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May 2015

North Dakota Ranks First in Job Creation for Sixth Consecutive Year

North Dakota maintained its pre-eminent position in Gallup’s annual ranking of state job markets in 2014, with North Dakota residents providing a strongly upbeat report on hiring conditions where they work – the most positive of any state.

North Dakota Ranks First in Job Creation for Sixth Consecutive Year - ND Governor's Office

Mapping the Effects of Foreign Direct Investment

Dupress ranks North Dakota as #1 in the top five states gaining in FDI-driven employment on a percentage basis between 2007 and 2012 showing 7,800 new jobs, an increase of 104%.  

Mapping the Effects of Foreign Direct Investment - Deloitte University Press

Northrop Grumman Signs Grand Sky Lease

The major aerospace and defense company plans to break ground on a facility in the new Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems tech park in September after signing a lease in April, North Dakota's U.S. senators announced. Northrop Grumman will be Grand Sky's anchor tenant, which officials hope will spur additional development in the park.

Northrop Grumman Signs Grand Sky Lease - Grand Fork's Herald

Here's Where Americans Are Moving To and From

North Dakota is home to 5 of the top 15 highest net migration counties in the United States. Those counties are: McKenzie County, Williams County, Stark County, Divide County and Dunn County.

Here's Where Americans Are Moving To and From - Yahoo Finance

Did You Know?

In 2013, North Dakota was the second largest crude oil-producing state in the nation and accounted for over 11.5% of total U.S. crude oil production; a 177% increase in production from 2010 to 2013 was primarily driven by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing  in the Bakken formation.

EDA & Commerce Host Special Roundtable Session
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the North Dakota Department of Commerce will be co-hosting a special roundtable discussion in Bismarck on June 23, 2015, from 2-5 PM at the North Dakota Department of Commerce in Bismarck. We will finish 1 hour before the EDND social kick-off starts at 6 PM at the Radisson.
The purpose of the event is to review how EDA’s resources could support North Dakota’s economic development priorities and to introduce EDA’s new Economic Development Representative for the State of North Dakota.
You will have a unique opportunity to discuss our state’s challenges and opportunities. The roundtable will be held at:
                North Dakota Department of Commerce
                1600 East Century Avenue, Bismarck (Google Map)
A tentative agenda is as follows:
                2:00 pm                Welcome and Introductions – Al Anderson and Mari Sutton
                2:30                        Roundtable Discussion
                5:00                        Closing Remarks
                6:00                        EDND Social Time/Hors d’oeuvres – Radisson Hotel

EDND Summer Conference
June 23-25, 2015
Radisson Hotel, Bismarck

The 2015 Economic Development Association of North Dakota (EDND) Summer Conference is being held June 23-25 in Bismarck at the Radisson Hotel. The conference, hosted by the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association and EDND, brings together economic developers from across the state to participate in educational sessions, network and exchange ideas. To find more information or to register please visit,

TEDx Fargo
July 23, 2015
12:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Fargo, ND

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

New Professionals Day
August 6, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bismarck - North Dakota Department of Commerce

The New Professional's 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. Contact Jill Schwab at 701-328-5312 to register or for more details.

Governor's Workforce & HR Conference
September 16-17, 2015
Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND

For the third year in a row, Governor Jack Dalrymple, the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) are collaborating to host this two-day event. This interactive conference will showcase practical, demand-driven solutions for today's workforce challenges.

For questions, contact Amanda Remynse at 701-328-7264 or visit

North Dakota Department of Commerce
1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 2
Bismarck, ND 58503 | 701.328.5300
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