Gov. Burgum discusses Main Street strategy with Mandan city officials

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MANDAN, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum met with Mandan city officials and the public to discuss challenges the city faces in keeping young people in town after they graduate.

There are currently 3,500 job openings in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Every employer that spoke at the Main Street visit says they have vacancies.

Burgum says he hopes to fix that problem.

"We got to make sure our education system is being responsive to the private sector but also means we got to build healthy, vibrant communities that help attract and retain our young people to stay here and then help expose them to all the great opportunities there are in our community," said Burgum.

Burgum says it's hard to make a community interesting for people ages 18 through 21, so cities need to find ways to do that to keep young people around.