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China Trade Mission Advances Energy Project for North Dakota
State officials and leaders in North Dakota's energy industry announced that a trade mission to China has advanced their work toward building a coal-to-liquid energy plant in North Dakota that could create 700 permanent jobs.
China Trade Mission Advances Energy Project for North Dakota - NDcommerce.com
Coming Soon: Soy Sauce from North Dakota
A North Dakota trade mission to Indonesia and China has generated new business ties for six companies that produce and market food-grade soybeans. North Dakota's lieutenant governor, Jack Dalrymple, led representatives from the state's trade office and ten exporting companies on a weeklong trip around the region.
Coming Soon: Soy Sauce from North Dakota - Forbes.com
Government Says US Oil Production Increased in 2009
Increased crude oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and North Dakota more than offset declines elsewhere last year to result in the first annual increase in U.S. oil production since 1991, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Government Says US Oil Production Increased in 2009 - Associated Press
Continental Resources Completes Wells in North Dakota
Oil and gas company Continental Resources Inc. said that it has completed nine wells in the Bakken shale in North Dakota and one in Montana this year along with additional wells in North Dakota and Michigan.
Continental Resources Completes Wells in North Dakota - Businessweek.com
Governor Hails New North Dakota Bioscience Association
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced the newly-formed North Dakota Bioscience Association (ND BIO) agreed to join the Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA), an autonomous council operating within BIO.
Governor Hails New North Dakota Bioscience Association - Businesswire.com
NDSCS Receives $265,000 Workforce Enhancement Grant
Gov. John Hoeven presented a $265,000 Workforce Enhancement Grant to the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wahpeton to support the school’s partnership with private industry to train new and existing workers for North Dakota’s automotive repair and maintenance sector.
The funding will help launch the new Automotive Diagnostic Certification Center at the school in partnership with Snap-on Industrial, a $2.5 billion company that offers over 3,000 tools and products designed specifically for the needs of industrial tool users. NDSCS already maintains private-sector, public-sector partnerships with John Deere, Caterpillar, Butler Machinery and Haas Automation, among others.
The grant will help cover the cost of diagnostic equipment, software and consulting, a training platform, instructor training and curriculum development. The proposed project was industry driven and guided by recommendations from the NDSCS Automotive Technology Advisory Board, the Automobile Dealers Association of North Dakota, and Snap-on Industrial.
NDSCS Receives $265,000 Workforce Enhancement Grant
Why North Dakota Matters
In March, readers were asked to share why "North Dakota really Matters". Stories of appreciation from near and far were shared about North Dakota and starting this month, those stories will be shared with the rest of the readers.
North Dakota matters to me because of the PEOPLE! After living in Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, Canada and the United Kingdom, I know there are good people everywhere. But there is something special about how North Dakotans care for their own.
I'm impressed with how much the Grand Cities and all of North Dakota has become more “hip and happening," yet still maintaining the values that makes our state's character solid.
Since moving back to Grand Forks after 12 years in Denver, I can’t say enough about how much the city has changed to be a place that has professional jobs for young adults, amazing year round outdoor recreational opportunities along the greenway and affordable entertainment opportunities.
Family Ties and Pride by Sigurd D. Medhus - Henderson, NV
I was born on a homestead five miles north of Leeds. It was the homestead that my grandparents and my father's brother developed and where my father was born. My wife of 49 years is buried in the Leeds Lutheran Cemetery and one day I expect to join her there. My mother's brother served as a state senator for 12 years.
I could go on and on about specific memories that endear North Dakota to me, but I think you get the idea. I am proud to be able to claim a solid connection to the State, even though my time living there was rather short.
Last month, I had my 81st birthday and am pleased to report that my eight children and their families, including 22 grand children and four great grandchildren will all claim ND as the place where we are from.
I take great pride in North Dakota.
It’s a amazing the multitude of things that will attract North Dakotans to each other. In fact, in a recent Thoughts from an Ambassador blog, we told the tale of two people who were connected by North Dakota, but who found each other through the miracle of summer sausage. Homegrown North Dakota summer sausage that is! Learn more at I Deduce by Your Summer Sausage You Are from North Dakota.
