United Tribes News

Firm to conduct hotel feasibility study
7 January 2004

BISMARCK, ND - A minority owned management-consulting firm has been awarded a contract to study the feasibility of a new hotel/conference center in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Al Nygard Consulting (ANC) of Bismarck will prepare the study for United Tribes Technical College.

      "This study will determine if the market can bear another hotel," said UTTC President David M. Gipp. "Certainly we're looking at the potential of this as a training hotel for college students and a conference center. But we also think it can benefit Bismarck-Mandan by increasing the number and size of conferences coming to the area and the number of people."

      UTTC has started a five-year college expansion program. Student enrollment is increasing, the college hosts numerous conferences, seminars and meetings each year, and over 25,000 people attend the United Tribes International Powwow each September.

      In addition to the construction and operation of a new hotel-conference center the feasibility study will also address the need for a recreational-vehicle (RV) campground on the UTTC campus in south Bismarck.

      "Having the hotel also on UTTC property will be considered but it's not the only location that will be studied," said Gipp.

      According to Nygard, the hotel part of the study will examine properties throughout the Bismarck-Mandan area. "We plan to move right along and have this completed by mid March," said Nygard.

      ANC provides management and analysis services to private sector companies, non-profit organizations, and tribal, federal and state government agencies. Owner Al Nygard is a military veteran and enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota. The company has been in operation since 1995.

      The study is funded, in part, with a grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Commerce Department.


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