Dalrymple Names Biberdorf Western North Dakota's New Energy Impact Coordinator
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today announced that Wayne Biberdorf will serve as western North Dakota’s energy impact coordinator. Biberdorf, a Williston resident, will work in the Oil Patch to help meet the challenges that come with rapid development.
Dalrymple said Biberdorf will serve from his home area where he will work to meet the region’s needs by enhancing the coordination between local officials, state officials and other stakeholders. In his new role beginning the first week of April, Biberdorf will monitor local issues and report on the region’s needs to the Governor’s Office, Cabinet members and to other state agency officials.
"Wayne’s proven leadership in the community and his extensive experience in civil engineering and energy will be a great asset as we continue tackling the challenges created by rapid growth in our oil and gas counties," Dalrymple said. "He will work closely with local officials and community leaders and help us stay on top of the region's needs. The state needs a daily presence in northwest North Dakota and Wayne’s role as energy impact coordinator will provide that."
Biberdorf grew up on a farm in Bottineau County and graduated from Willow City High School in 1970. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in math and physics from Minot State University and a civil engineering degree from the University of North Dakota. Biberdorf started his career as a teacher in the Minot Public School System and has also worked for Hess Corporation in Tioga where he held various engineer and management positions before retiring in 2010. He has been active in the Williston community with his involvement in the northwest Workforce Advisory Board and the North Dakota Training Advisory Board at Williston State College. Wayne and his wife, Jean, have lived in Williston for 32 years.
"I am looking forward to serving as a connection between local leaders in western North Dakota, the industry and the governor's office," Biberdorf said. "I appreciate this opportunity to serve the citizens of North Dakota."
Dalrymple introduced Biberdorf as the state’s energy impact coordinator during a news conference at the Williams County Courthouse in Williston. Attending the conference with Dalrymple were Francis Ziegler, director of the state Department of Transportation and Lance Gaebe, director of the Energy Infrastructure and Impact Office. Area legislators, Mayor Ward Koeser, Williams County Commission Chairman Dan Kalil and other local officials also attended.
Following the news conference, Dalrymple and state and local officials took a bus ride along a series of roads that will be upgraded this summer to serve as a temporary truck-reliever route around the city. They also stopped to see the progress at Nakota Ridge, a 40-unit apartment development currently under construction.