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Dakota Download Governor Burgum's Weekly Update - September 14, 2018

Burgum presents Awards for Excellence in Public Service

Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday presented recipients with the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service, recognizing their positive impacts on state government and the lives of North Dakota citizens.

“We’re continually impressed with our team members’ willingness to embrace challenges as opportunities and step forward to lead at every level as we pursue our purpose – to Empower People, Improve Lives and Inspire Success,” Burgum said. “Their dedication shined through in every nomination, and we are extremely grateful to these individuals and teams for their exceptional service and sincere commitment to our great state and its citizens.”

About 300 nominations were submitted this year. Burgum presented the awards during a luncheon at the Capitol during State Team Member Recognition Week.

Sanford speaks at Highway Patrol graduation

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford delivered remarks Friday at the graduation ceremony for 10 new members of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. This was the Highway Patrol’s first graduation ceremony since 2015 and the first time the patrol has held graduation after recruits completed both the 24-week instructional program at the North Dakota Highway Patrol Academy and field training with a supervisor.

Of the 10 recruits, five have been assigned to the Williston area and one each to Bottineau, Cavalier, Devils Lake, Killdeer and Watford City.

“As members of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, you can hold your heads high and take great pride in the services you will provide to our state’s citizens,” Sanford said. “You will make a difference in their lives every day through your unwavering commitment and professionalism – the hallmark of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.”

L-R: Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Gov. Burgum and Japanese Consul-General Naoki Ito

Burgum meets with Japanese officials on trade partnership

Gov. Burgum and governors from seven other states met with Japanese leaders on Monday at the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association’s 50th annual conference in Omaha, Neb.

The annual conference brings together leaders from the U.S. and Japanese governments to promote trade and cooperation between the two countries.

Burgum met with leaders from multiple areas of the Japanese government, including Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Shinsuke J. Sugiyama and prefecture governors, along with several industry leaders, highlighting areas for investment in North Dakota. Japan is North Dakota’s seventh-largest export market, with $34 million in annual trade in 2017.

This marks the first year of North Dakota’s involvement in the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association.

Burgum, Sanford show appreciation at 9/11 events

On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, Gov. Burgum had the opportunity at Brats with the Brave in Bismarck to thank the North Dakota National Guard’s men and women in uniform for their service.

Lt. Gov. Sanford also was the keynote speaker at the North Dakota 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at the State Capitol, where more than 100-plus firefighters and others climbed the Capitol stairs 6½ times – the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center – to pay tribute to the FDNY firefighters who died that day.

Burgum presents Main Street Awards; Community Dashboard wins national award

Gov. Burgum on Friday announced the recipients of the 2018 Main Street Awards honoring communities that show excellence in elevating the three pillars of the Main Street Initiative through local projects or other efforts.

“It’s with great pleasure and gratitude that we recognize these communities for efforts to create vibrant communities poised to attract and retain a 21st century workforce,” Burgum said.

The Main Street Awards are a collaborative effort of the Office of the Governor, the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota League of Cities. A selection committee made up of the collaborating agencies and partners judged the entries to make final awards.

The multi-agency team that developed the dashboard has also won a national Government Experience Award from the Center for Digital Government.

Sanford attends Xcel ribbon cutting

Lt. Gov. Sanford on Tuesday congratulated Xcel Energy on the completion of the Magic City-McHenry Transmission Line, a nearly $50 million investment that will provide the Minot region with the capacity and reliability to continue growing its population and economy for decades to come. ‬

The 20-mile line will run between the existing McHenry Substation near Velva and the new Magic City Substation in Minot. Construction on the nearly $50 million project began in 2017. The new single-pole, double-circuit 230/115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line will replace the existing 115 kV line that was built over 60 years ago. Removal of the old H-frame structures will begin in late 2018.

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