Mary Masters .......................................Office Support Specialist Christine Nelson .........................Program & Marketing Director Ryan Parsons ........................................................Vice President Rebecca Rattei ................................ Communications Specialist Elliot Rust ................................................Chief Financial Officer Jaime Sabot ....................Workforce Development Coordinator Nathan Schneider ................................................Vice President Lyndsey Scheurer .................................. Communications & ED Cathryn Sprynczynatyk .................. Communications Specialist

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019 has been a year of massive action – breathing life into a newly merged organization, weaving two teams into one, and crafting a fresh strategic plan to guide the Chamber EDC into the next decade. All of this has been done while continuing to have an active voice in advocating for business and aiding economic development efforts across the region. None of this work would have been possible without the outstanding staff at the Chamber EDC and the board and committee members who are willing to roll up their sleeves and jump into action. I am grateful for the dedication and openness of the executive team. It is with my deepest appreciation and respect for our staff, board members, and volunteers that I reflect on all that has been accomplished in 2019. We are moving into 2020 with a new strategic plan in place which is designed to serve as a roadmap for our organization. The staff and board members collaborated to design a comprehensive plan that focuses on four primary goals: serve as an advocate for business, position Bismarck-Mandan as a destination for business and talent, recruit and retain Chamber EDC members, and organizational excellence. This plan is guided by our revised mission statement: Advocating for business. Fostering economic growth. Shaping the future of our community. While the plan may be new, you can still count on the Chamber EDC to be an information source and an active voice for a healthy business climate in our community. A key part of our strategic plan is focused around membership engagement. Our members not only support the functions of the Chamber EDC; they are the heart of all we do at the Chamber EDC. I encourage each of you to be actively involved with the programming provided by the Chamber EDC team. Two opportunities coming up include the Holiday Mixer on December 10 and the Annual Dinner on January 23. In closing, thank you for the opportunity to serve each of you through my role as Chair. It has been an honor to work alongside the Chamber EDC team as well as the executive team and the board. I am continually inspired by their commitment to the success of the organization and our members. I close out my term with profound gratitude for the endless time and energy Brian has poured into the Chamber EDC and our staff. He is a true servant leader and this year would not have been possible without his leadership and vision. Cheers to the opportunities yet to come!

Molly Herrington, Chair, Board of Directors

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CHAMBER EDC YEAR IN REVIEW By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk 2019 was the first full year of the merged Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC.

The same goes for economic development as well legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.

On January 1, the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association and the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce merged officially. However, the merger process had been ongoing for several years, starting in fall 2017.

Ritter and the Chamber EDC board of directors are nearing completion of the first strategic plan of the merged Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. This summer, the staff contracted with Jason Matthews of JM Strategies to do background work on the strategic plan. Matthews elicited feedback through online surveys as well as focus groups of members, nonmembers, and staff.

As we approach one full year of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, the organization is taking stock of its 2019 year in review.

MERGER

The goal of merging the BMDA and Chamber of Commerce was to create a bigger, better, stronger organization. “The merger really has unfolded how we hoped it would,” said Brian Ritter, President of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. “We have grown more effective as a combined organization ... in a way that is more efficient for the private and public sector.” For example, the Ritter said workforce development is the No. 1 issue facing Bismarck-Mandan businesses. Before the merger, BMDA and Chamber of Commerce each had separate efforts to address workforce development. Now, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC works from a broader base to advocate for the Bismarck-Mandan community.

Using the data from JM Strategies, the staff and board of directors created four goals for the strategic plan: No. 1 Serve as an advocate for business; No. 2 Position Bismarck-Mandan as a destination for business and talent; No. 3 Recruit and retain Chamber EDC members; No. 4 Operational excellence. Ritter said the strategic plan will define the value proposition of the newly merged Chamber EDC. “It’s not good enough just to say, ‘You should join the Chamber EDC,’” Ritter said. “It’s not good enough to say, ‘You should support the Chamber EDC because it’s the right thing to do.’ People need to know exactly what they’re supporting.” As the staffs from BMDA and Chamber of Commerce were integrated, two new positions were also created. Prior to the merger, Jaime Sabot was hired in October 2018 as Workforce Development Coordinator. Her position focuses on the No. 1 issue facing Bismarck-Mandan businesses: workforce development. The Chamber EDC is currently hiring for an Economic Development Marketing Specialist. This position will focus on marketing economic development in the Bismarck-Mandan community.

The Bismarck-Mandan Development Association and Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce officially merged into the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC on January 1, 2019.

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“I would really like to compliment the staff on their willingness to fully embrace the Chamber EDC and the enhanced benefits that the combined organization is able to offer,” said Molly Herrington, Chair of the Chamber EDC board of directors. “I think that goes into being the strongest advocates for the organization and helping the board of directors and the community as a whole to understand what the Chamber EDC brings to the table.”


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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Bismarck-Mandan community has an average 2 percent unemployment rate and has approximately 2,500 jobs open each month. Businesses need to fill those jobs. The Make Your Mark campaign is a talent attraction campaign for workforce recruitment. “We need people to fill those jobs,” said Nathan Schneider, Vice President at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. “Recruiting from outside the community is vitally important to helping to fill some of those open positions. We can’t just do it from the existing folks in the community with a 2 percent unemployment rate.”

E² Educator Experience is a weeklong continuing education program for teachers and counselors.

Make Your Mark is an online social media campaign. The Chamber EDC develops content that gets posted to our social media platforms. It is used in search engine optimization and Google ad words.

In addition to targeting students, Sabot said the Chamber EDC tries to “influence the influencers.” The influencers are parents, teachers, and school counselors who can help a student decide on their career path.

In the past, the Make Your Mark campaign targeted specific industries such as engineering, nursing, skilled trades, informational technology, and commercial drivers. Now, the campaign is promoting the Bismarck-Mandan community.

E² Educator Experience is a weeklong continuing education program for teachers and counselors. Through the E² program, businesses work to inform educators about various industries and career opportunities available in the area. The half-day topics included skilled trades; energy and engineering; medical and alternative medicine; entrepreneurship; parks and recreation; IT and cybersecurity; agriculture; and the 21st Century workplace.

Schneider refers to it as targeting the “BLT’s.” Those who were born here, lived here, or have ties here. “It’s easier to attract those who have family here, maybe once lived here,” Sabot said. “Maybe there wasn’t an opportunity for employment when they graduated, so they left for 10 years. We want to show the opportunity for growth on the Make Your Mark page to show people how Bismarck-Mandan have grown and developed.” The Chamber EDC also focuses on students in order to recruit and retain workforce to our community. Each year the Chamber EDC hosts Job Shadow Week for high school and college students. This is a weeklong opportunity in February for students to explore career fields of interest, find out what classes they may need for an upcoming quarter or semester so they can be on track for that career field. Job shadowing really assists the students and employers in making those needed connections for possible later internship opportunities and hopefully down the road employment. The objective is workforce development — to retain workforce, highlight career and employment opportunities and to support relationships with the schools.

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LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

While working with its members, the Chamber EDC determined four legislative priorities: infrastructure; workforce; behavioral health and health care; and general business. “We were looking for the (bills) that would impact our members and the business community the most,” said Ryan Parsons, Vice President at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. The Chamber EDC tracked multiple bills related to workforce issues, such as House Bill 1171. HB 1171 resulted in the ND Career Builders scholarship and loan repayment program. ND Career Builders is targeted at emerging occupations and areas of high need in workforce.

