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ND Matters - March 2016
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North Dakota is making headlines! Here's a few of our favorites from last month.

North Dakota Ranks #1 on Gallup's Good Jobs Rate for Third Consecutive Year

Gallup, has ranked North Dakota #1 in their annual Good Jobs (GGJ) employment rate rankings for the third consecutive year. The Gallup ranking factored Gallup's GGJ metric tracks the percentage of the U.S. adult population aged 18 and older who are employed full-time at 30 hours per week.

North Dakota Ranks #1 on Gallup's Good Jobs Rate for Third Consecutive Year - ND Commerce

Internships Can Benefit Student and Business 

It's the time of year when many college students are preoccupied with planning where to spend spring break. Instead, they might be wise to turn their attention to securing a summer internship. Internships provide valuable work experience that can help graduates stand out from a hiring pool filled with people with a similar education. In some cases, an internship will lead to a full-time position with the company.

Internships Can Benefit Student and Business - Inforum.com

North Dakota UAS Test Site Announces Approval of New Aircraft for Testing

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced that the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site has been given an additional operational approval to expand testing capabilities for the UAS industry. The new testing, approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), includes the use of the Hermes 450 unmanned aircraft for research flights in cooperation with North Dakota State University to be conducted from the Hillsboro Municipal Airport.

North Dakota UAS Test Site Announces Approval of New Aircraft for Testing - ND Commerce

Dalrymple Participates in Dedication of New Watford City High School

Governor Jack Dalrymple was in Watford City to dedicate the new Watford City High School and tour the facility that will help address the region’s rapid growth, while providing increased security, cutting-edge technology, and enhanced classroom size and amenities.

Dalrymple Participates in Dedication of New Watford City High School - Governor's Office

Research ND Awards Funding Requests Totaling $739,987

The North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission awarded funding requests for two Research North Dakota Grants totaling $340,000 and four Phase 1 Venture Grants totaling $399,987 for a grand total of $739,987 in research based grants at its meeting held February 2. 

Research ND Awards Funding Requests Totaling $739,987 - ND Commerce
APUC Committed to Funding Requests Totaling $193,317

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for six projects totaling $193,317 at its quarterly meeting February 18th in Fargo. APUC is a committee of the North Dakota Department of Commerce that administers grant programs for researching and developing new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural products.

APUC Committed to Funding Requests Totaling $193,317 - ND Commerce



North Dakota Tourism Announces Josh Duhamel as Face of 2016 Advertising Campaign
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North Dakota Tourism announced international celebrity and North Dakota native Josh Duhamel will be the face of its new advertising campaign for 2016. The campaign, launched in January 2016, is part of North Dakota Tourism’s ongoing efforts to market the state to visitors nationwide. To view the new campaign featuring Josh Duhamel, visit www.NDTourism.com.   

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Duhamel showcases a variety of experiences for North Dakota visitors, such as exploring state history, family adventure, outdoors, and up-and-coming city attractions, among other experiences throughout the state. Also highlighted is North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park, tying into the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016. The campaign will include television, print, digital ads and billboards, along with North Dakota’s Hunting and Fishing Guide and Travel Guide.

“I was truly honored to have been approached with the opportunity to showcase North Dakota as a welcoming, friendly destination in the state’s new advertising campaign,” said Duhamel. “I hope this collaboration will inspire more visitors to experience what I’ve known for years – that visiting North Dakota is nothing short of legendary.”

Calendar
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2016 Demographics Conference
April 6, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
National Energy Center of Excellence on the Bismarck State College Campus

Learn how accurate and reliable data is critical to the informed decision making you do for your business, organization, and community. Network with North Dakota’s top legislators, local and state officials, non-profit and business leaders, educators, and students. Get inspired to act together for a better future in North Dakota. Please visit www.NDCensus.gov for more information and to register.

New Professionals Day
May 11, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 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.

Governor's Workforce & HR Conference
September 20-22, 2016
Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck, ND

For the fourth 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 three-day event. To find more information on the Governor's Workforce & HR Conference please visit, NDworkforceandHR.com.


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