Dakota Download Governor Burgum's Weekly Update - March 31, 2024

Governor's Office holds strategy reviews with agency leaders as part of budgeting process

Over the course of about three months, Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Tammy Miller are hosting strategy review sessions with more than 70 different agencies and departments throughout state government.

The strategy reviews are an important part of the budgeting process and help in preparing the budget guidelines, which the governor will present to agencies in early May for the 2025-27 biennium.

"We launched the strategy review process in 2018 for all state agencies to identify opportunities to make government more efficient and effective, reinvent processes and encourage greater collaboration across cabinet and non-cabinet agencies," Burgum said. "We're grateful for these highly productive meetings, which have improved services for our citizens by embracing technology and automation, improving processes and cutting red tape while building a budget that focuses on outcomes and strategy-based initiatives.”

Miller speaks with rural electric co-ops in Minot

On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Miller attended the Central Power Electric Cooperative's annual meeting in Minot, speaking with the six cooperatives serving the majority of central North Dakota.

"You all play such important roles in our quality of life and the quality of your communities," Miller said. "You provide reliable, low-cost wholesale power to rural America. You make major investments in our infrastructure and communities. And you provide energy, jobs and economic strength."

Miller highlighted North Dakota's all-of-the-above energy approach and highlighted its positive impact on power grid stability and reliability, citing these statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

  • North Dakota ranks third in the nation, after Texas and New Mexico, in both crude oil reserves and production.
  • North Dakota is a top-10 fuel ethanol-producing state. Our six ethanol plants manufacture about 547 million gallons a year, which is equal to about 3.5% of the nation’s ethanol output.
  • North Dakota contains the world's largest known deposit of lignite coal, and we’re the fifth-largest coal producing state, accounting for 5% of U.S. total coal production.
  • In 2022, coal-fired power plants provided 55% of North Dakota’s electricity generation. Wind energy accounted for 37%, which was the fourth-highest share of wind power for any state.

Tickets now available for the annual Governor's Military Ball

At home and abroad, our military members are dedicated to protecting citizens from threats to national security and in times of natural and humanitarian disaster. For all that they risk to protect the freedoms and safety Americans enjoy, we are incredibly grateful.

The Governor's Military Ball celebrates and shares military traditions, recognizes exceptional service members with awards and honors service members and their guests with a memorable experience.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are available at the link below.

Currently serving military members and veterans enjoy special discounted rates.

Registration is open for the Governor's Summit on Innovative Education on June 17 at Bismarck State College

The eighth annual Governor's Summit on Innovative Education inspires innovation and reimagines learning in schools across North Dakota.

The summit's theme is "Navigating the Future: AI's Role in Education." Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the world of learning, work and living. Harnessing the potential of AI while recognizing the critical importance of human interaction can provide endless opportunities for personalizing the educational experience.

Join the conversation on June 17 at Bismarck State College and learn how to maximize AI, hear from leading industry experts and identify strategies that empower educators to use this as a tool to transform the classroom.

USAF Concert Band & Singing Sergeants Spring Tour comes to North Dakota

The U.S. Air Force Concert Band is coming to North Dakota for their spring tour. They will be performing April 4-6 in Bismarck, Jamestown and Fargo and all performances are free.

North Dakota is home to two Air Force bases in Minot and Grand Forks. The programs also recognize the retired and active military veterans from all branches of service along with their families during every event.

North Dakota continually ranks among the top states in military friendliness and is continually working to be the most military friendly state in the nation. In 2023, the state exempted military pay from state income tax, expanded tuition assistance for Guard members and cut red tape for military child care providers.

All the details about these free concerts and how to register for the tickets are on the Air Force Concert Band's website. Just click on the city and date. There is no ticket needed to attend.