The ND Career Builders program is led by the North Dakota University System. The scholarships and loan repayment are based on a private-public partnership. “When we looked at workforce, HB 1171 was a good way to encourage talent attraction, workforce retention and development of in-demand career fields within our membership,” Parsons said. House Bill 1474 fell under the category of infrastructure and sought to give political subdivisions the ability to seek voter approval of what’s been termed as a street utility tax; an alternative to special assessments. Ultimately, the bill was passed as a study amendment. The legislature’s Interim Taxation Committee is studying the issue. The Chamber EDC and City of Bismarck are actively working with the interim taxation committee on that study.

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EVENTS & PROGRAMMING

85 percent of Chamber EDC members are businesses with 1-20 employees. 54 percent of Chamber EDC members are businesses with 1-10 employees. In 2019, the Chamber EDC focused multiple events on small business members. The Business Development Series — formerly Professional Development Series — has a strong focus on small businesses. “It’s a great way to get insight into the small facets of business,” said Ross Frohlich, Membership Director of Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, “whether it’s the interviewing process and HR, cybersecurity, or social media.”

The Business Development Series — formerly Professional Development Series — has a strong focus on small businesses.

Monthly Membership Mixers are another great way for small businesses to engage. They are designed to be able to have businesspeople in a casual atmosphere come together and network with other businesses. Each mixer in a different area business. “It’s one of the greatest things about our mixers,” Frohlich said, “because they are hosted by our members, you get not only to meet members that are in multiple business groups, depending on which group the host is in. People you met at a bank mixer are going to be a different group from the people you meet at a Northwest Tire mixer. They have different customer bases. The hosts are inviting their customers as well, so you get a more direct link to that business group.”

The biggest mixer of the year is Holiday Mixer, upcoming on Dec. 10. “The networking piece is huge,” Frohlich said, “being able to get your finger on the pulse of who is active in our community in the business world.” Chamber EDC events don’t only focus on businesses. For the third year, the Chamber EDC brought Lemonade Day to the Bismarck-Mandan community. Lemonade Day is a national curriculum that teaches young entrepreneurs how to start a business through the model of setting up a lemonade stand.

Economic Outlook Forum informs the business community on the economic climate of Bismarck-Mandan each year.

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FEATURE | CONNECTION MDU Resources Group sponsors Lemonade Day. Cory Fong, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for MDU Resources, participated in Lemonade Day for the third year in a row. “It’s growing young leaders who understand business, who understand how to be successful,” Fong said. “It’s inspiring them to get involved and learn how businesses work.”

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020

In 2020, Ritter said the top issue for the Chamber EDC will be implementing the new strategic plan. “Issue No. 1 for us in 2020 will be the implementation of our strategic plan,” Ritter said. “Making sure that the Chamber EDC is carrying out and following through on those goals and objectives and actions items in that strategic plan will be our organization priority. Brian Eiseman, owner of Stoneshire Builders, is the incoming Chair of the Chamber EDC board of directors in 2020. “We have a few prominent issues, some of the things to focus on — workforce recruitment and retention with our unbelievably low unemployment rate,” Eiseman said. “Recruiting people to Bismarck-Mandan and keeping people in Bismarck-Mandan will be a high priority.”

Since introducing Lemonade Day in 2017, young entrepreneur participation has increased each year. More than 600 kids registered for the program in 2019.

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Lillians has been a member of the Chamber EDC since 2009.

Susan Schwieters LILLIANS Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within your organization. A: I have been married to Gary for the last 36 years; we have five adult “kids”- four are married so we are blessed with three daughters/one son-in-law as well! We are beyond thrilled to share in the lives of three beautiful grandchildren and look forward to welcoming more little ones to our family, God-willing! Because we all currently live in Bismarck, we have learned to throw family parties together rather quickly! Outside of family time and running Lillians, my days quickly fill in with early morning exercise, Mass, Bible study and music ministry. Never intending to own a retail business, Lillians of Bismarck came about by way of much prayer, discernment and a fundraiser I attended in Minneapolis that focused on helping others through “social healing!” The business model I learned of while on that trip intrigued me greatly and I saw an opportunity to serve our Bismarck community.

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MEMBER SINCE 2009 When we opened our doors August 2008, I set out with a mission to primarily welcome others in and give back to the community in various ways! I have aimed to make hospitality key by modeling something my grandmother taught me many, many, years ago which goes something like this: “Never forget to show hospitality to others, for through it, some have unknowingly entertained angels.” (Hebrews 13:2) Q: Briefly tells us the history behind Lillians. A: What began as a franchise in 2008, as a handbag and accessory shoppe, open just 4 days each month, has evolved and changed over the last 11 years, into a women’s boutique offering an elaborate array of clothing, handbags, travel gear, jewelry, footwear and accessories at various price points, open six days a week! We have had both national vendors and international vendors take notice of Lillians, inviting us to partner with them. With the franchise dissolving in 2015, Lillians of Bismarck has continued to make hospitality and customer service a top priority! The coffee pot is always on and there’s always a smile ready to greet you!


CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Lillians? A: I see both pros and cons. Over the years I have watched downtown Bismarck “come alive� with several new businesses opening. Because of growth in our cities, we have become a destination place for people from other parts of the state, as well as the country and Canada. I have seen a large increase in the number of customers from outside the Bismarck-Mandan area. It is a pleasure to hear the stories from afar! As a con, I see that growth in our area means our community is expanding in all directions of the city, making it more of a challenge to create the “good old fashioned� community feeling I so desire. Q: What trends are taking place in your industry? A: As anyone knows, fashion trends are constantly changing. One day highwaisted denim is in, the next day low-rise, one day bright and bold colors, the next day muted and soft...one could go crazy constantly looking online to find the “next best thing.� At Lillians, we listen to our customers to better understand what women are seeking and then take that information with us to market and bring back a combination of what our community expects, as well as a bit of the unexpected! Q: Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: Absolutely! Doesn’t everything change these days about as fast as North Dakota weather? With this being our 12th Christmas season, we have seen monumental changes in the patterns of people. In all reality, the only pattern is that there is no pattern. E-commerce has changed all patterns and allows people to shop from their homes in their pajamas whenever they want. As much as that convenience is welcomed by any of us, it would be short-sighted on our part if we only do what is convenient! (That goes for just about anything in life)! The future of locally-owned businesses is dependent on the support received of local residents! Studies show people are quickly learning they prefer to actually shop in person and be able to touch fabrics, try styles on and work with a sales associate! There’s something special about the relationships developed along the way! Q: What does the future of Lillians look like, and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: I think the future of Lillians is very open-ended. We have lots of options, whether it be to enter the e-commerce world, stay a brick and mortar store only, or do a combination of both. As stated before, we have evolved with the times to meet the needs of the community. My mission has always been about building community and drawing people together. On a larger scale, as a small business owner, the future of Lillians and other businesses lies in the hands of the people in our community!

        

The more locally-owned businesses are supported by people who live here, the more others are attracted to open something new! Our actions today affect the look of our community for the next 20 years! If we want locally owned coffee shops, boutiques, and restaurants for our children and grandchildren, now is the time to take action! Q: Lillians became a member in 2009, why do you continue to renew each year? A: In a nutshell, I continue to renew my Chamber EDC membership for networking purposes and to connect with various businesses and the people working hard to create a better community for all! One business, standing alone, does not create community. However, working together with both big and small businesses, everyone benefits! Follow us on Instagram @lilliansofbismarck & facebook.com/lilliansofbismarck

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ANNUAL DINNER THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020 BISMARCK EVENT CENTER, HALL B 5:30PM - SOCIAL | 6:30PM - DINNER | 7:00PM PROGRAM The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Annual Dinner is an enjoyable evening for outstanding entertainment, fine dining, awards, recognition and a wonderful opportunity to network and showcase your business with nearly 1,000 business members, guests, co-workers and VIP Clients. Reserve your table today by contacting Ryan at rparsons@bmcedc.com. Tickets for Chamber EDC Members are $75.00 and $85.00 for General Admission

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AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS ON BISMARCK-MANDAN Since statehood, commodity prices have had a tremendous influence on North Dakota’s economy. Whether they be energy or agriculture, when prices are good the impact on the State is undeniable. The same can be said when prices are bad, but the constant is that North Dakota being one of the country’s leaders when it comes to producing food and energy. As it relates to agriculture specifically, it might surprise even North Dakota natives to learn just how many commodities we lead the county in producing. Navy beans, pinto beans, canola, flax, peas and wheat are all grown right here in North Dakota and at levels not matched anywhere else in the United States. What’s more is that North Dakota is the second leading producer of black beans, lentils and sunflowers while our State is in the top ten for many others as reported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Despite all this, there is still a lack of appreciation in some parts of Bismarck-Mandan for just how the sale of these agricultural commodities impacts our local economy. This could stem from fewer Bismarck-Mandan residents having ever lived on a farm or having first-hand exposure to agriculture to the rise of oil & gas production in the State. Whatever the reason, agriculture’s impact to Bismarck-Mandan’s economic well-being should be discussed.

