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Organizers and Sponsors

Organized by:

Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)
The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is a research, development, demonstration, and commercialization facility operating as a nonprofit business within the University of North Dakota (UND). The EERC is recognized globally for solving critical energy and environmental problems and improving the global quality of life for all people. Established as a federal research and development facility in 1951, the EERC has been a part of UND since 1983 and has undergone significant changes since then. Currently, the EERC employs more than 260 exceptionally talented and diverse people whose work attracts business from all corners of the world. The Center practices a philosophy that emphasizes true working partnerships between industry, government, and the research community. Its programs and activities extend worldwide, and the scope of its research includes a broad range of renewable and nonrenewable energy resources and environmental technologies. The EEERC has nine Centers of Excellence that have been either nationally or internationally recognized. Major areas of expertise include air, water, and soil pollution prevention; water management; waste management/remediation; advanced power and energy systems; renewable energy; advanced analytical methods; and education and outreach.

Gerald Groenewold, Director
Energy & Environmental Research Center
15 North 23rd Street
PO Box 9018
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9018
Phone: (701) 777-5131
Fax: (701) 777-5181

Sponsored by:

North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services
The Department of Commerce is the state's lead economic development agency. The agency is charged with coordinating and focusing the state's economic development resources. To accomplish that task, the agency works closely with local and regional developers across North Dakota.

The main mission of the North Dakota Department of Commerce is to improve the quality of life of the people of North Dakota. The agency has targeted five industries to broaden the state's economic base, create new wealth, and generate high-paying, career-track jobs. Those industries are value-added agriculture, advanced manufacturing, information technology, tourism, and energy.

The Division of Community Services was established to provide technical assistance to local governments, state agencies, and the executive branch in the areas of community and rural planning and development, policy research and development, and grant program implementation.

Kim Christianson
Energy Program Manager
North Dakota Department of Commerce
Division of Community Services
400 East Broadway, Suite 50
PO Box 2057
Bismarck, ND 58502-2057
Phone: (701) 328-4137
Fax: (701) 328-2308

With Assistance from:

North Dakota Industrial Commission Oil and Gas Division
The Oil and Gas Division regulates the drilling and production of oil and gas in North Dakota. Its mission is to encourage and promote the development, production, and utilization of oil and gas in the state in such a manner as will prevent waste, maximize economic recovery, and fully protect the correlative rights of all owners to the end that landowners, royalty owners, producers, and general public realize the greatest possible good from these vital natural resources.

Lynn D. Helms, Director
North Dakota Industrial Commission Oil & Gas Division
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 405
Bismarck, ND 58505-0840
Phone: (701) 328-8020
Fax: (701) 328-8022

North Dakota Petroleum Council
The North Dakota Petroleum Council is affiliated with and supported by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the North Dakota Oil and Gas Association. The North Dakota Petroleum Council's purpose is to provide governmental relations support to the oil and gas industry in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Ron Ness, Executive Director
North Dakota Petroleum Council
Box 1395
Bismarck, ND 58502
Phone: (701) 223-6380
Fax: (701) 222-0006

Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC)
PTTC benefits the nation by assisting U.S. independent oil and natural gas producers in making timely, informed technology decisions. PTTC is an industry-directed, regionally focused, not-for-profit organization with programs that meet the technology needs of its primary customers: independent producers. PTTC Rocky Mountain Region offers many quality, low-cost workshops (software training a specialty) and vital Internet resources at

Sandra Mark
Director, Rocky Mountain Region PTTC
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (303) 273-3107
Fax: (303) 273-3858