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  • The Red River Valley & Western Railroad (RRVW) serves North Dakota and Minnesota with over 575 miles of rail operations. RRVW provides safe, reliable, cost-effective rail transportation and transload solutions to more than 50 communities in our network. RRVW supports industries and economic development by providing supply chain solutions for grain, ethanol, agricultural processors, industrial chemicals, fertilizer, steel products & pipe, lumber, aggregates, and biofuels. RRVW also operates a railcar shop and mobile repair service. Additionally, RRVW offers wash & dry sweeps for non-hazardous rail cars and change of service. RRVW also has the capability to store over 3,000 rail cars. In 2022, RRVW was awarded the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Associations Presidents Award for Safety, which is the highest level of safety recognition in the short line industry. Locally owned and operated, RRVW is committed to economic growth and development for the communities where we live.

  • Northern Plains Rail Companies. Northern Plains Railroad (NPR), formed in 1997, leases 348 miles of branch lines in North Dakota and Minnesota from Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC). Lines extend west from Thief River Falls to Devils Lake, N.D. and north and west from Fordville, N.D. to Bisbee, N.D. A branch line runs from Russell to Kenmare, N.D., connecting with the CPKC. Northern Plains shippers, including many that operate modern shuttle-train loading facilities, can reach all destination markets in North American, via NPR's connections with CPKC.
    NPR affiliate, Northern Plains Rail Services (NPRS), maintains railroad freight cars, and locomotives; with freight car facilities located in Erskine, MN. and Grand Forks, ND, and mobile service as well throughout the Midwest. In addition, NPRS maintains, designs, inspects, and builds track, offers industrial switching and rail safety training, including rail car hazmat training. NPR companies have over 200 employees throughout North America.

  • Founded in 1976, Interstate Engineering provides innovative engineering, surveying, and planning solutions throughout the Great Plains Region. We specialize in sustainable, high-performance civil engineering, surveying, and planning services. Whether a rural community, growing urban area, established water resource district, expanding tribal community, or private developer, our team strives to be the professionals you need, the people you trust. With 16 offices, Interstate Engineering is strategically placed to serve our clients better. We are a local firm with a network of resources, ensuring our service produces solutions for your project regardless of size. Our multi-discipline network of professionals has the expertise to design, contract, and supervise projects. The Interstate Engineering team includes original thinkers in civil engineering, structural engineering, land surveying, planning, and funding. We aim to design and construct with our clients in mind, offering project solutions with greater efficiency, durability, and usability.

  • Whether a transportation project is simple or complicated, our team works with you to evaluate a variety of options and find the right solution. Bolton & Menk has more than 900 employees throughout 30 locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, North Carolina, and South Carolina providing services to more than 400 communities and agencies. Our services range from transportation and traffic studies to final design and construction administration. We listen, collaborate, rise to the challenge, and apply the right tools to meet your project needs. Bolton & Menk provides the highest quality transportation planning and engineering services and deliverables. We get your stakeholders involved, learn about their interests, and find sustainable solutions for your goals. You can trust us to deliver quality solutions that are technically feasible, publicly acceptable, environmentally compatible, and economically viable.

Silver Sponsors

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  • Steffes is a privately held, diversified original equipment and contract manufacturer headquartered in Dickinson, North Dakota with additional manufacturing facilities in Grand Forks, North Dakota and Shelby, North Carolina. Steffes specializes in:
    • Innovative product development and manufacturing of electric thermal storage and load management control technologies to meet our country's adoption of sustainable electricity distribution and storage to meet decarbonization goals.
    • The design, manufacturing and service of energy technology products that support the extraction and processing and gas management of oil & gas.
    • Steel fabrication, electrical services and engineering support for companies requiring prototypes and manufacturing partners to support their business success.
    Through Steffes' customer-oriented culture and unwavering commitment to innovation, they have successfully delivered products and services throughout North America and select locations in Europe for more than 50 years. Plus, they have been recognized as one of North Dakota's top employers for nine straight years.

  • North Dakota Farmers Union is the largest general farm organization in North Dakota with more than 60,000 farm, ranch and member families. Farmers Union provides a network of educational programs, services and events that benefit farmers, ranchers, cooperatives and rural communities.

  • The North Dakota Grain Growers Association has been the premier voice for the state's wheat and barley producers for more than 50 years. Originally named the North Dakota Wheat Producers, the North Dakota Grain Growers Association was founded in 1967 by a collection of farmers and agricultural leaders from across the state. To this day the NDGGA remains committed to serving its members with education, leadership, proactive advocacy and representation to increase profitability and value-added opportunities.

  • BNSF Railway is one of North America's leading freight transportation companies. BNSF operates approximately 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and three Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food, and beverages. BNSF's shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve.

Bronze Sponsors

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  • The Greater North Dakota Chamber is the largest statewide business advocacy organization, representing businesses across the state of every size and industry sector. GNDC represents the interests of our members in promoting policies and initiatives in pursuit of making North Dakota's business climate the best in the nation.

  • The Associated General Contractors of North Dakota (AGC of ND) is the state's largest commercial construction trade association consisting of general contractors, subcontractors, equipment/material suppliers who perform projects in all phases of commercial construction. A 500-member association, formed in 1951, is the consistent, effective voice of the commercial construction industry advocating for legislation, regulation, safety training, education, and scholarships of future construction professionals/trade people.

  • Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI) is a multidisciplinary consulting firm providing engineering, surveying, environmental, GIS, and planning services. With offices in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa, local and national clients alike seek HEI's creative and lasting solutions. Our projects span across the US, with diverse clients in many markets including government, tribal, private industry, and non-profits. We utilize the latest technology to provide innovative solutions that produce results now and continue providing value well into the future.

  • Since 1973, the North Dakota Association of Counties has been representing the needs of county government in legislative matters and acting as a liaison between counties.
    Working closely with Congress and the National Association of Counties, NDACo keeps North Dakota counties abreast of national issues, and fosters involvement in national leadership opportunities.
    To support counties in providing effective, efficient government for their citizens, NDACo administers an ever-growing number of programs, including professional development, GIS services, workers compensation, workplace safety, traffic safety, juvenile justice grant administration, 9-1-1 and Next Generation 9-1-1 development and more.


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  • The North Dakota League of Cities (NDLC) provides service, advocacy, leadership, education, and support to North Dakota's 355 cities.
    NDLC encourages dynamic local leadership by providing educational opportunities and myriad services to city officials, connecting resources with needs, and representing the interests of municipalities in state and federal public policy discussions.

  • Dakota Transit Association is a coalition of public agencies and private organizations that promote and support public and special passenger transportation programs within North and South Dakota.
NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050