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While these commodities may not be May 2019 Page 2 grown within the corporate limits of Bismarck or Mandan, when they are ultimately sold, the revenue generated oftentimes ends up being spent here at local car dealerships, restaurants & retail outlets, clinics and even the airport. Consequently, if commodity prices are good, then there is that much more revenue available to be spent here in those places. Conversely, if prices are bad or there is less crop to sell, then there is that much less available to be spent and businesses across the community may be directly impacted. The true strength of Bismarck-Mandan’s economy is its diversity and agriculture is a part of that no different than healthcare or energy generation. As such, it’s important for the community to fully understand and appreciate the potential impacts of agriculture on our economy.

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LATIDOT SCOOP AND GIFT SHOP WINS 2ND ANNUAL BUSINESS PITCH CHALLENGE The Mandan Tomorrow – Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee hosted the 2nd Annual Business Pitch Challenge on November 12th at the Baymont Inn in Mandan to a crowd of around 80 people.

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The winner of the 2019 Business Pitch Challenge is Latidot Scoop and Gift Shop, a new business planned by Dot Frank

Four finalists vied for $750 in cash and the chance to be eligible for a $10,000 forgivable loan from the Mandan Growth Fund among a host of other prizes. Judges evaluated applications and executive summaries of business plans submitted by finalists as well as their live pitch presentations and responses to questions. They considered plan content including thoroughness of information, research and analysis; innovativeness in terms of how the product or service is creative or different than others on the market or in the community; target customer identification; market fit; impact to Mandan; strength of leadership team; use of prizes; and feasibility. The winner was Latidot (pronounced Lah-Tee-Dot) Scoop and Gift Shop, a new business planned by Dot Frank. First runner-up was Third Day Farm, a proposal by Theresa and Nathan Dessonville to establish a cut-flower farm to supply longstem flowers to area florists, event coordinators and do-it-yourself wedding decorators and farmers markets. Other finalists were Coal Country Coffee, a start-up company operated by Travis and Lacy Helfrich; and Invited Events and Rentals, a proposal by Kaylee Kriege. Coal Country Coffee roasts and packages five different blends of premium fresh coffee that is wholesaled to regional coffee shops and stores for on-site brewing and re-sale plus sold online. The Invited Events and Rentals concept is to rent special occasion décor and furnishings from a showroom or warehouse with services to include delivery, set-up and tear-down.

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The Business Pitch Challenge is a part of a business education series hosted by the Mandan Tomorrow – Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee with assistance from the City of Mandan Business Development and Communications Department, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, and the Center for Technology and Business.

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CHAMBER EDC HOSTS ANNUAL DINNER Ring in the New Year with us at the 2020 Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Annual Dinner presented by American Bank Center, Eide Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Eide Ford Lincoln on Thursday, January 23rd at the Bismarck Event Center, Hall B.

THANK YOU SPONSORS: Presenting Sponsors:

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This year's event will begin with a social hour for all starting at 5:30pm and dinner will be served promptly by 6:30pm. Following dinner and our program, guests can enjoy our featured keynote speaker, Rhonda Kallman. Kallman has always had whiskey in her blood — she took her first taste from her father’s whiskey and ginger at a very early age. At the young age of 24, Kallman cofounded the Boston Beer Company (BBC) — brewer of Samuel Adams — which quickly became one of the most successful craft breweries in the world. This event is always a fun night for outstanding entertainment, fine dining, awards, recognition and a wonderful opportunity to network and showcase your business with nearly 1,000 business members, guests, co-workers, and VIP clients. Tickets for Chamber EDC members are $75 each and $85 for general admission. You can reserve your seat online at bismarckmandan.com/events or by calling the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and are a fantastic way to be recognized at one of our largest premier events. You can reserve your spot until January 9th, 2020. You must purchase your ticket before the event, as there will be none available at the door.

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Dakota Community Bank and Trust Eide Bailly LLP Environmental Services Ltd. Huck Financial

Jerome Distributing, Inc. Knife River Corporation - North Dakota MDU Resources Group

Table Sponsors: Bank of North Dakota, Bartlett & West Inc, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Baymont Inn & Suites, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck Sign Co, Bismarck State College, Bremer Bank, Capital City Construction, Inc., Capital Credit Union, Capital Electric Cooperative, CHI St. Alexius Health, Cloverdale Foods Company, Consolidated Construction Company, CornerStone Bank, Crowley Fleck PLLP, Dakota Appraisal & Consulting, Dakota Home Care, EMC Insurance, First International Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, KFYR-TV, Kirkwood Bank & Trust, KLJ, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, Midco, National Information Solutions Cooperative, Northwest Tire Inc., Odney, Railway Credit Union, SchmitzHolmstrom Certified Public Accountants, Starion Bank, U.S. Bank, University of Mary, Wells Fargo Bank

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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN: ENERGY AND ARTS

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES Energy Day brought the class to sites in Morton and Oliver Counties. NextEra Energy hosted the class at the Oliver III Wind Energy Center, where the class had the chance to step inside a wind tower. BNI Coal hosted a tour of the BNI Coal mine at Center. Jay Volk, of BNI Coal, and Guy Welch, of N.D. Public Service Commission, spoke on the coal mining process as well as reclamation of coal mines. ARTS AND LEISURE Arts & Leisure Day was hosted at Capital Ice Complex by Bismarck Parks & Recreation District. Cole Higlin gave an update on Mandan Parks & Recreation. Randy Bina updated the class on Bismarck Parks & Recreation District.

Leadership Bismarck-Mandan toured NextEra Energy’s Oliver III Wind Farm on Energy & Natural Resources Day on Oct. 23.

The class created an arts collage with artist Melissa Gordon and Eileen Walsh of Dakota West Arts Council. Tammy L. Rector spoke on Central Dakota Children's Choir. The Central Dakota Children's Choir was a field project of the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program more than 20 years ago. OUR MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING: Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsor:

The Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class creates a collaborative piece of art with artist Melissa Gordon for Arts & Leisure Day on Nov. 6.

Energy co-chairs: Andrea Blessum - MDU Resources Group Julie Fedorchak - N.D. Public Service Commissioner Kay LaCoe - Lignite Energy Council

Program Sponsors: BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

Arts & Leisure Day co-chairs: Paula Redmann - Bismarck Parks & Recreation District Eileen Walsh – Dakota West Arts Council Lunch/Busing Sponsors: Lignite Energy Council (Energy & Natural Resources Day) BNI Coal - (Energy & Natural Resources Day) MDU Resources Group - (Energy & Natural Resources Day) Bismarck Parks & Recreation District - (Arts & Leisure Day)

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STUDENT LEADERSHIP NETWORK COMMENCES The Chamber EDC Student Leadership Network has kicked off with their opening retreat on October 15, 2019. There are 15 participating students this year. This program is open to juniors and seniors in all Bismarck-Mandan private and public high schools, the Chamber EDC’s Student Leadership Network is a program that aims to elevate our young adults into the professional world. This is done through a series of experiences the students go through to learn more about our community as a whole.

