Being prepared for the future is a constant congruent with how an organization transitions into the future.
Posted on 10/12/13
By Lee Coleman
Success favors those best prepared.
As such, the Cavalier County Job Development Authority has announced a re-structuring of office staff as part of an in-depth review of the Cavalier County Strategic Plan and long-range planning.
Effective on Oct. 2, Shannon Duerr has been named the Executive Director of the authority created in 1990.
Duerr has worked with the JDA for seven years, primarily focusing on grant writing and strategic plan coordination.
In her new role, Duerr, a graduate of the University of North Dakota, will be responsible for the comprehensive economic development program for the county.
“I’m excited,” Duerr said on Tuesday. “I am looking forward to the challenge. Carol [Goodman] has done a good job of showing me the ropes. I have really learned how to use the resources we have available to us.”
Goodman, the executive director since 1998, will remain with the JDA in a new capacity as Director, Primary Sector Development.
“Shannon is very ready to assume the responsibilities,” Goodman said. “The community is very well positioned for transformational type projects.”
Goodman’s new portfolio will include responsibilities for housing, a new industrial park, primary sector, agriculture-based Unmanned Aerial Systems and infrastructure development.
“This change has been under consideration for quite sometime,” Goodman said. “Any good organization has a transition plan in place.”
The Unmanned Aerial System technology is new and Goodman is looking forward to the development in North Dakota.
“It will be an emerging industry in North Dakota because of agriculture-based technology,” Goodman explained. “It will primarily utilize all emerging GPS technology that has been a part of agriculture for years with a multitude of users.”
Goodman described economic development as a process with a long-term project to develop the community.
“Economic development in North Dakota is great,” Duerr said. “Our focus over the next five years will be business retention and expansion.
“We have to focus on the workforce attracting new business and training to have people trained and ready for all opportunities.”
According to Duerr, population growth over the last 10 years has primarily been in the age brackets from 20 years to 34 years.
“It should be a prime market,” she said. “The young people moving in are from here. They are returning home.
“I’d encourage any business expanding or starting new to visit us for tips and guides to help them.”