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February 2015

North Dakota Named Best Run State in Nation for Third Consecutive Year

North Dakota was credited with being the best run state in the nation for a third consecutive year, according to a 24/7 Wall Street study released. The study looks at data on financial health, standard of living and government services by the state to determine how well each state is managed.

North Dakota Named Best Run State in Nation for Third Consecutive Year - 24/7 Wall Street


Bismarck Named One of The Ten Easiest Cities to Find a Job

With a microscopic unemployment rate of 1.9%, and an ongoing population boom Bismarck is able to keep pace by creating one job for every jobseeker.

Bismarck Named One of The Ten Easiest Cities to Find a Job - ZipRecruiter


ND Company, Smart C2 Software Used for IPS Mobile Command Center

SmartC2 is the developer of VirtualAirBoss, an aviation fleet management software with many other potential applications. Entrepreneurs Janet Ahlgren and Stuart Rudolph chose to launch SmartC2 in Grand Forks after attending North Dakota’s first UAS Industry Day in April 2014, where they discovered North Dakota to be a hub for UAS activity. Today, SmartC2 is beta testing its VirtualAirBoss product around the country, hiring personnel and ramping up business operations.

Smart C2 Software Used for IPS Mobile Command Center - UAS Magazine


North Dakota Becoming Broadband Leader

North Dakota broadband leaders released a state broadband report highlighting substantial investments to make North Dakota number one in the country for providing high-speed fiber optic access. Through the efforts of telecommunication providers, fiber optic cable has been installed to most homes and businesses in the state.

“Dakota Carrier Network and its 15 owner telecommunications companies have put 40,000 miles of fiber optics in the ground to extend ultra-high-speed broadband capabilities to every corner of the state,” said Seth Arndorfer, Dakota Carrier Network CEO. “Our network is bringing gigabit-capable broadband services to hundreds of business locations.”

North Dakota Becoming Broadband Leader - USDA Rural Development


Allete Division Minnesota Power Completes Latest Phase of Bison Wind Energy Center

Minnesota Power, a division of Allete, Inc., has completed commissioning on the latest phase of the Bison Wind Energy Center in North Dakota. The 205MW Bison 4 expansion features 64 Siemens turbines and output is delivered to the utility’s customers through a 465-mile direct current transmission line linking with Duluth. The almost 500MW produced by Bison’s total of 165 turbines now rank it as North Dakota’s largest wind farm. The project is located near New Salem, ND. The total Bison Wind Energy Center project will generate enough energy to power 92,000 homes.


North Dakota Lands UAS Manufacturing Venture

Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined executives from ComDel Innovation, Inc. and Altavian in announcing the companies’ agreement to manufacture unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and UAS components at ComDel’s high-tech manufacturing plant in Wahpeton.

Based in Gainesville, Fla., Altavian provides unmanned aerial systems and associated data collection services with applications in the fields of precision agriculture, infrastructure analysis, natural resource management and conservation for government, commercial and research-based customers.

North Dakota Lands UAS Manufacturing Venture - ND Governor's Office


FAA Announces Expanded UAS Airspace in North Dakota

The Northern Plains (UAS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site in collaboration with the Federal Aviation npuasts_bat.jpgAdministration (FAA) announced the approval to expand operations throughout the state of North Dakota. This authorization, granted under the FAA’s Certification of Authorization (COA) process, allows the industry more efficient access to airspace for collaborative research. The FAA was able to approve this COA application based on maturity and the demonstrated safety and operational processes used by the Northern Plains UAS Test Site.

FAA Announces Expanded UAS Airspace in North Dakota - NDCommerce.com



 



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