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August 2017
Opportunities for Partnership

The Department of Commerce has the following opportunities for local economic developers to join a Commerce business developer.

InterDrone
September 6-8, 2017, Las Vegas, NV
Contact Brian Opp for details.

Commercial UAV Expo
October 24-26, 2017, Las Vegas, NV
Contact Brian Opp for details.

Welcome from John Schneider, newly named Director of Economic Development & Finance, Department of Commerce

CloseHeadShotJohnS4651_CC.jpgThe North Dakota Department of Commerce and its partners work hard to assist and attract businesses. Our commitment is to focus on working directly with the communities and counties in North Dakota through local economic developers. Together we can continue to offer business incentives, government accessibility, and workforce performance, combined with North Dakota's favorable position as one of the lowest cost states for operating a business to grow business across the state.
 
North Dakota's business climate has gained a reputation for supporting emerging businesses, entrepreneurs and expansions. I look forward to continuing this tradition and to provide an enhanced environment for North Dakota based businesses that strengthens their competitive position in the global marketplace. 
 
Our success in recent years is only the tip of the iceberg of things to come for our state.



Commerce Hires Zoe Wergeland as Business Development Manager

0Zoe0722Use.jpgThe North Dakota Department of Commerce has hired Zoe Wergeland as a business development manager in the Economic Development & Finance Division. A native of Bismarck, Wergeland previously served as a special projects coordinator at Commerce. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and International Studies from North Dakota State University. She has additional coursework from the Aarhus School of Business in Aarhus, Denmark.
 
As business development manager, Wergeland will focus on special development projects, international business development and value-added energy projects.



North Dakota Ranked #1 as Best State to Start a Business

North Dakota was ranked as the #1 best state to start a business by WalletHub. North Dakota came in ahead of neighboring states South Dakota (10th), Montana (11th) and Minnesota (30th).

North Dakota Ranked #1 as Best State to Start a Business - WalletHub

What You Need to Know About Operation Intern

With applications now open for the Operation Intern program, here's what you should know about the highly beneficial program that's been helping North Dakota businesses hire interns more easily for nearly a decade.

What You Need to Know About Operation Intern - Fargo Inc!

North Dakota Economic Development Foundation Announces New Board Members

Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler announced five new members to the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation board, Perry Miller, a business leader from Wahpeton; Tommy Kenville, founder of Tglobal Inc.; Gene Veeder, McKenzie County Commissioner; Jared Melville, former Vice President for the North Dakota Student Association; and Barry Batcheller, Chairman and CEO of Appareo Systems LLC.

North Dakota Economic Development Foundation Announces New Board Members - ND Commerce

North Dakota UAS Test Site Research Collaboration with NASA

The Northern Plains UAS Test Site conducted research flights flown 10 miles south of Grand Forks simulating UAS flights supporting the precision agriculture and electrical utility industries. The NASA UTM system supports a variety of uses, including package deliveries, farmland surveys, powerline/power pole inspections, search and rescue operations, video surveillance operations and runway, railway and bridge inspections.

North Dakota UAS Test Site Research Collaboration with NASA - ND Commerce



Manufacturers Confident About Future of Industry

Manufacturing is on an upward trend in North Dakota, and regional companies say they are confident the sector has a bright future.

Making It: Manufacturers Confident About Future of Industry - Grand Forks Herald



Drones Give North Dakota Farmers a New Tool to Grow Crops 

Drone technology is helping some farmers in North Dakota keep tabs on their livelihood like never before by giving them an aerial perspective on field conditions and crops.

Drones Give North Dakota Farmers a New Tool to Grow Crops - Billings Gazette

Economic Output in North Dakota Oil & Gas Remains Strong

The petroleum industry's economic contributions remained strong in 2015 despite struggling commodity prices, according to the preliminary findings of an Economic Effects of Petroleum Industry being conducted by the North Dakota State University's Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. 

Economic Output in North Dakota Oil & Gas Remains Strong - ND Commerce

Mackow Industries Expands Precision Fabricating to U.S.

Winnipeg's rapidly growing Mackow Industries is establishing a second company in Fargo, ND.

Another First in Flight for Odegard School

On July 21, the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) voted to grant accreditation to UND’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) degree, making it the first UAS degree program accredited by AABI under newly established UAS criteria.

Another First in Flight for Odegard School - UND Today

Northrop Grumman Expanding its Unmanned Aerial Systems Facility in North Dakota

Less than a year after Northrop Grumman opened the doors to its new unmanned aerial systems facility in North Dakota, the company will soon break ground on a new hangar to conduct testing and maintenance on its family of autonomous systems.

Northrop Grumman Expanding its Unmanned Aerial Systems Facility in North Dakota - National Defense


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Governor's Workforce & HR Conference
September 20-22, 2017
Holiday Inn, Fargo

For the fifth year in a row, 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 register for the Governor's Workforce & HR Conference please visit, NDWorkforceandHR.com.

New Professionals Day
October 3, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 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. To register, visit NDCommerce.com. Contact Sherri Frieze at 701-328-5311 for questions.

Economic Development Roundtable
October 3, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bismarck - North Dakota Department of Commerce

The bi-annual Economic Development Roundtable provides those keenly interested in economic development issues with an opportunity to submit agenda topics, and then Commerce staff work to bring leaders on these topics to the conversation. Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler hosts the Roundtable which includes a block of time for all attendees to discuss the successes and challenges in their respective communities or regions. To register, visit NDCommerce.com. Contact Brianna Ludwig at 701-328-5383 for questions.

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