North Dakota is making headlines! Here's a few of our favorites from last month.
North Dakota Workers Report Best Hiring Situation in 2011
Employees in North Dakota were most likely in 2011 to report that their employers were hiring workers (42%) rather than letting workers go (8%).
North Dakota Workers Report Best Hiring Situation in 2011 - Gallup.com
Happiest States of 2011: The List
For the third year in a row, North Dakota comes in second behind Hawaii as the happiest U.S. state.
Happiest States of 2011: The List - LiveScience.com
North Dakota Ties California in Oil Production
North Dakota has tied with California in oil production, leaving it on the verge of leap-frogging "The Golden State." North Dakota then will become No. 3 in oil production, following only Alaska and the No. 1 state, Texas.
North Dakota Ties California in Oil Production - Minot Daily News
These public meetings are a chance for citizens to get involved and provide insight for the 2020 & Beyond initiative for North Dakota. The initiative is to build on our growth and expand visions for economic development statewide. The discussion will focus on three key areas: people, places and opportunities.
Meetings will be held in Wahpeton (March 13), Jamestown and Fargo (March 14), Williston (March 20), Minot (March 21), Devils Lake (March 27), and Grand Forks (March 27). Please visit ND2020andBeyond.com to find location information as it becomes available. You can also provide your comments or ideas at ND2020andBeyond.com
2020 & Beyond was formed to expand North Dakota's vision for the future. Governor Dalrymple, Commerce and the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce teamed up to lead the statewide development initiative. A steering committee and an advisory board, comprised of proven business leaders representing the state's eight regions, will guide the process and develop a plan to address major themes. The steering committee will provide a report to the Governor and the North Dakota state legislature in the fall of 2012 that outlines recommendations for furthering North Dakota's growth and enrichment. The report is expected to result in several legislative initiatives.
Being a North Dakota Ambassador is a choice. Ambassadors choose to be connected to the people, spirit and lifestyle of this legendary state no matter where they roam. Ambassadors are young and seasoned, living here and abroad, born here or relocated, but they all hold a piece of North Dakota in their hearts. Ambassadors are North Dakota, and that’s why they choose to love it, live it.
If you’d like to tell the world that you love it, live it, North Dakota, send us an email with the subject line: Live It, Love It and include your address. We’ll send you two (one for you, and one to share) North Dakota, Love It-Live It window clings. It’s time to put that North Dakota pride on display.
Follow the Thoughts from an Ambassador blog.
Governor Jack Dalrymple released a state report that summarizes feedback gathered during 14 public meetings recently held throughout western North Dakota's oil-producing counties.
In January, officials from nine state agencies and institutions participated in the meetings to gain a greater understanding of the challenges created by rapid oil and gas development. About 600 local officials and residents attended the meetings and shared their perspectives.
Dalrymple outlined the state's response in a report and announced his decision to assign a state Energy Impact Coordinator to monitor local issues and report on the region's progress and needs to the Governor's Office and Cabinet members.
Response to Oil Impacts Summarizes Needs, Next Steps - ND Governor's Office
Governor Jack Dalrymple and the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce are hosting the first-ever Governor’s Business Forum on April 3 at the Minot Holiday Inn. The event will provide a unique opportunity for business leaders, legislators and state officials to build upon North Dakota’s proven business climate and discuss ideas for continuing to develop an environment that will foster additional opportunities for our state.
The Governor’s Business Forum will also highlight the successes of entrepreneurship and innovation in North Dakota, while addressing the policies that make North Dakota a great state in which to do business.
This exciting event features a keynote address by Governor Dalrymple; as well as presentations and panel discussions on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Enterprising States Report and strategies of successful North Dakota businesses; and updates on 2020 & Beyond, workforce recruitment and development strategies and state policy issues. Another highlight is the presentation of Greater North Dakotan Award.
Registration is available online or by calling the North Dakota Chamber office at 1-800-382-1405. A complete Forum schedule can also be found at www.ndchamber.com.
APUC Awards Four Funding Request Totaling $145,350
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for four projects totaling $145,350 at its quarterly meeting held Feb. 16 at the Gladstone Inn in Jamestown.
The following requests were funded:
Commerce will sponsor a North Dakota business reception and dinner at The Peninsula Chicago on Thursday, March 22. The event will focus on strengthening our relationships with businesses that currently have operations in North Dakota; site location advisors who work with companies looking for investment opportunities; and targeted professionals with 5-15 years of experience in occupations that match our state’s highest-demand areas. To date, the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association, Devils Lake Region Partnership, Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, Jamestown Stutsman Development Corporation and the Minot Area Development Corporation are also sponsoring and hosting the event.
Chicago is one of the state’s target markets due to the number of Illinois-based companies who have operations in North Dakota, along with the number of North Dakotans that have moved to the Chicago area. The North Dakota Business Reception and Dinner will showcase our positive business climate, as well as the wide variety of career opportunities available across all industry sectors.
