Boards hold elections, receive general update on ‘Main Street Initative’ at annual meeting

Lewis & Clark Development Group held its annual meeting on December 14, 2017.

As they do every year, the boards of directors of the Lewis & Clark Regional Development Council (RDC), the Lewis & Clark Certified Development Company (CDC), and CommunityWorks North Dakota held their joint meetings to elect directors and officers, review financials, and hear presentations from officials and special guests.

New Directors Elected. Individuals elected to serve as directors are as follows…

Lewis & Clark RDC:
April Anderson – Manager, First Community Credit Union of Steele, Kidder County
Marty Dahl – General Manager, McLean Electric Cooperative, McLean County
Wayne Hoffner – President, Union Bank, Mercer County

Lewis & Clark CDC:
Mark Dettling – Owner, Leingang Home Center
Stephanie Hoffart – President/CEO, Minot Area Development Corporation

CommunityWorks North Dakota: 
Rob Knoll – Owner, Knoll Appraisals Inc.

Update on Main Street Initiative. Holly Holt, senior manager of strategic initiatives in the North Dakota Department of Commerce, addressed the boards on the status of Governor Doug Burgum’s Main Street Initiative. The initiative is the Burgum administration’s signature project and focuses on three core areas: A skilled workforce, efficient infrastructure, and healthy and vibrant communities. 

Holt informed the group that the governor wants the participation and input of groups like Lewis & Clark Development Group and encouraged all to attend the 2018 Main Street Initiative Summit, which will be held February 12-13 in Bismarck. The event will bring together local and national community development experts to share best practices and discuss community planning ideas for rural communities across the state.

In advance of the summit, each of the state’s eight regional councils will present to Governor Burgum and state officials on February 7 about their work, role, projects, and funding sources.

Presentation by Miss North Dakota USA. Recently crowned Miss North Dakota USA Abigail Pogatshnik also spoke to the gathering. Pogatshnik, daughter of LCD Group Housing Director Lisa Pogatshnik, talked about her platform promoting positive self-image and anti-bullying. In doing so, the Bismarck native shared her own story about overcoming challenges on these issues.