Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Wednesday announced three recommendations from the 2020 & Beyond development plan that made it into his executive budget proposal for the North Dakota Legislature.
The development plan is a 20-year initiative focused on enhancing and diversifing the employment and cultural opportunities in the state. Dalrymple launched the plan in January, along with the Greater North Dakota Chamber.
Chamber president Andy Peterson said the study process included listening sessions in Dickinson, Bismarck, Jamestown, Fargo, Wahpeton, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Minot and Williston, along with an online forum in which people could provide comments. A steering committee looked into the ideas raised by the public and organized them.
Dalrymple said $20 million is directed in his executive budget proposal to go toward three proposals from the project.
The Board of University and Trust Lands, chaired by Dalrymple, launched a pilot program earlier this year to provide a state cost share for political subdivisions willing to sponsor building new or remodeling child care facilities. Dalrymple’s budget proposal would expand the program statewide.
Dalrymple also said he would include proposals in his budget to provide Department of Commerce assistance to towns and cities wishing to plan downtown revitalization, and to implement a new public-private partnership to assist small- and medium-sized businesses with development and commercialization of new products.