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For Immediate Release
July 6, 2021

The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) announces the addition of Dawn Mandt of Grafton, to its board of directors. She was recently appointed by Governor Burgum to serve on NDCA’s board, effective July 2021. Dawn will serve through July 31, 2025, as she is filling out the term of prior board member, Tami Carmichael.
NDCA's board consists of nine members - one from each of the state's regions, and one member-at-large, each of whom is appointed by the governor for a five-year term. Additional information on each of the board members, as well as the regions they represent, is available on the NDCA’s web site at www.nd.gov/arts/about-us/board-of-directors.
Dawn Mandt is the Executive Director of the Red River Regional Council with 30 years economic and community development experience. The Regional Council has a team of four full time professionals. The Regional Council assists in completing projects that strengthen where we live (water and wastewater infrastructure, new playgrounds, housing rehabilitation and development, healthcare facility expansions/renovations, disaster mitigation, child care); where we work (K-12 entrepreneurial education and workforce development, business startups, purchases and expansions); and where we play (new campgrounds, outdoor recreation, tourism/visitor development through public/private partnerships, historic preservation).

The Regional Council manages an array of development programs as well as a numerous organizations and strategic initiatives including the Nelson and Pembina County Job Development Authorities, Rendezvous Region Tourism Council, NE Manufacturers Group, NE North Dakota Youth Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development Initiative.

Mandt holds a BA in Business Administration/Economics and History/Political Science and a Master of Arts in Leadership from the University of Jamestown. She was awarded the Governor’s Choice Economic Developer of the Year – Small Cities in 2015. Dawn also serves on the following Boards of Directors:  Pembina Gorge Foundation, North Dakota Rural Development Council, and North Dakota Association of Regional Councils.

*High resolution photos are available upon request.

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Counties served by Dawn Mandt (figures taken from 2018 census): Pembina County, population 6,947; Walsh County, population 10,667; Nelson County, population 2,869; Grand Forks County, population 70,770

The North Dakota Council on the Arts is the state agency responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout North Dakota and is funded by the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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