NAPLES, N.D. — The Trump White House wants to change a town name in North Dakota to “The United State of North America,” a decision that could have wide-ranging consequences for the state’s economy.
The White House announced the move Thursday to change “North Dakota” to “North-Dakota” in a letter to North Dakota residents, as the state tries to secure funding for infrastructure and schools.
The name change would be the first of its kind in North America.
The town would be named for the United States and would include the towns of North Bergen and Bergen-Larrington, said Shawn Sisson, the governor’s spokesman.
North Bergen is about 200 miles north of the Canadian border and Berge-Lars-Lagrange is about 170 miles south.
It has a population of about 50,000 people and is about 15 miles north-south of the border.
The town is in the North Dakota Panhandle, a rugged area that stretches from the border with Minnesota into Wyoming.
The state’s governor, Doug Burgum, said the change would benefit the state economically and will be more accurate to the reality of the area.
North Berge is the only North Dakota town named after the U.S. President.
Sisson said the decision to rename the town is meant to honor the people of North-Dekota.
North Dakota’s economic development, he said, has been hindered by the name change.
North Dakota has been a popular tourist destination and was the birthplace of former U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The state has also seen the rapid rise of oil and gas development in recent years, and the tourism industry is expected to grow significantly.
North-Duplin is located in the north central portion of the state.
It is located on the eastern bank of the Cheyenne River, about 25 miles northeast of the Minnesota border.
North Dakotans have long said the town’s name is an honorific, which it was created to convey to North-Duplins people.
The governor said in the letter that it was intended to reflect North Dakota.
“North Dakota is a unique place,” Sisson said.
“We have so many people and so much history and culture and so many places in the state that I think we should celebrate that.”
The town’s first mayor, Mike Gentry, said in a statement that he was honored to be named the townspeople’s president and that he hopes the name can be a part of the future of the town.
“The town of North Dakotan is proud to be the home of the North- Dakota Native American community,” Gentry said in an email to the Associated Press.
“Our hope is that this name change can bring a positive change to the community, and I am hopeful that this new name can bring an economic boost to the town as well.”
The announcement came hours after the state Department of Transportation said it is preparing to rename a section of I-94 to “the North Dakota State Highway.”
The North Dakota Department of Planning and Development and North Dakota Highway Patrol said the I-394 North Dakota section will be renamed “North Dakota Highway.”
North Dakota officials say the name has come up as a possible option for the town of Linn County, which has about 4,000 residents, since its original name was changed in the 1950s.