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Brent Sanford began his presentation Thursday night by saying that the Downtown Square in Kenmare is a unique set up for North Dakota and is something to build on.
Brent Sanford began his presentation Thursday night by saying that the
Sanford, the lieutenant governor, was in town to talk about Gov. Doug Burgum’s Main Street Initiative, which is essentially building up the infrastructure in communities across the state.
He said, however, there is an irony in the plan because the North Dakota Department of Commerce has been stripped of 44 percent of its funding following budget cuts, a department that would most likely help rebuild
But that certainly doesn’t kill the governor’s plan.
“We need to do research on future focus technology,”
He said the Main Street Initiative is a two tiered plan and the way it’s going to work is with work force development and efficient infrastructure.
“It’s important for millenials to come back and important for retirees to have a sense of community,”
That’s because most people are gainfully employed so the big question is how do we recruit workers into
“How do you chip away at that,”
It generally means people moving here from other states.
Simultaneously, downtown areas in our communities need to be developed, according to
Infrastructure was being built so rapidly there was little time to think about anything else.
“As time went on, we realized
He said it’s important to know that when young people move into a smaller community, they want a sense of that community. They want some amenities to make it worth living there.
He also said that
As an example,
The downtown in New Rockford centers around its theater and the small town of
“People say it’s easy to do that in
There’s also on site training for work development, something that can add to work force recruitment.
Several communities have used innovative methods to jump start their downtown areas and
“The city’s perspective is that it was infrastructure investment,” he said. “There are other success stories.
He said RTC built a 1 gigabite Internet and now Midco is doing it in places.
That means lightning fast Internet speeds that virtually any computer can handle, and in order for technology to reach the smaller communities, that has to happen, according to
There’s also drones and autonomous vehicle research, which
“There are 27 drone companies in the incubator at UND,”
He said there is also the equation that people have to want to live in small towns, but state leadership is finding out that too, is reality.
Sanford said there is a lot of work going on in and around the Grand Forks Air Force Base regarding unmanned aircraft and that the military is moving in that direction.
That has brought a lot of new families to northeastern
Kenmare City Council member Glen Froseth said one thing Kenmare has going for it is being on the fringe of the Bakken.
During a question and answer period, Froseth told
“It all adds up,”