InfoTech Celebrates Five Years in North Dakota
Headquartered in New York, InfoTech, a leading software house and system solutions company opened a full programming operation in Minot in 2007.
InfoTech Solutions for Business, Inc. (InfoTech) is a privately owned company with a variety of products, IT services and business practices. Headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, InfoTech is a Microsoft Certified Partner and GSA approved contractor with multiple credentials and certifications. The company’s clients include some of the most prestigious banks, media companies, government agencies, and small to mid-size companies representing a wide range of industries.
Commerce and Dakota MEP Co-Host Workshop for Aerospace Suppliers
In the aerospace industry, standards are high and regulations are tight for businesses who supply large customers. Manufactures holding certification for the industry have an advantage in the supply market. On March 28, manufacturers from around the state will learn about the costs, process, and benefits of ISO and AS certification at the Aerospace Supplier’s Workshop in Fargo. Sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Commerce and Dakota MEP, the workshop features presenters Yulia Khayde of Alma, LLC and Dan Halverson of Dakota MEP.
Register for the Aerospace Supplier’s Workshop and view schedule.
For more information, contact Joshua Simmers or Kristin Laylock.
The field of participants in the sixth Innovate ND program has been narrowed from 75 to 28 teams. A final 20 teams will be selected in April. The final group will proceed to the oral presentations and judging May 21 and 22 in Fargo.
View full list of teams advancing to Round 3.
“We are very excited about the 75 ideas and 160 participants that enrolled in Innovate ND this year,” Brandi Schoenberg, Innovate ND program manager, said. “This may be the most eager group of entrepreneurs that I’ve seen in the competition over the last few years. They are ready to learn what they can from our partners from across the state to get their business off the ground.”
Forum Communications is the lead sponsor for the competition. Other committed sponsors for 2012 include Great River Energy, Kadrmas Lee & Jackson, MDU, Bismarck-Mandan Development Corporation, Jamestown-Stutsman Development Corporation, First Western Bank and Trust - Minot, Marathon Oil, Otter Tail Corporation, ND Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, Solarbee, Agency MABU, ND Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Information Solution Cooperative (NISC), Odney, Basin Electric, Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, Steffes Corporation, ND Chamber of Commerce Earth-kind, Amber Waves Electronics, ND Youth Entrepreneurship Education Program, VCMentor.com and MAC, Inc.
Building Towards the Future
The 2012 North Dakota Travel Industry Conference will take place April 23-25 at the Radisson in Bismarck.
Register for Building Towards the Future.
View agenda and speaker information.
Through April 1, registration is $150 for the first attendee and $140 for each additional attendee from the same organization. After April 1, registration is $175 per attendee.
Travel, Tourism Delegation Attends Bus Tour Marketplace
A delegation of North Dakota travel and tourism officials represented the state recently at a key industry event in Grapevine, Texas, that connected leading bus tour operators with representatives from travel destinations. The American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace attracted more than 3,300 attendees for the five-day conference.
North Dakota had six representatives at the event: Deanne Felchle, North Dakota Tourism Division; Cole Carley, Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau; Amy Kruger, Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau; Matt Shanandore, Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation and Lewis and Clark Riverboat; and Bretta Edwards and Betsy Williams with Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.
These representatives took part in scheduled appointments where they enticed tour operators to route their groups through North Dakota and pitched various travel itineraries. They also attended educational seminars detailing trends in the touring industry and other work-related topics.
Two New Centers of Research Excellence Approved
The Centers of Excellence Commission has approved $1.67 million to fund two new Centers of Research Excellence at North Dakota State University, aimed at supporting growth and innovation in North Dakota businesses.
The two new NDSU centers include the Center for Life Sciences Research and Applications and the Center for Technologically Innovative Products and Processes (CTIPP).
Two New Centers of Research Excellence Approved
2012 Dates for New Professionals Day and Economic Roundtables Set
The dates for the 2012 New Professionals Day and Economic Development Roundtable Discussions conducated by Commerce have been set.
Each year Commerce hosts a series of events to educate new developers about the programs and services that Commerce offers and to bring developers together to discuss current issues they may have in common.
All New Professionals Day events take place from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the following dates:
75th annual North Dakota Winter Show
March 6-11, 2012
The North Dakota Winter Show is the oldest and longest running agriculture show in North Dakota. Country music star Craig Morgan headlines the 2012 Winter Show.
2020 & Beyond Meetings
March 13, 2012
March 14, 2012
Jamestown and Fargo
March 20, 2012
March 21, 2012
March 27, 2012
Devils Lake and Grand Forks
North Dakota Business Reception and Dinner
March 22, 2012
The Peninsula Chicago
The North Dakota Business Reception and Dinner will showcase our positive business climate, as well as the wide variety of career opportunities available across all industry sectors.
New Profesionals Day
April 10, 2012
8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Contact Brandi Schoenberg at 701-328-5373 to register or for more details.
Economic Development Roundtable Discussion
April 11, 2012
10: a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Contact Brandi Schoenberg at 701-328-5373 to register or for more details.
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