Burgum accepts invitation to White House for meeting on infrastructure with senior administration officials

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 3:00pm

BISMARCK, N.D.  – Gov. Doug Burgum has accepted an invitation from the White House to meet Thursday with President Trump, senior administration officials, fellow governors, mayors and other stakeholders on ways to improve the nation’s infrastructure through partnerships.

The invitation came after Burgum spent time with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao during Wednesday’s Drone Focus Conference in Fargo, including a one-on-one discussion about how federal investment in transportation infrastructure can have a greater economic impact locally. Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford will join Burgum for the June 8 meeting at the White House.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to advocate for North Dakota priorities and highlight our transportation, energy and infrastructure issues to the highest office in the land,” Burgum said. “We are deeply grateful for the chance to help shape the national dialogue and make an impact with key decision makers on issues critical to our economic health at the local, state and national levels.”

Because of the meeting’s timing, Burgum will be unable to attend Thursday’s Innovative Education Summit at Legacy High School in Bismarck, which will feature several national speakers and hundreds of participants from across the state.

“The educators and community leaders participating in the summit have my highest respect and confidence,” Burgum said. “Their dedication to our students is evidenced by the more than 500 slated to attend. We all want to help students compete and succeed in the 21st century economy, and our shared interest in transforming our education system means this will be the first of many opportunities to engage on this important topic.”

The summit is free and registration is still open. Links to registration information and a list of speaker bios are available at https://www.governor.nd.gov/