Dakota Download Governor Burgum's Weekly Update - February 24, 2019

Burgum attends National Governors Association's Winter Meeting in D.C.

Gov. Doug Burgum joined nearly all of the nation’s governors plus more than 1,500 business, nonprofit and government leaders and others from around the world this weekend at the National Governors Association’s 111th annual Winter Meeting, which runs through Monday in Washington, D.C.

Burgum planned to participate in a number of sessions with other governors and guest speakers on topics ranging from workforce, trade and agriculture to criminal justice reform, child welfare and education reform, as well as attend meetings and events with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and administration officials.

“The National Governors Association provides an invaluable forum for governors to share best practices and learn from each other about potential solutions to the common challenges we face as states,” Burgum said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to promote North Dakota, advance our priorities and engage with state and national leaders on these important topics that impact every North Dakotan and every American.”

Burgum also met with members of the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association, of which he serves as vice chairman, and with delegations from Canada and Japan on trade and other issues. He will attend the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual Invest in America summit with several governors on Monday.

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is the nonpartisan association of the nation’s 55 state and territorial governors. Governors from both parties sit on policy committees that help formulate NGA positions on key state-federal issues.

Governor addresses North Dakota Safety Council's annual conference

Gov. Burgum delivered opening remarks Wednesday at the North Dakota Safety Council's 46th annual Safety & Health Conference at the Bismarck Event Center.

“We're grateful for all of you who came to this conference this week to learn more about how you can protect both yourselves and others in the workplace," Burgum said. "Our work allows us to provide for our families and our communities. Taking a proper approach to workplace safety is crucial to ensuring that we can continue to provide over a long and happy life."

Established in 1948, the North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives, with nearly 1,000 member companies. For more information, visit www.ndsc.org.

Career and Technical Education Day celebrated at the Capitol

Students put their technical skills and programs on display Tuesday during Career and Technical Education Day at the Capitol.

Gov. Burgum visited with the students and got an up-close look at their fields of study, including trying out a virtual paint sprayer as part of the North Dakota State College of Science's display on auto body repair and refinishing technology.

Burgum has proclaimed February as Career and Technical Education Month in North Dakota. Nearly 22,000 high school students are enrolled in CTE programs across North Dakota.

In his executive budget for the 2019-21 biennium, Burgum has recommended investing $30 million of Legacy Fund earnings into competitive grants to establish CTE-based career academies across North Dakota, requiring a 1-to-1 match from the private sector or political subdivisions. According to the North Dakota Workforce Survey, over 70 percent of available jobs in North Dakota require an associate degree or less. Career academies can help move North Dakota youth into the workforce and lower the cost of college.

Burgum encourages students to join innovative cybersecurity competition

Gov. Burgum announced the state’s participation in an innovative, online cybersecurity competition and encouraged high school-aged women to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science by participating.

The 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program is a series of online challenges that allow students to act as cyber protection agents to solve cybersecurity-related puzzles and explore related topics such as cryptography and digital forensics. The program, sponsored by the SANS Institute, is free for schools and students, and all girls in grades 9-12 are invited to play.

“This exciting program builds on our statewide efforts to provide students innovative learning opportunities and technology skills that will be relevant to students in any career path,” Burgum said. “These competitions offer fun activities for young women and men to explore and learn about the high-tech, high-impact field of cybersecurity.”

Burgum is a member of GovsForCS, the Governors’ Partnership for K-12 Computer Science. This group of bipartisan state leaders is committed to advancing policy and funding to expand access to, and increase equity in, K-12 computer science (CS) education.

Both male and female college students also can play CyberStart this year. The college program, called Cyber FastTrack, is a pipeline to $2.5 million in scholarships for advanced cybersecurity education as well as internships and jobs in the field.

First Lady participates in NGA panel on role of governors' spouses

First Lady Kathryn Burgum participated Saturday in a National Governors Association panel for governors' spouses, sharing important lessons from her experience establishing her platform of eliminating the shame and stigma around the chronic disease of addiction.

The first lady described how she partnered with the Governor's Office and executive branch agencies to learn and build upon the platform, as well as the unique public-private partnerships that enabled the creation of the Office of Recovery Reinvented.

The other panelists were (photo, from left) moderator Alison Williams, chief of staff to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson; First Lady Lauren Baker of Massachusetts; and First Lady Beatriz Rosselló of Puerto Rico.

Applications being accepted for Governor’s Band/Orchestra Program and Choral Program

Gov. Burgum is encouraging school, community and church bands and choirs across North Dakota to apply to serve as the Governor’s Official State Band/Orchestra Program and Choral Program for 2019.

The Governor and First Lady will select the Governor’s Band/Orchestra Program and Governor’s Choral Program from the applications received based on musical talent, achievement and community involvement. The band/orchestra and chorus may be invited by the governor to perform at official state functions held throughout the year, including the State of the State Address.

Interested groups should submit an application, references and a musical recording to the Office of the Governor by March 11. The Governor’s Band/Orchestra Program and Governor’s Choral Program will be announced in late March. Please complete the application and provide materials at the link below.

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