Partners in Progress
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December 2017
Opportunities for Partnership

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

International Production & Processing Expo
January 30-February 1, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Contact Kevin Sonsalla for details.

International Outsourcing World Summit
February 18-21, 2018, Orlando, FL
Contact Laura Willard for details. 

AUVSI Xponential
April 30-May 3, 2018, Denver, CO
Contact Brian Opp for details.
Main Street ND Summit Scheduled for February 12-13, 2018, in Bismarck

The Main Street ND Summit will bring together local and national community development experts and advocates to share best practices and engage community leaders, entrepreneurs and students in envisioning North Dakota’s future.

The two-day interactive summit will showcase community projects that build culture and grow vibrant communities; infrastructure projects with in-fill and historic revitalization; and workforce development and educational programs. 

To register and learn more about the event, visit www.MainStreetND.com


Main Street Initiative

Every community has unique opportunties and challenges. The Main Street Initative will help empower communities and give leaders a direct access point to a variety of resources. Main Street is built on three pillars of economic success: healthy, vibrant communities; smart, efficient infrastructure; and 21st Century Workforce. To become a Main Street Initative champion in your community or for more information, please visit MainStreetND.com.
Commerce Hires Deanna Gierszewski as Accounting/Assistant Credit Analyst

The North Dakota Department of Commerce has hired Deanna Gierszewski as an accounting/assistant credit analyst for the North Dakota Development Fund. Gierszewski will provide assistance in daily accounting for the Development Fund. A native of Bismarck, Gierszewski previously worked for the North Dakota Department of Human Services in their child support central office. She graduated from University of Mary with a degree in business administration.


Commerce Hires Brent Bogar as Energy Consultant

The North Dakota Department of Commerce has hired Brent Bogar of Jadestone Consulting to assit with identifying value-added energy opportunities for North Dakota and making connections with the industry.


North Dakota Ranks Near Top in State Competitiveness

For the sixth consecutive year, North Dakota has earned the nation's second best ranking in business climate competitiveness, according to the 2016 edition of the Beacon Hill Institute's annual State Competitiveness report.

North Dakota Ranks Near Top in State Competitiveness - Beacon Hill Institute
North Dakota, One of the Nation's Most Rural States, is Leading in an Emerging Area: Drone Experts  

North Dakota's windswept prairie and farmers' fields are turning out an unusual crop: Drones.

North Dakota, One of the Nation's Most Rural States, is Leading in an Emerging Area: Drone Experts - USA Today
North Dakota Economic Development Foundation Announces New Board Members

Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler announced two new members of the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation board, Linda Butts, past director of Economic Development and Finance at the North Dakota Department of Commerce; and Erik Diederich, Director of Business Development for Industrial Builders, Inc.

North Dakota Economic Development Foundation Announces New Board Members - ND Commerce
Awards Recognize Success Attracting International UAS Investment to Region

The U.S. Commercial Service presented the UND Center for Innovation Foundation and Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation with special recognitions for their success attracting foreign direct investment into the region's unmanned systems cluster, one of the nation's prominent high tech clusters in a rurual state.

Awards Recognize Success Attracting International UAS Investment to Region - Grand Forks Region Economic Development


General Atomics Conducts First Flight Test from New Training Center

On August 30th, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (Ga-ASI) flew its first test flight out of its new Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

General Atomics Conducts First Flight Test from New Training Center - UAS Vision


Entrepreneurs Find Welcoming Startup Climate in North Dakota

North Dakota has attracted attention for its startup environment. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation said in a 2016 report North Dakota had the strongest startup activity in the nation and supported more startups per capita than any other state.

Entrepreneurs Find Welcoming Startup Climate in North Dakota - Fargo Forum
University of North Dakota UAS Counter-Measures Research

University of North Dakota Electrical Engineering faculty member Naima Kaabouch focuses a lot her time these days on devising ways to improve the safety and security of aircraft.

University of North Dakota UAS Counter-Measures Research - UAS Vision
City Expands and Updates Renaissance Zone

A Dickinson State University neighborhood surrounded by coffee shops, bookstores and retail outlets connected to a walkable and bustling downtown is a vision city officials have for Dickinson's westside and they hope updates to Dickinson's Renaissance Zone will help make it happen.

City Expands and Updates Renaissance Zone - The Dickinson Press
Changes to Partners in Marketing

The Partners in Marketing grant program has expanded guidelines to include funding for Main Street planning. See the guidelines on ND Commerce's website or contact Laura Willard with questions.
APUC Committed Awards Funding Totaling $294,291

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for five projects totaling $294,291 at its quarterly meeting November 16 in Stanley.

APUC Committed Awards Funding Totaling $294,291
UND Center for Innovation hires Interim Director

Barry Horwitz has joined the UND Center for Innovation as Interim Director. He is an entrepreneur and strategy consultant who has been actively working with Innovation Centers in the Boston area.

UND Center for Innovation hires Interim Director
ND Development Fund News

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Calendar.jpgGovernor's Main Street ND Summit
February 12-13, 2018
Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck

Every community has unique opportunities and challenges. The Main Street ND Summit will bring together local and national community development experts and advocates to share best practices and engage community leaders, entrepreneurs and students in envisioning North Dakota’s future.
To register for the Governor's Main Street ND Summit visit, MainStreetND.com.


New Professionals Day
May 30, 2018
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
May 30, 2018
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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Bismarck, ND 58503 | 701.328.5300
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