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North Dakota Receives Innovation Champion Award
Post Date: Jan 15 2016

By ND Commerce
North Dakota was been named an “Innovation Champion” by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The CTA named North Dakota in its annual “Innovation Scorecard,” an innovation performance index based on 10 criteria.
The Innovation Scorecard assesses the progress of state policies intended to advance innovation and improve business climates, while also tracking states’ responsiveness to disruptive innovation. Using established economic, educational and legislative data, the report issues grades across ten categories, including: right-to-work laws; policies that support new business models; tax friendliness; Internet speed; and size of the tech workforce.
“This index is more confirmation that our strategies to foster innovation, create jobs and grow our economy are paying off in major ways,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. “North Dakota’s innovators are yielding world-class results, which in turn lead to more jobs and a stronger, more diversified economy.”
The CTA award is based on conduciveness of the state’s legal, regulatory and overall business environments to welcome and encourage innovation in 2015. The complete Scorecard, featuring category rankings, state-by-state profiles and an explanation of CTA’s methodology can be found at CTA.tech.

North Dakota supports innovation and entrepreneurship through a number of programs including: 

North Dakota Umanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Industry - North Dakota has invested over $34 million to advance UAS research and development and establish the state as a national hub for the emerging UAS industry. 

Research North Dakota - Matching dollars to ND universities to assists private partners/companies in performing research, development and commercialization of specific projects. 

Centers of Research Excellence  - Hubs of research and development on the campuses of North Dakota's colleges and universities, partnering with private companies to generate new business opportunities. 

Innovate ND - Provides online entrepreneur education, coaching and mentoring from proven business owners to help entrepreneur’s successfully launch new businesses. 
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