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North Dakota Matters - March 2014


ndinthenews.jpgNorth Dakota in the News

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

Fracking Fuels An Economic Boom In North Dakota

When the oil boom hit North Dakota in 2008, few could have predicted the overall explosion the oil industry would bring to the region where the Bakken formation, a subsurface rock formation stretching 200,000 square miles within the Williston Basin, lay waiting.

Fracking Fuels An Economic Boom In North Dakota - Forbes.com


Bringing Art and Culture to the Oil Fields of North Dakota

The oil fields of western North Dakota are bringing vast economic opportunity to a region that just 10 years ago was in decline. Yet, this vitality is rough around the edges and high art and culture are rare commodities. One organization is trying to change that by sending two professional writers into towns most impacted by the boom to conduct creative writing workshops.

Bringing Art and Culture to the Oil Fields of North Dakota - NPR.org


North Dakota is Leaving South Dakota in the Dust

North Dakota and South Dakota have been quiet rivals ever since Nov. 2, 1889, the day the Dakota Territory was split in two and they were admitted to the union as states. 

North Dakota is Leaving South Dakota in the Dust - BusinessWeek.com


North Dakota Named Happiest State

Life is good in the Dakotas, according to the latest Gallup research. But once again, West Virginia ranked last on the annual well-being index. Factors considered in the poll include residents' health, social life, access to food and shelter, etc.

North Dakota Named Happiest State - Gallup.com


North Dakota Ranks First in Job Creation for Fifth Straight Year

For the fifth consecutive year, The Gallup Job Creation Index has ranked North Dakota the nation’s best state for creating jobs.

North Dakota Ranks First in Job Creation for Fifth Straight Year - Gallup.com


Herman Stern Named 40th Recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award

Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced he has named businessman and visionary leader Herman Stern the 40th recipient of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state’s highest commendation for its citizens.

Herman Stern Named 40th Recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award - ND Governor's Office


Water Commission Expands State Assistance for Water Supply Projects

The State Water Commission agreed to provide an additional $32 million in state grant funds to support critical water supply projects in three western North Dakota cities.

Water Commission Expands State Assistance for Water Supply Projects - ND Governor's Office


Governor, First Lady Visit North Dakota Guard Members 188.jpgServing in Nation's Capital

Gov. Jack and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple visited members of the North Dakota National Guard’s (NDNG) 1-188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment who are deployed on a yearlong mission to Washington, D.C. to protect the nation’s capital.

Governor, First Lady Visit North Dakota Guard Members Serving in Nation's Capital - ND Governor's Office
 


Innovate ND Launches 2014 Boot Camp Series

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Innovate ND, a statewide program that assists entrepreneurs in developing business ideas, is hosting a series of Proving Ground Boot Camps across the state. The first boot camp will be held March 1 at Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
           
“The Proving Ground Boot Camp Series is an excellent opportunity for North Dakota entrepreneurs to help not only build confidence in the development of their new business but growing their leadership capacity to launch their new venture successfully into the marketplace,” Jared Stober entrepreneurship program manager at the North Dakota Department of Commerce said. “The Proving Ground Boot Camp Series will help entrepreneurs develop and enhance their business plan in order to become market competitive and investor worthy.”
 
The first of the series of boot camps will focus on the business concept testing ground. In this boot camp, participants will learn entrepreneurship is a process and a mindset for finding, organizing resources and pursuing opportunities in the marketplace. The outcome for this boot camp will include developing a concise positioning statement, a framework for an executive summary and a roadmap to business milestones.
 
“This boot camp will teach enrollees how to strategically think about the five key ingredients necessary for a successful new business: value-creating idea, technical know-how, resources, contacts and customer orders,” Stober said. “Participants will also get to evaluate and test their new venture ideas against a framework for making better entrepreneurial decisions that will keep the business competitive in the market.”
 
To register, visit www.InnovateND.com/bootcamps or contact Innovate ND at InnovateND@nd.gov.
 


APUC Commited Funding Requests Totaling $389,727

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for six projects totaling $389,727 at its quarterly meeting held February 20th at the Choice Financial Community Board Room in Grafton.
 
The following requests were awarded:
  • Cummings Ag Inc. (Buxton) was awarded $58,069 to defray costs associated with implementing a marketing plan which will include: new corporate branding, new website, radio and print advertising, digital advertising and trade shows.
  • Woodshed Renewables, LLC (Finely) was awarded $87,593 to defray costs related to a detailed market research project. 
  • NDSU Dept of Vet and Micro Sciences (Fargo) was awarded $83,765 to help fund research to increase understanding of microorganism’s heat resistance in various low moisture environments.  
  • Bio-Sunn, Inc (Garrison) was awarded $92,000 to hire a consulting firm for conducting a final feasibility study necessary to apply for USDA, State and private financing for constructing a landmark plant in Walhalla, ND.  
  • NDSU – North Central Research Center and Dept of Plant Sciences (Fargo/Minot) was awarded $33,100 to help cover costs necessary to conduct research for enhancement of the grape germplasm currently available to North Dakota wineries and provide new grape varieties capable of adapting to the cold climates of the state and producing high quality wine. 
  • NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center (Carrington) was awarded $35,200 to explore the potential for bioremediation of marginal and saline regions using industrial beets. 
APUC is an office within Economic Development and Finance, a division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce.  For additional information, please visit www.NDAPUC.com.
 


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.

Economic Development Roundtable Discussion
May 14
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The bi-annual Economic Development Roundtable provides those keenly interested in economic development issues with an opportunity to submit agenda topics, and then Commerce staff work to bring leaders on these topics to the conversation. Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson hosts the Roundtable which includes a block of time for all attendees to discuss the successes and challenges in their respective communities or regions. Contact Brianna Ludwig at 701-328-5383 to register or for more details.
 

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