Let’s show the world what we can do together. Day by day. Project by project. Together we’re building better places that bring the world closer.

Leadership and career development, financial literacy, community leadership and engagement and college readiness are some of the skills and education they will benefit from through this program. The students meet one day a month, for two hours out of school. The program includes six board meetings in addition to an opening and closing event. This program is an honorable activity for students to list on college applications and job resumes. For any questions in the Student Leadership Network program, please contact Jaime Sabot at the Chamber EDC, 701-223-5660 or jsabot@bmcedc.com. Presenting Sponsors: Program Sponsors:

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PARKS & SCHOOL DISTRICT PANEL JOINS STATE OF THE CITIES AGENDA On November 13th, over 380 Chamber members gathered for the annual State of the Cities address. The State of the Cities program is an excellent opportunity to connect with community leaders and to learn more of Bismarck-Mandan successes and priorities. Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling kicked off the event by showcasing Mandan’s workforce and economic growth patterns. Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken highlighted the outstanding performances of Bismarck’s finest first responders and law enforcement. Both Bismarck and Mandan continue to reflect the high standards of quality of life to attract new businesses and citizens.

Mayors’ panel, State of the Cities 2019.

New to this year’s event was the Parks & School Districts panel discussion. As the Bismarck-Madan area continues to develop, the role of parks and school districts becomes more critical. Panel members shared their vision for the role the district serves in the future development of the communities. In addition, the panel members spoke about their greatest successes of 2019. The Chamber EDC would like to thank all the attendees of this year’s State of the Cities address. It is through your ongoing support, enthusiasm and dedication that makes this event such a success. The Chamber EDC would also like to thank Mayor Tim Helbling, Mayor Steve Bakken, Parks & School districts and our sponsors who invest in Bismarck-Mandan every single day.

Parks & School Districts panel, State of the Cities 2019.

THANK YOU SPONSORS: Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsors:

Event Media Sponsors: Sponsor: BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

Table Sponsors: Aetna, AE2S, American Bank Center, Apex Engineering Group, Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck State College, Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association, BNC National Bank, Capital Credit Union, Choice Bank, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, HDR Engineering, Northern Improvement Company, Pearce Durick, Starion Bank, United Tribes Technical College, University of Mary, Wells Fargo Bank

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HOLIDAY MIXER Presented By: CHRYSLER I DODGE I JEEP I RAM

CHAMBER EDC HOLIDAY MIXER

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Location: Bismarck Event Center, Exhibit Hall 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck Time: 5:00PM - 8:00PM Admission: $5.00 plus a Business Card Presenting CHRYSLER I DODGE I JEEP I RAM Sponsor: It’s time to get into the holiday spirit and sign up for the Chamber EDC’s Holiday Mixer. Booth and Non-Booth options are available for you to showcase your business and services to the Bismarck-Mandan community. The festive event is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10th at the Bismarck Event Center from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, and is open to the general public. Reserve your booth space by calling 701-223-5660.

MEMBERSHIP MIXER: ROUGH RIDER INDUSTRIES

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 Location: Rough Rider Industries 3100 Railroad Avenue, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend Mark January 16, 2020 on your calendar and participate in a chance of a lifetime! This Bismarck Mandan Chamber Membership Mixer will be hosted by Rough Rider Industries inside the North Dakota State Penitentiary. Come see where license plates are created - tours will be provided of Rough Rider Industries and the Penitentiary. This is a unique opportunity and we ask to keep the following information in mind: 1. Registration for this event is encouraged and can be completed online by going to bismarckmandan. com/events/calendar. Registration helps ensure the continued safe and secure operation of our maximum custody facility. The first 20 registrants will receive a free memento courtesy of Rough Rider Industries. 2. Please arrive no later than 5:45 pm if you plan on participating in any tour events. 3. A photo ID is required and you can expect processing/screening similar to airport security. 4. Electronics and cell phones of any kind, to include smart watches, will be prohibited.

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CHAMBER EDC ANNUAL DINNER

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 Location: Bismarck Event Center, Hall B 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck Time: 5:30PM - 9:00PM Admission: $75.00 for a Chamber EDC Member $85.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsors: CHRYSLER I DODGE I JEEP I RAM

The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC’s premier event is around the corner! Join us on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Bismarck Event Center. This event is a fantastic way to network and mingle with the community. We are excited to announce this year’s Annual Dinner keynote: Rhonda Kallman, co-founder of Samuel Adams and Boston Brewing Co. Recognized in 1990 by the Institute for Brewing Studies as the “Pioneering Woman in the Beer Industry,� Kallman has broken down countless barriers and established a whole new set of opportunities for women in business.

CHAMBER EDC 101: MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Are you interested in learning how to make the most out of your membership? Save the Date and join us at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC to hear from Chamber EDC staff about our programs, benefits, committees, and other opportunities on how to maximize your membership. Whether you are a brand new member, a long-time member or just want to learn more about membership this is the event for you! Please RSVP by either contacting the Chamber EDC at 701223-5660 or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bmcedc.com.

Formal invitation to follow, but it’s never too early to mark your calendar and plan your evening out with us! Reserve your table by calling 701-223-5660, or you can purchase tickets online at www.bismarckmandan.com.

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BISMARCK HOUSING FOR LONG-TERM HOMELESS OPENS

Burleigh County Housing Authority (BCHA) marked the completion of Edwinton Place Apartments today. The Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) project will provide 40 individuals who have experienced long-term homelessness with a stable home and offer services to address the issues that are the cause of their homelessness.

After thanking his development partner, Beyond Shelter Inc. (BSI), and the community leaders and organizations that supported the project, BCHA Executive Director Dwight Barden said in reference to Edwinton’s ‘Housing First’ approach, “Now, the real work begins.”

Burleigh County Housing Authority (BCHA) marked the completion of Edwinton Place Apartments in Bismarck.

Housing First is endorsed by the federal government as the way to end long-term homelessness, providing immediate, permanent housing without pre-requisites like treatment or sobriety and then offering voluntary services. At Edwinton, the Dacotah Foundation, West Central Human Service Center, Community Options, Heartview Foundation, Youthworks of North Dakota and Job Service will offer treatment for substance abuse, personal care and assistance finding employment. Medical care will be provided by Sanford Health and Northland Health Center. Edwinton is North Dakota’s third PSH project to offer individuals Housing First. BSI, a nonprofit developer based in Fargo, ND, partnered with Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority to open Cooper House in 2010 and with Grand Forks Housing Authority to open LaGrave on First in 2018. “Beyond Shelter focuses on developing housing for the lowest income households in the community, the people whose needs are often overlooked,” BSI Development Director Lisa Rotvold. Most of Edwinton’s financing was provided by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA). “Battling chronic conditions without housing makes it difficult to stabilize, leaving people trapped in a spiral that is nearly impossible to escape,” said NDHFA Interim Executive Director Dave Flohr. “When a community comes together to address the needs of its most vulnerable citizens, we all win.” The state agency awarded $813,000 in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits to the project providing it with $7.2 million in equity. NDHFA also provided $1,026,147 from the National Housing Trust Fund, $460,000 from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), and $500,000 from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund.

