News Release
Release No.STELPRD4016929
ContactSamantha Evenson(701) 530-2043
Year-long effort engaging over 600 people
BISMARCK, ND, Jun 18, 2012 --

@@Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development, and Dr. Richard Rathge, NDSU, announced today the release of the North Dakota 2.0 report, The Next Chapter. The document focuses on the future of North Dakota and is the result of a year-long effort engaging individuals in discussion.

More than 600 people attended 14 regional meetings. Their feedback is presented in the report and provides the basis for eight recommendations. The topics include: infrastructure, housing, transparency, leadership development, budget surpluses, health care, child care, and boldly investing in the future.

The North Dakota 2.0 initiative was created to gather ideas from people for guidance on issues important to them and exploring ways to build a better state. With an economy that is prospering, this is a crucial time to capitalize on opportunities while addressing the state’s needs. For more information about North Dakota 2.0 and to view the report, please visit

The initiative and report was developed in cooperation with sponsors who include: USDA Rural Development, Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, North Dakota Farmers Union, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, AARP, North Dakota Department of Commerce, Mortenson Construction, Sanford Health, NDSU Extension Service Center for Community Vitality, and The Consensus Council.