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North Dakota Matters - July 2014

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North Dakota in the News

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


Economic Growth Outpaces Other States for Fourth Consecutive Year

For the past four years, North Dakota's economy has continued to outpace all other states, according to information released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Factors driving the state’s robust economy include continued growth in economic production, new jobs and rising wages.

The BEA report can be viewed at www.bea.gov.

Economic Growth Outpaces Other States for Fourth Consecutive Year - NDCommerce.com
 

The Best and Worst States to Make a Living in 2014

Virginia declares itself to be “For Lovers” and Texas admonishes visitors not to “Mess With” it, while North Dakota simply describes itself as “Legendary.”

To determine the Best and Worst States to Make a Living, personal finance site MoneyRates.com used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, C2ER, and the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index to examine average salary, cost of living, employment rate, and workplace conditions for each state and generate the ranking. North Dakota is ranked sixth as the best state to make a living.

The Best and Worst States to Make a Living in 2014 - Forbes.com
 

Oil is the New Gold: Inside North Dakota’s Oil Rush

North Dakota is now producing more than one million barrels of oil a day. Oil production statistics released by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) revealed that the state produced 1,002,445 barrels per day in April 2014, up from 793,832 the year before. The new statistics mean that North Dakota now joins the ranks of Texas, Alaska, California and Louisiana - the only states to ever generate more than one millions barrels per day. (Texas is the only other one still producing that amount.)

Oil is the New Gold: Inside North Dakota’s Oil Rush - Time.com
 

NDSU Evaluating Unmanned Aircraft System Technology

North Dakota State University researchers are taking to the air to monitor crop and livestock research projects on the ground.

NDSU Evaluating Unmanned Aircraft System Technology - FarmandRanchGuide.com


Startups Star as North Dakota UAS Summit Explores Commercialization

Grand Forks, was the place to be as the state hosted its eighth annual UAS Action Summit featuring Federal Aviation Administration officials as well as speakers from Northrop Grumman and an array of smaller companies in the fledgling unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry.

Startups Star as North Dakota UAS Summit Explores Commercialization - Blogs.RollCall.com


Federal Aviation Administration Considers Approving UAS for Filming Movies
 
The Federal Aviation Administration said it is considering giving permission to seven movie and television filming companies to use unmanned aircraft for aerial photography, a potentially significant step that could lead to greater relaxation of the agency's ban on commercial use of drones.
 
Federal Aviation Administration Considers Approving UAS for Filming Movies - OregonLive.com


Hess Corporation Donates $5 Million to UND's Energy Complex

Steve McNally, general manager of North Dakota for Hess Corporation, announced a $5 million donation to the University of North Dakota’s (UND) College of Engineering and Mines and the UND Alumni Association and Foundation. The gift is among the largest from a corporation to the association and foundation.

Hess Corporation Donates $5 Million to UND's Energy Complex – ND Governor’s Office


Cooling Assistance is Available to Low-Income Individuals with Medical Needs

Warm summer temperatures have people turning on the air conditioner, and help with the hefty bills is now available for those with special medical needs.

Cooling Assistance is Available to Low-Income Individuals with Medical Needs - ValleyNewsLive.com


Dalrymple Hosts Second Governor's Pipeline Summit

Gov. Jack Dalrymple encouraged greater development of North Dakota’s oil and gas pipeline capacity at the Governor’s Pipeline Summit in June at the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence. The summit brought together about 150 pipeline industry leaders, energy industry representatives and federal, state and local officials.

Dalrymple Hosts Second Governor's Pipeline Summit – ND Governor’s Office


Dalrymple Welcomes SkyWest Airlines to Jamestown, Devils Lake

Gov. Jack Dalrymple joins state, local and airport officials in welcoming SkyWest Airlines to Jamestown and Devils Lake, restoring commercial jet service to the region.

Dalrymple Welcomes SkyWest Airlines to Jamestown, Devils Lake – ND Governor’s Office


Commerce Names Workforce Development Director
 
The North Dakota Department of Commerce has hired Wayde Sick as the Workforce Development Division Director.
 
Commerce Names Workforce Development Director – NDCommerce.com




Dalrymple Appoints Giesen to Direct Job Service North Dakota

Dalrymple Appoints Giesen to Job Service North DakotaGov. Jack Dalrymple appointed Cheri L. Giesen as the executive director of Job Service North Dakota. Giesen will lead the state’s workforce agency which has about 250 employees throughout the state and a two-year budget of nearly $80 million.

Dalrymple Appoints Giesen to Direct Job Service North Dakota – ND Governor’s Office
 
 


Fargo 2.0: It’s Not Like the Movie

Check out what native North Dakotan Greg Tehven has to say about Fargo.

Tehven’s Fargo is the five-block radius of downtown; a vibrant community of artists, tech entrepreneurs, college kids and possibilities. Once hollowed out, the downtown is now crowded with coffee shops, restaurants and quirky shops that draw in crowds of strolling pedestrians and cyclists.


Tehven’s Fargo is one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities. Newcomers are pouring into the Fargo-Moorhead region, pushing its borders outward, filling the schools to capacity, but still not filling all its 5,700 current job vacancies.

Fargo 2.0: It’s Not Like the Movie - SeattleTimes.com

 


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