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May 2015

North Dakota Ranks First in Job Creation for Sixth Consecutive Year

North Dakota maintained its pre-eminent position in Gallup’s annual ranking of state job markets in 2014, with North Dakota residents providing a strongly upbeat report on hiring conditions where they work – the most positive of any state.

North Dakota Ranks First in Job Creation for Sixth Consecutive Year - ND Governor's Office
 

Mapping the Effects of Foreign Direct Investment

Dupress ranks North Dakota as #1 in the top five states gaining in FDI-driven employment on a percentage basis between 2007 and 2012 showing 7,800 new jobs, an increase of 104%.  

Mapping the Effects of Foreign Direct Investment - Deloitte University Press


Northrop Grumman Signs Grand Sky Lease

The major aerospace and defense company plans to break ground on a facility in the new Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems tech park in September after signing a lease in April, North Dakota's U.S. senators announced. Northrop Grumman will be Grand Sky's anchor tenant, which officials hope will spur additional development in the park.

Northrop Grumman Signs Grand Sky Lease - Grand Fork's Herald


North Dakota Signs Bill Providing Tax Incentives to Data Centers

The bill provides a sales and use tax exemption on computer software, hardware, servers, routers, cooling systems, backup power systems, raised flooring and other equipment necessary for the maintenance and operation of qualified data center.

North Dakota Signs Bill Providing Tax Incentives to Data Centers - NDCommerce.com


North Dakota Dominates North American UAS Industry with Largest Test Site and Key Commercialization Opportunities

In 2014, North Dakota became the first mission-ready test site chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to assist in research integrating unmanned aircraft with manned aircraft into the national airspace. North Dakota alone has invested $22.5 millioninto the test site to advance research and development for the commercialization of UAS, and will be investing an additional $10 million further between now and 2017.

North Dakota Dominates North American UAS Industry with Largest Test Site and Key Commercialization Opportunities - NDCommerce.com


Here's Where Americans Are Moving To and From


North Dakota is home to 5 of the top 15 highest net migration counties in the United States. Those counties are: McKenzie County, Williams County, Stark County, Divide County and Dunn County.

Here's Where Americans Are Moving To and From - Yahoo Finance
 

Did You Know?

In 2013, North Dakota was the second largest crude oil-producing state in the nation and accounted for over 11.5% of total U.S. crude oil production; a 177% increase in production from 2010 to 2013 was primarily driven by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing  in the Bakken formation.
 

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