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September 2015
Dalrymple Joins Bobcat Co. to Celebrate West Fargo Expansion

Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined Bobcat Company employees and local officials to break ground on an expansion project at Bobcat’s West Fargo headquarters. Bobcat Company will invest $9.5 million to nearly double the size of its headquarters.

Dalrymple Joins Bobcat Co. to Celebrate West Fargo Expansion - ND Governor's Office
 

North Dakota's Economy Ranked #1

North Dakota had the strongest economy in the country. The state's economy has seen a major boom from the rise of oil fracking in the last few years, and despite chaos in oil prices recently, North Dakota's economy remains robust.

North Dakota's Economy Ranked #1 - MSN.com
 

Dalrymple Celebrates Completion of Dakota Prairie Refinery

Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined employees of MDU Resources Group and Indiana-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners in celebrating the completion of Dakota Prairie Refining, the first greenfield fuels refinery to be built in the United States in nearly 40 years.

Dalrymple Celebrates Completion of Dakota Prairie Refinery - ND Governor's Office
 

North Dakota Ranks No. 1 in 2014 GDP Growth
 

North Dakota’s economic growth outpaced all other states last year, according to information released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Factors driving the state’s top ranking include continued growth in economic production, new jobs, rising wages and increasing export sales. North Dakota has led the nation in economic growth for four of the past five years.

North Dakota Ranks No. 1 in 2014 GDP Growth - ND Governor's Office

 

CNBC Ranks North Dakota 6th Best State for Business

North Dakota ranks #6 on the CNBC America's Top States for Business list. The CNBC ranking scores all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council and the states themselves.
 

Wrigley Celebrates Wind Farm at Blade Signing

Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley joined ALLETE Clean Energy (ACE) and Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU), along with state and local officials, to celebrate the upcoming completion of the Thunder Spirit wind farm near Hettinger, ND.

Wrigley Celebrates Wind Farm at Blade Signing - ND Governor's Office
 

Dickinson, Bismarck & Minot Top Chart for Financial Health

A personal finance site found Dickinson to be the top city in the nation "where people are in best financial shape" in a study published by Nerdwallet.com. Three North Dakota cities took top-five positions in the list, with Dickinson, Bismarck and Minot placed first, second and fourth respectively.
 

FAA Approves Use of Visual Observers and Night Testing for UAS Flights at Test Site

Northern Plains UAS Test Site is now approved for the use of visual observers from multiple ground locations, often referred to as “daisy-chaining” to ensure a safe, low-altitude environment, that simulates flights that are  beyond the visual line of sight. Of the six sites in the U.S. where researchers are trying to figure out how to integrate unmanned aircraft into civilian airspace, only North Dakota's Test Site can fly high both day and night. The Federal Aviation Administration approved a plan that allows drones to be flown up to above 200 feet over the entire state and permits flights at night, a combination that makes North Dakota unique, since other test sites are limited to a 200-foot blanket and daylight hours.

FAA Approves Use of Visual Observers and Night Testing for UAS Flights at Test Site - NDCommerce.com
 

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