Bismarck is hosting a group of delegates from the country of Moldova this week.
If you're unfamiliar with this country, it's about the size of Maryland and sits between Romania and Ukraine.
Open World Leadership Center out of Washington D.C. contacted Emily McKay, Director of the Great Plains Energy Corridor at Bismarck State College to see if a group of delegates from Moldova could tour the Bismarck area for a week and learn about energy policy.
They're also learning about the impact of our oil boom and coal development.
"I have heard pretty good reports so far that they really enjoy what they've learned. They are focused on alternative energy and how to develop that. Ethanol, biomass, wind resources, but also the public and private partnerships on how to get investors to move forward with renewable energy projects," says Emily McKay, Director of the Great Plains Energy Corridor, BSC.
The Moldovans say their energy sources are limited and they're looking toward the future.
They want to learn new ways on how to improve their efficiency and economy.
"But besides the professional goal of our visit, we also wanted to immerse ourselves in American culture and know more about North Dakota," says Marcela Zubatii, Moldovan Delegate.
The Moldovans' agenda for this week is full of tours including a tour of Blue Flint Ethanol, a wind farm, and some fun at Papa's Pumpkin Patch.
Marcela says she hopes to leave with new friendships established between our country and theirs.
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