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ND Matters - June 2015

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

North Dakota Ranks No. 1 in 2014 GDP Growth
 

North Dakota’s economic growth outpaced all other states last year, according to information released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Factors driving the state’s top ranking include continued growth in economic production, new jobs, rising wages and increasing export sales. North Dakota has led the nation in economic growth for four of the past five years.

North Dakota Ranks No. 1 in 2014 GDP Growth - ND Governor's Office


CNBC Ranks North Dakota 6th Best State for Business

North Dakota ranks #6 on the CNBC America's Top States for Business list. The CNBC ranking scores all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council and the states themselves. 

CNBC Ranks North Dakota 6th Best State for Business - ND Commerce

North Dakota UAV Business Grows 

The UAV industry continues to grow and evolve, and Field of View is growing and evolving with it. New regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles proposed in February by the Federal Aviation Administration “are a breath of fresh air,” says David Dvorak, CEO of Grand Forks, N.D.-based Field of View.

North Dakota UAV Business Grows - Ag Week

Dalrymple Celebrates Completion of Dakota Prairie Refinery

Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined employees of MDU Resources Group and Indiana-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners in celebrating the completion of Dakota Prairie Refining, the first greenfield fuels refinery to be built in the United States in nearly 40 years.

Dalrymple Celebrates Completion of Dakota Prairie Refinery - ND Governor's Office

North Dakota Development Fund Increases Funding Limits for Businesses to $1 Million

The North Dakota Development Fund, a loan program within the North Dakota Department of Commerce, announced today it has increased funding limits from $300,000 to $1 million. “This increase in funding to $1 million will help businesses access capital to help support start-ups or expansion projects across our state,” North Dakota Development Fund CEO Dean Reese said. 

North Dakota Development Fund Increases Funding Limits for Businesses to $1 Million - ND Commerce

There's a New Silicon Valley of Drones, And it Isn't in California 

The “Silicon Valley of drones” is taking shape in a place you probably wouldn't expect. With the most open airspace in the country, vast tracts of farmland, infrastructure to test on and the nation’s first unmanned aircraft degree program, it makes sense that North Dakota would be the place for drone technology to spread its wings, and it’s now expanding at an unprecedented rate.

There's a New Silicon Valley of Drones, And it Isn't in California - MW Market Watch

Seven Tourism Entities Awarded Tourism Expansion Grants

Seven North Dakota tourism entities received 2015 Tourism Expansion Grants from the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Tourism Division. These grants support new or expanding tourism or recreation facilities or designated development areas by providing funding for infrastructure projects.

Seven Tourism Entities Awarded Tourism Expansion Grants - ND Commerce Tourism Division



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TEDx Fargo
July 23, 2015
12:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Fargo, ND

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

New Professionals Day
August 6, 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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Governor's Workforce & HR Conference
September 16-17, 2015
Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND

For the third 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 two-day event. This interactive conference will showcase practical, demand-driven solutions for today's workforce challenges.

For questions, contact Amanda Remynse at 701-328-7264 or visit www.NDWorkforceandHR.com.


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