|With just 11 days until Election Day, you can feel the enthusiasm building behind Doug’s effort to diversify the economy and build vibrant communities across North Dakota.
Earlier this week, Doug held a town hall meeting at the Village Inn and spoke at the Minot Republican Women’s monthly dinner. Meanwhile, Brent Sanford was on Scott Hennen’s program and spoke at the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties conference.
NEWS FROM THE WEEK …
Valley News Live reports that Doug Burgum released his high tech government ad. “North Dakota GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Burgum released a new ad today titled, ‘High Tech Government.” In the ad, Mr. Burgum talks about how he is going to work to diversify North Dakota’s economy with 21st century jobs, focus on his Main Street Initiative to revitalize our State’s downtowns, and re-invent state government to treat the taxpayers like the “customers we are.’”
In a must-read story from the Fargo Forum, Doug Burgum outlined his Main Street Initiative that will help communities across the state attract and retain a strong workforce. “Doug Burgum is taking his interest in downtown revitalization on the gubernatorial campaign trail with a new pitch he calls his Main Street Initiative. … Burgum has repeatedly said a “unique” downtown is crucial to attract a talented workforce of young professionals who seek out inviting urban environments. By mixing uses — residential, retail and offices — downtowns become more attractive and vital. ‘If you want to recruit people here, you need attractive cities,’ Burgum said, noting Job Service North Dakota lists 14,750 job openings, with 1,000 positions available in Fargo. Downtowns are critical in making a city unique and inviting, he said. ‘They’re the differentiators.’”
Doug Burgum also spoke with Alison Voorhees at KVVR about his Main Street Initiative. “VOORHEES: Let’s talk about the Main Street Intiative which relies on the skilled workforce. A strong infrastructure and healthy communities to grow the economy. How do you plan on creating and keeping a skilled workforce when so many graduates are attracted to high paying out of state jobs? BURGUM: I think this is something that I’ve been doing for the last 30 years in North Dakota, which is getting the best and the brightest in North Dakota to either stay here or move back so I’ve got a lot of direct experience in that. One thing that’s clear and understood by my running mate Mayor Brent Sanford of Watford City is we’ve been doing a great job in his community of building a community people want to live in. It’s not just about creating great jobs, we have to create cities that young people want to live in.”
Finally, The Bismarck Tribune endorsed business leader Doug Burgum for Governor, because he’ll bring a business perspective to Bismarck. “The Tribune feels [Doug Burgum] is the best candidate for the job. He offers a more business-like approach to the governor’s office, plus his tech background could lead to some interesting improvements in state government. Burgum likely bring a different mindset to government.”