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BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) will hold its 75th annual meeting Jan. 16 to 18 at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Bismarck. This year’s theme is “Grounded Through the Roots of Cooperation.” The general session, held Jan. 17 and 18, is open to the public and will include an annual report, presentations on industry issues and engaging panel discussions.

“It is with great pride that we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of NDAREC,” says NDAREC Executive Vice President and General Manager Josh Kramer. “The story of 75 years of success for NDAREC is best understood through the commitment that cooperatives have to their members. It is a shared commitment to a reliable and affordable power supply; to a skilled and accountable workforce; and to heroic dedication to keeping power flowing to members.”

On Jan. 17, Kramer and NDAREC President Bob Grant will present the 2017 annual report. Later that afternoon, Mark Schill, vice president of research at Praxis Strategy Group, will speak about population and economic growth in the Great Plains. He’ll share future trends, opportunities and challenges; highlight the success of mid-tier cities; explore ways for rural communities to create opportunities for success; and share his perspective on the future of agricultural technology and what it means for distribution cooperatives

The final day of the annual meeting will begin with an inspirational breakfast at 7 a.m. Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin and Addiction Counselor Tyler Auck will share their story, “The Cop and the (Ex) Criminal: An Unlikely Friendship.” The general session will reconvene at 8:15 a.m. with a greeting from PSC Commissioner Brian Kroshus, and a panel discussion with local magazine and newspaper publishers. Later that morning, Steve Collier, vice president of business development at Milsoft Utility Solutions, will moderate a panel with electric cooperative leaders, and speak about new challenges faced by electric cooperatives.

The 2018 NDAREC Annual Meeting is sponsored by CoBank, Okonite Company, Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, the Rural Electric Supply Cooperative and Eide Bailly, LLP.


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