Doug Barrett | Jun 22, 2020 AT 8:38 am
He doesn’t have a set goal but North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum says the idea of more people working from home after COVID-19 fades is a real possibility.
Many state employees were forced to work remotely in light of the pandemic. Burgum says lessons learned over the past three months could bode well for the future. The governor says he’s curious where work from home can succeed – or if a mix of staying home and showing up at the office is the way to go.
Burgum says North Dakota controls some 24-million square feet of space across some 1,600 buildings around the state. He says he can envision 10% to 20% of the space might not be needed. He says if you get rid of 2.4 to 4.8 million square feet – there’s real savings there.
Burgum says there are opportunities “galore” for reinventing government. He notes that within some agencies there has been a higher participating rates with online meetings than in past in-person gatherings across the state.