Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that applications for membership on the North Dakota Rural Development Council (NDRDC) are now being accepted until midnight on Wednesday, Jan. 17.
Interested individuals are encouraged to apply on www.governor.nd.gov by selecting “Rural Development Council" under the Boards tab. Under state law, the governor appoints members to two-year terms. In this case, half of the initial members will be first appointed to one-year terms so the two-year terms are staggered moving forward.
The NDRDC, which last convened in February 2014, is North Dakota’s chapter of the National Rural Development Partnership Program, uniting the state’s private and nonprofit sectors with state, federal, local and tribal governments in an effort to strengthen rural America. The role of the NDRDC is closely aligned with Burgum’s Main Street Initiative, a three-pronged community development approach that applies to communities of all sizes.
“Reconvening the NDRDC will provide support to our rural communities and help identify areas of opportunity to fulfill their potential,” said Burgum. “Creating healthy, vibrant communities with smart, efficient infrastructure in towns of all sizes will help attract capital and talent and help North Dakota compete in a 21st century economy.”
Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford announced the reconvening of the NDRDC on Dec. 4 at the North Dakota Township Officers Association’s annual meeting in Bismarck.
The NDRDC will consist of 13 members appointed by the governor, including the state Commerce Commissioner, who administers the rural development office and serves as an ex-officio member of the NDRDC.