North Dakota’s current economic success translates to being in a prime position to become one of the most technologically advanced cities. That assertion was made by both U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and Doug Burgum at the State of Technology yesterday.
“We can make Fargo the technology and entrepreneurial hub of not just North Dakota, but of this country, and I believe we are already on our way,” Hoeven said during his opening remarks.
— Susan Mathison, MD (@DrSueFromFargo) August 20, 2014
Burgum’s presentation focused on the technology trends at work in the energy, agriculture, health care and education sectors, while issuing a new challenge regarding workforce development. He cited the more than 23,000 job openings as a challenge to be addressed immediately.
“That is work not being done, income not going to a family and progress not being made by a company,” Burgum said. He reissued his challenge to develop the fastest internet service available as a way to attract more workers and companies to the area to fulfill the workforce gap.
— Senator John Hoeven (@SenJohnHoeven) August 20, 2014
A highlight of the event was the social media engagement – nearly 700 hashtag mentions were recorded.
Thank you to all the speakers who contributed to the event, including:
- Katie Hasbargen, Microsoft
- U.S. Senator John Hoeven
- Gary Inman, ITCND
- Kevin Czarnecki, Susan Brown and Peter Boesen, General Electric
- Shane Waslaski, Intelligent InSites
- Tristan Polluck, Storefront
- Tim Brookins, Microsoft
- Jake Joraanstad, Myriad Mobile
- Jean Maaske, Z!ng
Thank you to our sponsors!
- Midcontinent Communications
- TMI Hospitality
- Sanford Health
- Otter Tail Corporation
- KFGO-AM Mighty 790
- NDSU Research and Technology Park
- Essentia Health
- NetWork Center, Inc.
- Media Productions
— NetWork Center, Inc. (@NetWorkCenter) August 20, 2014