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North Dakota Matters - April 2014

ndinthenews.jpgNorth Dakota in the News

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

North Dakota’s Personal Income Growth Continues to Outpace all Other States

For the sixth time in the last seven years, North Dakota has recorded the strongest personal income growth among all states, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported.The complete BEA report is available at http://www.bea.gov/index.htm

North Dakota’s Personal Income Growth Continues to Outpace all Other States - ND Governor's Office
 

Dalrymple Promotes North Dakota Trade Mission, Exports in Talks with Canadian Ambassador Doer

Gov. Jack Dalrymple met with Gary Doer, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, to discuss plans for a North Dakota trade mission to Canada the week of June 9. A delegation of North Dakota exporters will travel to Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, Canada with the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO).

Dalrymple Promotes North Dakota Trade Mission, Exports in Talks with Canadian Ambassador Doer - ND Governor's Office
 

Land Board Awards $8 Million, Pledges another $3 Million to Support Construction of a New High School in Watford City

The Land Board awarded an energy impact grant of $8 million to Watford City and the McKenzie County Public School District for street, water and sewer infrastructure that will support the construction of a new high school and residential development.  The Land Board also committed to providing another $3 million in grants next year to help cover the utility construction costs.

Land Board Awards $8 Million, Pledges another $3 Million to Support Construction of a New High School in Watford City - ND Governor's Office
 

North Dakota Census Estimates Show Statewide Population Growth

The U.S. Census Bureau released the agency’s annual metropolitan/micropolitan area and county population estimates showing population growth across all regions of North Dakota. The state had a number of communities and counties ranked as some of the fastest growing in the nation. A metro area contains a population of 50,000 or more, while a micro area contains at least 10,000, but less than 50,000.

North Dakota Census Estimates Show Statewide Population Growth - NDCommerce.com
 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park selected as a “Best Presidential Attraction”

Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota was selected as one of the nation’s “best presidential attractions.” USA Today and 10Best’s Reader’s Choice contest ranked the national park number five in the top 10 listing.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park selected as a “Best Presidential Attraction” - NDCommerce.com
 




goodlife.jpgNorth Dakota Economic Development Foundation Announces New Workforce Recruitment Campaign
Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley and the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation announced a new workforce recruitment campaign aimed at attracting a permanent private-sector workforce to meet the growing needs of North Dakota’s robust economy. The “Find the Good Life in North Dakota” campaign will use targeted marketing and event strategies to attract potential new residents to North Dakota.
 
The campaign will emphasize the career opportunities available in North Dakota and promote the qualities that make North Dakota a great place to live, work and raise a family. It is being developed to target people in states with chronic unemployment, and people in industries that are high-demand in North Dakota, including: engineering, healthcare, energy, skilled trades, transportation and information technology.


North Dakota Economic Development Foundation Announces New Workforce Recruitment Campaign - NDCommerce.com
 


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Dalrymple Touts North Dakota's Strong Economy at Forbes Reinventing America Summit


Gov. Jack Dalrymple attended the Forbes Reinventing America Summit in Chicago and spoke to attendees about the strength of North Dakota’s economy and how the state is leading the nation in economic growth, job creation and the expansion of targeted industries. Dalrymple was invited to address the summit by Forbes publisher and North Dakota native, Rich Karlgaard.

“Exciting things are happening in North Dakota and the nation is taking notice,” Dalrymple said. “We have a strong message of growth and innovation, and I enjoyed bringing that message to the summit as an example of what can be done across the country.”

Dalrymple Touts North Dakota's Strong Economy at Forbes Reinventing America Summit - ND Governor




Dean.jpgSpectrum Aeromed Founder is 2014 North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year

Dean Atchison, Spectrum Aeromed, has been selected as the U.S. Small Business Administration's 2014 North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year. This annual award recognizes exceptional business owners who demonstrate the entrepreneurial spirit in starting and growing a successful business. Atchison was selected following a statewide competition.

Atchison, along with other top entrepreneurs from across the nation, will be honored at the SBA's National Small Business Week events, May 15-16, in Washington, D.C.

