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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, as a guest of honor for the 2019 Main Street Initiative Summit set for Oct. 29-31 at the Bismarck Event Center.

As the opening keynote speaker for the summit’s second day, Dr. Adams will discuss the intersection of community health and economic prosperity. The day will also feature an entire health care track agenda with sessions on behavioral health, blue zones, rural health care challenges, food access and health in all policies.

“We’re thrilled and grateful to have Dr. Adams join us as a guest of honor at this year’s summit. His expertise and insight will be a great addition as we discuss what it takes to create healthy, vibrant communities – one of the three pillars of the Main Street Initiative,” Burgum said. “The summit’s health care track also will address the boundless opportunities available to improve the health and quality of life for all North Dakotans.”

As surgeon general, Dr. Adams holds the rank of vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, overseeing approximately 6,500 uniformed health officers who serve in nearly 800 locations around the world.

The Main Street ND Summit will bring together local and national community development experts and advocates to share best practices and inspire community leaders, entrepreneurs and students in envisioning North Dakota’s future.

“This summit will provide attendees with access to best practices, resources and networking opportunities, empowering them to immediately apply what they have learned to further local initiatives that will help their communities thrive,” Burgum said.

The three-day interactive summit will serve as a forum for information on the community planning principles behind the three pillars of the governor’s Main Street Initiative: a skilled workforce; smart, efficient infrastructure; and healthy, vibrant communities. The goal is to help North Dakota compete in a 21st-century economy in which rapid technological advancement is changing every job, industry and organization.

Registration for the 2019 Main Street Summit is now open. Sponsorship opportunities and marketplace booth space are available. Please visit https://www.nd.gov/living-nd/main-street-nd or contact Emily Brown at (701) 328-5312 for more information.      

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