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Registration Open for WDEA Annual Mtg Oct. 8-9

Sep 22, 2020

Online registration is now open for the annual meeting of the Western Dakota Energy Association. Due to the coronavirus pandemic's continuing threat to public health, WDEA has opted to host a virtual meeting to be conducted on the Zoom platform.

The association business meeting will include the nomination of two new WDEA board members. Current member Doug Nordby is not seeking re-election to the McKenzie County Commission, and board member Gary Wilz has retired as superintendent of the Killdeer School District. WDEA members will be asked on the registration form to designate whether they wish to participate in the city, county or education committee breakout sessions that will be part of the meeting, and indicate whether they will be a voting delegate for their jurisdiction.

Advance registration is required to participate in the breakout sessions.

Click here to register for the Thursday, Oct. 8 session.

Click here to register for the Oct. 9 discussion.

Click here to see the agenda.

The meeting will focus primarily on the financial condition of state and local government, as well as the outlook for the 2021 North Dakota Legislature. Meeting participants will hear an update on tax collections and the state's revenue outlook from Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger. Education funding will also be a major topic at the meeting, with local perspectives from McKenzie County Supt. Steve Holen, and the legislative outlook from Senate Education Chairman Don Schaible from Mott.

Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner will also participate in the virtual meeting, offering his expectations for the 2021 legislative session. John Weeda, director of the ND Transmission Authority, will offer remarks on the future of the lignite industry. The Day One program will conclude with DMR Director Lynn Helms' traditional county-by-county rundown of oil production, and his outlook for the coming year.

Day Two of the meeting will be devoted to topics related to transportation. Participants will hear updates on LoadPass enhancements and expansion plans, the Wise Roads project, and presentations from the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute related to research, education and community outreach.

Click here to see the agenda.
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