October 24, 2014
Grafton, ND, September 23, 2014 – The Red River Regional Council (RRRC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce US Senator Heidi Heitkamp as the keynote speaker for its 2014 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at St. Johns Parish Center, 1515 Western Avenue, Grafton, ND.
The evening will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a census update from the ND Census Office and a social from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., which includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
The official meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with an introduction of board members, staff, and the 2013 agency highlights by Dawn Keeley, Executive Director. ND State Senator Tom Campbell will provide a legislative report. Board President and Mayor of Park River Dan Stenvold will be the emcee for the evening.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to present our 2013 Annual Report and provide an update on our 2014 activities,” said Stenvold. “We will also present our 10 Year Project Summary which highlights the RRRC’s impact within the region.”
The RRRC’s impact between 2004 and 2013 by the numbers:
- 1,314 projects completed
- $124 million invested within the region
- $34 million in project funds secured with the assistance of the RRRC staff
- 52 new businesses started
- 1,046 jobs created or retained
- 5,826 hours of business consulting provided
- 5,575% return on investment as result of $596,000 county dues provided to the RRRC
“Senator Heitkamp has provided strong support within the region and takes a genuine interest in establishing vibrant, rural communities,” said Keeley. “We are pleased to have her providing our keynote address at our 2014 Annual Meeting.”
The RRRC will also announce the release of its newly updated website with an address of www.RedRiverRC.com.
Senator Heitkamp sits on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. At the invitation of Senator Heitkamp, Keeley testified in front of a Senate Sub Committee on May 1, 2014 on proven tactics for regional economic development strategies in rural America. More recently, Senator Heitkamp initiated the Strong and Safe Communities Initiative to focus on better protecting North Dakota families.
The RRRC is one of eight regional planning councils in North Dakota established in 1973 to enhance the ability of local governments to jointly plan, address issues, and seize opportunities that transcend individual boundaries. The RRRC is an independent quasi-governmental consulting group assisting local governments, business owners, homeowners, landowners, healthcare providers, and educational institutions in solving problems, creating holistic solutions, planning, and making dreams come true. We are assisting in building vibrant communities – one project at a time.
The meeting is open to the public.