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Located at 1121 S 11th Street, Edwinton is a four-story building with a controlled entrance and 24/7 front desk staffing. On the first floor, offices, meeting rooms and an exam room allows for services to be provided at the site. A community room, TV room and computer room for tenant use is located on the same level. The upper floors are made up of 40 one-bedroom/bath apartments with full kitchens. Eight of the units are fully accessible for persons with a physical disability. The gross rent of the apartments is $729 with a $40 utility allowance making tenant rent $689 per month. Burleigh County Housing Authority project-based Housing Choice Vouchers to ensure the affordability of the units for the property’s extremely low-income tenants. With the vouchers, the tenants will pay no more than 30 percent of their income towards rent. BCHA began moving tenants into the property earlier this month. The housing authority is anticipating that Edwinton will be fully occupied by the end of the year. Because most of the tenants are expected to arrive with minimal personal items, the housing authority is trying to outfit the apartments with the necessities needed for daily living through an Amazon wish list. Dinnerware, towels, bedding and small appliances are still needed. “The community has been very responsive,” said Barden. “We appreciate the assistance in helping to furnishing the units equitability.”


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CHI ST. ALEXIUS HEALTH RANKED SAFEST HOSPITAL IN THE REGION

CHI St. Alexius Health has once again been recognized as the safest hospital in Bismarck, and in the region, by The Leapfrog Group for fall, 2019. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety. Hospitals across the country show a lot of variation when it comes to patient safety. The ability to pinpoint where the problems are, allows The Leapfrog Group to better track progress resulting in fewer deaths from the preventable errors they monitor in their grading system. “We are pleased to be recognized as one of the highest rated hospitals in North Dakota,” said Kurt Schley, CHI St. Alexius Health president. “As a faith-based organization, we strive to be a strong influence in sustaining and implementing a culture of safety each and every day. Our physicians and employees are the key to our success.” The Leapfrog Group “grades” hospitals A-F on their safety and uses national performance measures from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Leapfrog Hospital Survey, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.

JLG ARCHITECTS RECEIVES EMERGING PROFESSIONAL FRIENDLY FIRM AWARD

AIA North Central States Region, the Emerging Professionals Committee of the American Institute of Architects, has recognized JLG Architects with a 2019-2020 Emerging Professional Friendly Firm Award. The award recognizes architecture firms in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin that 1. provide fair compensation and benefits to emerging professionals; 2. support architectural licensure and invest in the professional development of emerging professionals; 3. actively create opportunities for emerging professionals to grow; and 4. demonstrate commitment and innovation to train and mentor emerging professionals. JLG was one of 12 firms honored with the award.

Taken together, those performance measures produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Safety Grade includes 27 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs. “Our philosophy is to champion a commitment to excellence by providing high quality patient centered care resulting in positive patient outcomes," stated Dr. Lisa Laurent, chief medical officer at CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck. “This recognition exemplifies the dedication of our physicians, medical staff and employees to provide the safest care to the patients we serve.”

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FIRST INTERNATIONAL BANK & TRUST PROVIDES PROTECTION FOR ST. GABRIEL’S RESIDENTS

Tuesday, December 10 Bismarck Event Center - Exhibit Hall 5:00pm - 8:00pm GOLD SPONSOR:

NETWORKING SPONSOR:

SILVER SPONSORS:

HORS D’OEUVRES SPONSORS:

ND BOOTH SPONSORS: Arvig Media Bain Agency BEK Communications Bismarck Airport Bismarck Cancer Center Bismarck Mandan Home Builders Association Bismarck Parks & Recreation Burleigh County Senior Adults Program Capital Credit Union CBIZ Insurance Dakota Adventist Academy Direct Travel/Satrom Travel EAPC ESGR Expressway Suites Gate City Bank KFYR TV Laughing Sun Brewing Co.

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Make A Wish Foundation Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center National Day Calendar ND Association of Rural Electric Coop. ND Department of Transportation Network Center, Inc. New Vision Security Northland Health Center Northwest Tire Office Depot Performance Equipment Probitas Promotions Profile by Sanford Sam’s Club Stonehome Brewing Company The Banquet United Tribes Technical College University of Mary Vibra Hospital of Central Dakotas

Thanks to First International Bank & Trust, residents of St. Gabriel’s Community in Bismarck, North Dakota will live in a safer and more secure living environment. Through a recent partnership with CRA Partners, First International Bank & Trust is funding the Senior Crimestoppers program to protect those who live and work in this community against theft, abuse, and neglect. Crime against the elderly is an increasingly important issue that First International Bank & Trust is helping resolve through the funding of the Senior Crimestoppers program. Components of the program include personal lockboxes for the residents, continual education and training for community members, and a toll-free tips line that receives information about wrongdoing and pays cash rewards up to $1,000. Senior Crimestoppers has reduced crime in participating facilities by 95%. “Senior Crimestoppers works to enrich the overall quality of residents’ lives. Implementing this program does not mean the community currently has a crime problem. It means the community is being proactive about protecting its seniors,” says Terry Rooker, president of Senior Crimestoppers. “Physical and financial health in our neighborhoods is essential to the success of our communities and branches, and seniors are a vibrant part of our communities. While the management and staff do all they can to provide the best care possible, we want to provide additional resources for the men and women who’ve been instrumental in shaping our towns and cities,” says Dave Mason, First International Bank & Trust Bismarck President.


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ANNUAL RED KETTLE KICKOFF CELEBRATION OF THE SALVATION ARMY

Starting in mid-November, the Salvation Army’s bright red kettles campaign kicks off. Every year, sponsors within Bismarck graciously volunteer the front entrance of their businesses as a place for the kettles, and many choose match those donations. All sponsors receive recognition throughout the entire kettle campaign. Last year, more than 2,000 toys, 1,600 clothing items, and 600 grocery orders and food donations were also given to children and families along with donations thanks to the Red Kettle campaign. The Red Kettle campaign here in Bismarck is overseen by the Majors Nelson De La Vergne and his wife, Deborah De La Vergne. So where did the red kettle idea come from? In December of 1891, Captain Joseph McFee wanted to provide a Christmas dinner for 1,000 poor people in San Francisco. He secured permission to place a brass urn at the Oakland ferry landing. Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, “Keep the Pot Boiling.” Soon, he had all the money he needed to fund the Christmas dinner. By 1893 he had expanded to 30 kettle locations on the West Coast with the help from two Salvation Army officers, William A. McIntyre and N.J. Lewis. McIntyre and Lewis were later transferred to the East Coast and took with them the Christmas kettle idea. Their effort, combined with the West Coast, resulted in 150,000 Christmas dinners for the poor nationwide by 1897. Red kettles soon spread to the Big Apple. In 1901, kettle donations in New York City funded a massive sit-down Christmas dinner at Madison Square Garden. The meal became a tradition for many years. The rest, as they say, is history. Captain McFee’s idea launched a tradition that has spread across the world. The Salvation Army in Bismarck opened in May 15, 1896 and soon after the bells were ringing. The Salvation Army benefits the community all year round, and is able to help much of Bismarck this way. A few examples are the food pantry & community meals, the afterschool youth program, utility and rent bill assistance, disaster relief service, and so much more including several fundraisers such as the Joy Shop and Coat Drive.

