Why is Innovative Infrastructure Important to ND?

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Governor Burgum declared August 16th “Infrastructure Day” in North Dakota.

In honor of that, the “I Make America” Town Hall Tour made its way to Bismarck to talk to those in the manufacturing industry.

Emily Medalen is live to tell us about the tour – and what it means to North Dakota.

the “I Make America” tour is traveling the country with a mission to push a pro-manufacturing agenda.
Doosan Bobcat has partnered with the Association of Equipment Managers – 
To talk to citizens about infrastructure in our state – and country – and how it affects us all.
“We take it for granted. It’s infrastructure. It’s behind the scenes,” says Dennis Slater, President, Association of Equipment Managers.

That’s why Doosan Bobcat and AEM are teaming up to spread awareness about the importance of reliable roads, bridges and railways-
things that keep business in North Dakota moving and connected. 

“Infrastructure – in every industry – is critically important. If we can’t get our material, our employees can’t get to work, we can’t send our products globally, we’re not going to be competitive as a country, or as a nation,” says Rich Goldsbury, President, Doosan Bobcat North America.

Goldsbury is the president of Doosan Bobcat North America – and he says being a part of the manufacturing industry has given him a good look at how we can improve infrastructure here.

“We live in an area that’s frankly difficult, from a transportation standpoint, to get stuff in and out,” he says.

Goldsbury says finding rail lines and ports for shipping product in North Dakota isn’t as easy as other states. 
So if we want to be competitive – we have to invest. 

“You have to understand that you can call your senator and your congressmen about this, because they want to hear from you. They’ll react to what you talk about,” says Slater.
“I don’t think people really understand how much their voice really matters,” says Goldsbury.

He says pushing for innovative infrastructure means pushing for a stronger community. 

“It takes these organizations talking together to get change to happen.”

The “I Make America” Town Hall Tour will stop in Washington next week. Click the link below for more.


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