The North Dakota Economic Development Foundation announced that it will be launching a new workforce recruitment campaign as a public-private partnership in May 2014.
The $800,000 workforce recruitment campaign, billed as ‚ÄúFind the Good Life in North Dakota,‚Äù is funded with $400,000 from the State. The rest of the funding comes from a contribution made by energy company Hess Corporation.
Steve McNally, general manager of Hess Corporation‚Äôs North Dakota operations, presented the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation with a $400,000 check.
McNally said that like many businesses, Hess is facing tremendous workforce needs and they want to hire workers who believe in the exciting opportunities North Dakota has to offer.
The workforce recruitment campaign will focus not only on the career opportunities available in North Dakota, but also on the quality of life, portraying the state as a great place to live and work and raise a family.
The campaign will target specific markets in states with chronic unemployment, focusing on attracting talent in industries that have a high demand in North Dakota, including energy, transportation, skilled trades, engineering, IT and healthcare.
It will also focus on attracting veterans and active military personnel as they transition to civilian careers.
ND Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, who made the announcement about the workforce recruitment campaign, said they have been working hard to grow the economy and create jobs, and those efforts have paid off in a big way as North Dakota now leads the nation in terms of job creation and economic growth.
Wrigley added that to sustain this growth, they now need to ensure that the jobs being created are filled by highly-skilled workers, and this campaign offers a tremendous opportunity for expanding the workforce while promoting the quality of life North Dakota offers.
Wally Goulet, who chairs the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation, said their goal is to ensure that North Dakota has the workforce it needs for taking full advantage of the opportunities they have all worked so hard to create and foster.
The North Dakota Economic Development Foundation comes under the ND Dept. of Commerce, and is tasked with helping the Governor and the Department develop and execute strategies for increasing economic growth and improving the state‚Äôs competitiveness.