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State Conference

    The 2018 ND State Governor's Workforce and HR Conference

    will be September 18, 19 & 20 at the Bismarck Civic Center, Bismarck, ND

    The conference will include state and national presenters who will focus on working to create workforce solutions. Attendees will have an opportunity to network and share best practices with fellow attendees throughout the event.

    This year's event will have key resources and tools to address the state's workforce.

    Why Attend?
    This year's conference is all about the numbers: 2.5 days, 3 keynote presentations, 4 offsite business tour locations, 54 concurrent sessions, and 15.25 SHRM credits with pending HRCI credits. Whether you are attending for learning, networking, or acquiring available resources for you/your companies to use, there are many opportunities to add tools to your arsenal to assist in tackling workforce issues currently facing the state of North Dakota.
    Last year's attendance was at an all-time high of 630 people - making it the place to be for those that are interested in workforce/HR. 

    The investment to attend the conference is $299.
    Registered Sponsors and Exhibitors will be able to attend the entire conference for $200.


    Hotel Accommodations
    All reserved blocks will be released on August 15th.

    Radisson Hotel
    605 E Broadway Ave
    Bismarck ND 58501

    The hotel is .5 miles from the conference location. Conference rate is $83.70. To receive this rate, ask for the Governor's Workforce NHR block. Or make your reservations online with the promo code, gov18.

    Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center
    800 South 3rd Street
    Bismarck ND 58504

    The hotel is .5 miles from the conference locaiton. Conference rate is $93.00. To receive this rate, ask for the Governor's Workforce & HR Conference. 

    Expressway Inn & Suites
    180 E Bismarck Expressway
    Bismarck ND 58504

    The hotel is .8 miles from the conference location. Conference rate is $89.95. To receive this rate, ask for the Governor's Workforce & HR. 

    What's New this Year...
    We've taken the conference to a new level:

    • Offering 54 concurrent sessions - This is the largest agenda to date.
    • Business tours - Get inside 4 local businesses to see how they are impacting workforce. Shuttle buses will take attendees who have reserved their space. Each tour is limited to 50 people.
    • Exhibitor Smart Stage - Interact with exhibitors who will cover specific topics in 20 minute segments. This stage is located in the Exhibitor Showcase. 
    • New Track: Association for Talent Development (ATD) Track - Due to the success of the legal and recruiting tracks, we've partnered with the North Dakota Chapter of the Association for Talent Development to create an ATD Track. There are 6 sessions in that track where the focus is on training and developing .
    • Working Roundtable on Out of State Recruiting - Attracting talent continues to be a struggle for ND businesses, collaborate with peers on successes and failures you've had in this realm. This concurrent session will be limited to 50 active participants. 
    • Updated App - With an 85% download rate, we've decided to take our app to the next level.
    • Photographer - Take the opportunity to update your professional image with a new headshot.
    • Experiences - Conferences aren't just about educational lectures – this year you’ll be able to interact with other attendees beyond just conversation. You'll be surprised at what we've come up with this year.

    Business Tours
    If you are interested in attending a business tour, register to reserve your spot. Space is limited to 50 seats per tour. Buses will leave promptly at the start of a breakout session and return as to not interfere with other concurrent sessions. For full descriptions of the tours, check out the agenda.


    Day Time Tour Locations
    9/18 – Tuesday 1:45 – 3:00 Basin Electric Power Cooperative
    Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy
    9/18 – Tuesday 3:30 – 4:45 Basin Electric Power Cooperative
    ND Safety Council
    9/19 – Wednesday 1:00 – 2:15 Bobcat Acceleration Center
    Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy
    9/19 – Wednesday 3:15 – 4:30 Bobcat Acceleration Center
    ND Safety Council



    Conference Venue
    Bismarck Event Center
    315 S 5th St
    Bismarck ND 58504
    Parking is permitted in lot C and D. Parking in lot B may cost $5.

    For accommodations, room blocks are established with three nearby hotels.

    Let's talk about the APP
    While the app isn't new to our conference, we do have a new app platform this year. As before, the app gives the entire agenda with session descriptions and available presentations, links to sponsors, exhibitor information, maps, and certification information.

    New features:

    Schedule - Build your own schedule to guide your conference experience. 

    Speakers and Exhibitors - These two groups are the big reasons why you attend. They are being given access to their own pages to load up any information that you'll need.

    Session Evals - out with the old paper versions - time to embrace the technology versions! You'll be able to take time to quickly rate speakers, provide feedback, or request contact for follow up information. 

    After registering, downloading information will be sent to all attendee email addresses.


    SHRMRecertificationProviderCPSCPSeal2018_CMYK.jpg   Our conference is pre-approved for up to
    15.25 SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP recertification credit hours.
    HRCIApprovalStamp.png   HRCI recertification credit hours are currently being submitted for 15.25 credits; sessions pre-approved for HRCI Business/Strategic credit will be noted.

    The conference program is organized into dynamic conference tracks designed to help you focus on the challenges that are most important to you.

    LEGAL TRACK The Legal Track will be available for those seeking specific topics such as discrimination, lawsuits, new administration policy, and other employment law. Education sessions will be led by lawyers and professionals who are available to answer those challenging legal questions.

    RECRUITING TRACK Workforce attraction is a hot topic across the state and this track connects you with recruitment strategies that help fill your positions. Presenters will have insight on building creative approaches and best practices to apply directly to your recruitment or retention processes.

    ASSOCIATION FOR TALENT DEVELOPMENT (ATD) TRACK – This track focuses on topics related to the continuous development of people and their performance within organizations. It is presented in partnership with the North Dakota Chapter of the Association for Talent Development.

    Cancellation Policy
    Fifty percent refunded if cancellation received before September 1, 2018. Limited refunds will be reimbursed on or after September 1, 2018. Cancellations must be in writing and sent to, confirmation of cancellation will be sent. Limited refunds will be determined by NDSHRM and Commerce reps for extenuating circumstances. Substitutions are available – provide advanced notice for ease at registration.


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    1200 S 42nd St
    Grand Forks ND 58201