From Ada to Bismarck, James Leiman Taking Charge in New Role as ND Commerce Commissioner
Bismarck, ND — From Ada City Hall to the North Dakota State Capitol Building in Bismarck, it’s been quite the career change for the new North Dakota Department of Commerce Commissioner James Leiman. Leiman was appointed to his new role after previously serving as the Economic Development and Finance Director under Governor Burgum from March 2018 to February of 2021 and the Ada City Administrator for three years prior to that. While has role has changed significantly since his days managing the City of Ada, Leiman credits his time there for preparing him for his new gig as Commerce Commissioner.
Leiman says he has committed to serving as the State Commerce Commissioner for the remainder of Governor Burgum’s term, which is just under 4 years. During that time his focus will be on clean energy development, small town development, and economic resilience and diversification.
James begins his new career in commerce just as people and businesses are trying to move on from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts. However, Leiman says because the state of North Dakota allowed for more personal and business freedoms, they can focus on continuing business growth instead of business recovery.
Moving forward, Leiman says he’s looking forward to the challenge of working with communities and businesses of all sizes to realize their truth growth potential.
Listen to the full interview with James Leiman from the KRJB Kaleidoscope Program below: