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Governor Encourages Advancement of State’s Proven Business Development Strategies
Post Date: Apr 16 2014

by ND Governor
Gov. Jack Dalrymple today spoke to business leaders and state and local officials who gathered for the Governor’s Business Forum in Grand Forks to discuss policy issues and ideas for continuing to strengthen North Dakota’s business climate and stimulate business success. Dalrymple highlighted the state’s economic growth, job creation and expansion of targeted industries, and encouraged attendees to identify innovative ways to advance North Dakota’s proven business development strategies for future growth and opportunity.
 
“Exciting things are happening in North Dakota and that is due in large part to our aggressive economic development efforts and commitment to building a business climate that fosters innovation and growth,” said Dalrymple. “It is important that we continue to strengthen our business environment so we can sustain that growth well into the future. This Forum is a great opportunity for business leaders and state and local officials to share their ideas for visionary policies and strategies.”
 
In addition to providing the Forum’s keynote presentation, Dalrymple participated in a panel discussion about property tax reform. The Governor was joined by Senator Dwight Cook, chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee, and Michael Montplaisir, auditor for Cass County. Dalrymple provided an overview of the mission of the Task Force on Property Tax Reform that he chairs and an update on the task force’s goals and progress after holding several meetings.
 
Following the Forum, Dalrymple attended a meeting with the Grand Forks Region Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC), a committee that serves as an interface for the public and private sectors as the region advances current and future missions of the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB). The committee reviewed with the Governor the base retention strategy for 2014-2017 and provided an update on the Grand Sky Business Park and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site.
 
Last session, the state provided $3 million to support BRIC’s efforts, with $2.5 million for an Enhanced Use Lease project to establish an aviation business park on the GFAFB and $500,000 for base retention grants.
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