UND Center for Community Engagement

Nathan-Day 3

In Students' Reflections on March 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Today we visited Duke Rosenthal who is the Economic Development Officer for Hazen, North Dakota. His job is to help try and bring economic development and jobs to Hazen to try and keep the town in business. This is very important because it showed us the challenges that people who have similar jobs to Duke’s have. One of the main questions I had is why don’t these towns just try be economically friendly to business? After meeting with Duke, I realized it’s just not that simple. They need to be somewhat “choosey” about what kind of businesses they invite. For example, inviting people to come and open a restaurant could put other restaurants that are there out of business. Having people with jobs similar to Duke’s is a tremendous asset to help try and bring economic development.

We also went to New Town, North Dakota to see the Three Affiliated Tribes museum (Arikara, Hidatsa, and Mandan). While we were in the parking lot, our van got stuck. Luckily some cars came to our rescue and got us out. The Museum shows people about the history of working collaboratively among these three tribes throughout history. These two experiences also demonstrate assets of communities to the class. It is surely more common for people to work together to help someone like this in a rural community than an urban. The three affiliated tribes history of collaboration with each other each helped them to get through very hard times throughout history.

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