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UAS Business Opportunities

The University of North Dakota has a proven track record of obtaining Certificates of Authorizations (COAs) allowing access to airspace for testing, training and research.
A growing cluster of UAS research, business and military interests call North Dakota home. Successful partnerships among private businesses, universities and the state continue to strengthen North Dakota’s position as a UAS leader. North Dakota boasts one of the most unencumbered and accessible airspaces in the nation. 
North Dakota UAS booth
Visit North Dakota Department of Commerce representatives and other Northern Plains Unmanned Systems Test Site partners at UAS events and conferences throughout the year.

Advantages to Doing Business in North Dakota
  • Income tax credit for research expenditures.
  • Corporate income tax credit for new and expanding businesses.
  • Sales and use tax exemption for manufacturing equipment.
  • No personal property tax - including equipment, inventory, materials in process and accounts receivable.
  • Grant, low-interest loan and training programs.
  • Lowest workers compensation rates in the nation.
  • UAS industry support among state and local government, industry, academia and general aviation.
  • Existing manned and unmanned aviation best practices.
  • History and culture of aviation safety.
  • Uncongested airspace.
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