Follow the Thoughts from an Ambassador blog.
Economic Development News
Midwest Teleservices International Inc. Announce New Contract Center Location in Ray
Gov. John Hoeven joined Kathy Hett, CEO of Midwest Teleservices International Inc. (MTI), community leaders and economic development officials at the announcement of the expansion of a new contact center in Ray. MTI, headquartered in Mohall, will employ up to 45 people in Ray within its first three years of operation, recovering positions that were lost when Medical Arts Press closed its Ray office in January.
Commerce employees Laura Willard, Bonnie Malo and Paul Govig assisted the community of Ray to bring this new employment opportunity to the Ray area.
Midwest Teleservices International Inc. Announce New Contract Center Location in Ray.
Partners in Marketing Grants Available
Funding for grants for primary sector business or workforce recruitment through Commerce’s Partners in Marketing program are available. A total of $250,000 was allocated for the 2009-2011 biennium, and over $164,000 is still available to recognized local economic development professionals.
Organizations approved for funding in this biennium include: Williston Area Development Foundation, Rugby Job Development Authority, Jamestown Stutsman Development Corporation, Logan County Job Development Authority, Steele County, Hannaford Economic and Community Development Corporation, City of Hope, Minot Area Development Corporation and Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation.
Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and a three-member panel reviews and makes recommendations on the applications.
The grant application, guidelines and final evaluation form are available online.
If you have questions about the program or eligibility, email Tracy Finneman.
Operation Intern, administered by the North Dakota Department of Commerce, is designed to expand the number of new internships, work experiences and apprenticeships available with North Dakota employers.
Employers can access up to $6,000 of matching funds for each new position created.
The primary focus of the program is employers in the state’s targeted industries: energy, advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture, tourism and technology.
Commerce is accepting applications for 2010 spring and summer semester internships. Apply at www.OperationIntern.com or contact Sarah Johnson at 701-328-7264.
Free to Be ND – Create, Celebrate, Captivate
The North Dakota Tourism Conference is taking place April 26-28 at the Holiday Inn Riverside in Minot. Keynote speakers will offer valuable insights on rural tourism, marketing within your budget and persuasive marketing. Breakout sessions will also offer information on electronic sales and marketing, regional partnering and much more. A special pre-conference workshop to prepare businesses for a “Green Tourism” future is also available.
The conference is $150 per registrant. View the Tourism conference agenda. Online registration is open and conference rates are available at the Holiday Inn Riverside.
The Official North Dakota Travel Guide is now available in a digital version! Access thousands of attractions, events, accommodations and advertisers with one click. The digital guide is searchable – to find all the references to your favorite locale, and you can even download and print pages you’re interested in. Access the North Dakota Travel Guide now.
Nearly 80 percent of travel planning is done online – which is why it is vitally important that websites be accurate and up-to-date. North Dakota Tourism has made several updates at the official website of the North Dakota Tourism Division, www.NDtourism.com and on the campaign site, www.RULegendary.com. The sites invite visitors to join the social media conversation with North Dakota Tourism, and to compete in a Legendary challenge of their own. Photograph, videotape, blog and share – and you might win an I Am Legendary t-shirt. RU Legendary?.
North Dakota is a great place to 'play'. If you live here, you know that, but for those looking to relocate to the state, check out the new Commerce three part Music and Arts in North Dakota podcast featuring Luke Graner from Agency Mabu and find out for yourself.
North Dakotans and relocators alike will be in for a treat.
Commerce Music and Arts Podcast - YouTube
Clean Tech Open: Competitions that Launch and Grow Cleantech Business
April 19, 2010
NDSU Alumni Center - 1241 North University Drive, Fargo
April 20, 2010
Radisson Hotel - 605 E. Broadway, Bismarck
More information and to register for the Fargo briefing.
More information and to register for the Bismarck briefing.
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