March 9th, 2017 Bismarck, ND
2017 Bismarck Livability Summit
About The Summit

The purpose of the summit is to gather input to improve the long-term environment of our community – one that drives economic growth, quality of life, community leadership and diversity, making Bismarck a global community of choice.

Doors open at 8 A.M., program begins at 9:00 am. Mayor Mike Seminary will kick-off the Summit and provide an overview of the Bismarck Livability survey results. Inspirational and dynamic speaker, Monsignor James Shea, University of Mary President, will lead off the program with opening remarks. Governor Doug Burgum has been invited to discuss his Main Street Initiative, a skilled workforce, smart efficient infrastructure and healthy vibrant communities.

Morning and afternoon sessions will include discussion panels led by Community Stakeholder presenters representing community sectors including Education; Art, Humanities and Recreation; Commerce and Development; Business and Innovation and Community Services and Healthcare. Each sector represented will present and explore what the community wants to cultivate progress and invest in Bismarck’s future. Panelist presentations will be followed by question and answer sessions with questions sought from attendees.

Register now and plan to participate! Registration is $40. Lunch is included in ticket price.

The Mayor's Economic Development Advisory Group, a group consisting of young professionals and community leaders is hosting the event. Input gathered from the Livability Summit and the Bismarck Livability survey will help to set the stage for the City’s future Strategic Planning activities.






group panels



9:00 AM
Livability Summit Introduction

Opening Remarks - Monsignor Shea President of University of Mary

Overview of Community Survey Results - Mike Seminary Mayor of Bismarck

Brian Ritter BMDA

Shannon Reichenberg Bis-Man Homebuilders Assoc.

Scott Meske Bis-Man Chamber of Commerce

Nancy Deichert Bis-Man Board of Realtors

Eileen Walsh Dakota West Arts Council

Sheri Grossman Bismarck-Mandan Convention Visitor’s Bureau

Lorraine Shepherd Davis Native American Development Center

Randy Bina Bismarck Parks and Recreation

Tony Baker Pride Inc.

Russ McDonald United Tribes Technical College

Mike Weisbeck Light of Christ Schools

Tamara Uselman Bismarck Public Schools

Dr. Larry Skogen Bismarck State College

Dr. Diane Fladeland University of Mary

Doug Burgum Governor of North Dakota

Jared Stober Innovate ND

Justin Walsh CoSchedule

Matt Sagaser Bobcat / Doosan

Seth Arndorfer Dakota Carrier Network

Mary Miller Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Dawn Kopp Bismarck Downtowners Association

Kurt Schley CHI / St. Alexius

Craig Lambrecht Sanford Health

Renae Moch Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health

Greg Haug Bismarck Airport

Bill Bauman YMCA

2:30 PM
Closing Remarks

Mike Seminary Mayor of Bismarck


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  • Bavendick State Room
  • 1200 Schafer St., Bismarck, ND