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RACHAEL BUSS at

1929 N Washington St, Ste GG, Bismarck, ND 58501

701-751-3732

JEREMY SKOGLUND at

304 E Front Ave, Bismarck, ND 58504 701-255-4400

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500 N 8th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-222-6100

Q: WHAT WINTER ACTIVITIES ARE Q: WHAT DOES A TRUST DEPARTQ: MY WIFE WAS RECENTLY DIAGAVAILABLE AT ANNIE’S HOUSE MENT DO? NOSED WITH CANCER. WHAT ADAPTIVE RECREATION PROA: Most everyone knows the services that HAVE YOU FOUND HELPFUL a Bank offers with checking, savings, loans, GRAM? FOR THE CAREGIVER WHEN and so on. Some have an insurance deA: The Anne Carlsen Center has partnered partment. Some have investment advisors. DEALING WITH A LOVED ONE’S with Annie’s House at Bottineau Winter DIAGNOSIS? Some also have a Trust Department, but Park in Bottineau, ND to offer a year-round what exactly does a Trust Department do? A: Take care of yourself. For caregivers recreation program for individuals with disabilities. Winter adventures include skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, snow tubing and ice fishing. For skiing, we can accommodate both stand and sit skiers. Snow tubing can also be adapted with the use of a double tube. We are lucky enough to have two magic carpet lifts, like a moving sidewalk, which allows participants to access the beginner hills with ease. All activities are available by appointment and can be modified to fit your specific group size and needs. Thanks to generous donations and secured grants, there is no cost for participants with disabilities. For more information about adaptive recreation options for individuals of all ages, please contact Rachael Buss at Annie’s House at 701.263.4556.

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this can be the hardest thing. Many times, the first thing to go is a regular self- care routine: exercise, hobbies, etc. They feel guilty for not focusing solely on the patient. Those are the primary areas a Trust DepartGet information. Make sure you’re inment works with, but those are very broad volved with appointments to have your areas. Retirement Plans can include 401(k) own questions answered. I encourage the s and IRAs. Investments can include stocks, caregiver to participate fully to lessen their bonds, and mutual funds. If that’s not own uncertainty. confusing enough, there are many differSimplify. Many of life’s roles can’t be ent kinds of Trusts, including Revocable abandoned, but when possible, cut back and Irrevocable, Life Insurance, Charitable or delegate lesser responsibilities and set Remainder, Split Interest, Grantor Retained limits. Annuity, and Grantor Retained Income Be hopeful. For both the caregiver and the Trusts. I’m not making these names up. patient, a spirit of hope, and optimism is Trusts can have so many different names key. because you can do so many different Be choosy. Find people who can provide things with a Trust. real support without criticism or negativity. The one thing each Trust needs is properSurround yourself with people who can ty. The biggest thing a Trust Department bolster your confidence. does is it helps you manage that property. Support groups. When someone you love is affected by cancer, support is what matters most. The Bismarck Cancer Center offers a Caregivers Support Group the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30. Call the Bismarck Cancer Center at 701-222-6100 for more information. A Trust Department can help with: • Retirement Plans, • Investments, and • Being a Trustee of a Trust.


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Q: IS NOW A GOOD TIME TO PURCHASE A HOME? A: In short, Yes! Despite conflicting

information or stories you may be hearing there are absolutely compelling reasons that this is a great time to purchase a home in our market

As I write this, interest rates are currently at 3.75% on a 30-yr fixed rate mortgage. This is an entire point (1%) lower than 12 months ago. At a glance 1% may not seem like much, but that 1% would save you just over $50,000 (that is not a typo) on a $250,000 loan over the same 30-yr period. That is real money! Currently, in our market, the absorption rate in months is at 7.19 months. This number represents the number of homes sold in a 12 month period over the number of listings in the market. Which indicates a slight a buyers market. It is December and understandable that nobody wants to move in the dead of Winter. Therefore there is less buyer competition. Less demand inherently means a lower price. The figure on just how much lower would be specifically determined on each individual listing.

There are a myriad of additional advantages to buying now in our market. It's always a good idea to consult an experienced REALTOR for advice when purchasing a home.

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Q: HOW CAN YOU HELP THE GREAT Q: WHAT IS THE NEW FMCSA PLAINS FOOD BANK END HUNDRUG AND ALCOHOL CLEARGER IN NORTH DAKOTA? INGHOUSE? A: Each year, the Great Plains Food Bank A: On January 6, 2020, the Federal Motor provides 12.5 million meals to more than 97,000 individuals across North Dakota. And it is only made possible through incredible individuals and partnerships in communities throughout the state that make it all possible. Wishing to lend a hand in the fight to end hunger across North Dakota? Here are a few ways that you can help: • • • •

Host your own virtual food drive to show the true impact your dollar can make. Seek out a corporate match for your gift to the Great Plains Food Bank. Make your voice heard and spread news on hunger by signing up as a Hunger Advocate. Sign up to be a volunteer at your local food pantry or a Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry or Pop-up Perishable Food Program distribution. Collect items to donate in hosting your own food drive.

Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) will launch the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. This will be a secure online database that gives employers, state driver licensing agencies and state law enforcement personnel real-time information about commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders’ drug and alcohol program violations. The information stored in this database will follow drivers no matter where they move or work.

Employers will be able to access the Clearinghouse by registering and creating an account on the Clearinghouse website. From then on, employers will be required, with consent from a driver, to run a full query on their date of hire. The Clearinghouse will contain records of drug and alcohol violations, return-to-duty test refusals and a log of return-to-duty requirement completions. Pre-registration is now open. Visit clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov to register.

Find information on all these different ways that you can be involved in the fight to end hunger and many more at www. greatplainsfoodbank.org.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION SANFORD HEALTH WELCOMES NEPHROLOGIST Diego Beltran, MD, nephrology, recently joined the Sanford Seventh & Thayer Clinic Diego Beltran, MD Bismarck. Dr. Beltran specializes in kidney transplants as well as diagnosing and treating kidney disease and disorders. Dr. Beltran graduated from the Universidad Del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia and completed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Odessa, Texas and his nephrology and transplant fellowships at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. GREENFIELD JOINS KLJ AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Engineering firm, KLJ, is pleased to announce that Dan Greenfield has joined the company Dan Greenfield and will serve as Chief Financial Officer. In his role, he will develop long-range financial plans and investment strategy to position the company for continued financial success. Prior to joining KLJ, Greenfield earned his MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Georgetown University. He most recently served as Vice President of Finance – Cash Flow and Strategic Planning for a leading global manufacturer of healthcare devices. Greenfield is experienced in leading financial teams and driving business results by partnering with senior leaders to establish clear plans and operating mechanisms.

JUDGE HASKELL NAMED TO AARC BOARD Retired South Central District Judge Bruce Haskell has been named a member of the Abused Adult Resource Bruce Haskell Center (AARC) Board of Directors. Judge Haskell was appointed recently by the AARC Board of Directors to replace Aruna Seth, who resigned for personal reasons. She had been on the AARC Board since 2007. DAKOTA COMMUNITY BANK & TRUST HIRES INSURANCE ACCOUNT MANAGER Amelia Sargent has been hired as an insurance account Amelia Sargent manager for Dakota Community Insurance at their Bismarck South location. In her new position, she will service and process existing insurance accounts as well as process renewal policies, endorsements, new policies and quotes. Originally from Park Rapids, Minnesota, she brings prior customer service and sales experience.

BISMARCK MOTOR COMPANY ANNOUNCES HIRING OF SHANEILLE ULMER AS DIGITAL SALES AND MARKETING MANAGER Bismarck Motor Shaneille Ulmer Company, the area’s largest new car dealership, is pleased to announce that Shaneille Ulmer has joined the company as its Digital Sales and Marketing Manager. Ulmer brings more than 10 years of marketing and business leadership BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS experience to the company. She will oversee all aspects of the digital Bianco Realty has announced their experience as well as continue innovative top six "REALTORS® of the Month" and forward-thinking marketing efforts. for October: Shirley Thomas, Amber Previous, Ulmer worked for the Sandness, Jim Jeromchek, James Jeromchek, Darcy Fettig and Greg Gerhart. company part-time, but made the transition to full-time early October. These six REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in October 2019.

