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ND Matters - October 2014

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

North Dakota's State-Owned Mill Plans Expansion

North Dakota’s state-owned flour mill is undergoing a more than $27 million expansion that will make it the largest wheat-grinding factory in the U.S.

North Dakota's State-Owned Mill Plans Expansion - The Washington Times 

Dalrymple Congratulates CHS Inc. for Moving Forward on Major Fertilizer Plant 

Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he is pleased that the CHS Board of Directors has approved final plans to build a nitrogen fertilizer plant near Jamestown, N.D.  CHS Inc. expects to invest about $3 billion to build a plant that will convert natural gas into fertilizers, providing the region’s farmers with greater supplies of nutrients essential for crop production.

Dalrymple Congratulates CHS Inc. for Moving Forward on Major Fertilizer Plant - ND Governor's Office

North Dakota is the Best State in America

On Election Day, voters in many states will wait in seemingly endless lines. Others will have problems reaching their polling places or returning their absentee ballots. But voters in North Dakota are far less likely to find interminable waits and far more likely to have their ballots accepted. In fact, a recent survey found that North Dakota administers its elections better than any other state in the country.

North Dakota is the Best State in America - The Washington Post 

Dalrymple Congratulates ONEOK Partners on Annoucement to Build New Natural Gas Processing Facility in North Dakota

Gov. Jack Dalrymple congratulated ONEOK Partners on their announcement to invest $265 million to $375 million in North Dakota with the construction of a new natural gas processing facility - the Bear Creek plant – and related infrastructure in northwest Dunn County. The 80 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) facility will process natural gas produced from the Bakken Shale in the Williston Basin, reducing flaring and contributing to the state’s goal of reaching a 90 percent gas capture rate by October 2020.

Dalrymple Congratulates ONEOK Partners on Annoucement to Build New Natural Gas Processing Facility in North Dakota - ND Governor's Office

Economic Developement: Workforce Campaign Shows Promising Early Results 

North Dakota continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the country with literally thousands of jobs available in high-demand industries like health care, technology, construction, energy, agriculture, transportation, engineering, management, retail and many others. We have great schools, family-friendly communities and wide-open spaces with endless options for outdoor recreation, as well as excellent arts, culture and retail opportunities across the state.

Economic Development: Workforce Campaign Shows Promising Early Results - Prairie Business 

Land Board Awards Nearly $5 Million in Latest Grant Round to Western Emergency Medical Responders, Fire Districts

The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) awarded $4.8 million in Energy Impact Grant funds to further support emergency medical services and fire districts throughout the state’s oil and gas counties.

Land Board Awards Nearly $5 Million in Latest Grant Round to Western Emergency Medical Responders, Fire Districts - ND Governor's Office 

Dalrymple to Propose Bold Plans for State Parks, Conservation

Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced a bold plan for major improvements to North Dakota state parks and for statewide conservation enhancements. The governor’s plan calls for investing $30.4 million in new funds to expand and improve state park amenities and increase public access to North Dakota’s great outdoors. Dalrymple also proposes increasing the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund to $50 million, bringing the state’s total commitment to new conservation and outdoor recreation projects to $80.4 million during the 2015-2017 biennium.

Dalrymple to Propose Bold Plans for State Parks, Conservation - ND Governor's Office




North Dakota Hosted International Tour Operations

North Dakota and South Dakota hosted international tour operators and U.S. product managers from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Australia and Switzerland with the goal of attracting additional international visitors. Travel professionals' stops were United Tribes International Powwow, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Fargo Theatre and more.

This is the first time North Dakota has hosted the tour coordinated by Rocky Mountain International (RMI), a four-state marketing group that markets North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming internationally. This familiarization trip was coordinated in partnership with the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau and North Dakota State Parks. See more at www.NDtourism.com.


Calendar

Calendar
New Professionals Day
November 13
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The New Professional's 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.

Economic Development Assoication of North Dakota Fall Conference
November 18-20 
Hilton Garden Inn, Grand Forks, ND


The Grand Forks Economic Development Corporation is putting together a fun-filled, educational conference with several networking opportunities. Click here to register for the EDND Fall Conference. 
 


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