On August 18, North Dakota Senator John Hoeven joined more than 35 Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network (YPN) at Peacock Alley for coffee and open discussion.
Hoeven began the event by asking each person in the room introduce themselves, state where they work, where they are from and where they went to college. After this was completed, Hoeven proclaimed his love for North Dakota, and how happy he was to hear of so many young professionals moving from other states to work here.
Hoeven also discussed his time as former governor, commenting how when he first took office, North Dakota was losing young people as they left the state to seek work elsewhere. He credits not only the state’s growing economy in helping more young individuals move here, but professional groups like the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network that give people opportunities to become more involved in local communities.
“When forming these groups, it’s about joining together to create new ideas and better living for your community,” said Senator Hoeven. He continued, “That’s what YPN does and that’s why groups like this are so important.”
“The YPN is grateful for the opportunity to visit with Senator Hoeven about issues concerning young professionals. This was a fantastic event and it was great to see so many of our members in attendance,” said Stacey Thomas, YPN President.
Before he left, Hoeven gave the group one major piece of advice, saying “Figure out what it is you want to do in life, what you want to achieve and why. This will really help guide you in your career, dreams and goals.”