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North Dakota Economic Development Foundation Announces New Board Members
Post Date: Jun 28 2017

Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler announced five new members of the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation board today, Perry Miller, a business leader from Wahpeton; Tommy Kenville, founder of Tglobal Inc.; Gene Veeder, McKenzie County Commissioner; Jared Melville, former Vice President for the North Dakota Student Association; and Barry Batcheller, Chairman and CEO of Appareo Systems.
“This group of individuals brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the business community and will be a great addition to our board.” Schuler said. “I am confident our new members will provide private-sector guidance, helping us to create strategic plans to strengthen and broaden North Dakota’s economic development."
Miller, a native of Wahpeton, works with the purchase, renovation and management of apartments, hotels and other commercial properties. Miller has served as a township supervisor and Richland County commissioner and is a current member of the Wahpeton City Council. In addition, he is a board member for the Wahpeton Community Development Corporation, Richland-Wilkin United Way, Wahpeton Recreation Committee and ND Farmers Union Policy Committee.
Kenville of Grand Forks, is the founder and president of Tglobal Inc. He is also a consultant with Center for Innovation as Rainmaker and VP of Development. Kenville established T-Kort LLC and founded Unmanned Applications Institute International. He serves as Managing Member for University Hotel Development LLC and chairs the Valley Angels investment fund.
Veeder of Watford City, is a county commissioner and served as the Executive Director of McKenzie County Job Development Authority and Tourism Bureau. Veeder serves as President of the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway and is on the board of directors for McKenzie County Water Resource District and the Western Area Water Supply. He has been recognized as the Governor’s Choice Economic Developer of the Year and for Outstanding Achievement in County Government from the North Dakota Association of Counties.
Melville, a native of Fargo, is the former Vice President of Governmental Relations for the North Dakota Student Association. A third-year student studying Business Administration and Political Science at North Dakota State University, Melville now serves as the Chief Justice of the NDSU Student Government’s Student Court. Melville has received awards on the regional and national level for competing in collegiate forensics as the President of the NDSU Lincoln Speech & Debate Society.
Batcheller of Fargo, is the Chairman and CEO of Appareo Systems LLC. He has been involved in the startup of six successful companies and has served as director of technology growth at Deere & Co. Batcheller has served on the boards of Xata Corporation, MeritCare (now Sanford Health), and the Fargo-Cass County Economic Development Corporation. He is a past president of the NDSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, and is currently serving on the boards of the NDSU Research and Technology Park and Amity Technology LLC.
The North Dakota Economic Development Foundation is a private foundation established by the Legislature in 2001 to provide private-sector guidance and oversight of the state's economic development efforts. The Foundation board helps create strategic plans to strengthen and broaden North Dakota’s economic development.
The Foundation establishes and maintains a strategic plan for economic development managed by business leaders from all corners of the state. The board meets quarterly to monitor progress toward economic development goals, to discuss major business and economic issues, and to offer suggestions for improving North Dakota's business climate. Each member of the board serves a two-year term.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.
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