NDSC WELCOMES TWO NEW SAFETY CONSULTANTS Brenden Dockter is a full-time firefighter with the City of Bismarck with over 10 years of Brenden Dockter experience. He is also a member of the North Dakota Firefighter's Association, where he has been able to pursue his passion for teaching, by instructing search and rescue courses for volunteer and full-time Kristy Goodall firefighters. Dockter will teach multiple courses for the NDSC, including; Defensive Driving, Alive at 25, School Bus Driver training, CPR/AED/First Aid and Fire Extinguisher training. Kristy Goodall has been a part of the Oil and Gas industry since 2011, with the majority of her time spent in North Dakota's Bakken oilfield. Her experience includes both production and drilling, with responsibilities ranging from field safety to new hire training. Goodall is authorized to teach the new One Basin One Way Standardized Contractor Safety Orientation for the NDSC. BISMARCK AERO CENTER PROMOTES HEGEL Bismarck Aero Center is pleased to announce that Chad Hegel has been promoted to Lead Chad Hegel Flightline Technician. Hegel first started as a part-time Flightline Technician for Bismarck Aero Center back in 2012 and before that did aircraft refueling for Great Lake Airlines. Hegel's previous success can be attributed to his curiosity to learn every aspect of the job along the way and deploy this knowledge during critical situations. As a lead flightline technician, his motivation to function at a high level, previous experience on the Flightline, and passion for aviation will position him well to bring out the best in everyone around him.

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS SCHMITZ RECOGNIZED BY NDCPA SOCIETY WITH "MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARD" Mike Schmitz, managing partner of Schmitz-Holmstrom, CPA Mike Schmitz was recognized at the North Dakota Certified Public Accountants Society convention with the “Make a Difference Award.” This award recognizes contributions made by a society member in community service, education, or the CPA profession. Schmitz was recognized for his extensive service to the ND CPA for his service on statewide and national committees, his involvement in the local Chamber-Economic Development Council, Light of Christ Catholic Schools and the University of Mary.

KRAFT CERTIFIED AS MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL Yvette Kraft is a veteran who is also an experienced agent in the Goldstone Realty office. Yvette Kraft This new certification and her previous work experience make her a great choice for anyone looking to buy/sell a home.

SVIHOVEC RECEIVES SR. BONIFACE TIMMINS AWARD Angie Svihovec, Vice President of Regional Services and State Advocacy at CHI St. Angie Svihovec Alexius Health Bismarck, was awarded the prestigious Sr. Boniface Timmins Award during CHI St. Alexius Health’s Annual Associate Awards Banquet in October. Angie is recognized for her leadership PUSTEJOVSKY JOINS CLEARWATER and skill in establishing relationships and COMMUNICATIONS collaborating with various entities. She Clearwater Communications has hired has spent more than twenty years working Katherine Pustejovsky as a communications in health care administration. Angie is an specialist. She will assist with association energetic, motivated servant leader whose management, public relations, event positive attitude is greatly appreciated planning, social media and website by her colleagues. She leads by faith and management. trusts in God to carry the medical center Pustejovsky is originally from through difficult times. Geneseo, Ill. She attended the University SANFORD HEALTH The Sr. Boniface Timmins Award of Mary, graduating magna cum laude WELCOMES NURSE recognizes a person in leadership with a bachelor’s degree in business PRACTITIONER who emulates the qualities of servant communication. Previously, she worked at leadership modeled by Sr. Boniface Jenna Kelsch, FNP, KLJ as a marketing and communications Timmins, administrator of CHI St. Alexius cardiology, has joined coordinator. Health for nearly 40 years. She was the Sanford Heart team in characterized as an energetic woman, Bismarck. As a cardiology HATZENBUHLER TO Jenna Kelsch clever and persuasive communicator, nurse practitioner, she SERVE AS TR LIBRARY skilled at promotion and public relations specializes in acute and FUNDRAISING while being astute with business affairs. chronic cardiovascular diseases and DIRECTOR, RETAIN disorders. These diseases may include LEADERSHIP OF heart disease, high cholesterol and high STARION BISMARCK-MANDAN MEDORA FOUNDATION blood pressure. EMPLOYEES DONATE The Theodore Kelsch graduated from the University As part of Starion Bank’s weekly Randy Hatzenbuhler Roosevelt Medora of North Dakota in Grand Forks and also jeans day program, employees vote on Foundation (TR Medora received her Master’s degree from the the charity they want to receive their Foundation), in cooperation with the University of North Dakota. contributions. Recently, Missouri Slope Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Areawide United Way and HIT Inc. Foundation (TRPLF), announced today LARKS ANNOUNCE received donations from the Bismarck that Randy Hatzenbuhler will serve as the FLYNT AS NEW HEAD and Mandan teams. Executive Director for Development for the COACH Bismarck-Mandan Market President TR Presidential Library, while continuing his The Bismarck Larks Lee Weisbeck donated $1,175 to the MSA role leading the TR Medora Foundation as announced Will Flynt as United Way Backpack Program on behalf its President. He will join newly appointed their 2020 head coach of the Bismarck team. The money was Chief Executive Officer, Edward O’Keefe, and field manager. Flynt from second and third quarters of the year. Will Flynt for the next phase of this historic project. is a former professional Landon Feil, business banking officer, VP, Hatzenbuhler, a Mandan native, has baseball player who presented HIT a check for $788 on behalf worked for the TR Medora Foundation played with the Boston Red Sox, on the Mandan team from third quarter for over 30 years and has been part of Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles collections. raising over $60 million in gifts that have organizations. further developed Medora, the gateway Flynt began his coaching career 2005 community to the Theodore Roosevelt as the pitching coach for the Florence National Park. He began his time there Freedom and the next year he was working alongside the TR Medora the pitching coach for the Windy City Foundation’s first president, Rod Tjaden, ThunderBolts. After his time at Windy City, and the organization’s founder, Harold Flynt returned home to help amateurs Schafer; Hatzenbuhler has served as its develop their skills in the Cincinnati area President since 1997. During his time at the Cincinnati Baseball and Sports in Medora, he has been instrumental in Academy. In 2019, he had a very successful leading growth in tourism, fundraising, year coaching the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters and physical development in and around in the NWL. Medora.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION SANFORD HEALTH WELCOMES CARDIOLOGIST Sundermurthy Yamini, MD, cardiology, has joined the Sanford Sundermuthy Yamini Heart team in Bismarck. The board certified cardiologist treats a variety of heart conditions, including, arteriosclerosis, coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension and valvular heart disease. Dr. Yamini graduated from Madras Medical College in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and completed her residency and fellowship from St. Joseph University Medical Center in Patterson, N.J. She is board certified in adult echocardiography, vascular interpretation, testamur in nuclear cardiology and internal medicine.

WASHKOVICK JOINS ALLIANCE REAL ESTATE Alliance Real Estate is proud to announce that Amy Washkovick has joined our team of professional REALTORS®. Amy Washkovick Amy was raised in Green Lake Wisconsin and moved to the Bismarck area seven years ago. She was a REALTOR® in Wisconsin for seven years and now in Bismarck for seven years. She deals in new construction mainly in the Lincoln area.

