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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.
Integrating unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the national airspace provides undiscovered opportunities for businesses to realize new profit potential. Worldwide annual spending in the UAS industry is expected to exceed $11 billion by 2022, according to research conducted by the Teal Group Corporation. Most spending will occur in research, development, testing, evaluation and procurement, and it will nearly double from $6.6 billion in 2013 to $11.4 billion in 2022.

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. It is also one of the only states operating with a budget surplus, and businesses and residents are enjoying some of the largest cuts in income and property taxes in the state’s history. 
North Dakota is a leader in Unmanned Aircraft Systems operations, research and development, testing, evaluation, education and training. Take a moment to visit our booths (#2727, #2835 and #2833) at the AUVSI's Unmanned Systems Conference taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, May 4-7, 2015.
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.
  • Environment friendly to manufacturer's aviation liability.
  • UAS industry support among state and local government, industry, academia and general aviation.
  • Existing manned and unmanned aviation best practices.
  • Experience obtaining FAA Certificates of Authorization (COAs).
  • History and culture of aviation safety.
  • Uncongested airspace.
  • Climate diversity.
  • Open terrain.
Excellent Business Climate
  • North Dakota ranked "Best Run State" in 2014 by 24/7 Wall Street.
  • The 2013 Pollina Report ranks North Dakota #3 in the nation for its business climate.
  • North Dakota ranks #3 in CNBC for Top States for Business in 2013.
  • North Dakota ranks #1 in the nation for the highest growth of GDP in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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