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The Association of Equipment Manufacturers brought its “I Make America” tour to Bismarck’s Doosan Bobcat Acceleration Center Thursday.

The tour is part of a campaign by the Association to support infrastructure spending.

"Improving our nation's infrastructure is good for our bottom line," Doosan Bobcat North America President Rich Goldsbury told a crowd of Bobcat employees. "More construction projects means more equipment sales for Bobcat."

But Goldsbury said it means much more than that.

The Bank of North Dakota remains the only state-owned bank in the US.

And Bank President Eric Hardmeyer said he still gets contacts from other states and political subdivisions about it.

"They ask how it works and why it works," Hardmeyer said.

Hardmeyer said what’s driving it is the growing number of states that have legalized either medical or recereational marijuana. Hardmeyer said states are now trying to deal with revenues coming in from this cash-only business.

Kilbourne Group

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Government of Canada

Canada’s minister of infrastructure and communities is he’s hoping negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement will strengthen what’s already in place.

Amarjeet Sohi was in Bismarck to speak to the local Chamber of Commerce.

"We are hopeful we will be able to negotiate a NAFTA that works for everyone and will continue to enhance our shared prosperity," Sohi said in an interview with Prairie Public.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

North Dakota businesses are being asked to participate in a workforce survey.

"Understanding our state's workforce needs is simultaneously one of our primary challenges, and one of our greatest opportunities," said Job Service-North Dakota director and state Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer. "This work cannot be done in a vacuum."

Kommer said the survey is the first-of-its kind, in that all of North Dakota’s businesses are invited to participate.

ND Commerce dept.

North Dakota’s Commerce Commissioner believes North Dakota needs an intermodal transportation site.

“Intermodal transportation” means freight is loaded into special containers that can be moved between different modes of transportation without having to unload the contents and repack it.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Two business and development organizations serving the Bismarck-Mandan area are planning to combine.

They’re the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce – and the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association. Brian Ritter is the president and CEO of both organizations.  He told reporters combining the two strengthens the business community’s voice.

"If you have two business organizations coming together, and advocating on those same issues that are relevant and important to the business community, one bigger voice is stronger and more effective," Ritter said.

ND Commerce dept.

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The most recent Omnibus spending bill Congress approved has a provision that eases load restriction on North Dakota Interstate highways.

It affects I-29 and I-94.

"What that means is, we can probably decrease our cost of transportation by 30 percent," said North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler. "In the case of containers, we'll be able to pull two 20 foot containers versus one."

Schuler said there's a little more expense on loading and unloading.

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