GUDAJTES JOINS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON BEGINNING FARMERS AND RANCHERS Tony Gudajtes Tony Gudajtes, EVP & Ag Market President was recently appointed by the USDA to serve on their Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee and attended its first meeting in Washington at the end of October. In addition to his role at Choice Bank, Gudajtes will serve a 2-year term with the USDA until September 17, 2021. DEMKE ATTENDS During his appointment, Gudajtes NATIONAL STEM will advise Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary MEETING of Agriculture, on matters, policies, and Gateway to Science programs impacting beginning farmers Executive Director Beth and ranchers. Gudajtes will also work with Demke recently attended the committee to enhance opportunities a national meeting of for beginning farmers and ranchers, Beth Demke MIDWEST AGENERGY RECEIVES the STEM* Learning including access to land and capital, “HIRE VETS” MEDALLION PROGRAM Ecosystems Community farmer and rancher recruitment and DEMONSTRATION AWARD of Practice (SLECoP) in Cleveland, OH. retention, relief from labor and taxation Midwest AgEnergy, the parent The focus of the national meeting was challenges, and more. company to ethanol biorefineries, Blue “Living STEM, Communities at the Heart,” The committee is made up of 20 Flint, near Underwood, ND and Dakota which was highlighted by keynote members total who were appointed by Spirit, near Spiritwood, ND is honored addresses from Ohio Lt. Governor Jon the USDA based on self-nominations to announce it has been awarded the Husted and Jeff Weld, Iowa Governor’s or nominations by others. Members are 2019 Honoring Investments in Recruiting STEM Advisory Council. Weld led the representative of a variety of industries and and Employing American Veterans production of America’s Strategic Plan organizations involved in agriculture such (HIRE Vets) Gold Medallion Award. By for STEM Education, which was released as: state beginning farming programs, meeting the criteria required for a Gold in December 2018 by the White House commercial lenders, private non-profit Medallion Award, Midwest AgEnergy Office of Science and Technology Policy. organizations with active beginning farmer has demonstrated a model of patriotism Demke serves as the president of the or rancher programs, The National Institute worthy of praise, as well as, recognition of North Dakota STEM Ecosystem, a resource of Food and Agriculture, educational the value veterans bring to the workplace. hub for quality STEM Education Resources institutions with demonstrated experience Midwest AgEnergy is the first company in available in the state of North Dakota. in training beginning farmers and North Dakota to receive this prestigious She also serves on an advisory council for ranchers, and other entities or persons award. the STEM Learning Ecosystems, a group providing assistance for beginning farmers The Department of Labor established that began meeting in April 2019 to and ranchers. the HIRE Vets Program under the Honoring develop a plan for the sustainability and Prior to joining Choice in 2011, Investments in Recruiting and Employing future direction for STEM Ecosystems in Gudajtes served as a loan advisor for rural American Military Veterans Act, signed the United States and around the world. market communities with an extensive by President Trump on May 5, 2017. The Demke was part of a five-person team background in agribusiness banking program recognizes employer efforts to that presented this plan to the assembly. and crop insurance. He has since served recruit, employ, and retain our nation’s Demke stated, “America’s Strategic Plan for as Location President in Grafton and veterans. Employer-applicants meeting STEM Education identified participation of now oversees the interests of Choice’s criteria established in the rule receive a all Americans in STEM ecosystems as a top Ag Banks, their Presidents, employees, “HIRE Vets Medallion Award.” The program priority. It’s important that North Dakota customers and communities. recognizes large, medium, and small and the perspective of rural states be employers at two levels, platinum and represented in this effort, and I’m honored GOLDSTONE REALTY HAS EXPANDED gold, depending on the criteria met. to have this opportunity.” As the executive Goldstone Realty is pleased to Midwest AgEnergy employs seven director of Gateway to Science, Demke announce the company has expanded its military veterans of its total workforce has worked in the area of informal STEM current office space with a remodel of the consisting of 89 employees between the education since 1994. lobby, and added additional offices, a new two facilities. broker office, and a large training space.

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS CAPITAL CREDIT UNION PROMOTES WEGNER Mekenzie Wegner was recently promoted to financial services representative at Capital Credit Union’s Northwest Mekenzie Wegner Branch. In this role, she will be responsible for consumer lending including auto, RV and home equity loans, delivery of deposit products such as money market accounts and certificates of deposit, and actively soliciting, promoting, and servicing credit union products and services. Wegner has been with Capital Credit Union since April 2017, most recently as a contact center representative.

SANFORD HEALTH WELCOMES PULMONOLOGIST McKinzie Nuss, FNP, pulmonology, recently joined Sanford Clinic in Bismarck. McKinzie Nuss As a pulmonology nurse practitioner, she diagnoses and treats respiratory tract and lung diseases. She also provides treatments for asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, lung cancer and sleep disorders. Nuss graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck and also received her Doctorate of Nursing from the University of Mary.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES HIRES PEDERSEN The North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) has named Cory Pedersen director Cory Pedersen of its Children and Family Services Division, which works to support the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families. Prior to joining DHS, Pedersen was the deputy director of the Division of Juvenile Services for the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. After dedicating the past 24 years of his career to serving high-risk youth and families involved in North Dakota’s juvenile justice system, Pedersen views his new role as a natural progression. Pedersen has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of North Dakota.

DECEMBER LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS Televised on Government Access, cable channel 2 & 602 HD. Broadcast on Radio Access 102.5 FM radio. Streamed online at www.freetv.org.

Mon, 4th

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board*

Mon, 16th

Mon, 2nd Tues, 3rd Thurs, 5th

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

Tues, 17th 1:30 pm 5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Mon, 9th

5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board*

5:30 pm Mandan City Commission 5:00 pm Bismarck Board of Adjustment

Wed, 11th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thurs, 12th

5:30 pm Morton County Commission*

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board* Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board Bismarck City Commission* Mandan City Commission

Wed, 18th Thurs, 19th

5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission 5:30 pm Mandan Planning Commission*

Thurs, 26th

5:30 pm Morton County Commission*

5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

Meetings are replayed several times on the Government Access channel and are available for viewing online (Watch on Demand) at www.freetv.org. * Delayed Playback

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RIBBON CUTTINGS | CONNECTION Ribbon cuttings are conducted by a committee of Chamber EDC volunteers called Ambassadors. Businesses qualify for a ribbon cutting if they open, move, and remodel, are under new ownership, change their name, or offer a new product or service. To find out how you can get a free ribbon cutting from the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, please call Ross at 701-223-5660.

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GROWING BISMARCK-MANDAN

Shane Hafner, Rob Montgomery and David Wald celebrate Re-Branding expansion and remodel at there location 4431 Memorial Highway in Mandan. Phone: 701-663-8401. Member.

RECLAIM HEALTH

Leadership Bismarck-Mandan celebrate the completion of the Mandan flowers project.

NORTHWEST TIRE

Melissa Mees and Dr Coty R. Sicble and staff celebrate Grand Opening of the newly formed Reclaim Health Group at their located at 2730 Paintball Way in Lincoln. Phone: 701-955-2102.

Shane Roe, Al Wald, Tony & Celia Vetter, Dan Pearson celebrate the Grand Opening of their new location at 900 Yegen Road in Bismarck. Phone: 701-221-2513. Member.

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CONNECTION | NEW MEMBERS The Chamber EDC encourages all members to do business with each other. The following companies and organizations have recently made an important investment in their business by joining the Chamber EDC. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber EDC members, view the Member Directory online at www.bismarckmandan.com. Arioso Music Academy 2000 N 12th St, Suite 101 Bismarck, ND Michelle Riveland (701) 369-2025 Bring the joy of music to the BisMan area. We offer private lessons and group classes from birth to adults in a variety of instruments. We are the one stop Academy for the whole family.

Glik's 626 Kirkwood Mall #175 Bismarck, ND Kari Stapleton (618) 876-6717 Glik's Bismarck is a family owned women's boutique with brands and styles specifically chosen for your community. We're confident you'll find something special and unique on every visit.

Venture Real Estate 601 N 5th Street Bismarck, ND Mike Bohrer (701) 226-3798 Venture Real Estate is a local real estate company specializing in residential resale and new construction.

White House Realty 529 Marilyn Drive Mandan, ND Jeff White (701) 214-1633 Representing homeowners and future homeowners, we are committed to listening to your needs and utilizing my experience to help you navigate a successful real estate transaction.

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