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BISMARCK N.D. – Live streaming of the Main Street ND Summit scheduled for Oct. 29-31 in Bismarck will be available to view at https://www.nd.gov/living-nd/main-street-nd/take-action/main-street-summit 

The live stream schedule will be as follows: 


Day 1, Oct. 29 


9-10:15 a.m. 

Welcome – North Dakota Department of Commerce Commissioner Michelle Kommer Keynote – Gov. Doug Burgum 

10:30-11:15 a.m. 

Breakout Session – 21st Century Workforce Trends 

Noon-1 p.m. 

Luncheon keynote speaker – Gil Penalosa 

1:15-2 p.m. 

Breakout session – Smart, Efficient Infrastructure 

2:15-3 p.m. 

Breakout session – Placemaking and People–Building a Case Study 

3:30-4:40 p.m. 

Keynote Speaker – Christopher Zimmerman                              

Closing–  Commissioner Michelle Kommer 

Day 2, Oct. 30 


8-9:10 a.m. 

Welcome – First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum                           

Keynote speaker – U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams 

9:30-10:15 a.m. 

Breakout session–1 Million Cups 

10:25-11:10 a.m. 

Breakout session – Blue Zones 

12:15-1:15 p.m. 

Keynote speaker – Jana Lynott 

1:45-2:30 p.m. 

Breakout session – Rural Healthcare Challenges 

2:45-3:30 p.m. 

4-6 p.m. 

Food Access, Heath and the Economy 

Keynote speaker – Jaixai Reineke                                                       

Main Street Awards announcements 

Day 3, Oct. 31 


8-9:15 a.m.  

Welcome–  Commissioner Michelle Kommer                              

Keynote – Ben Winchester 

9:30-10:15 a.m. 

Breakout session – Workforce Attraction and Retention Strategies 

10:30-11:15 a.m. 

Breakout session – Rural Recruitment: Otter Tail County Case Study 

11:45 a.m.-2:05 p.m. 

Keynote speaker – Adam Vauthier                                              

Historical Society Award announcements                                   

Keynote speaker – Kim Huston                                                      

Closing – Gov. Doug Burgum 

2:15-3 p.m. 

Breakout session – Innovations in Childcare: N.D. Best Practices 

The three-day interactive summit will serve as a forum for information on the community planning principles behind the three pillars of Governor Burgum’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.  

North Dakota’s Main Street Initiative provides community leaders with direct access to tools and resources to capitalize on their community’s strengths and make sound planning decisions. These efforts help create vibrant communities that attract and retain the 21st-century workforce North Dakota needs to compete and succeed in a global economy. For more information or to register for the Main Street Summit, visit https://www.nd.gov/living-nd/main-street-nd/take-action/main-street-summit.  

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