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North Dakota Matters - June 2014


North Dakota in the News

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

Three North Dakota Metro’s named in Top 10 

Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks were named in the top 10 leading U.S. Metros for economic and job growth. Area Development analyzes economic and workforce data for 379 MSAs (metro surrounding areas), producing a snapshot of the cities across America that are poised to capitalize on the new potential for economic growth as the United States leaves the recession behind.

Leading Locations for 2014: U.S. Metros Ranked for Economic and Job Growth - Area Development Online

North Dakota Oil Tax Fund About to Top $2 Billion

The Legacy Fund gets 30 percent of the state's oil tax collections. The money can't be touched before 2017 and it will take a two-thirds vote of the Legislature for the state to dip into the fund.

North Dakota Oil Tax Fund about to Top $2 Billion - NewsOK

Pipeline Summit to be Held June 24 

Gov. Jack Dalrymple will host a second Governor’s Pipeline Summit on Tuesday, June 24, in Bismarck.

Dalrymple to Host Governor's Pipeline Summit June 24 - ND Governor's Office

North Dakota Continues to Lead the Nation in Housing Development

For the third year in a row, North Dakota has developed new housing at a faster rate than any other state in the nation.

North Dakota Continues to Lead the Nation in Housing Development - ND Governor's Office

North Dakota LNG Announces Liquefied Natural Gas Production Facility in Tioga

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and officials with North Dakota LNG announced the construction of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing facility in Tioga, the first of its kind in North Dakota.

Dalrymple, North Dakota LNG Announce Liquefied Natural Gas Production Facility in Tioga - ND Governor's Office

Hess Corporation Celebrates Tioga Gas Plant Expansion

Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined representatives from Hess Corporation and other state and local leaders in commemorating the recently completed expansion of the Tioga Gas Plant, an expansion that will help reduce flaring and add value to natural gas produced in North Dakota.

Dalrymple Joins Hess Corporation in Celebrating Tioga Gas Plant Expansion - ND Governor's Office

Affordable Workforce Housing Construction Begins in Minot

Beyond Shelter, Inc. (BSI), the Minot Housing Authority and North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) broke ground for Fieldcrest Apartments, a development that will bring affordable workforce housing to northeast Minot.

Affordable Workforce Housing Construction Begins in Minot - ND Commerce

Fargo Hometown Tourists

The Hometown Tourist campaign for residents in Fargo-Moorhead is back for another year. The purpose of the Fargo-Moorhead CVB campaign is to encourage locals to experience the many interesting things in the community as a tourist would. 

For more information about the Hometown Tourist campaign visit

Jamestown Tourism Brand Unveiled

The Buffalo City Tourism Foundation has revealed its new tourism brand for the city of Jamestown.The new approach embraces Jamestown’s identity as the Buffalo City while highlighting the outdoors. 

For more information about the Jamestown Tourism Brand visit

Hotel Inventory Reaches 25,000

North Dakota's ever-growing hotel room inventory has reached 25,000 rooms, according to the Destination Marketing Association of North Dakota. Available rooms increased 6,652 across the state between 2010 and 2013.


Find the Good Life in North DakotaOfficials Launch National Find the Good Life in North Dakota Workforce Recruitment Campaign

Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley and Wally Goulet, North Dakota Economic Development Foundation (NDEDF), officially launched the state’s national workforce recruitment campaign. The Find the Good Life in North Dakota campaign is aimed at attracting skilled workers from around the country to fill the state’s current and future workforce needs.
Find the Good Life in North Dakota is targeting skilled workers in health care, energy, transportation, information technology, construction, STEM-related fields and many others. The campaign will run in states with high unemployment and under employment rates to raise awareness of the myriad of opportunities and great quality of life available in North Dakota.
Wrigley added, “It’s estimated that 250,000 service men and women will be exiting the armed forces in the coming years. These men and women who valiantly served their country bring exceptional skills and work ethic to the civilian job market. We want them to start their next career in a state with excellent career opportunities and a great quality of life.”

Officials Launch National Find the Good Life in North Dakota Workforce Recruitment Campaign - ND Commerce


InnovateNDNew Innovate ND Business Competition

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced the launch of the new Innovate ND business competition for entrepreneurs. The competition was held May 30th at Great River Energy located at 1611 East Century Avenue in Bismarck.
The competition has $21,000 available for this year’s participants. All prize money will be pooled, with $1,000 allocated for a one minute pitch competition, $5,000 allocated for an idea competition and $15,000 allocated for a venture competition.

For information about the winners visit 
Innovate ND Business Competition Winners Announced.

ND Department of CommerceNorth Dakota Young Professionals Network Selects Department of Commerce as Best Place to Work

The North Dakota Department of Commerce was recently selected as one of the “Top 10 Place to Work” by the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network.
“It’s a great honor to have been recognized by the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “Our team thrives on challenges and is known for being innovative and exceeding expectations. We find reasons to have fun while meeting deadlines, exceeding goals and gaining results. We strive each and every day to make Commerce a better place to work. This award recognizes us as an employer of choice in North Dakota.” 

North Dakota Young Professionals Network Selects Department of Commerce as Best Place to Work - ND Commerce


Pride Dairy of Bottineau Selected by MSN Living "50 Things to Do This Summer in 50 States"

Established in June 1930, Pride Dairy in Bottineau was a place for local farmers to bring their surplus of cream, which was then churned into butter and sold. "Today, the dairy boasts its own line of cheeses, syrups, and caramels, but most people come for the homemade ice cream," says food and travel blogger Beth Schatz Kaylor, of Rhubarb & Venison.

50 Things to Do This Summer in 50 States - MSN Living

ND 125th LogoNorth Dakota Governor's Photo Contest 
In honor of North Dakota’s 125th anniversary, North Dakota Tourism encourages amateur photographers to use the “125 ways to LUV ND” list found at as additional inspiration for photos they submit to this year's North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest. This website features 125 ways residents and visitors can LuvND and experience all North Dakota has to offer. Complete contest rules can be found on the Tourism Division website at For more information, contact the Tourism Division at 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663. 


CalendarNew Professionals Day
August 12
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 Jill Schwab at 701-328-5312 to register or for more details

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Bismarck, ND 58503 | 701.328.5300
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