Legislative Info

EDND is actively involved in advocating for economic development programs and policies that give communities and regions a competitive advantage in attracting new businesses and expanding existing businesses.



Our Legislative Agenda outlines our priorities and the programs we supported during the 2021 Legislative Session.

Why Invest in Economic Development?

Diversifying the Economy

Diversification is critical to make sure North Dakota does not become economically dependent upon one or two industry sectors. With tight competition for capital, human, and other resources, it is important to focus on investments that diversify our economy so that the state realizes the benefits of the current activity for generations.


Increasing Our Competitiveness

North Dakota is no longer just competing with other states, but rather competing on a global scale. Companies are under increasing pressure to automate and streamline processes to lower costs. North Dakota’s business climate and primary sector support programs must meet the current challenges facing existing companies and be attractive to companies seeking expansion into the state.


Growing from Within

Motivating individuals to engage in innovation and entrepreneurship is important for business development at the local and state level. Equal opportunities for successful entrepreneurial business development exist statewide regardless if you are a rural community or an urban center. Supporting an attractive and vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem is key to realizing the economic benefits of homegrown innovation.


Meeting Growing Needs

A growing economy requires investment in essential community needs such as workforce, housing, childcare, community services, and quality of life amenities. In this time of unprecedented growth, it is critical that professional economic developers serve as the bridge between the economic development and community development needs of the state.


Linking Industry and Education

Economic developers convene leaders and facilitate necessary discussions to make things happen. With today’s growing workforce needs, economic development professionals serve a critical role of linking growing companies to education resources and research and development capacity. Investing in education creates an essential bond between industry and North Dakota’s educational institutions.


Enhancing Quality of Life

North Dakota has unmatched economic opportunity for industry and individuals.The state must support a quality of life that attracts and retains talent to maximize it’s growth potential.

Interim Committee Legislative Positions

Interim Commerce Committee– EDND supports the UAS industry and progress to address rural food concerns.

Education Policy Committee– EDND supports K-12 as an institution providing North Dakota’s future workforce and encourages innovative approaches such as the creation of career academies.

Legacy and Budget Stabilization Committee and Legacy Fund Earnings Committee– According to a recent survey to EDND members, 100 percent of those surveyed agreed the fund should be used to support infrastructure. Other uses of Legacy Fund earnings supported by EDND members include major economic development projects, workforce development, quality of life and community development projects, and K-12 education. A majority of EDND members believe only the interest should be utilized and that the fund should go primarily toward one-time projects.

Taxation Committee– EDND encourages the use of effective incentives as a way to diversify the economy and reduce the state’s dependence on one or two industry segments and attract and retain workforce.

How To Contact A Legislator

During a legislative session, a legislator can be reached at the Capitol through e-mail or by leaving a message with the legislative telephone message center at 1-888-635-3447 or 701-328-3373 for Bismarck-Mandan area callers.


You may also mail correspondence to legislators. The proper way to address correspondence to legislators is as follows:


The Honorable John Doe
North Dakota Senator/Representative
City, State Zip


Dear Senator/Representative Doe

When contacting legislators, please follow these guidelines:


  • Your purpose should be addressed in the subject line, the first paragraph or at the start of the phone call. Identify specifically what legislation your contact pertains to (e.g. HB 1234 or SB 2345).
  • Be specific and include key information, using examples to support your position.
  • Address only one issue in each contact and keep your contact short and on topic.