Spectrum Aeromed Founder is 2014 North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year - SBA.gov
 


Research ND Awards Funding Requests Totaling $1,277,924

The North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission awarded funding requests for two Venture Grants, two Research ND grants and one Research ND BIO project totaling $1,277,924 at its meetings held February 21 and 28.

The following awarded requests were funded:
  
UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in partnership with Avianax was awarded $1,000,000 to assist in the research, development, and commercialization of novel therapeutic for parvovirus infection in puppies and dogs.

UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences in partnership with AeroVironment, Inc was awarded $35,466 to study the effectiveness of AeroVironment Unmanned Aerial Systems platforms for use in law enforcement.
 
NDSU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in partnership with Pulsar Operational Boundaries, Inc. was awarded $42,935 to verify the effectiveness of UAS-mounted sensors in field crop and livestock production management.
 
UND Institute for Energy Studies, Petroleum Engineering was awarded $100,000 to address the feasibility and market potential of using sorbent technology for the separation and storage of natural gas and lean gas as an alternative to flaring in the Bakken.
 
NDSU Center for Surface Protection was awarded $99,523 to address the feasibility and market potential of utilizing NDSU anti-fouling coatings as a means to mitigate colonization of underwater structures, such as municipal and industrial water intake pipes, by zebra mussels.
 


Research ND Grants Available

Research ND promotes the development and commercialization of products and processes through industry/university research partnerships. Research ND provides matching funds to help companies pay for the university research. Projects are initiated by the companies to meet their own research and development goals.

Through Research ND, firms have the opportunity to leverage their research, development and commercialization funds and gain access to the creative talents and extensive research base of North Dakota’s Research Universities. Research ND matching funds are awarded on a competitive basis for projects based on proposals submitted jointly by researchers from one North Dakota Research University and a Private Sector Partner.

For more information about Research ND visit NDCommerce.com.
 


RenewNRGColor.jpgRenewable Energy Program Accepting Applications

The North Dakota Renewable Energy Program is accepeting applications through May 1. The Renewable Energy Program promotes the growth of North Dakota's renewable energy industries through research, development, marketing and education. Awards are limited to $500,000 and require a 50 percent match. The complete program policies, application template and other resources can be found at nd.gov/ndic. For questions please contact Karlene at ndicinfo@nd.gov or Andrea at ahpfennig@nd.gov.
 


Tourism Development Workshop Planned

Explore a fun way to network, learn and cross-promote business at this year’s North Dakota Tourism Development workshop “Growing Tourism Businesses in a Growing North Dakota,” April 14, at the Fargo Hilton Garden Inn.
  
“This workshop is a great opportunity for anyone currently operating a tourism business, or those who are considering it and want to learn about the benefits,” said Dean Ihla, Tourism Development Manager at the North Dakota Tourism Division. “Participants will hear directly from national experts and have opportunities to network with other providers across the state.”
 
Attendees can preregister and view the agenda at www.ndtourism.com/north-dakota-tourism-development-workshop. All registrations include the tourism development workshop, networking lunch and resource materials.

 


Annual Bloggers & Writers Workshop slated for April 13-14 in Fargo

 2013BloggerWriterlogo.png The North Dakota Department of Commerce will host the seventh annual workshop for bloggers and writers April 13-14 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Fargo.
 
“Whether you freelance as a business, write for a local paper or blog for your personal passions, this workshop has something for you,” Kim Schmidt, public & media relations manager for the Department of Commerce said. “You are sure to leave with ideas for your next blog, story or freelance project.”

To learn more or to register visit
www.ndcommerce.com/writers.
 


Economic Development Roundtable Cancelled

Due to scheduling conflicts we will be canceling the next Economic Development Roundtable, originally scheduled for May 14. Commerce will be using this time to reevaluate the Economic Development Roundtables that have traditionally been held every six months and determine whether they are still providing value for local developers. 
 


Calendar

CalendarNew Professionals Day
May 13
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (includes lunch)

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 Brianna Ludwig at 701-328-5383 to register or for more details.
 

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