Partners in Progress
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January 2016
Opportunities for Partnership

The Department of Commerce has two upcoming tradeshow opportunities for local economic developers to join a Commerce business developer.

International Association of Outsourcing Professionals
February 15-17, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Contact Laura Willard for details

XPONENTIAL 2016 (formerly AUVSI)
May 2-5, New Orleans
Contact Brian Opp for details
 

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

North Dakota was credited with being the best run state in the nation for a fourth consecutive year, according to a 24/7 Wall St. study. 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 Fourth Consecutive Year - 24/7 Wall Street
 

North Dakota Ranks #4 on Forbes Best States for Business and Careers List

North Dakota ranks first is a number of areas in the Forbes Best States for Business and Careers list. “Our business friendly environment and efforts to diversify the economy are continuing to keep North Dakota growing strong,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. 

North Dakota Ranks #4 on Forbes Best States for Business and Careers List - ND Commerce
 

Evolution1 Breaks Ground on West Fargo Facility
 

Evolution1 broke ground on its new West Fargo facility. The 40,000 square-foot, two-story building will leave room for an 11,000 square-foot expansion on the east and 16,000 square-feet on the west, which would bring the total footprint to approximately 67,000 square-feet with room for up to 500 employees.

Evolution1 Breaks Ground on West Fargo Facility - West Fargo Pioneer
 

North Dakota UAS Test Site Announces Contract with NASA
 

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced that it has been awarded a five-year contract to support National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unmanned aircraft systems research.  

North Dakota UAS Test Site Announces Contract with NASA - ND Commerce
 

North Dakota Development Fund Celebrates Investment Milestone

The North Dakota Development Fund, an investment program within the North Dakota Department of Commerce, recently awarded its $100,000,000th investment.

North Dakota Development Fund Celebrates Investment Milestone - ND Commerce
 

Xcel Launches North Dakota's First Unmanned Aircraft for Utility Flight

Xcel Energy launched North Dakota's first Federal Aviation Administration-sanctioned utility flight of an unmanned aircraft. The drone, which measures about 4½ feet in length, resembles a small helicopter and was being used to inspect a 7-mile section of an electrical transmission line as part of an FAA pilot project.

Xcel Launches North Dakota's First Unmanned Aircraft for Utility Flight - WDAY News
 

General Atomics Breaks Ground on $2.5 Million Drone Academy in Grand Forks

Unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. broke ground on its training academy slated to be built at the Grand Sky UAS Business Park.

General Atomics Breaks Ground on $2.5 Million Drone Academy in Grand Forks - Grand Forks Herald
 

ComDel Increasing Production Space, Plans to Increase Staff

ComDel Innovation in Wahpeton is expanding, adding 24,000-square-feet to their manufacturing plant.

ComDel Increasing Production Space, Plans to Increase Staff - Wahpeton Daily News
 

North Dakota Named Best Pipeline for Talent and Best for STEM Job Growth

North Dakota is a national leader in energy, paving the way in oil and gas, coal and manufacturing, all while helping our local communities thrive. North Dakota recently earned No. 1 rankings from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for "Best pipeline of talent," "Best economic performance" and "Best STEM job growth."

Looking for Stem Work? Move to North Dakota. - US News
 


Calendar.jpgNew Professionals Day
May 11, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Bismarck - North Dakota Department of Commerce

The New Professionals Day is an opportunity for local economic development professionals, community leaders involved in economic development, new Commerce employees and others to learn more about the Department of Commerce. The Commerce leadership team and program managers meet with attendees to discuss their needs and interests, and how Commerce programs and services may help their efforts. Contact Jill Schwab at 701-328-5312 to register or for more details.

Governor's Workforce & HR Conference
September 20-22, 2016
Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck, ND

For the fourth year in a row, Governor Jack Dalrymple, the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) are collaborating to host this three-day event. To find more information on the Governor's Workforce & HR Conference please visit, NDworkforceandHR.com.

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Bismarck, ND 58503 | 701.328.5300
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