It's offically 2010, but North Dakota finished 2009 with exciting news. The U.S Census Committee announced that the state grew by over an estimated 5,400 people in 2009 and more than 1,900 of those were new people coming to the state. Those numbers bring the state’s population to an estimated 646,844.
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Iberdrola Renewables Completes Construction of Rugby Wind Plant
Iberdrola Renewables has completed construction of the 149 megawatt nearly $300 million Rugby Wind Power Project near Rugby, North Dakota. More than 250 construction workers at the peak of activity built the 71 turbines, 16.4 miles of road and operations building in Pierce County.
Iberdrola Renewables Completes Construction of Rugby Wind Plant - Benzinga.com
10 Best Places for Jobs
Cass County, ND was listed as one of the 10 best places for jobs. It also has a ranking of 81 for one of the best places to live and an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent.
10 Best Places for Jobs-CNNMoney.com
North Dakota: More Than a Flyover State
When one thinks of states with entrepreneurial hotbeds, North Dakota probably doesn’t come to mind. After all, the Peace Garden State is the third least populous state in the U.S. and located in what’s often called “flyover country.”
North Dakota: More Than a Flyover State – The Wall Street Journal
HTC Purenergy Inc. & Doosan Babcock Energy Announces Carbon Capture Project
HTC Purenergy Inc. jointly with Doosan Babcock Energy, United Kingdom announced it has been selected to undertake a major carbon capture project with U.S. utility Basin Electric Power Cooperative.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative plans to construct the Carbon Dioxide Capture Plant at its Antelope Valley Station located near Beulah, North Dakota.
HTC Purenergy Inc. & Doosan Babcock Energy Announces Carbon Capture Project - HTCenergy.com
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Needy students in Fargo, Jamestown and Mandan are receiving basic food supplies to help feed them over the weekend when they don’t have access to school meal programs. The food is distributed through “Backpack” programs launched or expanded recently in these communities by local Community Action Agencies and is Division of Community Service program.
BackPack Program Expands to Fargo, Jamestown, Mandan
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As residents and businesses received their property tax statements in Dec., Gov. John Hoeven, Tax Commissioner Cory Fong and state legislators were on hand in Bismarck and Fargo in Dec. to discuss the state’s new $400 million tax relief and reform plan.
What that will mean for the average North Dakota taxpayer is a combined property and income tax saving this year of about $650, according to Hoeven and Fong. Seniors and persons with disabilities who own property or rent could see additional savings on top of that from an expanded Homestead Property Tax program.
Taxpayers to See Substantial Reductions in Property and Income Taxes this Year
Partners in Marketing Funding Still Available
About $190,000 remains available for local economic development professionals to access for grants to address business or workforce recruitment needs in their area.
Funding for the program is provided on a biennial basis from July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2011. A total of $250,000 was appropriated for the current biennium, and to date, eight city or county economic development groups have been approved for $60,109 in grants. Activities for the grant program must focus on primary sector business (whether business or workforce recruitment) for approval.
Economic development organizations may receive up to 90 percent of the activity budget, and the community or region must contribute at least 10 percent of the total activity budget.
An organization may contribute as many requests throughout the biennium as they like, so long as the total dollar amount requested does not exceed $25,000. For more information about the Partners in Marketing grant program, email Tracy Finneman or contact her at 701-328-5300.
Financing Tools and Incentives to Support Business Development
Schepps Dakota Deli is a rural business success story. Located north of Minot in Lansford, N.D., Schepps began operation in 1995 with eight employees. Today, the business manufactures 55 different salads and other deli products and distributes them in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota through Nash Finch and Super Valu. They employ between 22 and 25 full-and part-time people in their small community.
As Schepps has expanded through the years, they have accessed gap financing available through the North Dakota Development Fund. More information about these program is available at www.NDBusiness.com
Four new start-up businesses will be joining the Research & Technology Park at the North Dakota State University Incubator.
Joining the Incubator are the following businesses:
When Norik Astvatsaturov arrived in the United States two decades ago, the Armenian refugee brought with him very little from his former life, other than his wife, daughter and son.
But what he carried in his pockets, including a hammer and a few nail punches, were enough to carve out a new life for him and make his mark in a new country.
An exhibit of the artist's repoussé (a metalworking technique in which both the front and back sides are struck to create depth and volume) will be on display at the Spirit Room Gallery, Fargo, now through April 7.
Armenian Refugee Finds Artistic Home in ND - InForum.com
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Tourism Infrastructure and Expansion Grant Recipients Announced
Five North Dakota tourism entities received 2010 Tourism Infrastructure and Expansion Grants from the North Dakota Department of Commerce. These grants support new or expanding tourism or recreation facilities or designated development areas primarily by funding infrastructure projects. 2010 Tourism Infrastructure and Expansion Grant Recipients:
Commerce Welcomes New Employee
The newest employee at Commerce is with the Agricultural Product Utilization Commission (APUC). Kerri Kraft has been hired as the new APUC administative assistant. Prior to the Department of Commerce, Kerri was employed with the Department of Agriculture in the Division of the Board of Animal Health. Kerri and her husband are blessed with daughter, Eden, with another on the way.
Commerce Gives Back
This holiday season, the Commerce staff hosted a giving day to help out two families, each with three children, in the Bismarck-Mandan community so that they could have a memorable Christmas. Clothes, toys and over $200 was donated.
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Bismarck, ND 58503 | 701.328.5300
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