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BSC coordinates Energy Generation Conference Jan. 29-31

Posted on 1/17/2013

Bismarck's 34st annual Energy Generation Conference fills the Civic Center Exhibit Hall Jan. 29-31 with more than 2,000 energy workers and 250 manufacturers and service providers from across the United States.

Coordinated by Bismarck State College Continuing Education, Training and Innovation department (CETI), the conference offers professional development in all areas of energy production from operations and technology to environment and support services.

"This is one of the premier energy conferences in North America," said Mark Ness, EGC chairman and principal engineer at Great River Energy - Coal Creek Station. "We focus on providing an environment where attendees can expand their skill sets, interface with equipment suppliers, network and gain exposure to the latest technology."

Activities begin with pre-conference training sessions all day Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Bismarck Civic Center and Bismarck State College. Starting at 4:30 p.m., more than 220 exhibitors preview their product showcase until 6 p.m. in the Civic Center Exhibit Hall - the only conference event open to the public.

Nearly 40 information sessions are scheduled throughout the three days in key areas such as engineering, electrical, environmental, instrumentation, mechanical, operations and safety. Industry professionals present workshops designed to give attendees the skills and knowledge to advance themselves and their company.

Among the sessions is an update on the Bakken and Three Forks Formation oil and gas reserves by Lynn Helms, North Dakota Industrial Commission, Department of Mineral Resources.

Participants will hear from keynote presenter Craig Zablocki, an international business and motivational speaker based in Denver. A funny man himself, Zablocki will show how to use positive humor to strengthen morale and increase productivity in "Unleash your Energy!" He also will present training sessions Wednesday and Thursday in personal and career development with "Group Power/Authentic Communication" and "Radical Leadership: A New Era for Today's Organizations."

Each year, CETI receives planning assistance from an executive committee of 30 representatives from North Dakota energy-related businesses, cooperatives and agencies. For more information or to register through Jan. 22, visit

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