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ND Matters - September 2015

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North Dakota is making headlines! Here's a few of our favorites from last month.

Dalrymple Joins Bobcat Co. to Celebrate West Fargo Expansion
 

Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined Bobcat Company employees and local officials to break ground on an expansion project at Bobcat’s West Fargo headquarters. Bobcat Company will invest $9.5 million to nearly double the size of its headquarters.

Dalrymple Joins Bobcat Co. to Celebrate West Fargo Expansion - ND Governor's Office

North Dakota Officials Optimistic on Find the Good Life Campaign

State officials are optimistic that a campaign to attract permanent workers to North Dakota will help make a dent in the state's thousands of job openings.

North Dakota Officials Optimistic on Find the Good Life Campaign - Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota Drone Test Site Set to Fly High at All Hours 

Of the six sites in the U.S. where researchers are trying to figure out how to integrate unmanned aircraft into civilian airspace, only North Dakota's can fly high both day and night. 

North Dakota Drone Test Site Set to Fly at All Hours - ABC News

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy Refinery a Unique Project for North Dakota 

A new ethanol refinery recently opened near Jamestown. It's the first ethanol facility built in North Dakota in about 8 years. In a state known for it's production of oil and gas. A new refinery is making fuel using something different...corn.

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy Refinery a Unique Project for North Dakota - KXNews

Research ND Awards Funding Requests Totaling $649,330

The North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission awarded funding requests for two Research ND Grants totaling $649,333 at its meeting held on August 12, 2015. Research ND promotes the development and commercialization of products and processes through industry/university research partnerships.

Research ND Awards Funding Requests Totaling $649,330 - ND Commerce

Burst of Growth in Hotels Extends Across the State

The burst of growth in hotels extends to all cities across the state. Overall, the number of hotels operating in five major North Dakota cities has jumped by 39 percent from five years ago.

 Burst of Growth in Hotels Extends Across the State - The Bismarck Tribune

FAA Approves Use of Visual Observers for UAS Testing Flights in North Dakota

The Northern Plains (UAS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site has been given an additional operational approval to expand the testing capabilities for the UAS industry. Northern Plains UAS Test Site is now approved for the use of visual observers from multiple ground locations, often referred to as “daisy-chaining” to ensure a safe, low-altitude environment, that simulates flights that are  beyond the visual line of sight. 

FAA Approves Use of Visual Observers for UAS Testing Flights in North Dakota - ND Commerce



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Duhamel Featured in 2016 Tourism Campaign

As many of you likely noticed through social media and Fargo-based news, North Dakota Tourism is expanding its work with actor Josh Duhamel. Tourism began working with Duhamel in 2013, in preparation for its 2014 and 2015 ad campaigns. The success of that campaign prompted an expansion of Duhamel’s role as not only the voice of North Dakota Tourism, but the face of the new campaign as well. Duhamel was in North Dakota Aug. 11-19 for film and photo shoots in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Little Missouri National Grasslands, Fort Mandan and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, downtown Fargo and Devils Lake. These locations were selected based on the most recent visitor study and key motivating assets for visitors. Additional locations and activities were worked into scripts. The 2016 campaign will be unveiled in January.

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Tourism Industry Summit
October 6, 2015
North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck, ND

Tourism marketers, event planners, advertisers and business owners are invited to learn the latest trends in marketing North Dakota tourism industry, ways to cooperatively advertise with the state and how North Dakota Tourism will be advertising in the year ahead. Sessions will focus on tools and platforms available to partners to help leverage the state’s marketing campaign and promotional efforts. Click here for the agenda.

Governor's Summit on Economic Growth
October 8, 2015
Radisson Hotel, Fargo, ND

The one-day event will feature speakers and panelists covering topics such as vison for growth, entrepreneurial opportunities, technology and innovation, and future financing options. A detailed agenda and more information and registration will be released soon at www.NDCommerce.com/GovernorsSummitonEconomicGrowth.

New Professionals Day
November 5, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 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. Contact Jill Schwab at 701-328-5312 to register or for more details.


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Bismarck, ND 58503 | 701.328.5300
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